Ex-student goes back to her roots

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Celebrity horticulturalist, writer and broadcaster Christine Walkden met landscaping and horticulture students and staff as part of a recent visit to Myerscough College.

Lancashire-born Christine, from Rishton, is well known for her appearances on programmes including BBC’s The One Show and Gardeners’ World, and trained at Myerscough College (then known as the Lancashire College of Agriculture) in the 1970s, gaining a National Diploma in amenity horticulture in 1978.

She became an Honorary Fellow of the college last year in recognition of her achievements as a Horticulturist and Plantswoman, both nationally and internationally, along with her other achievements in the education, training and broadcasting sectors.

During her visit, Christine met students on the Royal Horticultural Society programme, as well as students on other landscape and horticulture courses.

She also inspected Myerscough College’s extensive gardens, plots and glasshouses.

Christine has hosted her own series, Christine’s Garden, on the BBC.

She is a past winner of the Garden Writers’ Guild Radio Broadcasting Award and has written books about gardening as well as previously writing a weekly column in Amateur Gardening magazine.