Elspeth Thompson


I am so shocked and sad to hear that Elspeth Thompson, the marvellous gardening writer, has died. She was a real inspiration to me, my ‘horti-guru’, not only for her work – the books about growing plants in inner-city London and her elegantly observed blog about turning railways carriages into a house on the south coast – but for her kindness and the graciousness with which she approached life. As fellow Sunday Telegraph columnists we would meet at gardening events and email each other with tips and garden gossip – from chewing over the identity of the mysterious blogger Garden Monkey to laughing about the £2 potted carrot we saw for sale at a prestigious London nursery. I will always remember her kindness, encouragement and generosity, her elegant prose and her ability to make you see beauty even in the most ordinary places. My thoughts are with her husband and young daughter at this awful time.

Latest News

Here’s my latest Growing Pains column for The Sunday Telegraph published last week – Petit Filous pots and why you can’t grow cheese. Another one will be coming out this Sunday, March 28.

The Girl’s Guide to Growing Your Own was serialised in March 2010’s  Tesco magazine. See below.tesco

New Girl’s Guide review from the US: I’ve never heard of these people before, but obviously, now I love them.

theguidecoverMarch 2010’s The Guide magazine features an interview with me here

feb2010My musings from Aalsmeer, the biggest flower auction in the world, in February 2010’s Easyjet Traveller magazine

It’s before seven in the morning and I’m standing on a metal catwalk looking down on what looks like an explosion in a paint shop.


Latest reviews for The Girl’s Guide to Growing Your Own

Loving Tim Richardson’s description of The Girl’s Guide in The Daily Telegraph as ‘chick-veg-lit‘ Also charming one from my horti-guru Elspeth Thompson in The Sunday Telegraph in her Christmas 2009 books round-up, The Sunday Times in their best Christmas books list and another nice one from ‘the stylish gardening blog’ Fennel and Fern.

Why I wrote The Girl’s Guide to Growing Your Own, The Sunday Telegraph, November 2009

A 30-minute planting recipe for a spicy salad box for winter, The Sunday Telegraph, November 2009

Emma Townshend from The Independent on Sunday came round for lunch, to see the garden and to talk about The Girl’s Guide to Growing Your Own. This is what she wrote…