A gardening talk in Great Alne you'd be potty to miss - The Stratford Observer

A gardening talk in Great Alne you'd be potty to miss

Stratford Editorial 11th Oct, 2022   0

TWO gardeners with some of the most prestigious green fingers in the business are giving a talk in Great Alne.

Renowned horticulturalist and head RHS judge Jim Buttress will host an event alongside Gardeners’ World presenter, author and award-winning gardener, Toby Buckland on Thursday October 20.

The duo will be coming to Great Alne Park, a later living community just outside Alcester, to take part in an expert gardening Q and A and demonstration.

Jim began his gardening career at RHS Wisley, where he trained before going on to manage numerous London parks and gardens including Hyde Park, St James’ Park, Clarence House, Buckingham Palace and Greenwich Park and enjoyed tea with the Queen Mother.




Jim’s career spans over half a century and he has won eight gold medals at RHS Chelsea and continues to judge RHS flower shows across the country.

Best known for his presenting on BBC’s Gardeners’ World, Toby has also won several gardening accolades including RHS Gold, Best in Show at Gardeners’ World Live and the Environmental Award from the Garden Media Guild.


Toby also has his own radio show and writes for various newspapers and gardening magazines, as well as having published five books.

Jim and Toby will attend Great Alne Park to discuss their illustrious careers as well as host an expert Q and A for guests to ask all their gardening questions. They will also host a demo, showcasing how to create a container pot for autumn.

The event is completely free, coffee and cake will be served and guests will also have the opportunity to receive a tour of Great Alne Park.

Ben Ling, Village Manager at Great Alne Park, said: “We can’t wait to welcome Jim and Toby to Great Alne Park. They have both led incredibly interesting careers and I’m sure they will have some amazing stories to tell. Many of our residents are green fingered and have a passion for gardening.

“Gardening and being outdoors has lots of benefits on our mental and physical wellbeing and it’s a great way of staying active and taking up hobbies during retirement, something we’re always keen to support at Inspired Villages.”

The talk takes place from 11 am to 2pm on Thursday October 20 and places are limited. To attend email [email protected]

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