Val Bradley is a freelance garden writer, author, and RHS Trial judge.
Val has been gardening since she could hold a trowel, but only began her career in horticulture after working for three years in a civil service office. The discovery that it was possible to follow a career in gardening was a revelation.
Since qualifying, she has worked in many aspects of horticulture, including a local authority parks department, and several nurseries and garden centres. Val has taught gardening at night school and worked at RHS Wisley Garden. She also answers live phone-in questions on BBC local radio, has written for various magazines and written (or co-written) 12 books, including Town Gardens, Garden Tools and Indoor Plants.
Since 2002, she and husband Steve have been Gardening Correspondents at The Sun newspaper, working with Peter Seabrook to produce the topical gardening page every Saturday, a job that involves liaising with all aspects of the garden industry in order to convey the latest news every week.
Together, Val and Steve have been commissioned to update the world’s best-selling gardening books, The Expert series, originally written by Dr David Hessayon. In addition, Val helped produce the first-ever Expert Calendar for 2015.
Val is a Judge on one of the RHS Trial Committees and is a strong believer in using social media to communicate with other gardeners all over the world. Find her on Twitter @valgardening