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"I love this book – its confidence with colour, its passion, its knowledge of the very best plants, and the fanciest breeds of poultry all married together with sumptuous photographs. That Arthur has managed to do this in an inner city, turning a bleak factory yard into a most exotic, duchess-worthy garden makes it the most inspiring garden book I have seen in years."

Sarah Raven

"This may be my book of the year" - Joanna Lumley

The Pottery Gardener : Flowers and Hens at the Emma Bridgewater Factory

Juliet Nicolson (bestselling author of A House Full of Daughters, among other Much Ado favourites) will be in discussion with the extraordinary Arthur Parkinson, a 25-year-old whose vision, skill and hard work has transformed an industrial yard into a floral wonderland and a gorgeous haven for hens!

The Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent is a mecca for lovers of it's iconic pottery, known nationally for its designs featuring florals and farmyard animals. Today, it is a thriving visitor attraction; but tucked within is a walled garden bursting with nectar-rich, jazzy-toned flowers and hen houses of rare-breed chickens.

In this beautiful book, the site’s gardener, florist and poultry keeper Arthur Parkinson shares his story and the story of his amazing garden. Inspired by his friend and idol, gardener and florist Sarah Raven, and childhood hen-keeping pen pal the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Parkinson’s creation is one of resplendent flowers, platoon feather-legged hens, handwritten blackboards, flower arranging and wasteland foliage foraging carried out in one of the most unlikely places a garden could happen to exist: a working pottery.

With seasonal tips on container planting in your own garden, plant profiles and helpful guides to keeping fowl and arranging home-grown flowers, The Pottery Gardener is sure to delight gardeners, hen fanciers and Bridgewater fans alike.

Meet Arthur Parkinson for an entertaining talk about the crowd-pleasing, hen-filled haven he’s developed in an unpromising industrial site. Doors will open at 2:30pm, at the Old Chapel Centre in Alfriston on Sunday 6 May.

We’ll give £5 from each ticket sold to the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, to support their hen rescue programme.

Tickets £10 – including £5 off the £25 price of the hardback. Tickets will be available on the door, but space is limited and we recommend purchasing your ticket using the link below

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