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FRIDAY 26th - SUNDAY 28th JUNE 2020

BLENHEIM PALACE, OXFORDSHIRE, OX20 1PP

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Prue Leith to officially open the Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2020

 

We are excited to announce that the Blenheim Palace Flower Show will be officially opened by Prue Leith at 10am on Friday 26th June 2020.

Prue Leith will also be taking a look around the show and will be available for a question and answer session in the Garden Talks Theatre (Friday only).

 

Gardener of the Day

 

New for 2020, across the weekend we will be welcoming a ‘Gardener of the Day’ to the show.

SATURDAY: Nick Bailey from BBC’s Gardener’s World

Nick Bailey will be opening the show at 10am on Saturday 27th June 2020. Nick will also be taking part in a Q&A session at 11.30am and presenting his own talk at 1.30pm in the Garden Talks Theatre (Saturday only).

SUNDAY: Francis Tophill from BBC’s Gardener’s World

Franics Tophill will be opening the show at 10am on Sunday 28th June 2020. Francis will also be taking part in a Q&A session at 11.30am and presenting his own talk at 1.30pm in the Garden Talks Theatre (Sunday only).

 

About Prue Leith

Prue is probably best known for her role as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, but she has had a very varied and interesting life.

She has published eight novel, a memoir, Relish and 14 cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, The Vegetarian Kitchen, which she wrote with her niece Peta Leith, has just been published.

Prue Leith’s career has included her own restaurants, catering and cookery school businesses; she’s been a board director of companies such as British Rail, Halifax, Safeway, Whitbread, Woolworths, and Belmond (ex-Orient Express) Hotels.

Prue has had a deep involvement with education and the arts: she chaired the first of the companies charged with turning round failing state schools and was Chair of the School Food Trust, responsible for the improvement of school food and food education. She started and led the campaign for contemporary sculpture to be exhibited on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. She has been active in many charities and is the Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She is an advisor for the Government’s Hospital Food Review.

Among her awards she has a CBE, 12 honorary degrees or fellowships from UK universities, the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the year, and her restaurant, Leith’s, won a Michelin star.

She is married with two children and four grandchildren.

 

About Nick Bailey

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

 

About Frances Tophill

Frances is part of the presenting team for ITV’s Love Your Garden, together the team have travelled all over the country giving surprise transformations to the outdoor spaces of some very deserving people. Frances’ role is predominantly plant-based, working in the garden throughout the whole construction of the site and lending a helping hand with the landscaping when it is needed.

In 2016 Frances joined BBC’s Gardeners’ World doing a few strands for the programme, one on vegetable seed trials which she worked on from her local RHS garden, RHS Rosemoor and another on gardens situated in extreme locations.

Frances is involved with the RHS campaign for school gardening and is passionate about enthusing young people to get into horticulture. She is working on a number of community gardening projects in the South West and is also helping the redevelopment of some costal gardens that were damaged by the 2014 storms. This is a particular passion of hers having grown up by the sea and was also part of her degree specialisation.

Frances is a popular choice for gardening talks and has appeared at Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court Flower Show and the Eden Project Green Fingers Festival to name a few. Hailing from Deal in Kent, Frances now lives in Exeter having completed her BSc in Horticulture with Plantmanship at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2013. Frances got into gardening from an early age, helping out around the garden at home and after overly ambitiously designing a terraced landscape in a planter, given to her by her mum, age 7, she was hooked. As well as all things gardening Frances is a budding crafter and currently doing a pottery course.

Frances’ first book, First Time Gardener, was published in 2015 and her 2nd book, The Container Gardener was published in April 2017. She has also written a column for Coast magazine on highs and lows of coastal gardening.

 

Timings and appearances are subject to change without prior notification