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VIP ticket: '"You'll never do well" but I did!' A Gardener's Tale by Christine Walkden

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VIP TICKET! Friday 28th June

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Christine Walkden is a television presenter, and The One Show's 'resident gardening guru'. She was also a great friend of Beth Chatto and is a patron of the Beth Chatto Education Trust.

We are delighted that she has agreed to speak at our next unmissable talk in June, which will raise funds for the Trust.

This ticket is for a Summer Afternoon Tea with Christine herself, plus a gardener's tour, entrance to the Gardens all day and VIP seating at her talk. 

Christine has been a horticulturist since the age of ten when she first obtained an allotment and started growing vegetables and flowers, which she sold to her school teachers and local residents. She was told by teachers that she would 'ne'er do well' but she's proven them all wrong with her incredible gardening knowledge and broadcasting success.

She has been on BBC's Gardeners World and on two of her own series on BBC 2, Christine's Garden. She also broadcasts on local and national radio and is a past winner of the Garden Writers Guild Radio Broadcasting Award.


This VIP package includes:

  • Exclusive summer Afternoon Tea with Christine Walkden plus Catherine Horwood-Barwise, Beth's official biographer, Julia Boulton, Beth's granddaugther and managing director of the Gardens, and Karalyn Foord, manager of the Beth Chatto Education Trust.

  • A special Gardener's tour at 230pm

  • VIP seats at '"You'll Never do well" but I did..' A gardener's tale with Christine Walkden. 7pm at Ivor Crewe Theatre, the University of Essex. Starting at 7pm (estimated finish 830pm)

  • All-day admission to the Gardens on 28th June, open 10-6pm


Tickets are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment


Gold package £45 (or £40 for Gold Friends of the Garden) - All proceeds to the Beth Chatto Education Trust

Friday 28th June

Also available: General Admission ticket £15


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