Sip By Sip Gardening

By Simon Akeroyd

Grow Your Own Drinks

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Let Simon design a garden cocktail for you, inspired by a theme (a wedding? a summer party?) and what will be available or in season in your garden. Limited to ten.

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Join Simon at his garden in the English Riviera in South Devon for an experience day, where he will guide you around his walled garden and introduce you to many of the key plants that appear in the book. During a short workshop, you will learn how to make drinks from them and you'll be able to pot up a plant featured in the book to take home with you. Afterwards, you'll have a chance to visit his wild winery, where you can try one of his sparkling wines or a soft drink. Limited to six.

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Do you have an outdoor space but aren't sure what to do with it? Let Simon guide you. Simon, who has worked for both the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and National Trust, will draw on his decades of experience in a one-hour Skype consultation. He will advise you on the plants you should grow according to your space, your ambitions for it, your budget and your experience. Limited to ten.

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My name is Simon Akeroyd, although I’m known by friends as the Tippling Gardener. I’ve always had an interest in winemaking and brewing using ingredients I had grown myself at home. However, I always struggled to find information to help me grow it on a small scale, such as a courtyard garden or balcony.  All the information I could find assumed you had a thirty-hectare vineyard in Provence or a hop farm larger than Kent, which, sadly, most of us don’t have.

I couldn’t find the answer to any of the questions I wanted to know in any books I could get my grubby, gardening hands on. For example, what if you just want to make your own drinks from plants but only have a tiny garden? Is it possible to grow a cider apple tree in a small courtyard garden? Can you train a grape vine over, say, a porch to make wine? Is there a drink you could make  from the stinging nettles by my compost heap? (The last one is weird I know, but I really did want to make wine from stinging nettles. Turns out you can. It’s very zingy, aromatic, spicy and alcoholic!) The answer to all of these questions is yes, by the way. So I have decided to create a book that will show you how.

In Sip By Sip Gardening, I will show you how to grow more than 50 gorgeous plants in your garden, all of which can be brewed into a favourite tipple. This book is a marriage made in horticultural heaven, combining two of the nation’s favourite pastimes, gardening and drinking. So, if you enjoy digging around in the garden, and also sipping a drink (not necessarily at the same time) then this is the book for you. 

I’ve spent the last thirty years experimenting with growing and brewing. It became my life goal to convert flowers, fruit and foliage into something I could drink. Now I would love to share my knowledge with you. 

Anyway, I think that is enough from me. The sun is over the yardarm, and I’ve got some serious gardening to do. I hope you enjoy the book - please do pledge to support it. Thank you for reading.

 

Proposed book specification: B-format paperback with black-and-white illustrations; 224pp

Book design by Mecob




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    Simon Akeroyd

    I’ve been very lucky to have written over 30 gardening books and write regularly for national magazines and newspapers. 


    After graduating in philosophy at Lampeter University, I went on to study viticulture (that’s the posh word for studying grapevines and vineyards) and oenology (another posh word, meaning winemaking) at a horticultural college in Sussex. I then became Garden Manager for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and National Trust, and later became a BBC producer, journalist and horticultural researcher.


    I have a small drinks business in Devon where I make sparkling ‘wild wines’ from ingredients I have either foraged or grown myself in my garden. I make them in champagne bottles, complete with a champagne cork and I sell lots of different flavours, such as rose petal, pink elderflower, lilac, camellia tips, cider and mead.  I like to think of my sparkling wild wines as a little celebration of nature. 


    www.simonakeroyd.co.uk





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