She entered her first show garden for the Royal Horticultural Society in 2003. She achieved a silver gilt medal and become a gold medallist with her second garden.
Anthea’s designs include a garden based on the story of Ann Boleyn; a 17th century theatre garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and in 2010 a Shakespeare garden based on the play ‘As You Like It’, at Hampton Court Palace, winning her fourth gold. In 2011 she will produce another garden at Chelsea themed on ‘A Child’s Garden in Wales’. In her local village show her lemon curd was unplaced and she came second in Mixed Foliage. That would have been a triumph had there been more than one entry!
Anthea shares her country garden with dogs, quails, hens and her husband Alistair, who sold his legal practice three years ago to pursue a life long ambition to become a pancake maker.. Together they grow all manner of organic fruit, vegetables and herbs, (including apricots, figs, apples, pears, cherries, berries of all kinds and nuts), many roses and other country flowers. Every autumn they sink under the tyranny of the harvest and run out of jam jars. Anthea weeds incessantly but not enough and during storms or gales above Force 8 picks Dalmatian hair out of jumpers.
• BBC2 ‘A Passion for Plants’ – series
• BBC1 – backstory to regular coverage - Chelsea 2007, Hampton Court 2007, 2009
• Team member Gardeners’ Question Time Hampton Court 2009
• Featured in ‘Homes and Antiques’ magazine,
• Columnist for ‘Amateur Gardening’, ‘Western Mail’, ‘Reckless Gardener’ (on line) and ‘Elevate’.
• Guest blogger on the RHS shows website
• BBC1 Radio Wales – regular guest on ‘Good Morning Wales’ and other magazine programmes
Previous speaking experience
• Garden clubs around the UK
• Cruises – Braemar, Balmoral, and coming up, Balmoral and Windstar.
• Hampton Court Show 2009 and 2010
• Cardiff RHS Spring Show 2009
• L’espinet Vacances luncheon club – September 2010 – Quillan, France
Looking at plants considered essential by the first pilgrims to take with them to America including some surprises - the Puritans took aphrodisiacs - how they were transported, and the battle for the survival of the first colony.
Behind the Scenes at Chelsea
What it is like to produce a garden at Chelsea, the deadlines, the calamities, the rescue operations, the time the clematis was watered with weedkiller – and the fun.
Top Tips for the Terrified
Simple ideas to increase the beauty of your garden, star plants, easy design tips, how to relax and enjoy your outside space.
From Show Garden to Your Garden
How to take inspiration from a garden show, make it realistic, and make it work, with many illustrations from beautiful show gardens.
The Edible Garden
The grow your own revolution – productive trees, essential herbs, great soft fruit and delicious salads and vegetables. What’s worth growing, what’s not, some great ideas on how to cook your produce, how to produce food you can’t buy.