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Saturday, 28 March 2009
A warm welcome to your new resident gardening expert, Alistair Ayres
Alistair Ayres was editor of Which? Gardening and regular columnist at The Guardian for more than ten years. He is a trained botanist with a wealth of professional experience in design, building and maintaining gardens, and has won medals at all the major flower shows.
Alistair moved to a 3-acre Victorian walled kitchen garden when he was seven. By the age of ten, he had his first small business growing gladioli for market. After leaving school he became a professional propagator before coming to London to study botany.
After graduating, he developed a successful career as journalist, editing two national gardening magazines and a regular columnist for The Guardian for more than ten years. Working for Which? Magazine, he was responsible for conducting trials on thousands of gardening products, techniques and plant varieties. He has designed medal-winning gardens and exhibits at all the major flower shows, including Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park.
Alistair has also worked as park keeper, maintained the gardens of the rich and famous, and designed and built numerous projects ranging from tiny roof terraces to country estates. He currently divides his time between gardening and his other passion, which is writing and making films.