Jekka McVicar is an organic grower of herbs and horticultural author, designer, consultant, judge and moderator. She is renowned for her passion and knowledge of herbs and has built an international reputation for growing and designing sustainable herb gardens.
Jekka has an impressive list of credentials. These include the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Vice President and Ambassador for Health & Wellbeing and the RHS top accolade, the Victoria Medal of Honour. She is an Honorary Member of the RHS Fruit, Vegetable & Herb Committee and a regular judge at RHS Flower shows. In 2018 she was chairman of the judging panel for the Great Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show. She has also been awarded the 2012 Gardeners Media Guild Life Time Achievement Award for services to horticulture, design, education and communication, and excellence in the field of organic herb growing.
Jekka is also a best-selling author of 5 books including Jekka’s Complete Herb Book that has sold well over 1 million copies. She will be launching her 6th book ‘A Pocketful of Herbs’, published by Bloomsbury Press, in March 2019.
Jekka is represented by Sauce Management. For all enquiries please contact Jekka's agent, Martine Carter (email@example.com)
Mac, Ian or Dad is the backbone of the business and holds titles ranging from Financial Director to Kitchen Porter.Setting up the business with Jekka back in 1984 he delivers the innovations, such as building the Herbetum, proofs all the books and generally keeps the ship sailing. In a previous career he project managed the delivery of satellites for BAE systems, such as Envisat, which provides the skills necessary to manage a family business (although with satellites you can blast them into space).
Hannah McVicar is a Bristol-based Artist and Printmaker, specialising in modern botanical prints and illustrations. She graduated from Falmouth College of Art with BA (hons) Illustration, in 2004. Her career started illustrating her parent’s plant catalogue and then designing floral patterns as a textile designer in America. She returned to England to pursue her career in illustration, working for a variety of clients including, The Times newspaper, Gardens Illustrated magazine and Ebury Publishing. Her illustrations are influenced by her childhood, growing up at Jekka’s Herb Farm and helping her parents at all the major RHS flower shows, including the Chelsea Flower show and Hampton Court Flower show. Her upbringing around plants and her passion for drawing became naturally entwined. Hannah has developed her style through years of practicing the technique of screenprinting. When Hannah is not working on commissions for her various clients, she is producing colourful and vibrant collections of floral screenprints that she exhibits throughout the country and internationally.
At Jekka’s Alistair brings his interests in the environment and his love for food to run Jekka’s ‘Food for thought’ supper clubs and the café on Open Days as well as giving the Master Classes on herb-based diets, herb tea time and edible flowers. He is also responsible for the corporate days. Alistair has successfully completed the Leiths professional diploma in food and wine and holds a Doctorate in Climate Change from Imperial College, London. Alistair’s childhood involved running the family vegetable patch and selling herbs at a number of flower shows including RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court shows.
Tansy is the steady rock in the centre of the family who is always on hand to lend support, contribute to an idea and in charge of Squirrel patrol.
The latest addition to the family and Hannah's energetic assistant, Rufous, the cocker spaniel!