In conversation with… Ken Evans

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Ken Evans has been passionate about plants for many years and realised that although many people love to buy little plants (plug plants and the like) it’s always exciting to buy a big plant or something that gives instant impact. That’s why he formed Plants2gardens and brings us an amazing selection of beautifully unusual plants. As part of my series to get to know our gardening guests just a bit better, I asked Ken a few questions about him and his passions…

Full Name

Ken Evans

Where are you from?

Northamptonshire

Where do you live now?

Woodford, Northamptonshire

Can you tell me about you family?

My Fiancee is called Louise and I have 5 children.

What started your passion/interest in gardening?

My dad was a very keen gardener and I started working at a nursery when I was 14 years old.  I left school at 16 and started my apprenticeship working at RHS Wisley Gardens.

What is your favourite plant and why?

Strongylodon macrobotrys, I saw this in flower at Kew Gardens in 1985 and thought it was exquisite.

Describe your ideal garden

A cottage garden which incorporates both modern and traditional planting methods.  A garden that attracts bees and butterflies and has all year interest.

Where is the ‘best’ garden you have ever seen?

Fairchild Tropical Garden in Florida.

Apart from gardening, what are your interests and hobbies?

We have a VW Campervan which we enjoy escaping in, her name is Tilly.  I also have a passion for cooking and eating good food, especially visiting fish restaurants.  I enjoy countryside walks with my family and the dog too.  I love to watch cricket and played until quite recently.

Who is the most memorable/famous person you have ever met?

I was lucky enough to meet and shake hands with the Queen at Chelsea Flower Show.

Describe your perfect holiday

Relaxing in the sun on a lovely beach with Louise.

How would you describe working at QVC?

Working at QVC gives me the opportunity to share interesting and exciting information regarding new and unusual plants.  I particularly enjoy introducing and selling plants that have a great story and QVC gives us the platform on which to do this in a way that other retailers can’t. The ability to present plants in different forms, give the customers lots of information as well as showing them what they will receive and the end result.

(Some of the plants Ken has brought to us that I was particularly impressed with include the Oleander shrub, and the Acer Cappadocicum Aureum.)

What makes you most happy?

Walking in the Lake District or Derbyshire Dales with a pit stop lunch at a Country pub.

If you had to write your own epitaph, what would you say?

“I warned you it was limited stock!”

What is the number one thing on your bucket list?

Flying in a Jet Fighter.

Ken also has a great eye for the pots that his plants look good in, and has brought us few really nifty tools that make gardening easier, plus what I call some ‘rescuers’ like his sulphur soil which help my camellia, rhododendron and raspberries come to life!

It’s always a great pleasure meeting up with Ken on the weekend mornings and seeing the excitement in his eyes about a new plant or the new story about the plants he has brought us and I am looking forward to seeing what else he has up his sleeve next time.

Simon X

@simonbiagi.com

3 Comments

  1. linda p July 11, 2017 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon great blog and very interesting blog about Ken-Thanks

  2. Simon July 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Linda, more to come on our other Gardening heros

  3. Jo nunn July 23, 2017 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Well done Ken!!! Great progress in your life.

    Best wishes from Jo (Christmas trees) Nunn

    Desperately need advice how to cut back an overgrown sefl- sown plum tree. Advice which is best to buy on Qvc?

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