Jim Buttress at Lowdham Book Festival

Jim Buttress at Lowdham Book Festival
  • Southwell Road Community Room, Magna Meadows, Old Tannery Drive, Lowdham, Notts NG14 7PS
    Southwell Road Community Room
    Magna Meadows Old Tannery Drive Lowdham, Notts NG14 7PS UNITED KINGDOM
  • 23/06/2016 13:30 - 23/06/2016 15:45


With his trademark bowler hat and clipboard, Jim Buttress, The People's Gardener, is a familiar figure to garden lovers. As a judge of the RHS, he presides over the country's favourite flower shows, including Chelsea and Hampton Court. He also judged the Britain in Bloom competition for over twenty-five years, and appeared on the BBC's The Big Allotment Challenge. But how did this practical gardener from Purley go on to have one of the most impressive careers in British horticulture? In this warm and funny memoir, Jim takes us from his boyhood obsession with Percy Thrower to his ten-year stint as Superintendent of the Central Royal Parks.

About Jim Buttress

Jim Buttress trained at RHS Wisley and worked for the GLC before becoming Superintendent of the Central Royal Parks, and then Superintendent of Greenwich Royal Park. He has frequently exhibited at the Chelsea Flower show, winning the gold medal numerous times. He is head judge at the RHS, and also judged Britain in Bloom for twenty-five years. He has appeared in the television series Save Lullingstone Castle and Return to Lullingstone Castle and more recently in Big Allotment Challenge. He has been awarded two medals of honour from the RHS, the Associate Medal of Honour and the much coveted Victoria Medal of Honour. His life and love of gardening is explored in his book The People's Gardener.