Thursday 2nd August 2018
In his talk about ‘A Life in Gardening’, Adam Frost will tell the story of his journey from a young boy uprooted from the city to live in North Devon, to an award-winning garden designer and television presenter.
His career really started when he went to work for Gardeners’ World presenter Geoff Hamilton at Barnsdale Gardens and eventually led him to win seven gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show.
Adam will talk about where he finds his inspiration from – in nature, architecture, art, people and food. As well as drawing on memories, special places and people who have been influential to the way he designs.
Adam Frost’s love of the great outdoors was nurtured from a young age by helping out on his grandparent’s allotment. His fascination with watching plants and vegetables grow and the wildlife it attracted has stayed with him and he remains passionate about passing this on to future generations of young people.
Adam believes that creating your own outside space can have a beneficially positive effect on your health and it’s this philosophy that drives his passion for gardening – getting more people to appreciate a love of plants and the wildlife around us.
Adam is trained in horticulture and landscape design and began his professional career in the mid-1980’s with an apprenticeship at the North Devon Parks Department. He later moved to Rutland and began working with gardening great, Geoff Hamilton at Barnsdale Gardens, where he helped design and create many of the 38 small gardens which were used as locations for the BBC’s Gardeners’ World weekly broadcast and are still on show to the public today.
In 1996 Adam established his own garden design and landscape business, working with some industry heavyweights, Sir Terence Conran, David Stevens and Dan Pearson. The last 20 years have seen Adam springboard into the public eye, due to his infectious enthusiasm, vast planting knowledge and creative flair, plus his unwavering passion for getting people from all walks of life, involved in gardening.
Adam set up The Homebase Garden Academy in 2014 with the specific aim of helping Britain’s next generation of horticulture students’ kick-start their careers, by teaching them about garden design and landscaping.
Since 2007, Adam has amassed 7 gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including a ‘Best in Show Urban Garden’ in 2008. Adam regularly lectures on a wide range of horticultural topics, both nationally and internationally for corporate, commercial and charity events. His down to earth nature makes him hugely popular at connecting with people and passing on his enthusiasm for the great outdoors. His TV appearances include the BBC’s The One Show, the Alan Titchmarsh Show, Tatton Park Flower Show, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and is a regular presenter on BBC2 Gardeners’ World. In 2016, Adam won Best New Talent at the RTS West awards for his Gardeners’ World films and is a regular contributor to horticultural magazines.
In 2015, Adam wrote and published his first book entitled ‘Real Gardens’ about his 7 Chelsea gold medal-winning designs. He is due to publish his second book next year (2018). In March 2017, Adam set up The Adam Frost Garden School run from his home in Lincolnshire, where Adam runs masterclasses on design and other gardening courses.
Adam and his wife Sulina live in a picturesque Lincolnshire village with their 4 children, 1 horse, 2 ponies, 2 dogs and an ancient cat! His 5 acre garden is regularly featured on Gardeners’ World as a work in progress!
The arts centre also houses the award-winning and highly popular restaurant, Lennons@Visual, full of yummy treats for morning coffee, lunch and dinner on weekends. Why not make a night of it and enjoy dinner before Adam Frost’s talk? Or just relax in the bar before the show.