Peter Seabrook, BBC Gardeners' World star dies aged 86

Peter Seabrook has died, aged 86, after suffering a suspected heart attack on Friday, the Mirror reports.

Much-loved gardening expert and broadcaster wrote a newspaper column for over 40 years, as well as starring on BBC's Gardeners' World.

Essex-born Peter trained as a horticulturalist and florist before joining the BBC as a broadcaster in his 30s. He went on to present a number of gardening shows for Auntie Beeb.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) paid tribute to Peter, saying that he "helped and inspired so many people" and that the organization would miss him "enormously."

HTA President, Boyd Douglas-Davies said: “It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Peter Seabrook. He was, without doubt, "Mr. Gardening" - the original gardening superhero. I was fortunate to meet Peter in the early days of my career in Horticulture. The enthusiasm he shared with me 30+ years ago never diminished. He enthralled and educated the public through TV, radio and the written word for decades. 

"His passion for everything garden-related was infectious. He engaged with children as easily as he did with their grandparents. He had time for all and was never slow to share his opinion. Many a time I have shared a stage with Peter and been amazed at his unwavering ability to answer any question. His 'readers letters' were legendary and hugely entertaining. 

"The industry has lost a true champion. A character. A media giant. A knowledge that will be impossible to replace. Above all, we have today lost a friend. Peter RIP”.

Iain Wylie, Garden Centre Association (GCA) Chief Executive, says: “We were very shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of Peter Seabrook’s passing last Friday (January 14, 2022).

“He was a huge supporter of garden centres and an integral member of our industry. Peter was in at the very beginning when our organisation was formed and has supported us throughout. He will be sorely missed.

“Peter played a big part in the early days of the GCA and was an Honorary Member. He attended our conferences and kept very much in touch with all that was going on with our organisation and the industry.

“He visited member centres and was keen to share best practice. He also spoke up for us on many issues on a national level and we were very proud to have him on our side.”


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