About Doug Stewart

My horticultural career started when as a young child I was given an area of garden as my very own, in the deep shade of some conifers, where nothing would grow, so I didn’t make a mess of the garden!

At the tender age of 13 I started gardening in daylight! When I took on my first allotment, and soon after won the contract to supply the village shop with freshly grown vegetables…

After training as a professional horticulturist, I have worked for a number of organisations, from the propagation department at Hilliers Nurseries, through to slightly more unusual roles such as lecturing in cucumber and tomato production. I have grown lettuce and pumpkins for Marks and Spencer worked as an interior landscaper and garden designer.

For over 20 years I  worked in horticultural education, as Head of Horticulture at one of the UK’s leading land-based colleges I am now work as a Professional Associate with the RHS, as a business consultant, and as a trainer.

To keep out of mischief I co-presents a two-hour gardening phone in on BBC Radio Humberside – “The Great Outdoors” which is one of the most popular local radio programmes in the region.

I have been widely published and contributed to both radio and television programmes.

In my free time I enjoy striding across hill and dale, getting lost, cycling, travelling, blogging (just click here to visit the blog), and am a total plant geek.

All my talks last for around 1 hour, and can be split into two halves to allow for a coffee break if required. Most clubs however seem to prefer to have the talk, then a coffee break and questions afterwards. If you are looking for a shorter talk, just ask, I have a number of talks that lend themselves to luncheon clubs etc.