Expert Advice Malvern Autumn Show

Take a look at which gardening and floral experts are joining us at the Malvern Autumn Show in 2018.

Experts at Malvern Autumn Show

Gyles Brandreth


Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, actor, former MP and Government Whip, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and probably best known these days as a reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a regular on Radio 4’s Just A Minute.  On stage he has appeared in pantomime, in Shakespeare, and in his own musical revue in London’s West End.  On TV he has featured in Have I Got News For You, QI, Room 101, and several hundred editions of Countdown.  The founder of the National Scrabble Championships, his best-selling books include The 7 Secrets of Happiness and The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries. 

He lives in London with his wife, and Nala, the neighbour’s cat.


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Mark Diacono

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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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Alys Fowler

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Alys is an award-winning journalist and passionate gardener. She is a regular presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World.  Her BBC series, The Edible Garden aired on BBC2 in 2010 accompanied by her book The Edible Garden.

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Carol Klein

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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.

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Jonathan Moseley

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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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Peter Purves

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Peter is commentating in the Top Dogs Arena

In March 2018, Peter celebrated his 40th Anniversary as TV Presenter and commentator of the world’s greatest Dog Show, Crufts. His interest in dogs began whilst presenting the children’s TV programme Blue Peter for the BBC back in the late 1960’s, when he was asked to look after the nation’s first surrogate pet, Petra. Since then his life has been filled with dogs. For 18 years he kept Newfoundlands, but today, he and his wife keep one Mini and three Standard Wire-haired Dachshunds, two Pekingese, and a blind and deaf Cocker Spaniel. He cannot envisage a time when he would not have a dog.

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Christine Robinson


Home of the Cavendish family for nearly 500 years, Chatsworth House is perhaps one of Britain’s greatest stately homes. Nestling in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, the Chatsworth Estate is also the home of Christine Robinson, retired Head Housekeeper of this wonderful house. After three summers working with the housekeeping team at Chatsworth as a holiday job, on her graduation she joined the team full-time in 1977, intending to stay for just one year. 38 years later in 2015, she retired as Head Housekeeper, but still lives in the Estate village of Edensor in the heart of Chatsworth's vibrant community and is now able to spend more time talking to numerous groups about life at Chatsworth.

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Joe Swift

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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.

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Valentine Warner

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Valentine Warner is a cook, food writer and broadcaster. Training originally as a portrait painter he went on to become a chef in London’s kitchens for five years before running his own catering company.

Saying the right thing at the right time Valentine suddenly found himself on television, where his deep love of cooking, nature and travel has seen him make seven series and contribute to others. His appearances have spanned a few channels BBC, UKTV and Fox International and written articles have been published for a variety of magazines and newspapers. He loves radio, an opportunity to describe things pictorially whilst also bringing a strong sense of storytelling to his food generally.

Valentine has written four cookery books, three of which he illustrated - What to Eat Now, What to Eat Now More Please, The Good Table and What to Eat Next. He would generally prefer to be found in a field rather than an office and is most likely to be holding tongs a fishing rod or a mossy stick.

Photo credit: Walter van Dyck

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