Andrea Blackie

Freelance writer

United Kingdom

I’m a freelance writer with a background in horticulture and an interest in environmental issues. I write persuasive, SEO-friendly copy for garden centres, online plant retailers and other horticultural websites, helping to boost site visits and conversion rates. I also write features for magazines on gardening topics.

Past and current clients include Garden Answers Magazine, Garden Connect, Marshalls Garden and Wyevale Garden Centres.

What I can do for you:

SEO-friendly blogs and articles
Help your customers find your site with SEO-friendly content that provides the answers to their questions.

Product descriptions
Make that sale with enthusiastic, informative product descriptions that encourage your customers to click the ‘Buy Now’ button

Email copy
Build customer relationships, promote offers and increase brand awareness with email copy targeted to your customers’ needs.

You can read a few samples of my writing below - more available on request. Contact me through the LinkedIn button below!


Blog posts and website articles

Frosts Garden Centres - Better Living, Living Better
7 tips for low maintenance gardens

Do you long for a beautiful garden but don't have the time to look after it? Gardening doesn't always have to be hard work. With the right choice of plants and a few clever tips, you can create a garden full of colour and interest that doesn't require constant looking after.

Frosts Garden Centres - Better living, living better
Plants for shady gardens

Shady gardens can be beautiful. On blazing hot summer days, what could be better than a comfortable seat in the shade? Flower colours are softer in the darkness, and green foliage takes centre stage, creating a tranquil setting with just a hint of mystery...

How To Grow Tomatoes

You can't beat the taste of your own tomatoes, picked still warm from the sun and eaten fresh. Growing tomatoes is easy, and there are varieties suitable for greenhouses, for pots on sunny patios and even for window boxes. Tomatoes come in a range of different shapes and sizes, and have different uses in the kitchen.
A beginner's guide to growing vegetables

Nothing beats the taste of your own home-grown vegetables, fresh-picked and still warm from the sun. You don't even need a garden to grow your own food - many vegetables will grow happily in a pot on a patio or balcony, and you can even grow salad and herbs on a sunny windowsill.
How to grow avocados in the UK

On toast, in smoothies and dips, and even in desserts, we all love avocados for their soft creamy flesh and mild flavour. Avocado trees don’t often bear fruit in the UK, but they’re fun to grow and make great houseplants.

Frosts Garden Centres - Better living, living better - 4 award winning garden centres
Top vegetable growing tips for July

'In July the sun is hot / Is it shining / No, it's not!' As musical comedy duo Flanders and Swann pointed out back in the sixties, the weather in July can be chancy, but nevertheless, it's a great month for gardeners.
Best climbing plants for shade and problem sites

Climbing plants are ideal for covering unsightly walls and fences. There are climbing plants for shade, sun, big spaces and small, so there’s bound to be one to suit your needs.

Product descriptions

Product description
Flopro Soft Flow Advanced Spray Gun

This innovative spray gun combines air and water to give a gentle waterflow that doesn’t damage plants or displace soil.

Product description
Begonia 'On Top Sun Glow

Begonia ‘On Top Sun Glow’ brings summer sunshine to shady spots with its stunning golden yellow double flowers edged in vivid red.

Marketing email copy

Wyevale Garden Centres
Carpets of colour

Lay carpets of colour with spring bulbs

Magazine articles

Garden Answers magazine
Keeping my bulbs a secret

The local squirrels have their eye on my tulip bulbs...but I've got a cunning plan.


The Telegraph
Get your garden ready to party

Planning a gathering? Here are a few tips to help you get your outdoor space looking great this summer.