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Nigel Colborn
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Nigel Colborn is a prolific journalist and author, currently writing the gardening column every Saturday in The Daily Mail.

He has also written for The Sunday Times, New York Times, Country Homes & Interiors, BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, and Garden News.

Nigel is the author of nine books on gardening including ‘Short Cuts to Great Gardens’, ‘The Container Garden’, ‘Annuals and Bedding Plants’, ‘A Flower For Every Day’, ‘Great Plants for Small Gardens’, ‘Plant Solutions’, ‘Natural Gardening the Traditional Way’, and he has also published a number of novels. 

As a television presenter Nigel has appeared on BBC Gardener’s World, the BBC’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage, and as a guest on BSkyB's The Cook's Garden, and How Does Your Garden Grow for UK Style.  He also presented the RHS Wisley Centenary video. 

Nigel is on the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Committee A’, judging at major flower shows including Chelsea and was for seven years a National Judge for the Britain in Bloom Competition.  In 2011 he won the Garden Media Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and is holder of the Victoria Medal of Honour (the highest award given by the Royal Horticultural Society).

Combining his experience in travel and gardening, Nigel leads specialist tours worldwide on gardening and wildlife as well as lecturing in the UK.  Like any author, he is passionately committed to the craft of writing and he uses this interest to teach writing for the Northamptonshire Education Authority.  

Nigel regularly works with brands and organisations on media campaigns, most recently for Specsavers and FCC Environment, and is a regular speaker at events such as BBC Gardener’s World Live.

Nigel's Books
Natural Gardening the Traditional Way
The Production Garden: discover the joys of creating a kitchen garden using traditional plants and planting methods. The Ornamental Garden: creating and maintaining a garden of filled with the colour and sent of old fashioned plants. The Working Garden: gardening the natural way with the tools, equipment, propagating and cultivation methods that have stood the test of time. This timeless book revises the rich gardening heritage with an irresistible combination of practical guidance on tried and tested gardening practice and history. It covers everything from natural horticultural methods of propagation, fertilization of the soil, care and cultivation, to period garden design and layout. Kitchen and ornamental gardening are both covered, and there is a detailed section on choosing and planting many of the old-fashioned fruit and vegetable species that are often more beautiful, tastier or more disease resistant than modern varieties. Packed with information and practical advice, this is an invaluable guide to traditional gardening techniques and an absorbing reference source and for all those wishing to garden the natural way.