About me

I have just moved to a village near Lampeter in Wales (late March 2021), where I am setting up a new no dig garden and small scale homestead. I am very busy unpacking too!  And, co-creating a No Dig Allotment Show garden for Hampton Court Flower Show – which was very exciting but took a lot of organising.

I post on Instagram most days, so do follow me there for daily info about this new project in Wales.

 

The “About Me” page will be updated soon – meanwhile here is a short bio.

Stephanie is a no dig gardener, garden and food writer, teacher, consultant and speaker specialising in no dig gardening and plant based seasonal food, that can be grown at home, in allotments, community gardens and larger spaces too.

A leading authority in the UK on no dig gardening, she has worked as a no dig kitchen gardener for 13 years (in market gardens, private estates, for restaurants, in community gardens) and grown on allotments/home gardens for over 30 years.

Stephanie mostly got into growing her own raising children when absolutely skint!

An author of two books, and currently working on two more, Stephanie won Practical Gardening Book of the Year for No Dig Organic Home and Garden, co-written with Charles Dowding. They both wrote the gardening parts! (Unfortunately some people seem to think that Stephanie only wrote the recipes…)

She writes about small scale homesteading, using homegrown and foraged plants to make drinks, body care products, herbal remedies, preserves and dyes as well as meals, and teaches how to grow your own, whatever sized space.

No Dig kitchen gardens I’ve worked at, created and/or run

RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival 2021 – I was the driving force behind the RHS No Dig Allotment Demonstration Garden, over 18 months of planning, project managing, organising the speakers, ensuring it all went smoothly during the show – and what a wonderful time we had! The garden was co-designed with Charles Dowding.

Roth Bar and Grill, Hauser and Wirth Somerset (2014 – 2020) – set up and ran the veg garden at the gallery

Homeacres, Somerset – Charles Dowding’s fourth market garden (2012-2000) – I helped set the garden up, worked in the garden and we co-ran the courses here. Charles and I were a romantic and business couple during this time, and co-founded Charles Dowding Ltd (we’re both directors).

Stavordale Priory for Sir Cameron Macintosh and Michael La Poer Trench (2011 – 2014) – ran the kitchen garden

Bar Garden for At the Chapel, Bruton (2010 – 14) – advised and helped with their bar garden

Hadspen House, Somerset (now The Newt in Somerset) for Niall Hobhouse (2010 – 12) – set up and ran a kitchen garden

Lower Farm, Charles Dowding’s third market garden (2008-10)

 

Plus private consultancies

Books – all pub: Permanent Publications

No Dig Organic Home and Garden (with Charles Dowding) 2017

The Creative Kitchen 2018

New book which will be about how to grow food all year in your garden, allotment or homestead – tbc

 

Magazines and other publications

Feature writer for Kitchen Garden Magazine since Jan 2019
Regular contributor to Permaculture Magazine, Bloom and Growing Green 

Freelance articles for other magazines including Grow Your Own, Women’s Own, Bloom, Farm Girl USA

I wrote Chapter 12 (the recipes) of Salad Leaves for All Seasons by Charles Dowding (2018) (unfortunately uncredited by the publisher).

Speaking, workshops and public engagements

Many RHS shows, BBC Gardeners’ World Live, Royal Bath and West Show, Toby’s Garden Festival, Permaculture Convergence, Zoom
Numerous clubs and societies

Photography

Photographs published in all of her books, many of Charles Dowding’s, many newspapers and magazines internationally

Awards

Winner Practical Gardening Book of the Year 2017 – No Dig Organic Home and Garden
Finalist BOOM Awards 2019- Best Organic Blogger
Second prize, Glee Awards, Best Gardening Book 2019 – No Dig Organic Home and Garden

Finalist GMG Blog of the Year 2020

Member of the Guild of Food Writers and The Garden Media Guild.

Contact me for more information.