Matthew Oliver

Horticulturist, RHS Hyde Hall

In my spare time I tend two allotments so have been come to be known as the fruit and veg man at Hyde Hall

I have been working as horticulturist at RHS Hyde Hall for five years now and am part of the Hilltop team. We look after the older, more formal parts of the garden including the rose garden, dry garden, herbaceous border, woodland and Robinson’s gardens. I first came to Hyde Hall as a trainee in 2008/09 but came back full time after completing my horticulture degree at Writtle College. I also oversee the vegetable plots and this is my favourite part of the job, so I will be mostly blogging about all things grow your own. In my spare time I tend two allotments so have been come to be known as the fruit and veg man at Hyde Hall.

Matthew's posts and conversations

  • World's priciest pumpkin progresses...

    Two months on, an update on the progress of the world’s most expensive pumpkin seed

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  • The Global Growth Garden is going great guns

    2016 is set to be a year of enormous change in the vegetable plots

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  • Sow some super salads soon

    Plan ahead now and sow some tasty seasonal salad leaves for winter pickings

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  • Melons, Monty and me

    They maybe not the easiest of fruit, but the fragrant rewards are worth it

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  • A slow spring gives successional sowings a sporadic start

    Since my last blog in mid-February, growing has moved at a snail’s pace down at the veg p

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  • A gleaming greenhouse gives the go-ahead for growing

    There's a lot to be said for keeping your greenhouse clean - at Hyde Hall it allows for sow

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  • Woefully wet winter weather won’t make the work wait

    You may think that vegetable gardening is entirely a summer affair and in winter I can sit back

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  • Pumpkin displays prove to be a bit of a squash

    Although the growing season is coming to an end and life begins to get a bit easier in the vege

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  • Early autumn arrival provokes panicked pickings

    A warm summer means that there's lots to harvest in the garden, from humble spuds to hops a

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  • Plagues of pests and prolific pumpkins

    The last few months have been pretty manic down at the RHS Garden Hyde Hall Vegetable Garden, s

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