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Simon Rickard

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Simon Rickard is a gardener and plantsman. He is best known as the former head gardener at the Diggers Club, in which role he oversaw the gardens at Heronswood and the Garden of St Erth until 2009. Until 2012 Simon worked as a market gardener, growing bespoke produce for Annie Smithers Bistrot in Kyneton. Simon is a botanical guide for Botanica World Discoveries and runs his own garden consultancy and coaching business. His first book The New Ornamental Garden was released in 2011. Somehow, Simon finds time to lead a parallel life as a musician, playing principal baroque bassoon for Pinchgut Opera.

Books by Simon Rickard

Heirloom Vegetables: A guide to their history and varieties

In this lively, passionate and at times political introduction to the world of heirloom vegetables, gardener Simon Rickard describes the history of many of his favourite varieties, encourages you to get growing yourself, and explains why he believes edible gardening is so important to our future - and the future of the planet.

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