ran his own garden design and contracting company. Born in Lurgan, County Armagh, he was best-known as a regular panellist for 15 years on the long running BBC Radio 4 programme, Gardener's Question Time. He also answered questions for 39 years on BBC Radio Ulster's gardening programmes. He presented the popular BBC-TV series The Greenmount Garden and wrote for the Daily Telegraph
, Garden Heaven
and Gardeners’ World
. His previous books include How to Prune
, How to Propagate
and Gardening for Small Spaces
. He is also co-author of GQT Plant Chooser
and GQT Techniques and Tips for Gardeners.