BBC One’s Morning Live gardening expert and landscape designer Mark Lane and President Emeritus of the RHS Sir Nicholas Bacon, will be joined by a fantastic panel of green fingered wonders including members of Eden’s own Living Landscapes team to answer all your questions.
Themed around how to grow your own, and how this helps in the fight against climate change, we’ll be exploring a range of topics in the session. Whether you want to plant a tree, a wildflower patch, are a seasoned veggie patch hero, or are starting from scratch, our panel will get you well on the way to filling your growing space, no matter how big or small it is.
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Mark Lane has gained recognition as a first-class landscape designer, being the UK’s first garden designer in a wheelchair, as well as the first BBC gardening presenter in a wheelchair. As a broadcaster, he’s the gardening expert on BBC One’s Morning Live. He has also been a presenter of the award-winning Gardeners’ World on BBC Two as well as for BBC Gardeners’ World Live and the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Flower Shows – Chelsea, Chatsworth, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton. Mark is an ambassador for Leonard Cheshire, Melanoma Fund, Thrive and Groundwork. He also won Landscape Designer of the Year 2020 in the BUILD Architecture Awards and he was named Landscape Designer of the Year 2020 by Global Corporate LiveWire. Mark is a member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD).
Jamie started DTE Derby to reconnect people with nature, knowing what the benefits were from his personal experiences with our natural world, physically, mentally and for the planet, he sets out to make our relationship as accessible as possible for everyone. From getting people down on the allotment plot to learn about growing food or taking people out into the peaks, DTE Derby has become a place for a new social with nature in mind. Now Jamie and his team are exploring ways to bring nature based regeneration into Derby.
Colin has been at Eden for four years and is an educator in the outdoor gardens. As part of the outdoor team he looks after the dahlia and sweet pea exhibits as well as fruit and vegetable displays and Wild Cornwall. He has also worked on the innovative horticultural exhibits that are part of Eden’s input to the Sustainability Pavilion at EXPO 2021 in Dubai. Before joining the Eden team he managed a succulent nursery and worked as a gardener on St. Michael’s Mount.
Sir Nicholas Bacon BT. OBE DL
Much of Sir Nicholas’s life has been spent establishing and managing not-for-profit SMEs. President Emeritus of the RHS, having served as President from 2013 to 2020, Sir Nicholas continues to work in the horticultural and agricultural sphere, providing guidance through various chairmanships. St Nicholas is Chair of the Board for The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative created to mark HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
Kim Mackintosh, Horticulturist, Eden Project
Kim joined the Eden Green Team in 2012 initially as a volunteer, then as a Mediterranean Biome Horticulturist. Growing up on an ‘almost self-sufficient’ Cornish smallholding in an area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, her earliest memories are of ‘free-range lunching in the polytunnel’. Describing herself as a greedy gardener with an interest in the weird and wonderful, Kim looks after the Western Australian Exhibit, Mediterranean Veg, Tomato Exhibit and the Bio-controls.
Jake Hawke, Horticulturist, Eden Project
Jake has been in the Horticulture team at Eden for over 7 years now. Having started as an apprentice he progressed to working at the Eden nursery growing produce for the kitchens on site. A now skilled horticulturalist Jake now grows crops for ornamental and soon to be productive use within the kitchens as well as maintaining the dye, brewing and distilling exhibit with details the dyes and plants used in the making and flavouring of alcohol.
Panel suggested reading list
John Seymour – The Complete book of Self Sufficiency
James Wong – Grow your Own Drugs
William Robinson – The Wild Garden
Charles Dowding – Vegetable Garden Diary & website for more on his No Dig principles
The RHS website, particularly for researching common pests!
The Queen’s Green Canopy for more on the tree-planting scheme to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022
Jamie’s Down to Earth Project – engaging the community in allotment gardening