Local Experts Gardener's Question Time Panel
Jeremy Brudenell (Sponsor)
“Jeremy is really proud to be sponsoring this event. He is the owner of Root One Garden Centre in Brightwell, near Wallingford, which he established in 2001. From humble beginnings this has now become a very successful, well established local independent business and it remains true to its roots - the plants are the stars and the emphasis is firmly on the pursuit of gardening, with friendly knowledgeable staff on hand and a top-notch and warmly welcoming Cafe to boot.
Prior to this Jeremy ran a small wholesale general nursery where he learned his trade but without any formal training.
In a former life Jeremy worked as a stage and television actor starring in such shows as the BBC dramas David Copperfield, House of Elliott and Fortunes of War.”
Rob Jones (Chairman)
Local resident Rob Jones created The Garden Design Co Ltd in 1996 and offers an independent design and build service. This one stop shop concept offers clients a seamless process, which avoids potential issues associated with sourcing a separate designer and contractor to build the garden.
Rob studied garden design and horticulture, from 1991-1992 at Pershore College of Horticulture, following which he created an in house Garden Design and Build Company for Booker Garden Centre, near Marlow. The Garden Design Company Ltd now creates inspirational gardens for clients across the southern England.
Rob is also founder of The Garden Tree Company - a unique on line tree supplier.
His own garden will be open as part of the Gap Festival on 17th June.
Rob is also a Trustee of Greenfingers, a charity that raises funds to build gardens in Childrens Hospices, and is an active member of Goring Thames Sailing Club.
Paul has run Paul Barney - Landscape & Edulis Nursery since 1993, after completing a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture at Sheffield. Edulis specialises in unusual edibles and woodland plants and houses many unique collections. Plant hunting left Paul shipwrecked in 1994 as 'the' only British survivor of the MS Estonia disaster.
Paul designed the award winning RISC Edible Roof Garden in Reading in 2002. It featured on Gardener’s World and is lauded as being a cutting edge garden, containing more edible varieties than ever grown on a UK roof before.
A frequent exhibitor and medal winner at RHS shows including Chelsea & Hampton Court. Spare time mountaineer, yachtmaster, Churchill Fellow, kayaker, galanthophile and father of two.
Describing herself as a ‘keen cottage and weekend gardener’, Clare started her career in the fashion department of Harpers and Queen magazine before leaving to work as a freelance stylist and later costume designer. Thirty years down the line, Clare changed direction to work along side her daughter Calypso; they have an experience company The Indytute.
Clare's mother the writer Anne Scott James inspired her to garden, and Clare has spent several decades tinkering In her cottage garden on the Berkshire downs.
Her celebrated first book about the garden, Gardening Notes from a Late Bloomer, has recently been published by Pimpernel Press.
Clare will be signing books in the marquee after Gardeners’ Question Time.
Tim has worked for the National Trust for eighteen years at various NT sites in Sussex, Surrey and Berkshire. He is now Head Gardener for the gardens at Greys Court, Basildon Park and Nuffield Place assisted by a capable team of garden staff and volunteers.
His love of gardening started at a young age, when his pocket money 'stopped' on his thirteenth birthday and his father gave him a list of neighbours whose ponds needed de-silting and lawns mowing! He has a love of beautiful landscapes and gardening with an ecological conscience.