Free Talks at The Garden Show at Firle Place 2018


Friday – Woodland Trust

    • “ Native Woods & Trees” with Garfield Kennedy

Our vision is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed and valued by everyone. We aim to create new native woodland with the help of communities, schools, organisations and individuals. We try to protect our precious ancient woods, restore the ones that are damaged and fight for those under threat. We do this by inspiring people up and down the country to visit woods, plant trees, and enjoy the many benefits that woodland has to offer

Saturday – Handmade by Juliette

    • “ Natural Treatments to Revive & Restore”  Cosmetic ingredients from the garden and the wild, using botanicals to make contemporary, natural skincare based on what you grow and gather

JULIETTE GOGGIN  co-author of the immensely successful Handmade Beauty, and Handmade Spa initially trained in the fragrance industry, going on to combine this with experience in product development of cosmetics for many High Street brands. She created her own range of candles and soaps under the Juliette at Home brand in 2006, which became firm favourites with niche boutiques and department stores, as well as finding success in Scandinavia. She now runs a consultancy company specialising in product development for cosmetics and home fragrance and is a regular speaker at cosmetic industry seminars. Juliette also runs crafting classes from her home in Hastings, East Sussex, teaching homemade skincare, jewellery design and candle-making. She appeared in two series of Superscrimpers on Channel 4 in 2012 and 2013, helping participants to learn useful crafting skills and to save money at the same time. She is the co-author of Junk Genius, published in 2012 and reprinted in 2017.

At Firle Juliette will be talking about how you can look to your garden for some home grown beauty ingredients to make simple, yet highly effective skincare products at home, which take inspiration from both of her best selling books.

She will also be launching her new Handmade by Juliette collection of soy wax candles, handmade soaps and ceramics in the Home and Garden marquee


Sunday – Ben Cross

A 4th generation commercial British Alstroemeria grower from Sussex will talk about how this sustainable crop is grown. He will also give an insight into the UK Cut Flower industry and the need for more support and awareness for British Flowers… British Flowers Rock!  

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.

Friday 11:30am – Plants4Presents  (Talk will be given from the Plants4Presents stand (OP05b), near the Garden & Home Marquee in Firle Park)

    • “ Top Tips on growing Citrus in the UK ”  Simple tips to increase your harvest and keep your trees healthy for years to come.

Whether you’ve always fancied a lemon tree but don’t know where to start or whether you’re a seasoned citrus fanatic this is a great opportunity to learn something new. Emily has more than 14 years experience growing citrus trees and cares for over 1000 citrus trees at her Sussex nursery, Plants4Presents. She’ll be demonstrating some of the huge range of varieties that can be grown and how to get the most out of these trees in our climate.

Daily advice from the ‘The Gardening Doctors’ Val & Steve Bradley. Find them in the Gardening Doctors/Talk Tent in Firle Park. 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!

Steve Bradley

Steve Bradley grew up on a (mainly) rose nursery 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. In the early 1990s he appeared on two television series Plant Life and Garden Doctors, as a presenter on three official Chelsea Flower Show videos and made videos specialising in Propagation and Nursery Stock.

He currently appears almost every weekend on BBC local radio in Kent, Surrey/Sussex and Essex, answering live phone-in questions. He has written around 45 books and his most recent work is the revision of the famous Grafter’s Handbook With Val, his wife, he wrote the support material for the Ground Force TV series and in October 2002 they joined Peter Seabrook as gardening correspondents for the Sun newspaper. As a magazine contributor he is behind the ‘Masterclass’ series in Gardens Monthly, and writes specialist articles for the RHS journal and BBC Gardeners World Magazine.

Val Bradley

Val Bradley has been gardening since she could hold a trowel but only began her career in horticulture after 3 years in the Civil service. Following her horticultural training at Askham Bryan College she worked in garden centres and nurseries including RHS Wisley. She has taught at horticultural college covering topics such as propagation; pruning; plant nomenclature; house plants; basic garden design; fruit and vegetable gardening. She has also written or co-written 12 books on various aspects of gardening including The Complete Guide to Houseplants and Step by Step Town Gardens. She has written numerous magazine articles , answered live phone-in questions on local BBC radio and was the resident expert on Gardens Monthly website forum for two years. Since 2002 she has joined her husband Steve and Peter Seabrook as gardening correspondents for The Sun newspaper, answering hundreds of readers’ letters.