Hardy Plant Society (Middlesex Group)

Passionate About Plants 2020

We are pleased to announce that Passionate About Plants 2020 will take place on Saturday 4th April at Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH.

Passionate About Plants is HPS Middlesex's biannual flagship event where we offer an exciting day of celebrity gardening speakers and unusual plantsvfor sale from specialist nurseries. For 2020, we have moved the event to a new venue at Brunel University which will give us more space and enable us to provide a better experience.

We have just released our lineup of celebrity speakers for the day.

Nick Bailey web 95Nick Bailey 

Nick is best known as a presenter on BBC's Gardeners' World but he is also a freelance horticulturalist, best-selling author, award-winning TV presenter, garden designer and speaker and was a former Head Gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden. His second book ‘365 Days of Colour in your Garden’ was published in 2015 and has been an Amazon best seller ever since. He has designed and managed gardens in the UK, Spain, South Africa and Australia and created his first Main Avenue Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show in 2016 for which he received a Silver Gilt Medal.

Optimized Katie Rushworth2 copyKatie Rushworth 

Katie is part of the successful presenting/gardening team from ITV’s Love Your Garden. Now in its ninth series the show is proving very popular with the primetime audience. Katie is a fun northern girl from Yorkshire and has been self employed as a gardener and garden designer for over 6 years - running her own business The Queen of Spades. Her enthusiasm for gardening comes across clearly for all to see on the ITV show. She has excellent plant knowledge and a great eye for design, function and beauty.

Toby picToby Buckland 

Best known for presenting BBC Gardeners’ World and coverage of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Toby also writes regularly for Amateur Gardening magazine and has penned five gardening books, including Flowers: Planning & Planting for Year-Round Colour. He is known for his horticultural insight, irreverence and passion for plants - the love of which he shares at his annual Garden Festival at Powderham Castle and every Sunday on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio Devon.

Andy McIndoeAndy McIndoe 

With over 40 years' experience Andy McIndoe is a regular contributor to a number of magazines, blogs and BBC Radio. He lectures to gardening groups and societies at home and abroad and leads gardening tours. During his long career with Hillier Nurseries he was responsible for the development of the Company’s chain of garden centres and for 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He was awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the science and practice of horticulture.

More information and details of how to buy tickets will be available soon, but, in the meantime, make sure you make a note of the day in your diary.