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Spalding Welcomes Garden Expert Gareth Richards

Spalding Plant & Bulb Company are delighted to welcome on board our new horticultural expert Gareth Richards.

Gareth Richards

Gardening Expert - Gareth Richards


Gareth has had an interesting and varied career in horticulture having trained and completing, an honours degree in horticulture at Writtle College in 2004. Since then he has worked at a leading plant nursery, as a researcher for BBC Gardeners’ World, at a private garden in Provence – and he is currently working for the Royal Horticultural Society’s members magazine, The Garden. 

As you would expect, Gareth’s personal interests include gardening and he maintains his own large allotment plot growing a large range of fruits and vegetables. Gareth has kindly volunteered to write a weekly blog to keep us updated on his own gardening crusade and also keep us informed as to what is ‘hot’ in the gardening world.


Gareth will also be on hand to answer any burning questions you may have to help you with your gardening. Anything from caring for wildlife through to forcing bulbs.

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  1. October 18, 2014  10:35 pm by Robert Wyeth Reply

    Just received an ordered standard Azalea it says in the package that some plants may be dormant. This has wet roots but looks dead with a lot of curled up brown leaves, should it be like this?

  2. December 28, 2014  10:03 pm by Pat Court Reply

    Advice needed regarding a miniature Xmas tree which I planted in the gravestone of my parents a few years ago. it has unexpectedly grown enormously, I have trimmed it back from the wording, but what is worrying me is will the trunk circumference break the base of the stone or do I have to saw it down and put trunk killer in the stump? I look forward to you reply with thanks

    • January 8, 2015  12:43 pm by David Reply

      Hi Pat,

      Sorry for the delay - it's been manic here this year! It's a common problem - small cute Christmas trees don't stay small and cute for long. Luckily, in common with most conifers, if you cut them back into old wood they won't re-grow. So no need to buy stump killer. Just cut it as low as you can to the ground, making sure no green shoots are left. The tree will then die, and the stump will rot away within a few years. Try growing some trailing plants such as aubretia which will help hide the stump. For more ideas of trailing plants see

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