Naomi Slade: Journalist, Author & Editor.

There is no garden without a story

Naomi Slade is a freelance writer, editor, author and occasional photographer, frequently published in national horticultural and lifestyle magazines and is a regular radio guest. She also writes for national newspapers, contributes 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. She went freelance over ten years ago, subsequently working on magazine editorial teams and writing features on a variety of topics. She has written a series on her own productive gardening experiment for Kitchen Garden Magazine and has written a book on snowdrops.

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
  • Five-time finalist in the Garden Media Guild Awards, 2009-2011
  • Winning three Silver-Gilt Medals at Chelsea Flower Show
  • Writing The Garden Explorers Handbook, an activity book for children, for 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
  • Naomi was immortalised in Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Naomi Slade' by Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery in October 2014