Hi, I’m Alan Down
Welcome to my site! I’m passionate about plants, gardening, gardens, travel, wildlife and the natural world!
After over 50 years working in many sectors of horticulture I’ve finally found more time so I’d love to share this garden passion with you!
I’ve written a gardening column in 6 West Country newspapers for many years. However the recent Covid-19 pandemic caused those titles to let all freelance writers go. I’m hopeful that, when things return to normal, my topical gardening columns will return to inspire West Country gardeners again. The titles were Western Daily Press, Western Morning News, Bath Chronicle, Bristol Post, Gloucester Citizen and the Cheltenham Echo.
I share my gardening experiences on Twitter, Candide and Instagram. You will even hear me every month giving topical gardening tips on BBC Radio Bristol.
I’ve been helping the Candide Gardening App with expert content, images and consultancy and I’m happy to consider other similar projects.
I’m a keen amateur photographer so virtually all the images on this site have been taken by me.
In September 2022 I became the President of the Horticultural Trades Association for a period of 2 years. This is a new challenge and a great honour for me!
If you belong to a gardening (or other group) then I’d love to talk to you! My wife Felicity is also a popular speaker.
We can deliver illustrated talks in person or via Zoom.