I’ve a lump in my throat as I’m writing this, my final blog as a QVC presenter. After an incredible 24 years as QVC’s Gardening expert presenter, I’ve made the big decision to step down at the end of the year to give me more time to develop new Flower Power products.
I started to plan this change with QVC last year and I was so pleased that my gardening friend and colleague, Michael Perry, was invited to join us as I’ve stepped back. Michael has been brilliant, bringing fresh ideas, plants and products to air, and only the other day he was telling me about some exciting new concepts he’s developing with the gardening buyers. From the beginning of next year, I’m absolutely delighted that Michael is officially taking over as QVC’s expert gardening presenter.
It’s been very much my decision to step back and QVC have been enormously supportive. We started the transition this spring and I’ve done fewer shows year. Already it’s given me more time to test and develop new products and the first of these will be launched next spring.
And the other big news is that I’ll also be introducing my own range of plants! I can’t tell you how excited I am by this. Ever since I was a lad, I’ve loved growing plants and I’ll be bringing some of my all-time favourites, plus some cracking new varieties, to QVC next spring, alongside my Flower Power products.
I’ve enjoyed a fantastic 24 years as QVC’s garden presenter. I launched our very first garden show in February 1994 and I’m very proud that I’ve been with QVC as we’ve grown to become one of the biggest and most respected garden retailers in the UK, with a fabulous range of products, plants and big brands. There have been so many highlights over the years, from launching plants (I introduced and guested all the Thompson & Morgan, then Hayloft Plants shows for the first few years) to the wonderful annual Customer Events we used to host at the Birmingham Botanic Gardens and other top venues.
It was huge fun being part of the team working on QVC’s three medal winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show (our designers Sarah Price and Adam Frost have gone on to be huge names in Gardening!) I’ve just loved working with the QVC team, the buyers, the backstage and broadcasting teams as well as the fabulous presenters (despite them giving me fits of giggles, live on air, on many an occasion!) Above all, I’ve loved the being part of a bigger gardening community with our viewers. Over the years, I’ve answered thousands of your queries, enjoyed chatting with you live on air, and loved receiving all the pictures of your garden triumphs (plus a few disasters!). And I’ve been both delighted and touched to be told by so many viewers that they discovered and developed their love of gardening through watching our shows on QVC.
So many happy memories, so much fun. I’m enormously grateful to everyone, from our wonderful QVC team to our fabulous viewers who have supported and encouraged me over these magical years. So, there’s a tinge of sadness as I step down as a presenter, but I’m hugely excited for the future too. I’m not disappearing from QVC, far from it, I’ll still be on air regularly, with lots to tell you about my Flower Power products and my brand-new range of plants. But I will get some more time at home, and that means I can do even more gardening. And I’m really looking forward to that!
Bye for now,