Lucy Hutchings is a designer of edible gardens, a photographer, writer and speaker, best known as @shegrowsveg on Instagram where she inspires a global audience of 168k followers to grow more food.

Hailing from a background in the fashion industry, Lucy’s eponymous jewellery label was favoured by celebrities including Cheryl, Kylie Minogue, Billie Piper and Lady Gaga for whom she regularly made bespoke pieces for TV appearances and photo shoots. However, having become disillusioned with the industry, she followed a passion for growing food, and now uses her design skills to help her global audience find a way to become more self-sufficient.

A great believer that an edible garden can also be a beautiful one, Lucy has designed show gardens for Hampton Court 2021 and Gardeners World Live 2023 where she will be officially launching her garden design business.

Her debut book ‘Get Up and Grow’ focussed on integrating food growing into interiors for design conscious individuals with small spaces. She also regularly speaks on the subject of homesteading, food growing and how to create a beautiful edible garden both in the UK and US. Additionally, Lucy has written for multiple publications including Home and Gardens, Women’s Weekly, Bloom, The Simple Things and Countryside Magazine.

In 2022 Lucy undertook a year-long project to build a self-sufficient eco homestead with partner adventurer chef Mike Keen, which was the subject of an episode on ‘Build a Dream Home in the Country with Mark Millar’ on Channel 5. Lucy has also appeared on BBC’s ‘Gardener’s World’ as well and BBC and ITV news programs.

Lucy will be at the Show everyday – hosting the We Grow stage!




New year, new garden, new trends!

We’re through the garden gate into 2023, with a host of gardening trends blooming throughout the country. From house plants reaching dizzying heights of popularity, to the colour of the year ‘Viva Magenta’, read on for our full list of trends.

To get up close and personal with fresh garden inspiration, new plants, the latest gardening kit and more, join us in 2023.

Colour of the Year 2023

Hand-picked by Pantone, the colour of the year has been named as ‘Viva Magenta. 

Pantone describe the colour as ‘brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.’

Discover a world of colour and scent in the stunning Floral Marquee,  bursting with award-winning nurseries and display.

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Sustainable gardening

Whilst your garden might seem to already be very green, it can always be greener!

Discover ways you can make gardening more sustainable, like upcycling common items to make stylish features. What was a pallet, hessian bags, bits of pipe, and tin cans, could become a planter, grow bags, water features, and wildlife habitats.

Be inspired by the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editorial team as they’re joined by experts to give tips and advice.

Grow your own food

Looking to go from soil to supper this year? Get brilliant advice from the National Allotment Society at the event.

Peat-free gardening

Learn about the latest peat-free compost from exhibitors who can offer face-to-face advice.

Indoor gardening

Foliage doesn’t just belong outside – bring nature indoors and be inspired by the Houseplant Hub.

Mindful gardening

Beautiful Borders returns with this year’s theme ‘My Garden Escape’ to give you space savvy ideas.

Gardening on a budget

Discover different ways you can let your garden bloom under a tighter budget, with advice from expert gardeners.

Fermented foods

Visit the BBC Good Food Summer Show (with free entry with your ticket!) and discover the latest foodie trends.

Feeling inspired? Find out what else is happening at BBC Gardeners’ World Live this June!