Anne started growing plants at a young age and after leaving school, worked in the nursery for Bexley parks department before moving to RBG Kew to take their 3 year diploma course. She then worked for Epsom and Ewell parks as foreman propagator. From here, she moved to RHS Wisley as glasshouse supervisor and stayed for 5 years before going freelance in 1986. Fixing peoples gardens, speaking, TV work and writing followed.
Anne has been a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time for 24 years and currently writes for Amateur Gardening, Candis Magazine and Grow Your Own. Her most recent book is The Greenhouse Gardener. She has a two-acre garden in East Devon where clay soil with flints, wind blowing up from the sea, deer, rabbits, squirrels, badgers and a husband with ideas of his own present her with plenty of challenges.
“Our garden is a vibrant place and very much part of the landscape” says Anne “I tend to view so-called problems as fascinating and enjoy making interesting sideways moves to solve them”.
Join Anne at the festival to hear her talk about her favourite flowers of spring, Friday 27th April at midday in the Speakers’ Marquee, followed by the popular Q&A session in the Speakers’ Marquee on the Rose Lawn at 2pm.
Terry, known for broadcasting from his Rhondda Valley allotment on The Jeremy Vine Show will be here on Saturday 28th April, sharing his love of growing fruit and veg and growing organically.
“Since the age of four, when my dad first took me to his allotment have I had a ‘growing’ desire to garden,” says Terry. “I took my first allotment at the age of eleven and have been on the same allotment site for over fifty years.
“I combined a busy life in industry, a happy family life with my wife Anthea and two sons Anthony and Andrew with at one stage keeping ten allotment plots on the go.
“I am a born again organic gardener having seen the error of my ways in the late 1960’s and dispensed with using chemicals and grow all my produce using all natural means of nourishing them.
“I retired in 2001 and by some very fortunate means started broadcasting from my allotments on the then new Jeremy Vine show in 2003. So it is approaching 15 years on the show and it is great pleasure to share my plot and growing experiences with all the listeners.”
Terry has written two books, My Life on a Hillside Allotment and The Allotment Almanac and writes a weekly article for Garden News with regular slots on Radio Wales, Radio Bristol and Radio Hereford and Worcester.
Jim has become synonymous with our garden festivals and he’ll be joining us again at Powderham 2018.
He’s one of the UK’s leading gardening experts and a busy man on the UK’s horticultural show scene. He was superintendent of the Royal Parks for 25 years and his clients have included Her Majesty the Queen.