Who’s speaking at Powderham Castle in 2017?

Our speaker programme for Powderham Castle 2017 brings together a high-profile list of the best known and popular garden personalities including Toby Buckland, Pippa Greenwood, Adam Frost and Jim Buttress.


pippa greenwood

Pippa trained as a botanist at a Durham University then in 1985 she joined the staff of The Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley in Surrey, where she ran the Plant Pathology Department, answering several thousand queries from gardeners every year. In the early 1990’s Pippa came to fame as a pest expert on BBC Gardener’s World.

Now a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, Pippa’s sagely advice – and fruity chuckle – encourages gardeners up and down the UK in their daily struggle with slugs, snails and whatever the weather throws at us!

Pippa has penned more than a dozen gardening books, including The New Gardener which has sold more than a million copies. Pippa also writes for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine,  ‘NFU Countryside Magazine’, Kitchen Garden Magazine and contributes to various websites.

For eighteen years Pippa was the gardening columnist for The Mirror newspaper. Pippa has her own website, www.pippagreenwood.com where she blogs and from which she has launched ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’, offers ‘AskPippa’ a garden advice service and makes topical garden comment and has just launched a garden products area too.

Not many people know it but Pippa has also turned her hand to light entertainment as gardening consultant to ITV’s Rosemary and Thyme where she advised on the dramatic gardening sub-plot and the gardening personalities of the two actresses!

We’re delighted Pippa is joining us in the main Speaker’s Tent on the Friday to talk about her two passions – garden pests and veg-growing and she will be answering your gardening queries in the ever-popular Q and A session.


adam frost

Known for his gold-winning gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Shows, Adam has more recently been lighting up our screens on Friday night as the latest addition to the BBC Gardeners’ World team. Presenting from his own garden in Lincolnshire, Adam has been giving his weekly tips as we watch how his gardens shapes up.

Widely tipped as the nation’s next head gardener, Adam’s gardening career started working for the late great plantsman, Geoff Hamilton at his Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland. After Geoff’s untimely death in 1996, Adam went on to set up his own landscaping business now known for its award-winning designs at Britain’s best flower shows.

Adam will be joining us on Saturday 29th April in the Speaker’s Tent to share his passion for plants and designing gardens as well as his belief that gardening is good for us mentally and physically – “It’s better than the gym!” he says. 


Jim Buttress

Jim  has become synonymous with our garden festivals and he’ll be joining us again at Powderham 2017.

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.