Naomi Slade: Journalist, Author & Editor.

There is no garden without a story

Naomi Slade is a writer, editor, author and photographer whose work is an almost continual presence in national gardening and lifestyle magazines and newspaper weekend sections. She is a regular radio guest and has contributed to Radio 4’s ‘Broadcasting House’ Sunday morning magazine programme. Naomi also has supplied content to websites in the UK and US and has a column in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life magazine.

Naomi has worked in the gardening media since 1999, initially organising award-winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and managing an extensive events portfolio for Which? Gardening Magazine. Since striking out on her own over ten years ago, she has worked on magazine editorial teams and, as a guest contributor, has written numerous features on all aspects of gardening, environment and lifestyle. She has covered gardens in France as well as the UK and has had a series on her own productive gardening experiment in Kitchen Garden Magazine.

Her first solo book, The Plant Lover’s Guide to Snowdrops, Timber Press 2014, received excellent reviews. A second book on orchard gardening, to be published by Green Books, is in the pipeline for 2016, for which Naomi will be supplying both text and photographs.

Her interests include plants, people, botany, environment and design and Naomi addresses these subjects with clarity and confidence to produce fresh, readable material. Brought up in Bristol and rural Wales Naomi started gardening young. She nurtured a passion for natural history and the environment and studied Biology at York University. While lab work never appealed, the grounding in ecology, plant physiology and biochemistry remains useful on an almost daily basis.

Some Career Highlights

  • Won a gold medal and 'Best Garden in Show' for a punk-themed conceptual garden at the National Gardening Show 2012
  • Naomi was immortalised by Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery in October 2014, who named snowdrop Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Naomi Slade' after her.
  • Book: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Snowdrops, Timber Press, 2014
  • Won a gold medal and 'Best Garden in Show' for a punk-themed conceptual garden at the National Gardening Show 2012
  • Eight-time finalist in the Garden Media Guild Awards, 2009-2014; Bronze medal in the Garden writer category of the LSL Property Awards, 2014.
  • Naomi’s lauded varietal apple juice brand, Dr Grandad’s Apple Juice, operates from her base in west Wales where she has over 100 named variety apple trees.
  • Naomi won three Silver-Gilt Medals at Chelsea Flower Show.
  • Book: The Garden Explorers Handbook, an activity book for children, RHS Books.
  • Contributing ideas and copy to the National Garden Scheme Yellow Book.
  • Rebuilding a Hampton Court Show garden as a resource for the Department for Education and Skills.
  • Editing horticultural activity material for schools tied into the Aardman/Dreamworks film Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were Rabbit.