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In Conversation with Jekka McVicar 2pm-3pm

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We are thrilled to have Jekka McVicar with us on 15th April. Jekka is a renowned expert on all things herbs, and her herb farm near Bristol boasts the largest collection of culinary herbs in the UK, with more than 650 varieties. Her passion and knowledge of the subject is clear to see, and she is a well-established author.

Her new book A Pocketful of Herbs is the go-to guide for chefs and gardens across the country.

The event will be held in our Willow Room located in the Gardens.

Doors open and sparking Elderflower cordial from 1.30pm. Jekka will be in conversation with Dr Catherine Horwood, author and Beth's official biographer, followed by Q&A and book signing, from 2pm to 3.00pm 

Every ticket includes a copy of this compact and handy A-Z guide (RRP £12.99). The guide will ensure that you get the best out of your herb garden, providing details such as when and where to plant, how hardy each plant is, how to nurture and care for your herbs and what each herb is best used for in the kitchen. 

The ticket price also includes Garden entry and you can join a Garden tour either at 12:45am or 3:00pm

The Beth Chatto Gardens tearoom will be serving food prepared with Jekka's herbs throughout the month of April.  If you would like to book a table please email

£20 or £17 for Gold Friends of the Garden (click on drop down arrow and select Gold Option)


Jekka was a good friend of Beth and remains close to the Beth Chatto Gardens Team. She has an impressive list of credentials. These include the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Vice President and Ambassador for Health & Wellbeing and the RHS top accolade, the Victoria Medal of Honour. She is an Honorary Member of the RHS Fruit, Vegetable & Herb Committee and a regular judge at RHS Flower shows. In 2018 she was chairman of the judging panel for the Great Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show. She has also been awarded the 2012 Gardeners Media Guild Life Time Achievement Award for services to horticulture, design, education and communication, and excellence in the field of organic herb growing.

  • Can I order something that you don't sell?

    We stock over 2000 varieties of plant and not all of them make it onto our website. If there is a specific variety or plant you are after, please email us on

  • Availability

    Stock levels are kept fully updated on our website.  If you plan to visit our nursery please do check our website for current availability before travelling, or please email us on and we can put plants aside for you. Alternatively, order through the website and select the 'Collect from our nursery - FREE' option. Please allow 3 days between ordering & pick up. 

  • What size pots will my plants be supplied in?

    Our plants are sold in a range of pot sizes dependent upon their growth needs:

    9cm – for all our alpine plants

    1 Litre –  for the majority of our herbaceous perennials

    2 Litre (occasionally 3 Litre) – for shrubs and those herbaceous perennials which require a larger root run

    Some plants may be supplied 'bare root' and will be of comparable size to pot grown plants.

  • Where do you deliver?

    We are pleased to be able to deliver our plants throughout the UK and Ireland.  Unfortunately, we are currently unable to deliver overseas.

  • How much does delivery cost?

    Rather than absorb the cost of postage within our plant price we prefer to charge a realistic postage and packing charge.

    For orders dispatched to England, Wales and Scottish Lowlands the charge for delivery is:

    £9.95 for orders up to £200
    £15.00 for orders from £200 to £500
    £20.00 for all orders over £500

    Please see our Delivery Information page for more details and charges for Scottish Highlands & Islands, Northern Ireland, Irish Republic, Isle of man, Isle of Wight and the Channel Isles.

  • When will I receive my order?

    Once you’ve placed your order online you will receive a confirmation email.  Your order will then be dealt with as quickly as possible by our experienced mail order team. During peak periods it can take up to 10 working days to receive your plants.  Once the team have selected your plants the status of your order will change to “processing”.  Finally - when your order has been carefully prepared and boxed and is ready to be collected by our courier - you will receive a dispatch email and can expect your plants to arrive the following day (for England, Wales & Scottish Lowlands).  We use a special fragile overnight delivery service to ensure that your plants spend the minimum amount of time in transit. Please see our Delivery Information page for more details and charges for Scottish Highlands & Islands, Northern Ireland, Irish Republic, Isle of man, Isle of Wight and the Channel Isles.

  • How do I track my delivery?

    Once you receive your dispatch email click on the tracking number link and you will be redirected to our couriers APC. Enter your tracking number and postcode there and you will be able to track the progess of your parcel(s).


  • Why has my plant been cut back?

    Traditionally the mail order plant season has run from October to March. This was because many plants would dormant during this time of the year and foliage would either be reduced or absent, making them easier to post.

    Now mail order runs all year round and thus requires us to maybe cut back some of your plants, particularly from April to October. Plants with tall flowering stems and lots of foliage may lose a great deal of water in transit and cutting back helps reduce this stress. Cutting back will not harm your plants but will help in their establishment by promoting new root and shoot growth once planted.


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