BBC Gardeners World presenter Frances Tophill travelled almost the length of the country recently for an action-packed weekend of activities to an eager bunch of customers for a large family-run garden centre.
Marketed and advertised well in advance the garden centre events manager organised a wide array of activities from talks to Q+A sessions and workshops, some aimed directly at children. Encouraging children outdoors and into the garden is something Frances feels very passionate about and the kids loved potting out plants and getting green fingers with her alongside mentoring.
Frances completed her Horticulture with Plantsmanship degree at SRUC Edinburgh in 2013 and has quickly risen to one of the young generation of gardenings top stars.
Aside from TV's Gardeners World, she was one of the co-presenters of ITV's Love Your Garden alongside Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney and Katie Rushworth. David and Alan are also in the Great British Speaker team. David has a new speakers showreel out and it's well worthwhile taking a look where he covers the emotional wellbeing that spending quality time outdoors gardening away from the dreaded mobile and laptop! See it on his bio page HERE.
Other gardeners we have in the team include Adam Frost, Adam White, Carol Klein, Charlie Dimmock, Danny Clarke, Diarmuid Gavin, James Wong, James Alexander Sinclair, Joe Swift, Tommy Walsh and Royal florist Simon J Lycett.
Frances is a popular choice for gardening talks and has appeared at Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court Flower Show and the Eden Project Green Fingers Festival to name a few.
Frances' first book, First Time Gardener, was published in 2015 and her 2nd book, The Container Gardener was published in April 2017.