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Catching up with a Gardener of the Year

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Gilly Brennan Gilly Brennan | 11:36 UK time, Friday, 24 July 2009

Today I went along to the back to back garden called The Lunch Hour Garden to catch up with Sue Beesley, one of our previous Gardener of the Year winners. Since winning the competition Sue has gone from being an IT consultant to nurserywoman and gardening guru. She gives talks, writes for two magazines and does radio and television for her local region; in fact she's so much in demand that she has had to employ a PR agency this year!

the_lunch_hour_garden.jpgSue tells me that her nursery ( is coming along well, it's hard work and not very lucrative as yet, but she loves it and is building a strong client base. Ideally she would like to concentrate on the nursery work in the spring and summer and write in the winter - sounds perfect.

The show garden she has created with her co-designer Isabelle Brooke is the sort of garden that we all wish offices would provide for their workers - a lovely, plant filled space for eating, meetings and getting away from your desk when you're having a bad day! It's quite a big garden, double the size of the other back to backs and I wondered if Sue and Isabelle would be having a go at a big show garden, at Chelsea perhaps? Given their progress so far, I wouldn't be surprised.

If you fancy following in Sue's footsteps and taking part in BBC Gardener of the Year download an application form today and send it in before next Wednesday.


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