About Pumpkin Beth

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!

All text, content and photography © Beth Otway 2010 – 2018, All rights Reserved.

16 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

  4. Hi Beth
    We just wanted to say congratulations for being a finalist in yesterday’s GMG Awards! We were so pleased to see your name up there, very well deserved!
    It was lovely to meet you at Hampton Court, and we hope to see you at another show next year.
    Best wishes from us both, to you both,
    Jo and Rob Whitworth

    1. Thank you so much Jo and Rob, that’s so very kind of you. I was so sorry to miss the Garden Media Guild Awards ceremony, I was absolutely thrilled when I saw that I was a finalist! If you’d like to visit my Daffodil Trial in April, you’d be so very welcome, I’d absolutely love to see you! I will let you know when the daffodils start flowering. Thanks so much for your kind wishes, Best wishes to you both, Beth

  5. Many thanks Beth for your excellent website. I love the systematic way you test things out and on the basis of your test have now ordered Dales Wool peat free compost and am trying sand round my strawberries to deter slugs – no ash, soot or sawdust available just now, but I will collect some for next year.

    1. Dear Carole, thank you so much for your lovely message – I am so glad that you find my website to be helpful. I am sure that you’ll experience great results with Dalefoot Compost – it’s great stuff! You will need to adjust your watering, as Dalefoot is a very water retentive compost and so plants growing in it don’t need watering as often as the same plant would when grown in other composts. I am hoping that your strawberries will be safe from the slugs and snails – I have my fingers crossed for you! Best wishes, Beth

  6. Dear Beth, what a lovely blog you have written about the Welcome to Yorkshire garden by Mark Gregory, you even included me. It was so lovely to read & the photographs you took were fantastic. Thank you. Regards Mark &Louise Gregory. It has been a hectic time.

    1. Dear Louise,

      Hello, it’s great to hear from you you! I so enjoyed visiting the Welcome to Yorkshire garden, I really enjoyed talking to you and Mark. Mark created a delightful garden that gave us so much pleasure at the show and will be remembered for many years. I hope to see you at Chelsea next year.

      Best wishes to you both, Beth

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