Pumpkin Beth is a horticulturist and garden writer. Beth lives in the UK and currently gardens in an area where the outdoor temperatures generally range from -5C (23F) in winter, to +30C (+85F) during the hottest days of summer; with an indoor room temperature that ranges from 16C (60F) at night, to a maximum temperature of about 26C (78F) during the warmest part of the day, in the heat of summer. Beth’s average indoor room temperature is 19C (66F).
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, miniature orchids, terrarium gardening, indoor 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.
Why Pumpkin Beth? Beth used to grow beautiful vegetables, fruit, and herbs for Michelin starred restaurants; she grew such good quality produce and knew so much about edible gardening, that others often sought her opinion. Beth was always happy to give advice, enthusiastically encouraging others to grow their own food. Being the only supplier of pumpkins at the time, she became known as ‘Pumpkin Beth’!
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 also works as 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 Daffodil Society, The Mid Southern Daffodil Group, 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.
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.
Beth works to provide her readers with all the information they need to discover the best gardening events. She wishes to help, encourage, and enable her readers to garden productively and organically, using top quality, peat free composts. Beth hopes to help her readers to garden in the easiest and most effective manner, without harming insects, wildlife, or any other creatures.
Via PumpkinBeth.com Beth shares the results of her ongoing trials, passing on her wisdom, in the hope of encouraging and enhancing her readers’ connections to nature, their gardens, and allotments. Beth’s aim is to help her readers to realise, appreciate, value, and experience the magical awe and wonder of plants and the natural world.
Beth holds two Plant Heritage National Collections – a National Collection of miniature Phalaenopsis species and a National Collection of miniature Aerangis and Angraecum species.
Beth was absolutely delighted when PumpkinBeth.com was shortlisted as one of the 5 finalists for the Garden Media Guild Blog of the Year Award for 2017!
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