Hampton Hobnobs

012Went to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on Tuesday and bumped into Sally Green and Michelle Stacey from BBC 2’s The Big Allotment Challenge. They were lovely and chatted to us for ages in the Floral Marquee. Despite their glamorous looks and Michelle’s unusual taste for vintage clothes, they assured us they are real gardeners and did all the work themselves.¬†016

Then I met the lovely Carol Klein again. She was just getting ready to do ‘a piece to camera’ as they say but was more than happy to speak to her loyal fans (like me!)003

In the Rose Garden we met these two characters which was a bit of a surprise!002

And then, as we walked towards the Palace…….the ghost of Anne Boleyn perhaps?027

The Under-Gardener and friend Linney take shelter.¬†Amazing what a glass of Pimms can do to brighten one’s spirits in the rain!

On the Radio!

007An exciting day last Thursday. I was invited to take part in a LIVE outside broadcast by BBC Radio Gloucestershire from an allotment site in Ebley, near Stroud. I am involved with The Conservation Foundation in running a ‘Tool Amnesty’ whereby old, broken and unwanted garden hand tools are collected, refurbished as part of a re-training programme in workshops at HM Prison Bristol and then donated to schools and community groups to encourage the next generation of gardeners.

It was fun and reminded me of my time as Sales Director when a large part of my job was getting publicity for my company. I was on for about 6 minutes which is a long time to talk, something I have never had any difficulty with!001

The presenter, Chris Baxter and his producer, Joanna, toured the allotments and stopped unsuspecting gardeners for a chat. This guy is Jim, the chairman of the allotment committee and an allotment holder for……..47 years! I admire his stamina.