The Common GardenerCharlotte Philcox is an organic gardener with many years' experience of giving talks, teaching courses and workshops, broadcasting, writing, design and advice. With a special interest in edible, useful and medicinal plants, Charlotte's work is down to earth, practical and creative.
Based in Norfolk, Charlotte offers a range of illustrated talks (e.g. to horticulture groups, Wls, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, historical societies, U3A and at the regular Green Build eco-homes event run by North Norfolk District Council). She is also a popular tutor with the W.E.A.
"Brilliant course, made really enjoyable by excellent tutor steeped in knowledge of her subject and passion for gardens, gardening and produce - her enthusiasm is catching and a breath of fresh air"
(D.S., student on Charlotte Philcox's recent course, 'Beyond the Plotting Shed: a Social History of the English Kitchen Garden
Since 2008, she has been writing articles, book reviews and features for Archant's 'Let's Talk' magazine - including a recent interview with Charlie Dimmock - and is the magazine's horticultural correspondent.
As a lecturer at Easton College for four years, Charlotte Philcox was course tutor for the RHS Level 2 qualification and organic horticulture, and taught garden design. She now offers one to one and small group tuition, showing for example how to prune roses and fruit trees, propagate plants and work with different soil types.
With a BA(Hons) degree in Typography & Graphic Communication, and training in permaculture design, Charlotte was the regional finalist in the 2003 BBC and RHS competition to design a plot for the Hampton Court Flower Show. From the smallest courtyard to large, formal locations or smallholdings, she can offer practical solutions for complete sites or specific areas, planting plans, plant lists and general advice.
From 2004-09, Charlotte Philcox was a member of BBC Radio Norfolk's gardening team, taking part in weekly broadcasts and a telephone phone-in. She also recorded a series of short features and took part in additional programmes, including live coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.