Where did that fresh-faced lad with trowel and dibber go? About

James Alexander-Sinclair is one of the foremost garden designers in the United Kingdom. He has designed gardens from Cornwall to the Western Isles and from London to Moscow.

He is also an award winning writer, a compelling speaker, frequent broadcaster and an elected member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society.

He has a regular column in Gardeners World magazine, he writes blogs for Crocus and, in the USA, Fine Gardening and contributes features to Gardens Illustrated, TheDaily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Garden, Countryfile, House and Garden, SAGA Magazine and many others.

He is occasionally let loose on television where he has been part of the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show since 2008. Other highlights include  presenting series three of Small Town Gardens, contributing to Gardeners World and most recently as a judge in the new BBC2 series, The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge.

James is also a well known figure on the shows circuit. He comperes awards ceremonies (including the Society of Garden Designers, the Garden Media Guild, the RHS and the Association of Professional Landscapers) and conferences, has run quizzes and auctions for the Garden Museum and hosted talks theatres at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival (every year since 2004), BBC Gardeners’ World Live, Hampton Court and the Chelsea Flower Show. He is also available to give talks to garden societies and groups around the country.

As well as being an elected member of the RHS Council, he is an accredited Gardens judge for the Royal Horticultural Society (judging at all the RHS Flower Shows) and is Chairman of the RHS Gardens Committee.

Internationally, James helped to set up the Moscow Flower Show in 2012 and continues to chair the Judging panel.

“I was never a childhood prodigy: one of those at the sound of whose toddling footsteps roses would preen and daisies turn their heads in expectant glee. I stumbled upon gardening by accident and there is seldom a day that passes when I am not thankful for that accident – just think, I could have stumbled upon tax accountancy or estate agency but instead I was fortunate enough to become a gardener. I discovered that I not only rather enjoyed it but also was not totally incompetent and thus I spent the following years turfing, laying slabs, erecting fences and doing lots and lots of digging.

Nowadays my life has various strands: I spend most of my days flitting around making delicious gardens for some very charming people in the most beautiful corners of the country. Most of the time it as blissful a job as anybody could wish for – even though there are very, very few rich gardeners: so, rather than doing it for the money, I do it because I have an urge to leave the bits of the world upon which I am let loose a little more beautiful than they were before I arrived.”

For inspiration, drive, motivation, sanity, laughter and support my love and thanks go to Celestria, Archie, Stroma and Maxim.


  • Oxford Botanic Gardens – Winter Lecture Series 28th January 2016
  • Bingham Garden Club 17th March 2016
  • Silverstone Gardening Club 22nd April 2016
  • Gardens Illustrated Festival 23rd April 2016
  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival 5th-8th May 2016