In March, Shaftesbury Abbey Museum welcomes gardener and broadcaster Alan Power, who gives a richly-illustrated spring lecture on gardens that he loves.

Three years ago, Alan gave insight into the history and joys of working at Stourhead Gardens.

The regular BBC Radio 4 presenter is now back to speak about other gardens and his life in horticultural TV and radio.

“Having grown up in Cork, Ireland I came to the UK to study,” Alan said.

“Horticulture has been in my blood from an early age, my mother inspired me to follow an education and eventually a career in the horticulture and arboriculture world.

“I have been so lucky to date to have worked in and managed some of the most beautiful gardens and estates in the country, notably Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland, Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire and Stourhead in Wiltshire.

“The roles I have undertaken since early in my career have all presented me with amazing challenges and I love to share my work with as many people as possible.

“In recent years, I have had the pleasure of working with the Gardeners World Team on many occasions and been a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4, as well as presenting British Gardens in Time on BBC 4.

“My career has given me opportunities to lecture in Europe and in the US, liaising with people from all walks of life, and I will try to share as much as possible of this journey through great gardens.”

‘My Journey Through Great Gardens’ is at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre on March 13, 7.30pm.

Tickets £12 (£10 for Friends of Shaftesbury Abbey) at SAC box office 01747 854321 or at Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s website.

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