Magic of Plants 2021

The next Magic of Plants Conference will take place on 8th May 2021 – save the date!

Tickets will go on sale in September 2020

The venue will be at the Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel, Leeds


We have a very exciting line-up of speakers for this event!

Nick Bailey is a freelance horticulturalist, best-selling author, award-winning TV presenter, garden designer and speaker.Nick is currently a regular presenter on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World to over 2.5million viewers. His film on plants associated with Shakespeare for Gardeners’ World won best TV programme at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2016. 

Pic: Lesley Cook Headshots

Samantha Hopes initially trained and worked as a Geologist. She became a student at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, studying at Pershore College in the evenings.
​After graduating she went to work alongside John Massey, looking after his Hepatica collection at Ashwood Nurseries. This became one of her passions, alongside specialist alpines and a new breading program with Roscoeas.

With over 40 years experience in retail and production horticulture Andy Mcindoe is an author and regular contributor to a number of magazines, blogs and BBC Radio. He lectures to gardening groups and societies at home and abroad, leads gardening tours and is consultant to well-known suppliers in the garden industry. During his long career with Hillier Nurseries he was responsible for the development of the Company’s chain of garden centres and for 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Andy was awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal (one of the highest accolades in the world of horticulture) by the Royal Horticultural Society on 22nd February 2017 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the science and practice of horticulture. 

Peter Williams is a retired plant scientist with specialist knowledge of plant ecology, physiology and soil microbiology.   He is a lifelong gardener and for many years ran a small nursery that specialised in the propagation of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, especially those for acid soils and woodland environments.  He is a member of both the East and West Yorkshire branches of the Hardy Plant Society and now enjoys writing about gardening topics for The Hardy Plant and other garden society journals and newsletters.