Chelsea Gold Medal 2013  |  BBC Gardener of the Decade 2008  |  BBC Gardener of the Year 1999

Talks & Events from the BBC Gardener of the Decade

Contact me today to discuss talks giving talks at your show, event or club
– fees starting from only £120 plus return travel

03 Apr 2018
Talk Pilning and Severn Beach, Scout Hall, Pilning, Avonmouth

New Tricks for Old Gardeners

10 Apr 2018
Talk Portishead Garden Club, The Folk Hall, Portishead

Hardy Exotic Gardening

18 Apr 2018
Talk Berkeley Garden Club, Stroud

probably New Tricks for Old Gardeners

19 Apr 2018
Talk Plymtree Garden Club, nr Cullumpton EX15 2LE

New Tricks for Old Gardeners

01 May 2018
Talk, Motcombe Garden Club, Motcombe village hall

Bulbs for summer and autumn

09 May 2018
Talk Combe Martin Garden Club

Plants that Should be Better Known

16 May 2018
Talk, The Valley Garden Club, Pamela Hambro Hall,Winterbourne Stickland, DT11 0NT

New Tricks for Old Gardeners

17 May 2018
Talk Bridport Garden Club

BBC Gardener of the Decade

23 May 2018
Talk, Absolutely WI, Ferndown

probably New Tricks for Old Gardeners

24 May 2018
Somerset Federation of Garden Clubs AGM, Thorncombe

probably Plants that Should be Better Known

  • Talks

    Since winning BBC Gardener of the Year, I have given talks to garden clubs all over the South West about the scenes that were deleted from the programme. Never mind about the gardening, I can reveal the secrets of Charlie Dimmock’s underwear drawer and whether or not Alan Titchmarsh dyes his hair……

    I have also added the sequel about winning BBC Gardener of the Decade and have developed other talks such as Colour In The Garden, Plants That Should Be Better Known, and New Tricks For Old Gardeners.

    Talks under construction include A Tour of Somerset Nurseries and Hardy Exotic Plants. I can also combine talks to suit the requirements of your garden club.

    My fee for 2018 will be £120 plus return travel from Ilminster at 45p per mile. Please contact me for further details.

  • Ready Steady Garden – Taunton Flower Show

    After winning BBC Gardener of the Year in 1999 the chairman of Taunton Flower Show asked if I would build a show garden there. I declined, stating lack of time and money as an excuse.

    Finally I relented in 2006 but said I could not possibly afford to build a show garden, not could I take a week off to do it, but if I could borrow a van load of plants from a garden centre, I could stage a garden in one day. It developed into a competition between me and another local designer, Sally Leaney – which I won.

    Ever since then I have run this as Ready Steady Garden, a competition for similarly strapped gardeners, students and landscapers and I commentate as the gardens are being built. The two contestants have two hours to put together a garden from a large selection of plants and some accessories. It has proved to be very popular. We took a break last year, but it may be back in 2018 due to popular demand.

    Take a look at 7th and 8th August 2015

  • Instant Garden Challenge – Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet

    Ready Steady Garden has been a real hit with the garden show crowds and in 2011 was first launched at the National Garden Show as Garden In A Day and was even more successful in 2012. Last spring I was asked to take it to the Chelsea Fringe – maybe next year!

    Contact me if you would like to develop this for your garden show.

"It was fun to meet you on Wednesday evening and thank you so much for giving our Gardening Club members and guests such an informative and highly amusing evening. The time went too quickly for me!"

Henton Garden Club, Diana Wagstaffe, February 2017

"Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your talk as I am sure you could tell and lots of them said you were the best speaker ever - and we have had a few!! So thank you so much."

Sheila Thorpe Bourton Vale Horticultural Society, 10th May 2017

"Our members will look forward to your return as your talk was the best received and most talked about this pressure for the next one!"

Sibley Orsler – Chulmleigh and District Garden Club, July 2017