Nick Bailey is a freelance horticulturalist, best-selling author, award-winning TV presenter, garden designer and speaker.
After studying horticulture at Hadlow College and achieving a 1st class honours degree in Landscape Design from Greenwich University, Nick has worked across many sectors of horticulture over the last 25 years, including nursery stock production, garden management, garden design, teaching, public speaking writing and broadcasting.
Nick is currently a regular presenter on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World to over 2.5million viewers. 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, as well as ITV News and BBC 1’s The One Show, BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, and BBC Radio 2.
Nick’s horticultural media career spans some 15 years, during which time he worked as an editor for Garden Answers and Garden News, moving on to write freelance for RHS The Garden, The Mail, The Times and The Telegraph. He 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 by Kyle Books in 2015 and has been a best seller ever since. His third book ‘Revive Your Garden’ will be published in April 2018.
As a dynamic and entertaining public speaker, Nick has taught and lectured for Greenwich University, Chichester College, The English Garden School, The Mediterranean Garden Society, The Hardy Plant Society, and numerous garden groups and associations in the UK and overseas. He is a regular speaker at BBC Gardeners’ World Live and UK garden and lifestyle festivals.
Working all over the world, 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.
Nick is the former Head Gardener for London’s famous Chelsea Physic Garden, where he spent the last seven years redesigning the gardens and diversifying the plant collection.