Date: 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:30

The Eden Project’s Green Fingers Festival (June 1-21) returns in June with a great line-up of famous gardening talent.

The three-week festival, now in its second year, will allow visitors to pick up inspiration and engage with Eden’s expert gardeners and special guests.

Diarmuid Gavin (appearing at the festival on June 2) has twice won the Royal Dublin Society Gold medal for garden design and has displayed at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, winning Gold in 2011. Diarmuid is the garden host on ITV's This Morning, having previously presented the BBC’s Homefront for eight years.

Christine Walkden (June 3) is an experienced horticulturist and is the resident gardening expert on TV’s The One Show. She has also appeared on TV programmes such as BBC Two’s The Great British Garden Revival, BBC One’s Glorious Gardens from Above and the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Chris Collins (June 6-7) started his career as an apprentice at Brighton Parks and spent the last nine years as the Blue Peter gardener. Chris’s television career began with the BBC Two series the Plantsman , followed by regular appearances on This  Morning, BBC Breakfast and UK Style television. More recently Chris presented The Wonder of Weeds, a BBC Four science documentary, and BBC Three’s Young Gardener of the Year.

Anne Swithinbank (June 9) is an accomplished gardener, broadcaster and writer. She has written several books on gardening, including the Gardeners' World Book of Houseplants. She is well known for her time on BBC Two series Gardeners’ World and is a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners' Question Time.

Chris Beardshaw (June 11) has a lifelong career dedicated to horticulture and has been awarded 30 medals, including nine RHS Gold Medals. He has been a member of the presenting team on the BBC’s coverage Chelsea Flower Show for the last 13 years and is a long-standing panel member of BBC Gardeners’ Question Time.

Ben Faulks will be bringing his show, Mr Bloom’s Nursery, to the festival. There’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy songs for young children and parents alike. Mr Bloom will be performing on June 13-14.

Charlie Dimmock (June 18) is one of Britain’s best known and best loved gardeners. She first came to the nation’s attention on BBC One’s incredibly successful Ground Force, which ran for eight years. Since then she has appeared in and presented many TV shows and regularly works with a variety of charities.

David Domoney (June 19) is the co-presenter for ITV1’s Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh, the most watched gardening show in Britain today. He is Gardening Ambassador for THRIVE, one of the largest garden charities in Britain for disabled and disadvantaged people. He is also a winner of 27 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Medals.

The Skinny Jean Gardeners, also known as brothers Lee and Dale Connelly, inspire people to view gardening through a new lens. Through their work on TV (The Alan Titchmarsh Show, CBBC's Blue Peter), and by creating pop-up gardens, they have become influential in green fingered community. The Skinny Jean Gardeners will be appearing at the festival on June 20-21.

Marion Harrison, Eden Live Project Lead, said: “Green Fingers Festival was a great success last year and we’re very pleased to be bringing it back this summer with a wealth of gardening talent.

“The event is for gardeners of all abilities, from enthusiastic beginners to experienced growers, and will offer the opportunity to get first-hand advice from some of the country’s top gardeners.”

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