About the Experts

SteveBradleySteve & Val Bradley

Steve Bradley grew up on a nursery, spent over 20 years teaching horticulture at colleges around England and is now a freelance garden writer and broadcaster. He studied horticulture at Writtle, Cannington and Pershore Colleges, achieving the RHS Master of Horticulture Diploma. He appeared on two TV series: Plant Life and Garden Doctors, three official Chelsea Flower Show videos and has made multiple gardening videos.

He can be found most Sunday mornings on BBC local radio in Kent or Surrey / Sussex, where he answers live phone-in questions. He has written (or co-written) around 50 books on a wide range of topics including pruning, pests & diseases, a revision of the famous Grafter’s Handbook and updates of some of the ever-popular ‘Expert’ books. Since 2002, he has been Gardening Correspondent for the Sun newspaper with wife Val and Peter Seabrook.


Val Bradley is a freelance garden writer who has been gardening since she could hold a trowel. Since training at Askham Bryan College, she has worked in garden centres and nurseries (including RHS Wisley), taught at horticultural college and written (or co-written) books on many aspects of gardening including houseplants, tools, fragrant plants and town gardens. She has also written magazine articles, answered live phone-in questions on local BBC radio and been resident expert on a magazine website forum. Since 2002 she has been Gardening Correspondent for The Sun newspaper with husband Steve and Peter Seabrook. Find her on Twitter @valgardening or see the website www.sungardening.co.uk

Peter-Owen-Jones-goes-back-to-basics-C-BBC-150x150Peter Owen-Jones

Peter Owen-Jones (b 1957) is an English Anglican Clergyman and television presenter.

Owen Jones dropped out of public school at the age of 16 and went to Australia to make his fortune. Back in Britain, he began his working life as a farm labourer in South Eastern England and then ran a mobile disco before moving to London where he started in advertising as a messenger boy and worked his way up to creative director. In his late he gave up his commercial life to follow a calling to the Anglican ministry by enrolling at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. In early 1996 he gained notoriety when he conducted a service for the Newbury bypass protestors

In 1998, he ran three parishes in Cambridgeshire before resigning from his post in 2005, to relocate to the benefice of Glynde, West Firle and Beddingham. He was recruited by the BBC to front a series of religious television programmes which would look at different aspects of Christian and other faiths where he has received critical acclaim from many quarters. In his BBC documentary How to Live a Simple Life, Owen-Jones tried to live a life without money, in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi. In his 2010 documentary, The Lost Gospels, discussed the Apocryphal Gospels which were omitted from the canon of the New Testament, and Owen-Jones considers how their contents might have altered Christian theology if they had not been suppressed.

Published Books

    • Bed of Nails: An Advertising Executive’s Journey Through Theological College,
    • Small Boat, Big Sea: One Year’s Journey as a Parish Priest, ·  Psalm, O Books, 2005,
    • Letters from the Moon
    • Letters from an Extreme Pilgrim: Reflections on Life, Love and the Soul.
    • Naked Dragon. How To Live A Simple Life
    • Pathlands:a book of twenty one walks set in Britain,

The Garden Show at Firle
20 – 22 April 2018

The Garden Show at Stansted
8 – 10 June 2018

The Garden Show at Loseley
27 – 29 July 2018