Christine Walkden

Christine Walkden

Christine Walkden was born on 07 April 1955 in Rishton, Lancashire. Her parents ran a Sports Outfitter shop and had no interest in gardening.

A School lesson where she was given a Crocus in a yogurt pot was to get her interested in gardening.

They had a small front garden at home and soon Christine was looking after this as well as several neighbouring gardens. 

Christine got her first allotment at 10 years old where she grew flowers and vegetables that she sold locally.

At 13 all she wanted to do was be sent on day release to study Horticulture as she was already sure of what she wanted to do.

She left school with just the City and Guilds in Horticulture from her day release.


Branching out

On leaving school Christine worked for the Ribble Valley Councils local Parks Department before attending Myerscough College formerly Lancashire College of Agriculture.

She then worked in experimental Horticulture.

Next job was at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew at Wakehurst Place growing seeds for the Seed Physiology Unit.

Several jobs around the country before spending 20 years as a Lecturer at Writtle college.

A change of career saw Christine becoming freelance, in both this country and abroad and as a Plants woman and Horticulturist.


From little Acorns

A former Student suggested Christine to the BBC and they made a whole programme about just her and her garden. 

Christine's Garden ran for 2 series and was Christine in her garden or travelling to lectures and her neighbours including Reg who became quite a feature.

She was to take to the skies for her next big Television Programme Glorious Gardens From Above.

The 15 part series saw Christine flying around the UK in a hot air balloon looking at some of our best gardens from above as well as below.

Christine has appeared on various television programmes like the Paul O'Grady show and is a panellist on Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time.

She is currently the Garden Advisor for the One Show.

Christine leads Garden Tour Holidays all over the world sharing her favourite gardens and her amazing plant knowledge.

Christine Lives in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire with her Labrador Willow.


TV Programme

Christine Walkden Television Programme

2006 
Christine's Garden

2007
Gardeners' World

2011
RHS Chelsea Flower Show

2014
Glorious Gardens From Above

2014
Great British Garden Revival


Christine Walkden Books


1993
The Houseplant Almanac

2008
A Year in Christine's Garden: The Secret Diary pf a Garden Lover

2011
No Nonsense Vegetable Gardening

2013
No Nonsense Container Gardening


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