Chalk Village Gardeners Club

Coming back to Chalk..........Nick Bailey. 15th March 2024

Nick Bailey is a freelance horticulturalist, best-selling author, award-winning TV presenter, garden designer and speaker.


After studying horticulture at Hadlow College and achieving a 1st class honours degree in Landscape Design from Greenwich University, Nick has worked across many sectors of horticulture over the last 30 years, including nursery stock production, garden management, garden design, teaching, public speaking writing and broadcasting. 

Nick is currently a regular presenter on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World to over 2.5million viewers. His film on plants associated with Shakespeare for Gardeners’ World won best TV programme at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2016. 

He began his broadcasting career presenting Gardens Wild and Wonderful in South Africa (’95-’96) and spent four years as a panellist on BBC Radio Norfolk’s Garden Party.   Nick has since appeared on BBC 2’s Great British Garden Revival and Big Dreams Small Spaces, as well as ITV News and BBC 1’s The One Show, BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, and BBC Radio 2.

Nick’s horticultural media career spans some 15 years, during which time he worked as an editor for Garden Answers and Garden News, moving on to write freelance for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, RHS The Garden, The Mail, The Times and The Telegraph.  He currently has regular columns in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and Garden News.  

Nick’s first book ‘Chelsea Physic Garden – A Companion Guide’ was published in 2014. His second book ‘365 Days of Colour in your Garden’ was published by Kyle Books in 2015 and has been a best seller ever since.  His third book ‘Revive Your Garden’ was published in April 2018. 


As a dynamic and entertaining public speaker, Nick has taught and lectured for Greenwich University, Chichester College, The English Garden School, The Mediterranean Garden Society, The Hardy Plant Society, and numerous garden groups and associations in the UK and overseas. He is a regular speaker at Gardeners’ World Live.


His work has taken him all over the world including designing and managing gardens in the UK, Spain, South Africa and Australia.  Nick created his first Main Avenue Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show in 2016 for which he received extensive plaudits from the press and judges along with a Silver Gilt Medal.


Nick was also Head Gardener for London’s famous Chelsea Physic Garden, where he spent seven years redesigning the gardens and diversifying the plant collection.


Your Committee from L to R, Julie, Linda, Leigh, Brenda, Melvyn, Liz & Dave

What Our Members Say

Read some testimonials from club members. 

Autumn show 2023………….was a brilliant day. So lovely to see the community come together. S.E

Excellent show. I had a very enjoyable afternoon, looking forward to the next one. J.S

It was a fantastic show. There were some great exhibits on display. Well done to all the folks behind the scenes. N.J.S

Fabulous show, such a wonderful village response. Thank you to all your hard working organizer’s. S.S

Dear Julie, thanks to everyone for the Zoom meeting. I was so pleased to be part of it, and see Mavis too. It was so nice to hear about that amazing work, and such dedicated folk. I hope we will be able to visit one day. A.G

Dear Julie, just to say I very much enjoyed this evening’s lecture and everyone seemed very friendly.
I look forward to your next lecture and in due course coming to something in person. S.A

Hi thank you so much for our christmas parcel it was very thoughtful. I think you are all doing a wonderful job under these very trying, sad and difficult times. We can all only hope that 2021 will be a much better year. I like the idea of a 100/bonus ball club and we would like to attend any outings if we are able to. Anyway keep up the good work and thank you once again. E.M

Just a quick hello to the Commitee, I joined last year after being in the village for 5 years –
I received a lovely package this week from yourselves and it was totally unexpected and also not needed (but enjoyed).
Your annual membership is great value and I would certainly like to renew.
I sadly did not make the quiz competitions or the zoom meetings, which i believe were excellent – I would like this opportunity to thank Dave Bennett for not just being a good neighbour and genuine nice guy, but also his efforts with all this new Internet communication. L.L

Hello Julie, 

Alan and I were so grateful for the gifts we have received from the committee. What a lovely surprise, thank you all.

We appreciate your email updates about the club and are sorry that we are unable to join you by Zoom for the meetings. However we remain certain that eventually we will all meet again in person. Please extend our sincere good wishes to all of our committee friends. Thank you all once again.

Stay well. P.M

Hi Julie, please can you thank the committee for my Christmas present and card it was a lovely surprise thank you.

Hi Julie,

I would like to thank the club for the Christmas bag of goodies. I think it is a lovely gesture and certainly brightened my day. Although I have not joined in with any of the events etc I have enjoyed reading the emails.
I think you are all doing a great job. Thank you. Wishing everyone the best Christmas that is allowed at present. Hoping something good can happen next year.

Keep safe. W.H

Hi Julie, Nice to see everyone this evening. Great talk – very informative to a non country type like me. We both enjoyed it. Please pass on our thanks to Jane. J & A

Thoroughly enjoyable evening, will miss this when we move to Shropshire. Thank you Rosemary and Richard
Hi Julie

Thank you to all the committee for organising a day out at Penshurst  Place.

It was a perfect day out including the luxury coach, the perfect weather, nice company and a cream tea to top it all off.

I did however feel that the guide rushed us a little.  I would have liked to see some labelling of the plants but l understand this may detract from the loveliness of the garden displays and with a newly acquired app l did find the name of a plant l particularly liked.  Personally as a bit of a plantaholic l would have liked to see a larger amount of plants available in the shop but l have found over time that whichever garden l visit the plants displayed in the garden are very rarely available for sale in the shops.

All this however did nothing to mar a lovely enjoyable day out and l look forward to our next trip to Wisley

Thank you.


Questions & Answers

We are a friendly group of mixed ability gardeners and non gardeners of all ages. 

We have numerous speakers on a wide range of subjects throughout the year, that are free to members (some other clubs charge additional on top) and subsidized coach trips to various gardens. Other activities include our Autumn show and our Christmas social.  We also have arranged discounts at some local garden centres.

The Chalk Village Gardeners’ 50/50 Club was set up in 2021. Club members can pay £12 per year for a number to be entered into a monthly draw. Members can purchase as many numbers as they want. 50% of the monthly income is paid out in prize money each month, split between 3 lucky winners, and 50% goes back into club funds, so the more people that join, the higher the prize money.

By the end of its first year, we had 27 members so the club received £153 (plus some donated prize money), thereby helping to keep our annual membership subscriptions at the same price for another year.

The 50/50 year runs from Jan-Dec and it is possible to join mid year and pay pro-rata. The monthly draw is usually done at our monthly meetings, except January and February draws which  are made at the March meeting. Last year we paid all the prize winners at the Christmas social. 

For full details of the 50/50 Club, and how to join and pay, please read the guidelines in the website’s privacy policy and legal section.

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