An Evening with Joe Swift

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13th July 2014 - 7.30pm

Venue: Loughborough Town Hall

Joe started as a landscape gardener in 1983, after leaving school. He went on to study garden design at the Chelsea Physic gardens and set up a garden design and construction business in North London in 1990. In 1997 he set up ‘The Plant Room’ an innovative design and retail outlet in Islington, North London, which has now closed, and is currently where Modular Garden is based (see below). 

Joe has been a regular designer and presenter on BBC Gardeners World since 1998. He presented Small Town Gardens on BBC2 as well as presenting the all RHS shows at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners World Live, Malvern and Tatton Park between 2000 and 2013. He presented the Blenheim flower show 2003 and 2004, and two series of ‘Garden Makers’ for Carlton and Meridian in 2004. He also presented ‘British Isles, a natural history’, London and South East for BBC1 in 2004, and 10 episodes of Open Gardens for BBC2 in 2007 and Gardener of the year 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Joe has designed many gardens on TV, including a garden for Comic Relief, the Bourneville garden, a Water garden and a Family garden for Gardeners World. He designed all the gardens for Alan Titchmarshes ‘How to be a Gardener 2’ series, and has designed and filmed 50 Garden Invaders for BBC1 in 2003 & 2004. Joe designed the G World 40 year anniversary garden in 2007.

His first book ‘The Plant Room’ was published by BBC Worldwide, his second book ‘Joes Urban garden handbook’ was published by Quadrille in August 2008, and ‘Joes Allotment’ published in 2009 has proved to be a huge success. Joe writes for The Times weekend magazine and Gardeners World magazine amongst others.

Joe is 43, lives in London and is married with 2 children. He is patron of the Harington scheme, North London, an ambassador for King Henrys walk Community garden, an ambassador for the National Gardens Scheme and a Patron of the Horniman museum. In 2010 he was appointed President of the NGS Yellow Book.

Joe is co-founder of Modular Garden, an award winning garden design and build brand set up in 2003.

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