Writer and Gardeners’ Question Time Presenter
A regular panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, Matt is sure to have all the answers and his boundless enthusiasm for plants and gardening is infectious.
Matthew Biggs, a gardener, writer and broadcaster, began his career almost forty years ago. He trained at Pershore College of Horticulture and was a diploma student at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he won the Lecturers Prize for the Best Taxonomic Thesis and award for Best Student Lecture.
At school he was presented with a book ‘for his wide interests’, a theme which has remained throughout his life in horticulture.
He ran a garden design and maintenance business, was a TV researcher, director and presenter notably of Channel 4’s ‘Garden Club’, was guest expert on LBC Radio’s Gardening phone in for twelve years and has been a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ since 2004.
Matthew is currently an RHS floral Judge, (including Chelsea Flower Show), is a member of the RHS Woody Plant Committee, an Ambassador for the Hardy Plant Society, a member of Plant Heritage, Plant Conservation Committee and was Course Director of the Plants and Plantsmanship at the English Gardening School.
He has authored and co-authored fourteen books on a range of gardening and related historical subjects, including several commissions from the RHS and the Eden Project and has a great passion for plants and plant history. His most recent publications were the biographical best seller’s: ‘Lessons from Great Gardeners’ and ‘Secrets of Great Botanists’. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, Gardens’ Illustrated and the RHS Magazine, The Garden.
Matthew loves sharing his enthusiasm for plants, is in constant demand as a lecturer. He has led gardening tours worldwide for over 25 years, visiting gardens and natural habitats in the Caribbean, the Antipodes, Asia, the Mediterranean, Africa, Scandinavia and Europe – one of the many highlights, was seeing Victoria amazonica, the ‘Giant Waterlily’ in the Amazon.
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