Horticulture Week Podcast - Adrian Evans, Finland's 'British Gardener'

Matthew Appleby and Adrian Evans
Matthew Appleby and Adrian Evans

Lifelong horticulturist Adrian Evans left Britain a little over 20 years ago to make a life in Finland.

Evans tells the Horticulture Week podcast about his journey from trying to plant sausages at the age of four to becoming Finland's 'British gardener', horticulturist, columnist and TV gardening personality in the Nordics and beyond.

He talks about adapting to gardening in a cold climate, with a five-month summer growing season followed by seven months under snow and soil that freezes well below a metre underground.

He also reflects on his fascinating professional gardening life which started in Ripley Castle gardens at the age of 14 via Askham Bryan College, medals won at the Chelsea Flower Show, a garden restoration project at Hazlewood Castle and breeding willows and poplars for renewable energy.

After being "whisked off" with his wife to Finland he worked on field trials as a grower/nursery stock manager. A garden designer, Evans was made 'the face of gardening' in the Nordic countries by growing media company Kekkilä.

Presenter: HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby
Producer: HortWeek digital content manager Christina Taylor

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