Gardens Illustrated

In memory of Peter Seabrook

The gardening legend passed away on Friday, aged 86.

Gardening writer and broadcaster Peter Seabrook MBE has died, aged 86, on Friday 14 January 2022.

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Born on 2 November 1935, Seabrook played an enormous part of shaping the gardening media landscape and was an influential personality in the industry. He developed an interest in horticulture from a young age, working within the gardening trade before studying the subject at Writtle College in Essex. He moved into broadcasting with the BBC in 1965 and was given an MBE in 2005. He also held several awards for services to horticulture including the coveted RHS Victoria Medal of Honour.

Regular appearances on gardening TV shows, such as Gardener’s World, and a stint at 70’s TV mainstay Pebble Mill At One brought him to public attention. Up until his death, from a suspected heart attack, he was still working as a gardening columnist for The Sun newspaper and active contributor to other gardening titles and initiatives, including the This Week In Your Garden podcast, appearing in an episode released only the day before he died.

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He was a familiar face at industry events and shows including the Chelsea Flower Show, for which he was working on a large exhibit to mark HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year. A passionate, often outspoken campaigner, he will also be remembered as a devoted family man.

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Daniel GriffithsDigital Editor

Daniel Griffiths is a veteran journalist who has worked on some of the biggest home and entertainment brands in the world. He is a serial house-renovator and home improvement expert, taking on everything from interior design and DIY to landscape gardening and garden design.

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