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Working with brands

Writing garden features for magazines

I’m available to write features on gardening and lifestyle for magazines. I’ve written for Good Housekeeping, Harpers & Queen, The English Garden, Country Living, She, The FT How to Spend It, The Daily Telegraph, The Times Magazine and many more.

I currently contribute a fortnightly gardening feature for People’s Friend.

Sponsored or collaborative posts

I am interested in working with companies on sponsored (collaborative) posts. These need to offer really useful information to the reader. It’s great for your product if people remember a useful or inspirational post.

For example, a garden centre could sponsor a post on how to plan summer bedding. Or a tools company could sponsor a post on effective pruning techniques.

A good example is this post I did with Bayer (Baby Bio, Phostrogen, Top Rose): see it here.

There is a modest fee for these to cover my time. It will be made clear to readers that it is a collaborative/sponsored post (in line with today’s legal requirements!).

The words and structure of all sponsored posts are mine. I’ll only recommend products or companies that I believe are useful and relevant to the readers of the Middlesized Garden.

If your company would like to communicate your expertise in this way, please contact me at

There’s a maximum of two collaborative post opportunities each month. Do get in touch if you have an idea that you think would work as a collaborative post.

Affiliate links

The Middle-sized Garden takes affiliate links. These are disclosed in accordance with current guidelines. So I will always say when something is an affiliate link.

And I would only accept affiliate links from companies whose products I believe to be right for the readers.

So, if you are interested in the Middlesized Garden being an affiliate, please contact me on

Giveaways & competitions

I’m always interested to work with companies on giveaways or competitions. Once again, the main requirement is that products should be relevant to readers of the Middlesized Garden. It needs to be something we’ll all find really useful or wonderful to have!

Advertising on the Middle-sized Garden

If you’d like to advertise, please contact me on for a media pack.

Guest posts for the Middle-sized Garden

The Middle-sized Garden does NOT take guest posts, infographics or other link exchanges.

Guest blogging and ghost-blogging

I’d be happy to guest-blog or ghost-blog for companies. There will be a fee (unless it’s for a charity blog).

I’ve blogged and written for homes and garden sites, and also in other sectors, ranging from information technology to brewing.

Here’s an example of a post I wrote for Wayfair on Why Buying Garden Furniture Is Like Going on Holiday. (it’s at the bottom of the garden furniture page)

And if you’re writing a post for your own blog, I’ll always try to help. Feel free to ask me specific questions or to contribute a tip.

 Book or product reviews

Do get in touch if you would like me to review a book or product suitable for middle-sized gardens.

I’ll give an honest opinion, and will only publish reviews about products, books etc that I really feel will help people with middle-sized gardens.

I can’t promise a review, and I can’t return the product.

It will be made clear that the product or book has been sent free for review.

 More about blogging and The Middle-sized Garden

I set up this blog, The Middle-sized Garden, because I am passionate about gardening. And I also wanted to test out the tips I teach in my workshops. You need to know what works and what doesn’t.

Now the Middle-Sized Garden has been ranked no 5 of ‘The Top Ten UK Garden Blogs’ by international media company Cision UK.

The workshops will cover what you need on your blog, how to create ideas and headlines for blog-posts and how to promote your blog. Many people have enjoyed them  (see quotes below).

If you’re thinking of starting a blog, or have started one, but don’t feel it’s working for you, then get in touch here to see if I can help you or fill in this contact form.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed Alexandra’s workshop – she listens to the individual needs of the participants and tailors her advice accordingly.’ Paula McWaters, gardening journalist

‘Really useful. I have just started to write my first post.’ Charlotte Rowe, garden designer, Charlotte Rowe Design

‘Very good, very instructive and even slightly surprising…’ Caroline Garland, garden designer.

‘I learned more in two hours with Alexandra than I did on a full day course organised by another company recently.’ Sarah Hammond, Sarah Hammond Garden Design

‘Inspiring and illuminating- I’d recommend Alexandra’s workshops to anyone thinking of starting a blog.’ Amicia de Moubray, author and journalist, Doddington Place Gardens.

‘Alexandra is clear, concise and highly experienced. I left with a clear mind, a sensible action plan, realistic aims and feeling confident.’ Matt Jackson, landscape consultant, Black Sheep Consultants.

How to blog workshop at home

A ‘how to blog’ workshop in a private home, with garden designers, journalists and photographers.

NOTE: ALL material on The Middlesized Garden – both text and pictures – is the copyright of The Middlesized Garden. Please contact me to discuss terms if you wish to buy any photographs.