When I posted about HF Holidays' Garden Tours last week, I mentioned Christine Walkden — gardener, author, lecturer and presenter — who leads a couple of the HF Holidays Garden Tours this year.
Christine’s a busy woman and you can catch up with her activities on her website, where there are details of her courses at Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex, (last year she received a Gold Award from the Association of Colleges for Further Education) her Evening with Christine Walkden theatre tours around Britain, and TV and radio appearances.
Like all the best TV garden presenters Christine has built up knowledge through rich and varied experience over the years — first in her local Parks Department, then the Lancashire College of Agriculture, at a couple of horticultural stations, then Wakehurst Place (specialising in seed physiology) before moving on to work for several seed firms.
Since going freelance, she has lectured, written books, and presented on several TV programmes, including Gardeners’ World. She is currently resident gardening expert on BBC1’s The One Show, where you can get a flavour of her style with this short video in which Christine explores commercial production of tomatoes by a small family business in Hertfordshire.
With all this in mind, I wonder why on earth Gardeners’ World don’t get her straight back on the programme. She's just the sort of presenter they need to help rescue their reputation just now.