Roots Into Horticulture

Roots Into Horticulture

Tues 1 Aug 2pm

Moved to The Anne Boleyn Stage

Roots Into Horticulture returns for 2023!

Join us once again for a sociable afternoon of horticultural networking and inspiration as a range of exciting speakers take to the festival stage to talk careers, plants, therapeutic horticulture, landscaping and design.

Our theme this year is Collaboration – into relationships between designers and landscape contractors, how nursery teams work to help realise designs in practice, and talking to horticultural therapists helping to support the most vulnerable in society.


Several of the busiest people in horticulture have kindly given up their time to join us this year:

Nina Baxter, garden designer, plantswoman, lecturer at the London College of Garden Design and this year’s Chair of Judges at RHS Chelsea will be in conversation with Nik Edser, director of Langdale Landscapes about the process of creating gardens, and how garden designers and landscapers can work most effectively together.

Richard Claxton, GP by day, horticulturist, garden designer and founder of and Delos Sissinghurst guide, will be chatting about the benefits of horticultural therapy with Sarah Wilson, award winning podcaster of the rootsnall podcast, horticulturist and Head of Horticulture at Veterans’ Growth, a horticultural therapy charity for veterans,

Back by popular demand, Simon Sutcliffe, Director at How Green Nursery, is also back on stage with a behind the scenes look at the showbusiness of Chelsea Show Gardens. His popular post-event plant sale will be happening again too – a chance to buy some fabulous plants, usually only available to trade customers.

Neil Miller, Head Gardener at Hever, rescheduled from last year, will be opening the event to talk about his career, and how the collaboration with his talented team of gardeners and volunteers ensures an award-winning garden year after year.

We will also have representatives from the WRAG scheme, LCGD students and the RHS on hand in the break-out sessions to talk about next step career and study options.

With a combination of talks, a Q&A panel and break out discussion and networking groups, this promises to be another successful event. Spaces limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

2pm, Hever Festival Theatre.

Once again, this is a not for profit event and all proceeds will be going to Thrive, the horticultural charity.




Standard Covered Ticket£20.00
RHS Staff & Students£15.00
Discounted Joint Theatre and Garden Ticket  ADULT£33.75
Discounted RHS Staff & Students Joint Theatre and Garden Ticket ADULT£28.50

The Anne Boleyn Stage

The Anne Boleyn Stage is situated on Anne Boleyn’s Walk. As you walk from the lake View Car Park towards the Two Sisters Theatre it is there on your left. We will not have a cover for the audience on this lawn, you can sit under the trees, bring the biggest umbrella you have, if necessary, but no gazebos please. Our seating is unfortunately currently in our condemned theatre, it is not safe for us to collect it. Please bring something to sit on, your picnic table if you like and we always love it when we see your candelabras.

The Theatre Bar will be accessible and open on the theatre lawn before the show and during the interval for hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, ice cream and snacks.

NEW for 2023 – freshly made crêpes. Savoury, sweet and allergy friendly options available from the concession by the lake, before shows only. Here is the menu

Please check our access page for further information.