The Home and Garden Show at Capel Manor

Zephaniah Lindo

BBC Two's Gardeners’ World Presenter

The Home and Garden Show at Capel Manor are thrilled to welcome Capel Manor Lecturer, and new face of BBC Two's Gardeners’ World, Zephaniah Lindo.

“There is so much that can be achieved by gardening, In a physical, mental and spiritual way, it’s a fundamental need that human beings have to be able to get their hands dirty.”

Niah, as he likes to be called grew up on a farm “in the wilds of north Wales” where he first encountered agriculture and first tasted fresh produce aged four.  Strangely it was after moving to Southwalk in south London at the age of nine that he really understood what he calls “the hort bug”.

Moving to London Colney in 2000 in his late 20s, he worked for St Albans building company Tanglewood Homes as a labourer where he learned more skills from landscape gardener Paul Hughes. Niah then went into garden design and maintenance.

Following a serious injury that put pay to Niahs’  prosperous business, he completed An RHS Level 2 course, qualify in horticulture.

Niah began his studies at Capel Manor in 2009 and went on to study RHS Level 3 and complete a two-year teacher training degree before taking up a lecturing post two-and-a-half years ago, and is keen to pass on his skills to the next generation of gardeners.

With Gardeners’ World,  Niah aims to bring gorilla gardening and urban community projects into the spotlight.

 “If I can inspire people just to give it a go, I know once they’ve been bitten by the ‘hort’ bug they will be doing it for the rest of their lives.”