Stop press! Stop everything! Stop what you are doing! Lovely, funny, learned Carol Klein is coming to the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival as a late addition to the programme. One of Britain’s best known and most gifted gardeners, who spoke to a packed marquee last year, will talk about her Making a Garden: Successful Gardening by Nature’s Rules.

This excellent handbook works on a simple but effective level because it explains how to get the most from your garden by taking inspiration from what works in the wild in your part of the world – be it in a meadow, woodland, hedgerow, seaside or exposed setting. This is clever because a shady corner of an urban garden mimics the conditions of woodland and a windswept roof terrace is like an exposed hillside.

All of this common sense – and inspiration – will be conveyed by one of our most engaging communicators. And on a personal note, Carol’s session at the 2017 festival inspired me to start growing tomatoes, potatoes and lettuce. I shall be in the front row, avid for more horticultural wisdom!

Buy tickets for Carol Klein, McInroy & Wood Marquee, Sunday 17 June 5.15pm – £13/11