Robert studied Mass Media Communication at Aston and Creative Photography and Film Making under Paul Hill and Tom Cooper at Trent and Derby before moving to London in 1977 to work as a freelance photographer. Melody Maker, New Musical Express, Sounds, Spare Rib and a fledgling Time Out all published his work along with the established and independent Record companies. Robert wrote a weekly column for the Daily News during the late 1980's and concentrated his experiences into developing Hall's Garden Supplies, established in 1952 by his father Gerald Hall. Robert launched the first version of GardenSite in 1999. Today it is established as one of the leading authorities in its sector and still follows his original maxim of offering the same level of personal service online as in store. His purchase of the adjacent New Oscott Tavern in 2010 has enabled the original garden centre to develop into a 2 acre show site. Robert is married to Kay and they have 2 daughters, Frankie is in her final year at Exeter University and Gabrielle has just started at Sheffied University. His work has been published locally and nationally over the last 30 years. Follow his advice, tips and traumas here.
GardenSite Dispatch Department
I think it's about time we opened the box on our Dispatch Department here at GardenSite. These are the guys who primarily pack and wrap all the goods that come out of stock from our warehousing, or even directly off the shelves at our garden centres.
Great Pink Bake Off at Hall's GardenSite
At Hall’s GardenSite we are proud to say that for the last four years we have supported the Breakthrough Breast Cancer team in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.
Will You Be At The Chelsea Flower Show?
It's that time of the year again when keen gardeners, celebrities and the general public look forward to attending and being inspired by the fabulous displays at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Buy An Acer And Gain A Canopy Of Colour
The acer family has always been renowned for providing some of the great classical trees found in British Arboretums. Robert Hall discusses his suggestions for the best acers to invest in for your garden.
Review Of Forest Garden Log Cabins
Forest, the UK’s largest manufacturer and distributor of garden timber products, have an impressive collection of excellently designed, sustainably sourced, log cabins that Robert Hall finds are suitable for many and varied uses.
Review of the New Lotus Metal Shed from Store More
Robert Hall has been selling metal sheds for over 40 years to UK gardeners and home owners. So when the new Lotus shed arrived on the British market this year, and he saw it at the GLEE gardening trade show, he could not wait to review it for The Gardener.
Interview with Guy Grainger, CEO of Forest Garden Group
Guy Grainger, CEO of Forest Garden, visited Hall's Garden Supplies to discuss this year's sales and future projects with our Senior Partner, Robert Hall.
Manufacturer Konstsmide Visits GardenSite
Robert Hall reflects on a visit by leading Swedish lighting manufacturers Konstsmide to our garden centre in Sutton Coldfield. Here they saw their Christmas products on display both in the store and online.
Diarmuid Gavin on Lavender: The Great British Garden Revival
Lavender is one of the plants featured on the BBC's Great British Garden Revival. Robert Hall from Gardensite was fascinated as Diarmuid Gavin celebrated its colour and fragrance as well as medicinal and culinary qualities.
Westminster Garden Furniture Review
Westminster garden furniture offers a range of classical, modern and stylish pieces for your outdoor space. Robert Hall takes a look into the ranges and products available, the exceptional quality materials used and what Westminster can do to inspire your home's exterior.
Roses - Britain's Favourite Plant
Roses are regularly voted the nation's favourite plant. With such a fantastic variety of colour, scent, size and habit, it's no wonder that there's a rose to suit every garden. Robert Hall explains their enduring appeal and how to ensure a summer long display.