The Drag Queen Gardener
Tom Leonard AKA The Drag Queen Gardener
Tom Leonard is a trained horticulturist from Warwickshire, who happens to have a passion for gardening and drag. After a break up in 2019 he decided to get an allotment, where his love of gardening grew and his journey to become a drag queen began.
Daisy Desire – The Drag Queen Gardener, brings a glamorous splash to the horticultural world, or “the couture to your manure” as she likes to say. The gardening world was calling out for something fresh. She set out with the aim to promote the mental wellbeing benefits of horticulture, encouraging people to go outside and get growing, and motivating them to do what makes them happy. Daisy is now a well-known face for adding some sequins to the horticultural scene. Her joyful personality and refusal to take life so seriously has proven a tonic to audiences of all ages across the country.
2021 and 2022 have seen Daisy appearing at a number of major shows, including the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. She is now an established friend of the Royal Horticultural Society. Both Daisy and Tom have broken industry boundaries presenting on some of the biggest gardening stages in the country and most recently, BBC’s Gardeners’ World.
Thanks to his Level 2 Royal Horticultural Society Practical Gardening qualification, you will find Tom Monday to Friday tending the gardens at Green Alne Park and also landscape designing for his private clients. Both Tom and Daisy have worked with brands such as Draper Tools and Sproutl in their recent gardening campaigns.Both Tom and Daisy have worked with brands such as Draper Tools and Sproutl in their recent gardening campaigns. The Drag Queen Gardener has been a guest on a number of podcasts and radio programmes, and most recently appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Big Bees Challenge Campaign hosted by Michael Ball. He also recently appeared on Gardener’s World Live and Steph’s Packed Lunch. Tom and Daisy have featured in a number of national newspapers, and it seems this is just the beginning.
The Telegraph: “A revolution in horticulture”
The Times: “As it was, the most colourful item on the main avenue was the vision in bubblegum pink that was Daisy Desire, the Drag Queen Gardener. She was the human equivalent of a giant fuchsia hanging basket. Her disco pink bag was emblazoned with the words: ‘I didn’t ask your opinion’ – I think we knew that.”