Here’s who joining us in 2022:


Toby Buckland is a qualified horticulturist, author and a regular broadcaster for BBC One and Two’s presenting team from RHS Chelsea Flowershow. In 2014 Toby joined forces with Country Gardener Magazine to create Toby’s Garden Festival to champion the smaller, specialist nurseries. The first Garden Festival took place at Powderham Castle near Exeter to popular acclaim and is now a premier gardening event in the South West.

Now you can join him and get in touch every Sunday from 9am to midday on BBC Radio Devon (and BBC Sounds) for his popular gardening show. Toby’s giving talks both days, and will be out and about saying hello to visitors. 

Arit Anderson

Arit Anderson is a garden designer, writer and presenter on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World. She spent 25 years working in the dynamic industries of retail fashion and creative events before studying garden design, and going on to win a clutch of coveted medals from the RHS. She’s in conversation with Toby in the Castle on Saturday 30 April.

Picture credit: Julian Winslow


Jim Buttress

Jim Buttress has become synonymous with our garden festivals and he’ll be joining us again at Powderham in 2022. 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.

Jim is compering talks in the Castle and Country Gardener Talks Tipi on both days of the fest, and judging the best exhibitors in show.

Tim shepherd

Tim Shepherd is a Devon-based freelance director, cameraman and artist, specialising in time-lapse filming, particularly of plants growing and also macro filming of intricate animal behaviour. With a degree in Botany, Tim is keen to raise the profile and importance of plants in his work.

Tim has been a major contributor to the BBC Series Life, Planet Earth, Life in Cold Blood, and, most recently on BBC’s Green Planet. He’s at the festival on Friday 29 April, in conversation with Toby in the Castle Dining Hall.

Susy atkins

Susy Atkins, the Daily Telegraph wine writer and BBC Saturday Kitchen regular joins us on Saturday 30 April in the Castle Dining Hall to share her tips on wine-tasting, and hopefully some tasty tipples to try! She’s a local Devon gal, so will also be giving us the inside on her favourite Devon vineyards and tours.


Becks Pearson

Becks Pearson is an ex Royal Naval Officer, who lives locally in Lympstone, and is currently creating a Roll of Honour to ensure the contribution of Devon women to the WWII Women’s Land Army and the war effort is not forgotten and is joining us at Toby’s Garden Festival on Friday 29 April 2022.

ade sellars

Ade Sellars, aka one half of award-winning blog Agents of Field, Ade burst onto the gardening media scene in 2014 after starting an irreverent blog about his and partner Sophie’s adventures on their urban allotment just outside London. The pair quickly garnered a loyal following of gardeners and foodies worldwide and won a raft of accolades, including Vlog of the Year at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2021 for their YouTube channel. Ade is talking on Saturday 30 April in the Castle Dining Hall.

caroline bawn

A regular exhibitor at the fest, Caroline Bawn owns Gorgeous Yarns, and will be demonstrating how to colour materials and yarn using dyes made from natural plant dyes. Caroline writes regularly for The Knitter magazine and is currently writing a book on natural plant dyeing.


Sara Dance

Sara Dance is a Teignmouth certified breath coach and Wim Hof Method instructor, will be joining us at Toby’s Garden Festival on Saturday 30 April for a breath works session, taking festival visitors through some simple techniques to use your breath to create calm and support your wellbeing.