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Alan’s down-to-earth world of gardening
Peter Brown and Chris Day chat with horticultural supremo Alan Down in this latest Dig It podcast.
Alan has been incredibly active in the gardening trade from early days in commercial growing in
Germany, developing skills in germinating tree seeds and in Somerset to setting up a very successful
garden centre and most recently taking on a new role - President of the Horticultural Trades
Association. Alan is an accomplished gardening writer and broadcaster, who also enjoys worldwide
travel, photography and even deer management!
Plant mentions Wildflowers, pot chrysanthemums, spray chrysanthemum, tomato, bedding plants,
Japanese maples, hellebores, hardy ferns, ornamental grasses, and native trees.
Alan’s desert island plant: Apple tree or a citrus lemon or lime if the island was in the tropics.
Product mentions and useful links
Two recommended peat-free composts Melcourt SylvaGrow Compost, Westland New Horizon
The popular gift vouchers from the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) available from all Garden
Centres and Nurseries who are HTA members.
Hilliers Nurseries (container growing unit)
Edible Bus Stop Group
Royal Horticultural Society education
British Deer Society
International Plant Propagator’s Society
Luminaries: Sir Harold Hillier, Roy Lancaster, Stewart Chambers and Stewart Brookfield, head of
horticulture at Somerset College of Agriculture and Horticulture in the 1970s.
HTA toxic plants list https://hta.org.uk/potentiallyharmfulplants
You can follow Alan on these platforms
You can read Alan’s Blogs on gardening and travel on his website www.down-to-earth.co.uk
Gardening Candid app
Alan on Instagram @alanedown Twitter @AlanEDown Candide UK: @AlanGardenMaster
Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music
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