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Special Guests at RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Chris Beardshaw

Every Day

RHS Malvern Spring Festival ambassador and a celebrated Designer, Plantsman and Broadcaster Chris Beardshaw has clocked up over 30 years’ experience in the horticultural world.

Known for his BBC television and radio work Chris is also a well-loved speaker and lecturer and is the author of 4 books.  He is a long-standing panel member of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time and his broadcasting experience spans 18 years including major BBC2 series The Flying Gardener, Gardeners’ World & Hidden Gardens. 

Chris has designed gardens for English Heritage, National Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison, The Royal Parks alongside his popular show gardens which have earned him 12 RHS Gold Medals and in 2018 the coveted Best Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Picture credit: Richard Kendal

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Alan Titchmarsh

Thurs & Fri

Alan was the main presenter of Gardeners’ World and the hugely popular Ground Force, and has also presented How To Be A Gardener, British Isles – A Natural History, The Great British Village Show, The Nature of Britain. 

Alan has written more than 50 gardening books, a Christmas anthology, nine novels, four volumes of memoirs and a miscellany celebrating England and Englishness.

He was appointed MBE in the 2000 New Year Honours List, and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hampshire in 2001, when he was also immortalised by Madame Tussaud’s. In 2004 he received the Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest accolade in the British gardening world, and in 2009 he was made a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society. He is patron or president of over 50 charities.

Alan Titchmarsh Alan Titchmarsh Thurs & Fri

Lee Connelly

Every Day

Lee Connelly, The Skinny Jean Gardener, from BBC Blue Peter is on a mission to create memories with the family out in the garden. Inspiring the family with weekly gardening podcasts and Youtube uploads, Lee believes that no matter how big your garden we can all be gardeners

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Carol Klein

Fri, Sat & Sun

Gardening expert Carol has appeared on Gardeners’ World since 1989, and presented programmes including Carol Klein's Plant Odysseys, Grow Your Own Veg and Life in a Cottage Garden, following a year in her garden. She has written numerous books and writes a column for The Guardian.

Photo credit:  Jonathan Buckley

Carol Klein Carol Klein Fri, Sat & Sun

Sarah Raven

Fri & Sat

Sarah Raven is a woman of many talents: she has worked as a doctor at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and is now a broadcaster, teacher and writer. Since the publication of her first book The Cutting Garden she has led the way over the last two decades in introducing a new kind of productive gardening which fuses intense colour, elegance and do-ability, bridging all kinds of gardening from dark rich dahlia glories, to subtler smoky modern colours of poppies, roses, sweet peas, and all kinds of vegetable deliciousness. She runs her own gardening and cookery school at Perch Hill in East Sussex, and is the author of many books.

Photo credit:  Jonathan Buckley

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Joe Swift

Sat & Sun

Joe studied garden design at The English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, while setting up his own landscaping company. A presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World since 1998, Joe regularly helps present the BBC coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He is also a designer and writer.

Joe Swift Joe Swift Sat & Sun

Jo Whiley

Saturday

BBC Radio 2 presenter and gardening lover Jo Whiley returns to RHS Malvern Spring Festival. This time, for a special evening concert on Saturday night: Jo Whiley's Garden Party. 

Find out more about RHS Malvern Spring Festival's live music.

Photo credit: RHS / HANNAH MCKAY

Jo Whiley Jo Whiley Saturday

Terry Walton

Sat & Sun

Since the age of four, when his dad first took him to his allotment, Terry has had a ‘growing’ desire to garden. He took his first allotment at the age of eleven and has been on the same site for over fifty years.

Terry was discovered in 2003 by Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show and appears regularly on a Friday afternoon. Also a regular contributor to Radio Herford and Worcester, Radio Wales, Radio Bristol and Radio Rhondda, he has appeared on ITV’s This Morning show.

Terry writes a weekly column for Garden News and has won the Garden Media award for Best Practical Journalist whilst writing for Which.

An advocate for growing organically, Terry is self-sufficient in vegetables from my allotment. Terry loves the allotment ethos and the recycling mentality.

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Richard Bertinet

Thurs & Fri

With 20 years experience in the kitchen, baking, consulting and teaching behind him, Richard opened The Bertinet Kitchen cookery school in 2005. His classes attract customers from all over the world to come to learn to bake with him. Richard was named as BBC Food Champion of the Year 2010 for his work on baking.

Richard’s first book Dough was published in 2005 and was awarded the IACP Best Cookery Book of the Year 2006, the Julia Child Award for the Best First Book, the James Beard Award for Best Book Baking and Desserts and The Guild of Food Writers Award for Best First Book. It has been translated into 15 languages and is sold in over 20 countries. Crust published in 2007, was given a World Gourmand Award for the Best British book on Baking and a James Beard Award for Food Photography. Crumb, published in 2019, is Richard’s latest book.

Founded in response to requests from cookery school customers and locals to buy the bread being made on classes, The Bertinet Bakery originally opened as a pop up above the cookery school in 2008. It has grown to include bakeries in Bath and London supplying Waitrose and Pret a Manger as well as wholesale customers across the south and its own shop in Bath. Having sold the bakery in 2019, Richard continues with them in a consultancy role.

Find Richard in the Grow and Cook Theatre on Thursday and Friday.

Richard Bertinet Richard Bertinet Thurs & Fri

James Strawbridge

Saturday

James is a passionate chef, self-sufficiency and sustainable living expert. We're delighted to welcome him to the Grow & Cook Theatre on Saturday.

He lives in Cornwall with his wife Holly and their young children. James is a keen environmental activist who wants to equip people for the climate crisis by sharing essential skills in an inspirational way.

James is currently working on his new book, for Dorling Kindersley – The Artisan Kitchen.

James Strawbridge James Strawbridge Saturday

Matt Tebbutt

Sunday

Originally in the RAF, Matt gained a diploma at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London, before working for some of London’s most prestigious restaurants. This includes Marco Pierre White at the Oak Room and Criterion, and Alastair Little who he cites as the greatest influence on his cuisine.

Matt is currently presenting Saturday Kitchen and Best Bites on BBC 1, Food Unwrapped, which is in it’s 8th Series, on Channel 4. He has presented Save Money: Good Food, Matt Tebbutt’s South Africa, the Food Network, “The Big Eat” and “Kitchen Superheroes”.  Matt also co-presented Market Kitchen with Tom Parker-Bowles and Matthew Fort.

Matt’s first solo cook book, ‘Matt Tebbutt Cooks Country’, featuring all of his favourite recipes is still available, as is his second book ‘Guilty Pleasures’. He is also a regular contributor to Waitrose Kitchen magazine and other food publications.

He owned and ran the Foxhunter restaurant in Nant-y-derry near Usk in South Wales for over 10 years. The restaurant  won a number of awards including the AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales.

We are delighted to welcome Matt to the Festival on Sunday.

 

Matt Tebbutt Matt Tebbutt Sunday

Theatre Hosts At RHS Malvern Spring Festival

James Alexander-Sinclair

Theatre Host - Every Day

Garden designer James is an award-winning writer and has designed gardens around the world. He writes for Gardeners' World magazine and has been part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show BBC coverage since 2008. He helped set up the Moscow Flower Show in 2012.

James Alexander-Sinclair James Alexander-Sinclair Theatre Host - Every Day

Mark Diacono

Theatre Host - Every Day

Mark has a long association with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage series, having led the gardening team there. A food writer, grower and photographer, Mark also won the André Simon Food Book of the Year Award in 2015 for A Year at Otter Farm, based on his Devon smallholding.

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Reg Moule

Theatre Host - Every Day

One of Worcestershire's best loved gardening personalities, radio broadcaster Reg has received five garden radio broadcasting awards from the Garden Media Guild.  He manages David's Nurseries near Worcester, and received the RHS long service medal in 2014 to mark 42 years in the horticultural trade. 

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Jonathan Moseley

Theatre Host - Every Day

The floral expert from the BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, Jonathan is an international demonstrator of floristry, based in Derbyshire. A National Demonstrator for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, Jonathan is renowned for creating large-scale floral designs with speed, efficiency and entertainment, bringing floral theatre to a whole new level.

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