Simon Akeroyd


Simon Akeroyd is the Gardening Editor for Saga Exceptional. Simon adores gardening and plants and has been indulging in his hobby ever since he was knee high.

Simon loves nothing better than getting his green fingers stuck into the soil (or peat-free compost even) and counts himself lucky to have worked at some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Gardens have included RHS Wisley, RHS Harlow Carr, Polesden Lacey, Sheffield Park, Coleton Fishacre and Agatha Christie’s Greenway in Devon.

In between gaining hands-on gardening experience, Simon has also spent time as a journalist working for a few years at the BBC as a Horticultural Researcher, Writer and Producer where he worked across a range of different gardening shows.

Simon loves to combine his two favourite hobbies (gardening and writing) and has written over 30 gardening books. Topics include vegetable gardening, composting, pruning, lawns, propagation amongst others. Many of his books are available from reputable book shops, and probably from some less reputable ones as well…

When Simon isn’t gardening or writing (which isn’t very often to be fair) he enjoys playing tennis and beekeeping – ideally not at the same time, although there is a sting to his serve!

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Articles by Simon Akeroyd

Apple trees can be pruned twice a year. Once in winter and a lighter prune in late summer

How and when to prune apple trees for bumper crops

Knowing when and how to prune apple trees will improve your crops for next year. We share our tips on how to do it.

On Gardeners' World, Rachel de Thame visits York Gate to discover how to take leaf cuttings of 'foliage' begonias.

How to propagate begonias from leaf cuttings (as seen on Gardeners’ World)

On a recent episode of Gardeners’ World, Rachel de Thame visited York House to discover how to take leaf cuttings of begonias.

Spring bulbs lasagna plants in terracotta pots

Monty Don’s latest TV appearance reveals tips for planting spring bulbs 

Now is the time for planting spring bulbs, and in a recent episode of Gardeners’ World, Monty Don provided some essential tips for growing them.

Spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips and crocus reward you with a stunning display of flowers

How and when to plant bulbs for spring

We share our top tips on when and how to plant bulbs – including daffodils, tulips and crocuses – for flowers next spring.

Digging the soil with a spade

I’ve been a professional gardener for 30 years – here’s why I no longer dig my soil 

For the last decade I’ve been practising the technique of ‘no-dig’ gardening. And I've seen the benefits. These are the reasons why I do it.

A beautiful small Acer tree with red leaves growing in a garden during late May.

These are the 10 best trees for small gardens

If you thought you didn’t have space in your garden for a tree, think again! Our best trees for small gardens offer character and colour.