Rachel de Thame
Rachel will be sharing her passion for flowers and giving us the lowdown on what it’s like to design the floral decorations for the Queen during 2012’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames on Friday 27th April.
Having studied at the Royal Ballet School, Rachel later re-trained at the English Gardening School. She has been a regular presenter on BBC2’s Gardeners’ World since 1999, and reports from all the major RHS Flower Shows. Other television credits include Small Town Gardens, Gardener of the Year and Great British Garden Revival for the BBC, and Countrywise for ITV1.
Rachel has written two gardening books and co-authored a third. She is a regular gardening columnist for the Sunday Times and has contributed to various publications, including The Huffington Post, Gardeners’ World Magazine and The Garden Magazine (RHS).
Design projects include the LK Bennett Garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 2008 and floral decorations for the Royal Barge, which conveyed HM The Queen during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012.
Recent speaking engagements encompass events at The Ashmolean Museum, Highgrove and Hever Castle. Rachel co-curated the RHS London Rose Show in 2016. She is Vice President of wild flower charity Plantlife and a keen supporter of Perennial, Horatio’s Garden, and Flowers From the Farm – the network for the UK’s cut flower growers.
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 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.