Lee Connelly, The Skinny Jean Gardener confirms Show Garden at Ideal Home Show 2019

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Lee Connelly, The Skinny Jean Gardener confirms Show Garden at Ideal Home Show 2019

This years Ideal Home Show, held at Kensington, Olympia (22 March- 7 April 2019), sees former Blue Peter Gardener, Podcaster and Presenter Lee Connelly, also known as The Skinny Jean Gardener, design and build a children’s garden designed for and by kids and all sponsored by the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products Flymo.

The former Blue Peter Gardener last built a Kids Show Garden in Japan back in 2015, and since then become a proud father to daughter Olive (now 3), who many of the ideas incorporated in the design have been tried and tested with. Along with Olives help, Lee spent time workshopping ideas with local school pupils from Larmenier & Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, meaning this garden will not only be made for kids, it will have also been designed and tested by them too. 

Speaking of the garden and his excitement to bring this to Ideal Home Show this year, designer Lee Connelly says, 

“When bringing together all the incredible ideas from the school kids and myself, I wanted to bring gardening fun to the Ideal Home Show that parents and grandparents could take ideas from the features included and do at home as a family. The National Trust found that our children spend half the amount of time outside, than we did when we were younger, this garden will give some inspiration to change that. 

We as parents can spend weekends/ holidays feeling stuck inside the house, and what I want is for visitors this year to come and get some gardening ideas and makes that they can take home with them to do with the kids and be stuck outside”.

The Family Fun Garden at Ideal Home Show will be a fun, colourful garden packed full of ideas for all visitors, big and small, to get interactive with while at the show. Designed with Play, Grow Your Own and Wildlife at its core, the garden gives ideas that makes the most of the space visitors have at home, while creating memories together as a family. 

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For all media enquiries, interviews, photographs and additional information, please contact:

Lee Connelly | Skinny Jean Gardener | lee@skinnyjeangardener.co.uk

Kirsty Taylor | Ready 10 Media | Kirsty.taylor@ready10.media

About Lee Connelly

Lee Connelly ( aged 31), The Skinny Jean Gardener is best known for his work as the CBBC Blue Peter Gardener, specialising in children's gardening. 

Lee first started gardening in 2014 at the age of 26 with his brother on a local allotment, learning his new hobby though social media. He moved on to TVs Jimmy Dohertys farm to build a new kitchen garden for his restaurant, getting involved with Jamie Olivers food revolution and soon after building the first allotment on Blue Peter, and presenting gardening on tv and online ever since. 

Through his other work on TV, online, on stage and with his family gardening podcasts, he inspires families and children to get outside in the garden, create memories and enjoy the space they have. Lee believes that no matter how big you or your garden is, we can all be gardeners. 


About Ideal Home Show

The Ideal Home Show is the world's longest running exhibition. the show looks forward to the 21st century, bringing the latest innovations, the brightest ideas and the most inspiration (and of course fantastic shopping) to the hundreds of thousands of visitors that continue to enjoy the biggest and best home show in the business.

Show dates 22 March - 7 April

Olympia London Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX


About Flymo

Flymo is part of the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products, whose success has been brought about by the determination to be the innovators within the garden care industry, making the lives of gardeners easier.