Out and about with Martin over the summer 2018 season
2018 show diary
Harrogate spring Flower Show – 26th -29th April – Judging nursery exhibits.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival – 10th-13th May. Show Garden and Floral Marquee judging, plus co-hosting with Mark Diacono in the Grow & Cook theatre. On Sat & Sunday Jill will be joining me for their Gardening on the Menu talk. I’ll also be chatting to Carol Klein about her gardening life.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show – I’ll be at the show judging in the Great Floral Pavilion.
Gardening Scotland – 1st–3rd June. On the RHS stand as a Horticultural advisor answering gardening questions and on the Q&A panel with the Beechgrove gardeners.
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – 6th-10th June. Hosting the Garden Theatre where I have the pleasure of interviewing the Duke of Devonshire. Also giving talks with Helen Bainbridge, Jon Wheatley and Jonathan Moseley, Steve Porter from Chatsworth and the RHS team.
Royal Three Counties Show – 15th–17th June . With Helen Bainbridge and Steve Ott we’ll be giving talks and answering gardening questions on the Garden Roadshow.
RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show, Harrogate – 22nd – 24th June. Join me and Jonathan Moseley in the Garden Theatre where we’ll giving talks, demonstrations and Q&S sessions. Jill will also join me to talk about Gardening on the Menu.
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show – 3rd – 8th July. I’ll be there judging in the Floral Marquees.
Great Yorkshire Show – 10th-12th July. The 160th show where I’ll be giving talks and demonstrations with Julia Lewis, Sarah Hopps, Helen Bainbridge, Jim Buttress, Jonathan Moseley and others.
RHS Tatton Flower Show 18th-22nd July. Judging in the floral marquee.
Chorley Flower Show – 28th–29th July. Join me with Helen Bainbridge and Steve Ott from Kitchen Garden magazine for the Garden Roadshow.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr – Sun 2nd September – Helen Bainbridge and I will be giving talks and answering gardening questions.
Harrogate Autumn Flower show – 14th–16th September
Malvern Autumn Show – 29th-30th September. I’ll be Hosting the Autumn Theatre and Q&A sessions.
Scampston Walled Garden, Malton – Friday 5th October – Running a day course on general pruning around the garden.
Scampston Walled Garden – Friday 19th October – A day course on plants for autumn and winter interest.
June’s kitchen is smelling fantastic!
When I’m out in the garden at the moment I’m surrounded by wonderful smells! I love Philadelphus and it really is at its best at the moment – such a sweet fruity fragrance. We’ve got one in almost every different bed around the garden specially so that we can smell it everywhere we go!
The other wonderful aroma of course is elderflower and there’s still just about time to make some elderflower cordial – but you do need to be quick! I found some flower heads in a shady spot yesterday so put a batch in to infuse overnight. I always put in a few heads of the pink elderflower – Sambucus Black Lace as it gives the cordial a lovely pink tint. don’t make it with all pink though as it doesn’t have such a string flavour.
Makes about 2 litres
1kg granulated sugar
12 big white flower heads (add in 2 or 3 extra pink) – shake well!
40g citric acid (from some chemists)
Sterilised bottles with caps or lids – wash then heat gently in a low oven for about 15 minutes till completely dry – allow to cool. Sterilise lids in a bowl of boiling water for a minute then dry on kitchen roll
- Pare the skin from the lemons with a peeler and slice the lemon into slices – put in a large bowl along with teh citric acidand elderflowers
- Put the sugar and water in a large pan and slowly heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil for just a minute then turn off
- Pour the syrup over the flower heads and stir a couple of times.
- Cover and leave for 24 hours to infuse.
- Use a straining bag or put some muslin cloth in a sieve, put over a large bowl and pour the syrup through. Leave for an hour or so to catch as much syrup as possible!
- Pour into your bottles and enjoy!
Because you’ve added the citric acid the syrup will keep for several months in a cool dark cupboard but once opened keep in the fridge and enjoy over a few weeks.
Simply dilute to taste with ice cold water, lemonade or sparkling wine
Out and about with Martin over the summer gardening season
RHS Malvern Spring Festival – 11th-14th May 2017. I’ll be at the show judging in the floral marquee and afterwards hosting the Grow Zone Theatre with lots of talks and Q&A sessions.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show – I’ll be at the show judging on Monday 22nd May in the Great Floral Pavilion.
Gardening Scotland – 2nd-4th June 2017 – On Friday and Saturday I’ll be there on the RHS stand as a Horticultural advisor answering gardening questions.
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – 7th-11th June 2017. At the RHS’s new show in Derbyshire I’ll be hosting and giving talks in the Garden Theatre along with Helen Bainbridge, Jon Wheatley and Jonathan Moseley.
White Rose Book Shop in Thirsk. Sat 17th June. Join Jill and I for the launch of our new book, Gardening on the Menu between 10am–12noon where we’ll be talking about the book and sharing some of Jill’s recipes.
RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show, Harrogate – 23rd-25th June 2017. Join me and Jonathan Moseley in the Garden Theatre where we’ll giving talks, demonstrations and Q&S sessions. On Sunday Jill will join me to talk about Gardening on the Menu.
Castle Howard Flower Festival. I’ll be at the event on Saturday 1sy & Sunday 2nd July giving gardening talks and answering gardening questions.
Great Yorkshire Show – 11th-13th July. I’ll be giving talks and questions times
RHS Tatton Flower Show 19th-23rd July. Judging in the floral marquee.
Chorley Flower Show – 29th-30th July – Join me with Helen Bainbridge and Steve Ott from Kitchen Garden magazine for the Garden Roadshow.
Malvern Autumn Show – 23rd-24th September – Judging in the floral marquee followed by talks and Q&A’s in the Autumn Theatre.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr – 30th Sept & 1st Oct – I’ll be talking and answering gardening questions at the Autumn Food & Wood Festival.