Meet the Team

Louise Danks

Production Manager

Louise studied horticulture at Duchy College Rosewarne in Cornwall and then went on to gain the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Diploma.

Having been a horticultural consultant for the BBC previously working on the BBC coverage of RHS Chelsea, RHS Hampton Court and RHS Tatton Park flower shows as well as Gardeners’ World and the BBC Gardening website, Louise is now the garden writer for Cornwall Life Magazine.

Louise has worked in a number of private and public gardens and is now the newest member of the National Dahlia Collection Team and is looking forward to learning all she can about dahlias.

Mark Twyning

Assistant Production Manager and Dahlia Breeder

Mark has been working for Greenyard Flowers (formally Winchester Growers) since 1977 and started working with the National Dahlia Collection in 1999 when the collection was acquired by Winchester Growers and moved from Duchy College Rosewarne to Varfell Farm.

Mark worked closely with David Brown, the National Dahlia Collection founder, while the Collection was established here. Mark continues to work full time at the National Dahlia Collection and is responsible for the production of rooted cutting and show and sales plants.

Mark has raised over 20 new dahlia cultivars which are registered with the Royal Horticultural Society, some have received the coveted Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Mark is also a very keen photographer and has taken almost all of the photographs published on the website.

Lorraine Anthoney

Quality Assurance Supervisor

Lorraine has worked at Winchester Growers, now known as Greenyard Flowers for 18 years. She started working on the nursery working with potted bulbs and cut flowers, notably, daffodils and lilies. Lorraine now works as a Quality Assurance Supervisor on the full range of products that the Company produce.

Lorraine has worked with the National Dahlia Collection team for over 10 years. Providing an integral part of the team at various RHS Flower Shows, Show Gardens and during the Dahlia Garden Open Day. Lorraine is also a great support behind the scenes taking cuttings during our busiest times.

Gaston le Hardy

Sales and Procurement Coordinator

Gaston has studied Business and Finance in Brussels and did a Master degree in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agriculture University of Cirencester.

Gaston has been involved working on Sales and Marketing side of the National Dahlia Collection for approximately 1 year.

He has a passion for nature and plants, being involved in farming operations from an early age and travelled through different places around the world to learn different farming management techniques he is very keen to support the NDC on future projects. Being also involved in the Daffodils and summer flower side of the business Gaston makes a good link between these various products and our customers.