Love is blossoming for two Amateur Gardening readers who met on the magazine’s Facebook group.

Tracy and John have announced their engagement

Keen gardeners Tracy Jones from the Isle of Wight and John Newman from Dorset met online while sharing their passion for plants – and now they’re engaged!

Tracy, an animal nurse who helps to run a cat charity, said: “A year ago I started chatting with a fellow member of the [AG Facebook] group. We both love our gardens.

“After several months we met and fell in love. I am immensely proud to say that John and I are engaged and that AG will always have a special place in our hearts.”

On her Facebook page, Tracy, who lists her interests as Irish folk music, cooking and gardening, describes herself as “owned by three cats and a house rabbit”.

She adds: “I adore my wonderful boyfriend John and want to spend my life with him.”

A date for the wedding has not yet been set.

Founder of the AG Facebook site, gardening editor Kris Collins, said: “We’re so pleased for Tracy and John.

“When I created the group, I expected it to provide our readers with a forum to share their passion for gardening, not each other!

“I’ve been pleased and surprised by the strong friendships that have been made through the group.

“You can tell from the posts just how much people enjoy using it. The news of the engagement is the icing on the cake,” Kris added.

The Amateur Gardening Facebook page is a great place to meet like-minded people and share gardening advice and tips. Readers can show off pictures of their plots and photographs of plants they’ve grown from AG’s free seeds.

To join, simply log on to and type Amateur Gardening into the website’s search box.