When four and living in East London, my interest in gardening started with a packet of red radish seeds, steadily increasing along with a love of wild life. While living in Birmingham I joined the City Parks Department as an apprentice gardener.
On marrying Dorothy, a fellow student in 1960, I was appointed Plant Propagator and Botanical Foreman at Liverpool University Botanical Gardens (Ness) U.K., positions held for over three years.
In 1964, as we started a family, we moved to South Devon, looking after all the horticulture for the Dartington Hall Trust, which included developing the Hall Gardens, a residential training scheme for school leavers and consultancy work home and abroad.
Sixteen years later we moved to our present home in the South Devon village of Rattery, with our three sons, and developed our garden of over an acre as the base for 553 television programmes -"Gardens For All".
Since 1991 I have continued television and radio broadcasting, journalism, consultancy, lecturing and leading botanical and wildlife tours to Africa, Europe, India, North & South America and other parts of the world.
I regularly wrote for newspapers and magazines and acted as a consultant for businesses and private customers.
I still manage to find time for Gardening, Morris dancing, Folk dancing and playing the English concertina, Wild life, and being a granddad to our eight grandchildren.