The whole team at Richard Jackson’s Garden is here to help you to make more of your outdoor room. We’ll be sharing home and lifestyle advice, great plants to grow in pots and containers and the latest insider info from a great cast of well-known garden writers and some new kids on the block too.
Debi runs her own gardening business in the South West. She has an RHS diploma in Horticulture; studied at Bristol Botanic Gardens and Cannington Walled Garden and was a volunteer Harvester at the National Trust Tyntesfield Estate. She is obsessed with plants and wildlife and loves to visit gardens and seek out plants in their natural habitat. Debi is an avid propagator and seed sower of ornamentals and edibles and a passionate photographer and writer. Her gardening diary can be found at www.debihollandgardening.com @DHgardening
Richard has enjoyed a very varied career in gardening from working for world renowned Hillier Nurseries to being Gordon the Gopher’s personal gardener on BBC One’s ‘Going Live’. After setting up and running garden centres in London, he was invited to do a spot of gardening on TV and, to his surprise, enjoyed it. Twenty years on, he’s still doing it, and can be seen most weeks on QVC.
Jean Vernon is a slightly quirky, bee friendly, alternative gardener. She doesn’t follow the rules and likes to push the boundaries a bit just to see what happens. She has a fascination for odd plants, especially edibles and a keen interest in growing for pollinators especially bees. She’s rather obsessed with the little buzzers. Telegraph Gardening Correspondent, mostly testing and trialing products and Editor-In-Chief for Richard Jackson’s Garden. @TheGreenJeanie
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan. Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media - so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook.
Michelle is a freelance writer and blogger and loves auriculas, delphiniums and tomatoes. Former web editor of the Royal Horticultural Society website, when she's not working, she is chasing after her 4-year-old daughter, Little Miss, and blogging about their days out at littlemissadventures.net. Michelle is the web editor for Richard Jackson's Garden.
Clare Matthews combines a career as a garden designer with garden writing. As a designer she transforms gardens both large and small, town and country. She is the author of 10 books all of which are the result of a real passion for plants, for hands on gardening and creating unusual and beautiful gardens. Her work has been featured in publications worldwide. Clare spends most of her spare time in wellies, tending and primping her gardens in Berkshire and Devon.
Andy has over 35 years experience in retail and production horticulture. A regular contributor to a number of magazines, newspapers and BBC Radio he lectures to gardening groups and societies at home and abroad and leads numerous gardening tours. As Managing Director of Hillier Nurseries he was responsible for the Company’s exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for 25 years, maintaining an unbroken record of Gold Medals. Andy’s special interests include hardy shrubs, trees, herbaceous perennials, flower bulbs and garden design and he has authored books on all of these subjects. His latest book, The Creative Shrub Garden is published by Timber Press in the UK and US. Andy blogs three times a week and is a tutor of several courses at the online MyGardenSchool. @AndyMcIndoe
James Wong is an enthusiastic ethnobotanist renowned for thinking outside the box when it comes to edible flowers , fruit and vegetables. He is also the new brand ambassador for Fiskars’ garden hand tools campaign and Suttons Seeds. His new book, Grow for Flavour is out now at all good book stores. @BotanyGeek
Matt is a former teacher turned journalist. He took up writing while in New Zealand and trained as a journalist there. He has since written five books (three on cricket and two on gardening) with The Children's Garden due out in spring 2016 published by Frances Lincoln. He writes for Horticulture Week and other publications. Married with two boys, aged 3 and 6 he lives in London. @mattapple1
Graham Rice is an award-winning garden writer and blogger with special interests in perennials, annuals and container plants, and choosing plants for specific garden situations. His blog Transatlantic Gardener was awarded Garden Blog Of The Year in 2014 and his Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Perennials was awarded Garden Book of The Year.
Max Clark graduated with a Diploma in Food and Wine at Leiths School in 1988. She has worked as a chef for the Roux Brothers and Covent Garden’s Sanctuary spa. She has worked as a teacher and buyer for Leiths for 25 years and today manages its amateur one-day workshops. Her delicious recipes have featured in the Daily Mail, The Times, The Independent and Leiths Cookery bible. She is co-author of Leiths Meat bible and Leiths Vegetable bible and is a contributing author to Leiths latest series of cookbooks.
After scrambling through some of the various branches of horticulture, Vicki realised that food production was where her heart is (or should that be stomach!). She spent six years growing traditional UK vegetable varieties for seed at Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library. In 2014 she began a new chapter at Hampton Court Palace, recreating a section of the original walled kitchen garden - so she can now grow historic favourites in an historic setting.
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One of Britain’s leading plantsmen, Neil Lucas is a world authority on ornamental grasses, owner of Dorset-based Knoll Gardens, RHS Council Member and Senior Judge, author, and holder of 10 consecutive Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. When not lecturing, writing, or plant-hunting overseas, Neil can be found on his nursery or tending his acclaimed naturalistic garden. @knollgardens
Michael Marriott has gardening in his blood. He grew up surrounded by gardens and studied Agricultural Botany at University. Today he is technical manager and rosarian at David Austin Roses and the main source of knowledge on all matters relating to roses, having worked with them for over 30 years. @DAustinRoses
Blog posts from friends of Richard Jackson's Garden.
Barbara Segall loves everything herbalicious. She’s a garden writer, an author and an experienced and enlightened herb enthusiast. Barbara is the editor of the Herb Society’s magazine, Herbs and a member of the RHS Herb Advisory Group. Barbara loves growing fruit, vegetables and herbs to cook and eat and share with friends and has recently taken on an allotment. @GardenBarbara and www.thegardenpost.com
Geoff Hodge is a freelance garden writer, writing for various national gardening magazines and websites – as well as lots more besides! He answers the questions submitted by Richard Jackson's Gardening Club members. Previously, he was the Web Editor for the Royal Horticultural Society, Gardening Editor of Garden News magazine and Technical Editor of Garden Answers magazine. He has written eight gardening books and broadcasts on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and is a regular guest on Ken Crowther’s gardening programme on BBC Essex. www.gardenforumhorticulture.co.uk @Hodgerow
Geoff Stebbings trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and has worked in magazines and gardens ever since, solving gardeners' problems. He currently writes and works in Ireland where he is building a new house and creating a garden from scratch. You can see his progress at his blog www.thebikinggardener.com
Pippa’s gardening passions include grow your own and the things gardeners hate most – pests and diseases! She gives many gardening talks and worked for the RHS for years, spent 13 years as a presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World and since 1995 has been a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. She was also the gardening advisor for the murder-mystery series, Rosemary & Thyme. Vist Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com for gorgeous vegetable plants with advice from Pippa, pest controls and more @PippaGreenwood
Jamie first fell in love with plants around the age of 9. Unlike most teenagers, he spent his youth growing vegetables, converting his grandparents back garden into an allotment. He studied at RHS Garden Wisley for 2 years, then went to work with wholesale plant nursery Hortus Loci. He now works at London Stone, as its horticultural consultant and is an RHS Ambassador.
Amanda Davies was born in St David’s the UK’s smallest city. She now resides in South Pembrokeshire where she is passionate about using local, seasonal produce. Her father’s family were traditional Welsh farmers, her mother’s were Italian bakers, so it was in Amanda’s blood to grow and bake her own foods. She has two productive greenhouses, as well as many other edibles dotted around her garden.
Matt Biggs is a garden writer and broadcaster who loves plants of all kinds. In his own garden in Hertfordshire, there’s a small wildflower orchard, crammed with historic varieties, a woodland border highlighting plants commemorating the great collectors and a heritage vegetable garden. One of his favourite pastimes is the re-creation of a border, filled with exotic plants he has seen while travelling around the world.
Geoff Stonebanks lives in Bishopstone, near Seaford in East Sussex and spends all his time gardening and fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support. Using his multi award-winning garden - Driftwood - he has raised over £95,000 for various charities in 8 years, £56,000 of that for Macmillan. The garden, which first opened to the public in 2009 has featured on BBC2 Gardeners' World, Good Morning Britain and in many national and local media publications. In his spare time, Geoff is also the National Garden Scheme's Social Media & Publicity Chair as well as an Assistant County Organiser & Publicity Officer in East & Mid Sussex.
Tamsin Westhorpe is well known as an editor, garden writer and lecturer. However, she prefers to be known as a gardener. She was previously Editor of The English Garden magazine and lecturer at Kingston Maurwood College in Dorset. Tamsin started her gardening career at the age of 16 working for her great uncle John Treasure of Burford House Gardens in Worcestershire. Alongside her freelance work and being a mother Tamsin runs Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire with her uncles and is currently training to be an RHS judge.
Sarah gained her Diploma in Horticultural Science in Australia, after which she worked in the temperate department at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Returning to Australia she managed a local council nursery, and the gardens at Burnley Horticultural College where she trained. In 1987 she and husband Jim returned to the UK where they have worked together establishing gardens at Lockerly Hall in Hampshire and restoring and developing West Dean Gardens since 1991. Sarah is a member of the RHS Vegetable Trials Forum.
Lawrence Wright started gardening with his granddad when he was ‘knee high to a grasshopper’ but you would have thought that falling into a runner bean row at 4 years old and being lost in the twining stems would have put him off gardening for life. It didn't. He studied horticulture at Brooksby Melton College in Leicestershire and was a HBGBS (Historic and Botanic Garden Bursary Scheme) trainee at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. He won the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturist of the Year in May 2016 and has just graduated from the RHS Wisley trainee scheme and is now working at Tregothnan as a horticulturist.