Advice, Chats & Talk


Jules & Lance:

The Environmentalists

‘Having a Lush Garden in a Drought’

Jules Simmons

Learn how you can grow your garden into a happy & healthy place to be, not just for yourself but for our wildlife too.

Find Jules & Lance on the South Lawn



Steve Taylor

The Medicine Garden

‘Enhance Your Garden with Herbs’

Steve Taylor – The Medicine Garden

Advice about where to plant herbs, how to look after them, how they benefit biodiversity, and how to make use of them for your own well-being. Learn how the herbs in your garden can be easily transformed into simple remedies and household cures, and how to develop a garden that abounds with both beautiful and useful plants.

Find ‘The Medicine Garden’ & Steve Taylor in the Garden & Home Marquee



Ben Cross

Crossland’s Alstromeria Nursery

‘British Flowers Rock!’

Ben Cross

Ben is a 4th generation horticulturalist based in West Sussex and 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.

‘I feel very passionate about keeping the nursery going. It is a lifestyle like farming, not a job’ says Ben with heartfelt passion

Ben will be doing his signature ‘British Flowers Rock!’ talk on Sunday at 1:30pm – listen out for the location of Ben’s talk to be announced over the PA system.



The Gardening Doctors

Val & Steve Bradley

Helping to solve all your gardening conundrums…

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

Find them in the GARDENING 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!


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.

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

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