About me: Books and work

Geoff in summer

The Biking Gardener is Geoff Stebbings:

lifelong biker (since I was 17) and gardener (since I was 7).
Two disparate threads I know but they come together sometimes!

You can’t always believe what you read (and there is a lot of nonsense spread about about gardening) but anything on here will be learned from experience – I have always believed that you should only write or talk about what you know.

I trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and worked in a garden centre, at an airplant nursery and was then Head Gardener at Myddelton House in Enfield, north London (made famous by the great amateur gardener E A Bowles) before embarking on a writing career, first with Garden News, then various others before joining The Garden (journal of the Royal Horticultural Society) and then going freelance. More recently I went back to Garden Answers where I was elevated to the heady heights of Editor but I left in Dec 2012 to move to Ireland to get back to my (career – not historical) roots and get my hands dirty again.

I continue to write and, this spring, you will find my work in Landscape, The English Garden, Garden News and Garden Answers.

I am a general horticulturist and will (and have) grown anything I can get my hands on! So these pages and posts will be eclectic – it won’t be a complete guide to gardening but should include something that excites you as much as it thrills me! From orchids to beetroot – it will be here, plus a few opinions.

Iris 'Belgian Princess' - who wouldn't fall in love?

Iris ‘Belgian Princess’ – who wouldn’t fall in love?

A few things tend to have been a recurrent theme however and iris and bulbs have always been a big thing for me. It would be quicker to say what I don’t want to grow and these can be distilled down into pampas grass, ‘Kilmarnock willow’ and semperflorens begonias; almost anything else will get one chance!

And The Biking Gardener is my creation used for many years in Garden Answers magazine to add fun to a problem-solving feature where I helped sort out problems for gardeners.

Books

In addition to writing in magazines I have several books to my name. The most recent is Gorgeous Garden Boosters (Readers Digest) – one of several authors. Before that was Growing Your own Fruit and Veg for Dummies and Spring Bulbs, all still in print and the Gardeners’ Guide to Growing Iris.

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Stop press – and now in German!

Cyan:Magenta:Yellow:Black

 

Gorgeous Garden Boosters

Gorgeous Garden Boosters

 - all about Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinths

– all about Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinths

The Gardeners' Guide to Growing Irises

The Gardeners’ Guide to Growing Irises

Talks

See the Contact me page for details.

Talks in 2016

15 August 7.30pm

Hellesdon Garden Association, Norwich

*I have now returned to the UK.

 

Please note that all the words and photos on this site are my property (unless where stated) and copying any material will be considered an infringement of copyright. If you want to use an image, please ask, I will probably say yes if credited. But please ask, its only polite.

8 Comments on “About me: Books and work”

  1. thelonggardenpath
    July 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    I used to follow your articles in “Garden Answers” as the Biking Gardener, and I reckoned you had my dream job! Riding around the country on a bike, visiting gardens and helping gardeners with their problems. Was it as good as it looked? From Ali – a garden fanatic cum ex-biker.

    • thebikinggardener
      July 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Hello 🙂 It is good to meet a GA reader! It was not always as good as it looked because I had to get to the gardens and back in a day so they were often long days and I had to squeeze it in with the other work. And because it had to be done every month all year and the days were booked some time in advance I had to go whether it was raining, snowing or sunny! But yes it was fun to meet people. But at the moment I can ride round ireland at the weekend sometimes until I return to the UK

      • thelonggardenpath
        July 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

        Ah, yes, all those years of getting to work by bike in all weathers – I remember them well!

      • thebikinggardener
        July 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

        LOL. I have not had chilblains since I have had a car as well 🙂

  2. Peter Cook
    February 18, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    So Mr Stebbings, your thoughts on the Abyssinia beds at Myddelton House and your involvement?

  3. Buboy
    August 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    I do love biking during weekend and exploring various places to get some interesting flowering plants that i can take home. Im a newbie for this hobbies and im loving it. Hope to get some tips and advises from your blog site. 🙂

    Regards,
    Buboy of Manila

    • thebikinggardener
      August 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

      thank you for visiting – I hope I give you some ideas though Ireland is rather different to Manilla 🙂

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