Potpourri Magazine

Gardening hero - Nicki Chapman

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show presenter, who has a passion for gardening, enjoys pottering around her newly re-designed garden in Chiswick, London, that she shares with her husband, record company executive Dave Shackleton.

Despite being compact, Nicki’s always valued the...

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Gardening hero - Jeremy Irons

Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons is just as at home in the garden as on the screen and stage.  He finds it grounds him, recalling getting back into the garden after filming one morning in May where the ‘perfumes’ and ‘peace...
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Gardening heroine - Jilly Cooper

The bubbly bonkbuster author has lived in her picturesque14th Century house in Bisley, Gloucestershire since 1982.  The large sprawling garden is idyllically situated with views across the valley and rolling countryside.

Although Jilly is extremely busy with her writing, she...

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Gardening heroine - Elizabeth Hurley

Actress Elizabeth Hurley lives with her son Damian in a large country house in Herefordshire, with extensive grounds.  She’s long been a hands-on gardener; in fact she used to own and run a small organic farm in Ampney Knowle, close...

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Gardening hero - Jamie Oliver

The celebrity chef, wife Jools and five children, have fabulous gardens surrounding their beautiful 16th century mansion, Spains Hall in Essex.

As you’d expect, they enjoy eating al fresco together. The family can be seen gathered around a...

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Gardening hero - Danny Clarke (aka The Black Gardener)

Garden designer and television presenter, Danny Clarke is passionate about transforming gardens, and can be seen on our screens as part of Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden team on ITV and the Channel 5 series Filthy Garden SOS.

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The Celebrity Gardener - the Duchess of Cornwall

It’s well known that Prince Charles is passionate about gardens, the countryside and the environment.  But less so that his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, shares his passion for gardening. 

The couple who live at Highgrove in Gloucestershire,...

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Piet Oudolf Field, Bruton, Somerset

This small but perfect garden, designed by Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, is a beautiful tapestry of colour even at this time of year.  The gardens were created from the farmland, while the farm buildings are now a gallery...

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Gardening hero - Nigel Dunnett

Nigel is Professor of Planting and Urban Horticulture at the University of Sheffield.  He’s a horticulturist and designer and has pioneered innovative ecological approaches to planting gardens and public spaces that integrate ecology and horticulture to achieve beautiful and sustainable...

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Q&A with the McBrides of the Sussex Prairie Garden

Paul and Pauline McBride designed and created this garden from scratch.  We first asked them:

What was the thinking behind the design?

The overall design is a spiral intersected by the curvaceous hornbeam hedge feature which rolls down the centre...

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Q & A with William Dyson, curator of Great Comp Garden

William Dyson is the Curator at Great Comp; he also runs his own nursery specialising in salvias which is situated within the garden.

Can you tell us about the different varieties of salvias?

The genus is huge and...

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Q & A with leading rose expert Michael Marriott

Michael Marriott is one of the world’s leading rosarians.  He is also well-known for his rose garden design and his common sense approach to looking after roses. 

Can you give any general advice about pruning and feeding roses

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Gardening hero - Alan Titchmarsh

Gardener, writer and television presenter, Alan Titchmarsh, 71, has most recently been on our screens presenting ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ and ‘Spring into Summer’.  Married to Alison for 46 years, Alan has two daughters and four grandchildren whom he loves...

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Head Gardener Q&A - Tom Coward from Gravetye Manor

We talk to Tom Coward about developing the historic gardens at Gravetye Manor, East Sussex, created by the ‘wild gardening’ enthusiast William Robinson during the 19th Century. 

How do you manage the heritage of the gardens at Gravetye?

We try to...

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Head Gardener Q&A - Pat Havers from Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire

Tell us about your journey to head gardener here and what you love about it?

My mum used to work at Waterperry so I’ve been around the garden all my life.  When I became a single mum with two daughters, I...

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Gardening heroine - Charlotte Rowe

Charlotte has established a hugely successful garden design business creating stylish and elegant contemporary gardens.  She also won a Gold medal at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show as well as numerous industry awards.  Here are some key elements of...

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Head gardener Q&A - Neil Miller of Hever Castle, Kent

Tell us about your journey into horticulture

After being made redundant from my job as a broker, I started my own gardening business and trained in horticulture.  I saw an advert for a gardener at Hever and have been...

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Gardening heroine - Anna Pavord

One of our foremost gardening writers, Anna Pavord is extremely well respected for her horticultural knowledge and articulate, engaging writing style.

Born in 1940 in Abergavenny, both Anna’s headmaster father and teacher mother were excellent gardeners.  She grew up going...

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Gardening heroine - Sarah Price

Who:  A talented garden designer with a light touch, Sarah’s exquisitely sensitive planting style is informed by her empathy with the natural landscape.  Her scope is wide ranging, from public planting design to private garden design and RHS show gardens.

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Garden Masterclasses

Whether you’re an amateur or professional, there’s always so much to learn in the world of horticulture and garden design.  This is something garden designer Annie Guilfoyle is passionate about, which is why she, together with horticulturalist Noel Kingsbury, has...

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Jessica Evans- Head Gardener at Knightshayes

We interviewed Jessica Evans, head gardener at Knightshayes Court, a National Trust garden in Tiverton.

What do you love about the garden at Knightshayes?

I was drawn by the plant collection- one of the largest in the National Trust.  There’s...

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