Derry Watkins

On a chilly, grey, midwinter morning at Waterperry Gardens the international nursery woman, Derry Watkins, sparkled with fabulous tales of her expansive planting hunting travels. Her seemingly limitless knowledge of plants and their varieties would surely quench even the most addicted plantaholic.

Her nursery, Special Plants, in Somerset is a joy to visit – so many amazing varieties of plants and seeds on offer and also wonderful gardens and views. Derry teaches quite regularly, including free “Tuesday” talks at her nursery. Bounding with energy, wit and erudition she’s West End quality and a show not to be missed.