Toby Buckland is the main presenter on BBC Gardeners' World.
He took over the helm after Monty Don stepped down from the show due to ill health in 2008. His first full season as the nation's head gardener started on April 3rd.
Toby's career as a gardener started on leaving school, working as a pinks and rose nurseryman at a local Devon nursery before leaving to train in horticulture first at Bicton College, Devon then later studying landscape and amenity management at Hadlow College in Kent. Further training at Cambridge University Botanic Garden led to a post as woodland supervisor.
Toby comes from a family of builders and gardeners. His grandfather was a professional gardener who grew cut flowers for the London theatres. Toby followed his grandfather into the trade, though his love of creating handmade features crafted from reclaimed and found materials he owes to his father and uncles, all lifelong builders.
TV credits include BBC 1 Garden Magic, Home Front in the Garden, UKTV's Weed It and Reap, and as resident kitchen-garden expert on Great Food Live.
Toby has penned three gardening books ~ The Garden Makeover Book (Cassell Illustrated), Garden Boundaries (Murdoch Books) and How to Make Your Garden Grow, recently revised and reprinted in spring 2009.
Toby has also designed dozens of gardens for TV and private clients and is an award-winning show garden designer. His Ethical Garden won Gold and Best in Show at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2008.
Toby lives near the coast in Devon with his wife Lisa and three children, Henry, Eddie and Emma-Rose. He gardens on a steep south-facing slope about the size of two tennis-courts. He also has an allotment in a nearby village where he grows as much of the family's fruit and veg as possible.