Celebrity Gardening Trio Coming to Coolings on the 5th September!

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Visit our celebrity gardening trio, here at Coolings on the 5th September 2019!

Do you have a love of bulbs?

Then you will love our special guest and career horticulturist, Steve Bradley MHort (RHS) who will be here at Coolings as part of our ‘Trio of Gardening Greats’ Day on Thursday 5th September. 

Steve will cover just about everything you can think of to do with bulbs!  He’ll talk about his favourite combinations and varieties, offer tips on planting, layering and caring for your bulbs. 

You may recognise Steve from one of his many TV appearances during his early career or from one of his books, magazine articles and support booklets for the BBC series ‘Ground Force’.  Steve and wife Val (also a qualified horticulturist) have written over 50 gardening books between them.  More recently, you may have heard Steve on BBC Radio Kent answering live questions on a Sunday morning or read his gardening column in the Sun newspaper every Saturday.

Are you an organic gardener?  Do you love roses? 

Then you’ll want to hear what award-winning garden writer, Val Bourne has to say.  Val will also be here on the 5th September to talk about her top ten roses, how she uses them in planting and the perfect companion plants for roses. 

As a committed organic gardener all her life, Val has to choose roses very carefully because they have to be healthy, vigorous and disease-free.  We look forward to hearing about her fantastic experience with roses that are all grown in her Cotswolds garden at Spring Cottage.   Aside from her love of growing roses, Val also writes for many publications including The Daily Telegraph and the Hardy Plant Society Journal. 


Keen to know the secrets of successful gardening?  

Well who better to hear them from than writer and broadcaster Peter Seabrook MBE.   Peter has presented gardening programmes on BBC 1 and BBC 2 including Gardeners World, Pebble Mill at One and RHS Chelsea Flower Show and has been the Gardening Editor for The Sun newspaper for over 40 years.  Peter will draw on his life long experience in growing plants to let us in on some of his secrets! 

Tickets for each one-hour session are only £7.50 per person (we are offering two sessions for £12).

Tea, coffee and water refreshments are available and included in the ticket price.


Timings and booking for talks:

  • Steve Bradley MHort (RHS) with ‘Making the Most of Bulbs’ will be talking from 11am – 12pm followed by questions and answers. Book Here.

  • Val Bourne with ‘My Favourite Bomb-Proof Roses’ will be talking from 2pm – 3pm – followed by questions and answers.  Book Here.

  • Peter Seabrook MBE with ‘A Lifetime of Growing Plants’ will be talking from 6.30pm – 7.30pm – followed by questions and answers.  Book Here.


If you would like to take advantage of our ‘2 Sessions for £12’ offer please book here.


Arthurs will be open as usual from 9am, serving our summer menu (breakfast 9-11am/lunch11.30am – 3pm) with scones, cakes & pastries from our bakery.

The garden centre and shop will be open to evening session ticket holders for after-=hours plant sales from 5pm until 6.15pm.

Dining for evening/afternoon session ticket holders …

We are also offering a dinner menu for those attending Peter Seabrook’s talk.  The dinner menu will be available between 4-5.30pm and must be pre-booked (Arthurs will remain open until 6pm for tea/coffee and cakes).  To book your table, contact the restaurant team on 01959 532269. 

Don’t forget you can also pre-book an afternoon tea between 2.30-4pm, which may be a good choice if you are planning on attending the afternoon session (01959 532269).


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