Simon Akeroyd


Simon Akeroyd was previously a Head Gardener for the National Trust and RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and has written more than 30 gardening books during his career. He also writes regularly for national newspapers as well as garden and lifestyle magazines.

Simon has presented and been featured in TV gardening programmes and worked as a horticultural researcher, writer and producer for the BBC.

During his career, he’s also managed many gardens including RHS Wisley, RHS Harlow Carr,  Sheffield Park, Polesden Lacey, Coleton Fishacre, Compton Castle and Agatha Christie’s Greenway.

He believes passionately in encouraging everyone to grow plants. Not only do plants make our surrounding space look more beautiful, but they help the wildlife and the planet too.

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Articles by Simon Akeroyd

Raised beds are a useful solution for a low maintenance garden

Overwhelmed by your garden? Try these 15 low- maintenance ideas

Love your garden, but don’t have enough time to look after it? We’ve got 15 ideas to reduce your work load

Raking leaves off a lawn as part of autumn lawn care

Do your grass some good with these top autumn lawn care tips

Autumn lawn care tips such as how to scarify, aerate and over-seed your grass.

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.

Bright tulips in a garden

How and when to plant bulbs for spring

We share our top tips on when and how to plant bulbs – including why November is the best time plant tulips.