Free Talks

Free Talks daily at the Garden show, please scroll down for more information about each talk.

Nick Bailey, 2pm Friday – On South lawn in the talks and Demo tent

Steve Bradley, 2pm Saturday – On South lawn in the talks and Demo tent

Ben Cross, 2pm Sunday – On South lawn in the talks and Demo tent



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Nick Bailey, 2pm Friday – On South lawn in the talks and Demo tent

“ Aloes, Algorithms and Adjectives” This talk combines his work at Chelsea Physic Garden with the ‘365 Days of Colour In Your Garden’ book Nick wrote in 2015.

Nick Bailey is a freelance horticulturalist, best-selling author, award-winning TV presenter, garden designer and speaker.

After studying horticulture at Hadlow College and achieving a 1st class honours degree in Landscape Design from Greenwich University, Nick has worked across many sectors of horticulture over the last 25 years, including nursery stock production, garden management, garden design, teaching, public speaking writing and broadcasting.

Nick is currently a regular presenter on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World to over 2.5million viewers. His film on plants associated with Shakespeare for Gardeners’ World won best TV programme at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2016. He began his broadcasting career presenting Gardens Wild and Wonderful in South Africa (’95-’96) and spent four years as a panellist on BBC Radio Norfolk’s Garden Party. Nick has since appeared on BBC 2’s Great British Garden Revival and Big Dreams Small Spaces, as well as ITV News and BBC 1’s The One Show, BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, and BBC Radio 2.

Nick’s horticultural media career spans some 15 years, during which time he worked as an editor for Garden Answers and Garden News, moving on to write freelance for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, RHS The Garden, The Mail, The Times and The Telegraph. He currently has regular columns in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and Garden News.

Nick’s first book ‘Chelsea Physic Garden – A Companion Guide’ was published in 2014. His second book ‘365 Days of Colour in your Garden’ was published by Kyle Books in 2015 and has been a best seller ever since. His third book ‘Revive Your Garden’ will be published in April 2018.

As a dynamic and entertaining public speaker, Nick has taught and lectured for Greenwich University, Chichester College, The English Garden School, The Mediterranean Garden Society, The Hardy Plant Society, and numerous garden groups and associations in the UK and overseas. He is a regular speaker at Gardeners’ World Live.

His work has taken him all over the world including designing and managing gardens in the UK, Spain, South Africa and Australia. Nick created his first Main Avenue Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show in 2016 for which he received extensive plaudits from the press and judges along with a Silver Gilt Medal.

Nick is also Head Gardener for London’s famous Chelsea Physic Garden, where he has spent the last seven years redesigning the gardens and diversifying the plant collection.

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Steve Bradley, 2pm Saturday – On South lawn in the talks and Demo tent

Steve Bradley “ Alternatives to Synthetic Chemicals” . Steve will be explaining the benefits and methods that can be employed to keep the garden weed & pest free in an environmentally friendly way. In The Talks & Demos Tent on South Lawn

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.



Ben Cross, 2pm Sunday – On South lawn in the talks and Demo tent

“British Alstroemeria & The UK Cut-Flower Industry” “British Flowers Rock”. In The Talks & Demos Tent on South Lawn

Ben Cross from Crosslands Flower Nursery, a 4th generation horticulturalist based in Walberton near Arundel, West Sussex. Ben is a tireless campaigner for British Flowers.
Ben studied and worked in marine science and oceanography before returning to tend more than thirty different varieties of alstroemerias under 3 acres of glass all year round. 30 years ago there were lots of similar nurseries growing cut flowers all over the UK but the trend for importing cut flowers grown in Kenya, Colombia and Ecuador has sadly led to their demise. Ben’s nursery tours and talks are popular with flower clubs and horticultural societies who flock to see one of the few surviving old style horticultural establishments. ‘I feel very passionate about keeping the nursery going. It is a lifestyle like farming, not a job’ says Ben with heartfelt passion.

Ben Cross, BRITISH FLOWERS ROCK!



Steve & Val Bradley – Plant Doctors -Daily 10.00am – 12.30pm – 1.30pm – 4.00pm, find Steve & Val on South Lawn in the Plant Doctors tent

Plant Doctor Surgery with Steve & Val Bradley : Pick up top tips and friendly advice from the Plant Doctors who will be on hand on South Lawn to answer any question relating to your plants or garden…bring your plants and questions along!

The Plant Doctors, Steve 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.

The Plant Doctors, Val Bradley

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

Find them in the PLANT DOCTOR TENT on South Lawn. Bring your ailing plants along; guaranteed to solve all your gardening problems! Note from the Garden Show organisers: ’there is nothing that these two experts don’t know about gardening!’

Val and Steve are  busy rewriting the famous Gardening Expert books first made popular by Dr David Hessayon. Come and talk to them about it!