About Roy Lancaster CBE
Roy is writer, lecturer, plant explorer and broadcaster, presenting gardening shows for the BBC, Channel 4, Granada and a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. With a lifetime’s experience of horticulture, he is one of Britain’s best-loved garden experts.
His interest in plants began as a schoolboy in Bolton with his career starting at the local Parks Department, where he discovered his curiosity for foreign plants and their origins. After serving with the army in Malaya, where he collected over a thousand plant specimens for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew; he became a student gardener at the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden, followed by time as a horticultural botanist at the Hillier Nurseries; he was then made the first Curator of the Hillier Arboretum.
Known world-wide for his highly acclaimed books, his also contributes to gardening dictionaries, encyclopaedias and is a regular columnist for the RHS magazine The Garden.
Repeatedly recognised for his outstanding work, Roy is a recipient of the RHS Gold Veitch Memorial Medal for Services to Horticulture and the Victoria Medal of Honour. He has also been awarded the Garden Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, The Kew Gold Medal, along with an MBE and CBE.