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, you will find my work in The Irish Sunday Times, Landscape, The English Garden, Garden News and Garden Answers.
In January 2021 I will be doing the regular ‘jobs for the week’ in Garden News.
I also write a blog for Knights Garden Centre where I used to work when I was a teenager!
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.
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.
In addition to writing in magazines I have several books to my name. The most recent is one on containers for DK, due out in spring 2021.
I contributed to 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.
Stop press – and now in German!
Gorgeous Garden Boosters
See the Contact me page for details.
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