About Pumpkin Beth

Pumpkin Beth is a horticulturist and garden writer, she lives in the UK.  Beth is a gardening evangelist, she has a keen interest in encouraging others to garden, and to appreciate, look after and protect the beautiful world in which we are so lucky to live.  Beth is an organic gardener, she believes in creating a natural balance, working with nature within the garden, Beth is very much opposed to any form of slug pellets.  Beth has a passionate interest in all aspects of gardening, she is particularly interested in conservation, gardening for wildlife, edible gardening, terrarium gardening, growing cut flowers, as well as trialling plants and garden products.  Beth is a vegetable enthusiast, she enjoys growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, herbs and cut flowers.

Beth is a Fellow of the National Vegetable Society.  She is the Programme, Visits, and Events Secretary for The National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association, where Beth also works as a member of the committee.  Beth is a council and committee member for the Surrey Horticultural Federation.  Beth is the Programme & Visits Secretary for Thursley Horticultural Society, where she is also a member of the committee.

Beth is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, Plant Heritage, The Garden Media Guild, Ewhurst Horticultural Society, Milford Horticultural Society, Thursley Horticultural Society, The Surrey Guild of Judges and Lecturers, Butterfly Conservation, The Daffodil Society, The Mid Southern Daffodil Group, The National Primula & Auricula Society, The National Sweet Pea Society, The National Vegetable Society, and The Orchid Society of Great Britain.  Beth is a friend of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and of Loseley Park.

Beth has previously worked for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at Wisley, reviewing and editing digital photographs of RHS plant trials.  Beth is a previous organiser of Godalming in Bloom, and she has also worked for Milford Horticultural Society.

All text, content and photography © Beth Otway 2010 – 2017, All rights Reserved.

10 thoughts on “About Pumpkin Beth

  1. Many thanks for your very informative and fabulous ,friendly website! So much information and advice. I am glad that I have found you.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Roisheen. I am so happy that you find my website helpful. I wish you a very happy new year and happy gardening too. Best wishes, Beth

    1. Hello Marsha

      I garden in the UK, our temperatures generally range from -5C to +30C in summer.

      Hope this helps, was there any plant in particular you were interested in?

      Best wishes

  2. You mentioned Daphne bholua ‘Jackueline Postill’ in a recent magazine. Can you recommend where you can get these. I live in Surrey

    1. Hello Alice, Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’is a slow growing plant and it isn’t the easiest to get hold of. Crocus stock it, here’s a link: http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/daphne-bholua-jacqueline-postill/classid.3747/

      Or you could try the RHS Wisley Plant Centre who also stock this lovely Daphne. Failing that here’s a list of suppliers, via the RHS Plant Finder:
      Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is such a wonderful plant, do ensure you have a sheltered spot where your Daphne can grow without any risk of disturbance, somewhere near a doorway or entrance where you can enjoy the scent. Good luck! Best wishes, Beth

  3. Hi Beth
    Linda and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you today at the orchid festival. so glad you were having a great day out. Your website is very informative I must say!
    Best regards

    1. Thank you Cathie, I hope my website will help you have lots of lovely days out! It was great to talk to you and Linda, thank you for all the excellent work you do at Kew. Warmest wishes to you both, Beth

      1. Thanks, Beth. You have a very impressive website! It was very nice to meet you yesterday at Kew. All the best to you and Mark. I look forward to seeing you again around the Gardens! Linda

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