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Jim Buttress

Known as 'The People's Gardener, Jim Buttress was Superintendent of the Royal Parks for 25 years and looked after both the Queen and Queen Mother's gardens. He was the head judge for Britain in Bloom for 25 years and is also a holder of the Victoria Medal of Honour.

Jim Buttress Books

  • The People's Gardener - Hardback - 9780283072550 - Jim Buttress
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    A top gardening judge who presides over the UK's favourite flower shows, Jim Buttress reveals his life story in this warm and funny memoir.

    Starting his career as a practical gardener, Jim reveals how he managed to achieve one of the most impressive careers in British horticulture. He fondly looks back on his boyhood obsession with Percy Thrower and the 10 years he spent as Superintendent of the Central Royal Parks - a job that could involve anything from having a chat with the Queen Mother to figuring out ways to water elephants in Hyde Park.

    He also reveals what it's like to exhibit - and win gold - at the Chelsea Flower Show and shares some of the stories he's seen as judge. From the joy of awarding medals to grateful winners to the shock of being threatened by an irate loser, this book is packed with colourful characters and a grand love for all things gardening.