PUBLISHED: 15:57 30 May 2014 | UPDATED: 13:18 30 August 2017



Learn about everything from composting to edible hanging baskets with expert garders at Cornwall's Eden Project

Some of the best gardeners in Britain will be stars of the show at the 's first-ever Green Fingers Festival running through June

From creating edible hanging baskets to learning about the art of indoor gardens, the festival is for everyone whether absolute beginners or experienced gardeners.

The festival runs from June 2-29 and throughout that time, Eden's acclaimed horticulture team will be sharing their knowledge with free expert gardener talks throughout the day.

There will hour-long talks covering everything from allotments and growing your own, to composting, wildlife gardening, flowers and ornamentals and exotic gardening.

During the Green Fingers Festival, celebrity guest speakers will make special appearances in a variety of events.

Accomplished broadcaster and author Anne Swithinbank, a familiar face from BBC 2's Gardeners' World and regular panellist on Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, will be discussing edibles and indoor gardening on Wednesday June 4.

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, will talk about edible hanging baskets and a year at Westminster Abbey on Saturday June 14 and Japanese gardens and edible hanging baskets on Sunday June 15.

On Sunday June 22, Organic gardener Bob Flowerdew, prolific author of more than 20 books and Gardener's Question Time panellist, will be talking about 'no work gardening', foods for the future and why organic food is so tasty.

Dave Finkle, former farm manager of TV's famous Jimmy's Farm and a well-known face on Springwatch, who has worked with Jimmy Doherty and Jamie Oliver on a number of projects, will appear on the weekend of June 28-29 for talks entitled 'A Growing Family'.

Other famous names confirmed for the event are well-known TV presenter and gardener Toby Buckland and Frances Tophill from TV's Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh. Frances is currently filming for Series Four of the hit show.

Don Murray, Eden's head of horticulture, said: "Eden's great gardening team is looking forward to sharing our knowledge during the festival with lots of talks and demonstrations.

"We'll be giving visitors real insights into how we manage our spectacular garden, designed landscapes and world-class horticultural exhibits with a particular focus on plants used by people which have become a haven for birds and wildlife.

"With around 9,000 different plants, Eden has something to inspire everyone; from herbaceous borders, salvia and dahlia collections, wild flower planting and an array of plants used by people (from industrial hemp to rice). There are also two of the finest and largest conservatories in the world.

"As well as the celebrity gardeners, we will also be welcoming some of our friends from other great Cornish gardens, including The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trebah, and organisations such as National Trust."

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