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Meet the gardeners

Lucy

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Lucy was raised at her parents’ market garden in Essex, before venturing to further her horticultural education at Writtle and Wye colleges. With an Honours Degree in plant sciences she then worked at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden (RHS) Wisley. After six years she left to pursue a career as a garden writer – first, for four years at Amateur Gardening magazine and then for six years as Editor of Grow Your Own magazine. She is now Head Gardener at East Donyland Hall which is home to a Victorian walled kitchen garden.

Lucy has contributed to and written various gardening books (including the RHS Step-by-Step Veg Patch). She also regularly blogs about gardening for The Guardian website, and writes gardening articles for The Guardian Weekend magazine, Lucy regularly lectures at RHS Garden Hyde Hall and frequently guests with Ken Crowther on the weekly gardening slot at BBC Essex radio, in Chelmsford.

Caroline

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Caroline grew up helping out on the family market garden in Lawford, Essex. She always had a love for plants but decided to follow another passion after leaving school, and attended Otley College to complete a full-time Floristry course. This then led her into a career as a florist working in shops, and for a wedding venue decorator. She later set up her own floristry business from home. After marrying and having her son, Caroline decided she needed a new challenge and went back to employment on the family market garden. Here, she worked closely with her parents to completely change the range of produce they grew, to allow them to attend Farmers’ Markets and sell more in their farm shop. Caroline now lives with her family on-site and runs the market garden with just the help of her mum after losing her dad a few years ago, but she is still inspired by him to keep traditions going. She now also grows seasonal flowers in the warmer months, which are used in her floristry work and sold at Farmers’ Markets.