Adam Frost – A Passion for Garden Design

Adam Frost – A Passion for Garden Design

David Hurrion interviews award winning garden designer Adam Frost.

Increasingly well known for his Gold medal-winning Chelsea gardens and from appearances on BBC Gardeners’ World, Adam Frost is one of the rising stars of gardening. So we sent David Hurrion to catch up with him.
 
 
David:
“First of all, congratulations are in order for winning the Royal Television Society Award for New On-Screen Talent! How does that feel?”
 
Adam:
“All a little strange really, it was a complete surprise! But a nice one. The BBC Gardener’s World team had entered the work that I had done for them last year, so I have them to thank really.” 

David:
“And I hear that you’ve literally just got back from Singapore. What was that for?”
 
Adam:
“I have been invited to the Singapore Flower Show to design and build a garden, it is a bi-annual show, a bit like our Chelsea Flower Show, quite an honour really. This visit was to meet the landscapers, I am going back in July to build and plant the garden.”

David:
“What else is going on at the moment?”
 
Adam:
“We have got loads going on at the moment. Some really interesting design work, both in this country and abroad, but that said, the most exciting thing is that we are moving. We are taking on a big garden, where I would love to set up a school covering all elements of gardening and encouraging people to have a go. Watch this space!”
 
David:
“Will you miss not having a garden at Chelsea this year?”
 
Adam:
“I thought that when this year’s gardens got announced I would feel a little strange, but not at all. It actually feels nice just to take a step back and have a year out. Mind you, I’m sure I will be there during the show doing something and it’ll be great to have a really good look round.”
 
David:
“How and why did you get connected with the Homebase Academy? You got them involved building the garden last year didn’t you?”
 
Adam:
“Yes and we won a Chelsea Gold, too. The Academy was born due to me moaning to one of the Homebase directors about the lack of young people coming into our industry. It’s crucial that we encourage the next generation of gardeners and horticulturist. Homebase have been great, really backed me all the way. So, the first year we took on 12 students and now, in our third year, we are up to 80 students. It’s probably the best thing I’ve been part of in my career, it’s let me give something back.”
 
David:
“Where did you get your love of gardening?”
 
Adam:
“Like a lot of people first with my grandparents. But my professional career started at North Devon Parks Department. I trained as a gardener, then landscaper and eventually a designer. It has been a fantastic journey, but it was essential to start at the grass roots and get to know how to grow things.”
 
David:
“Who are your gardening heroes?”
 
Adam:
“Number one has got to be Geoff Hamilton. I was lucky enough to work with him for around seven years. He had a way of enthusing the nation and getting them out gardening. Oh and another great gardening hero has to be Roy Lancaster. I could listen to Roy talk plants all day. His knowledge is incredible.”
 
David:
And lastly, a little bird tells me that if you weren’t a gardener, you might have been a chef?”
 
Adam:
“Not sure how you have heard that, but yes, I love cooking. It is an important part of my life. Mind you, I am pleased with the direction I took. Cooking for pleasure is probably better than doing it for a living. Who knows though, I might enter Masterchef one day.”