Last updated: 11/05/16.
Helen Johnstone is a plant obsessive who loves nothing more than gardening. Her garden is far from ordinary and in fact looks more like a horticultural paradise. Helen uses her blog to document the development of her garden, her visits to gardening festivals, as well as sharing beautiful pictures of nature.
Dan Cooper comes from a long line of gardeners. His grandparents were avid gardeners and imparted much of their wisdom to him. According to Dan his childhood was defined by plants, experimenting with seeds and cutting his parents’ garden, while by the age of fourteen he had acquired a greenhouse. Dan started his blog in 2012 and uses it to talk about his two tropical garden plots, one which is by the seaside in Broadstairs, Kent and another in Highgate, London.
Alison Levey, the author of The Blackberry Garden, has a rather philosophical take on gardening in that she believes gardens teaches us patience and careful watchfulness. For Alison it is not just a hobby, it’s a daily devotion. Even though she claims to be no expert, she does declare herself to be as an obsessional gardener!
4. Real Men Sow
Praised by the Guardian and the Daily Mail, Jono Stevens blog, Real Men Sow, has won critical acclaim. Jono’s journey in to gardening started when he took on a redundant allotment plot and started using it as a space to grow his own food. Although he gave up his allotment some years ago he still concentrates on growing fruit and veg in his back garden.
From getting creative with a new potting bench to gardening hashtags, A Pentland Garden Diary covers it all. But the author Nadine Pierce wasn’t always so savvy about gardening. It was after moving to the edge of the Scottish Pentland Hills from the city that Nadine felt inspired to create her blog.
June Saddington is a professional gardener working at a botanical garden and by night she blogs for The Cynical Gardener. Her blog, The Cynical Gardener, features beautiful images of colourful flowers, reviews of products such as seed pods and garden shows.
Alexandra Campbell wrote her first novel on her father’s typewriter. Since then she has gone on to write 9 novels and 10 non-fiction books. As the title would suggest, The Middle-Sized Garden fills a niche in the market by offering gardening tips to people who have middle-sized gardens. Drawing on her skills as a writer Alexandra uses her blog to cover everything from how to use a garden fertiliser, growing vegetables, and how to improve your pruning.
Charlotte Weychan says that she got into gardening later in life but since then it has become her world. Charlotte uses her blog to chat about flower shows, to share her photography, and her travels across the world to places like America and India in search of unexplored gardens.
Authored by Rich Hood and Nick Moyle, Two Thirsty Gardeners offers practical tips on gardening. The pair started working together in 2008 when they began making their own cider. Their blog is a vital resource to those seeking to find a solution to problems such as destructive weeds, unexplained yeast infections, slugs. They also offer creative advice such as how to produce fresh vegetable harvest and turning some of the fruits of their labour into alcohol.
10. Veg Plotting
Veg Plotting is authored by Michelle Chapman who offers interesting stories about her garden and allotment as well as covering her travels to places like the Covent Garden Flower Market and sharing beautiful photos of various gardens all across the country.
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