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Nick Bailey
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“Nick’s talk was really well thought out…it connected to the content of our show and the audience were completely engaged at all times. He presented in his natural friendly manner making his talk accessible to all levels of horticultural knowledge from the amateur gardener to the trained professional.” - RHS Autumn Garden Show 2017

Nick Bailey is a freelance horticulturalist, best-selling author, award-winning TV presenter, garden designer and speaker.

After studying horticulture at Hadlow College and Landscape Design at Greenwich University, Nick has worked in many areas over the last 25 years, including nursery stock production, garden management, garden design, teaching, public speaking writing and broadcasting. 

Nick is a presenter on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World, with an audience of over 2.5million. His film on plants associated with Shakespeare for Gardeners’ World won best TV programme at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2016.  He began his broadcasting career presenting Gardens Wild and Wonderful in South Africa (’95-’96) and spent four years as a panellist on BBC Radio Norfolk’s Garden Party.   Nick has since appeared on BBC 2’s Great British Garden Revival and Big Dreams Small Spaces, ITV News, BBC 1’s The One Show, BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, and presented BBC RHS Flower Shows coverage.

His horticultural media career spans some 15 years, including work as an editor for Garden Answers and Garden News, and freelance writing for RHS The Garden, The Mail, The Times and The Telegraph.  Nick currently has regular columns in Garden News, and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine for which he was awarded Property Press Awards' Garden Journalist of the Year 2017.

Nick’s first book ‘Chelsea Physic Garden – A Companion Guide’ was published in 2014. His second book ‘365 Days of Colour in your Garden’ was published in 2015 and has been an Amazon best seller ever since.  His third book ‘Revive Your Garden’ will be published in April 2018 by Kyle Books.

As a dynamic and entertaining speaker, Nick has taught and lectured for Greenwich University, Chichester College, The English Garden School, The Mediterranean Garden Society, The Hardy Plant Society, BBC Gardeners’ World Live and many garden festivals, groups and associations internationally.

Nick has designed and managed gardens in the UK, Spain, South Africa and Australia.  He created his first Main Avenue Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show in 2016 for which he received extensive plaudits from the press and judges along with a Silver Gilt Medal.  

As the former Head Gardener for London’s famous Chelsea Physic Garden, Nick spent the last seven years redesigning the gardens and diversifying the plant collection.




Nick's Books
Revive your Garden
A practical and inspirational guide for anyone who wants to bring their garden back to life, whether it's a long-standing plot that has become tired and unloved, or a newly acquired, shabby garden that needs some attention. Focusing on simple ideas, techniques and design solutions that anyone can achieve, Nick's guidance will instil the reader with the confidence to tackle restoring any space. His advice will include all the vital steps, beginning with assessing and understanding your site and progressing through the pruning and layering of existing planting, and the shaping of your space, to what to plant in specific areas and how to wow with unusual choices. Nick will also give advice on what to do and when to do it, with seasonal guidance on the best times to undertake basic tasks, so that reviving your garden becomes both satisfying and rewarding.
Nick's Videos