Jacqui Brocklehurst

Gardener //  RHS Award winning designer // Garden columnist

 BBC Radio Manchester gardener

Hi, I’m Jacqui a qualified horticulturalist, outdoor educator and living proof that gardening is good for you and connecting with nature really does improve well being. My passion for gardening has led to all sorts of adventures including writing for Cheshire Life magazine, broadcasting on the radio, occasional appearance on tv and talking/ demonstrating to various audiences, all of whom have been delightful, as well as getting my hands dirty building gardens across the North West. I love to share what’s going on in the gardening world and offer helpful gardening tips and advice so welcome to my website.

                 Photo. Wildlife garden at Rhs Chatsworth 2019. Designed by Sharon Hockenhull and planted by The Dream team.

RHS Chatsworth

5th – 9th June 2019

This year the RHS show features a modern and diverse wildlife garden featuring stylish decking made from recycled materials, a bird hide/relaxation area and wildlife pond. The naturalistic planting is full of inspirational ideas including meadows for wildlife, a perennial and ornamental grass border, pond planting, a sedum roof and much more. Designed by Sharon Hockenhull it’s an absolute dream!




Elderflower cordial

Yup it’s that time of year. The hedgerows are brimming with frothy, white elder flowers that can be picked on a warm, sunny day and made into delicious elderflower cordial or champagne. I promise you I will create a recipe page, give me a nudge on social media if I need to get on it soon @jacbroccoli for twitter and Instagram.



BBC Gardeners Question Time

Need some garden advice? Shaun Gagie and I are here to answer your questions every Saturday on BBC radio M’cr between 11 and 12. We give great advice and there’s bound to be some giggles too, we love gardening, a lot! Call 0800 218 2255.




A passion for horticulture

Take a look at my latest projects, catch up on my blog and find out what to do in your garden this month.

Cut off their heads?

It certainly feels like the summer borders have peaked too soon! Perennials that would usually still be sitting pretty have given us a fine display and gone to seed. But all is not lost, I believe there’s still time to get a second flush of flowers by...

A beech for the birds

It's raining outside, softly, gently and I’m entranced by our garden. Droplets of water have settled in a line beneath the pergola; shining like crazy diamonds they are defying gravity and refusing to fall. They are mesmerising in their stillness. The bare...


“ We asked Jacqui if she could help us redesign our crumbling patio and give us some ideas to make our garden more interesting but easy to maintain. After a few most enjoyable meetings when we discussed her suggestions, it was obvious she had formed an accurate idea of our lifestyle and our favoured flowers and shrubs. We were thrilled with the beautiful and professional plan she produced, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.”

Mr & Mrs L


” Jacqui listened to our desires for our very small garden at our new house and what she delivered exceeded our expectations. The garden she designed for us was beyond our dreams.”

Mr & Mrs P

Altrincham, Cheshire