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TV and radio 4 gardening expert to launch gardening school at Tong Garden Centre

TV and radio 4 gardening expert to launch gardening school at Bradford Garden Centre


An award winning Bradford Garden Centre has announced a collaboration with TV and radio gardening expert and award winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer, Matthew Wilson.


Tong Garden Centre is the first centre in the North of England to hostRadio 4's Gardeners Question Time regular panellistMatthew Wilson's Gardening School and has announced the dates of the first two workshops.


Wilson, the former curator of RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate and respected writer, broadcaster and lecturer, will mix practical with theory in the half day courses that will launch next spring.


During the first workshop,Planning Perfect Planting, which takes place onTuesday 24thApril 2018, Wilson willshare his knowledge and reveal tricks of the trade including how to choose the right plants for the right places; how to balance structural planting with flowering and textural plants and how to create year round interest and seasonal showstoppers.



The second workshop, onTuesday 15thMay 2018, is a pruning masterclass that will address a task that is sometimes considered challenging. It will include advice onthe best pruning kit and how to look after it; what, when and how to prune; how to achieve special effects; giving old plants a new lease of life and de-mystifying rose pruning.


Tong Garden Centre's Marketing Manager, Jo Dales is delighted to welcome Matthew Wilson back to Tong: "We are a garden centre first and foremost and are very proud to partner with Matthew for the Matthew Wilson Gardening School.


"Matthew opened Tong's new plantaria in 2016 and we're looking forward to working with him again and benefitting from his extensive horticultural experience.


"The workshops are a combination of theory and hands on practical work under Matthew's supervision. Although they don't take place until next spring, we anticipate that the events will be very popular and have made tickets available now in case people want to buy them as Christmas gifts for gardeners."


Wilson is delighted to be collaborating with Tong to deliver the exclusive events. He said:"I've designed these workshops because so many people ask me what to plant and how to prune.


"These sessions will be informative, and filled with techniques to give you the confidence and knowledge to do all of this, irrespective of the size of your garden."


Tickets for each of the half day courses, which run from 9.30am to 12.30pm, cost £55 per person and are available to book online


Tong Garden Centre occupies a 17 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire's biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.





Photograph caption: Matthew Wilson - garden designer, writer, broadcaster Matthew Wilson


For more information or to arrange an interview with Jo Dales, please contact Tracey Baty at three60 marketing on:


Direct line: 01430 871360

Mobile: 07971 961574



Notes to editors

  1. For more information about Tong Garden Centre, please see the centre'sFacebook,Twitter,Instagramandnewsonline.

  2. Tong Garden Centre is one of the largest independent garden centres in Yorkshire, located near Bradford in West Yorkshire. It occupies a 17-acre site near Tong village. Anoutdoor plant department and shopping departments filled with garden furniture, gifts, home accessories and leading brands spread across 110,000 square feet of retail space. Also on-site is the Coffee Shop, Orchard Restaurant, children's outdoor adventure playground Grass Hoppers and a newly refurbished food hall.

  3. Matthew Wilson is a well-respected garden designer, writer, radio and television broadcaster and lecturer.  He runs his own garden and landscape design practice, is a regular correspondent for the Financial Times and is a regular panelist on Radio 4's Gardeners Question Time. Matthew has designed award-winning gardens at Chelsea Flower Show, including his 2016 garden for Welcome to Yorkshire which won the coveted ‘People's Choice Award'.