Dr Toby Musgrave
Dr Toby Musgrave is one of the UK's leading authorities in garden history and design. With a degree in horticulture and a Ph.D. in garden history, since 1994 Toby has embarked on a freelance career as a television and radio presenter and consultant, author, journalist and photographer, designer and lecturer. Since 2004 he has shared his time between the UK and Denmark. In Denmark, Toby wrote a weekly gardening page for the leading Danish broadsheet in 2004 and Ď05, and contributes regularly to the magazines Bo Bedre, Garden Living and Haven.
In the UK Toby continues to build on 10 years of experience as a regular contributor to a number of British national magazines and newspaper, including BBC Gardenersí World Magazine, The Garden, Gardens Illustrated, The English Garden, The Saturday Telegraph and The Sunday Times.
His latest books, The Seven Deadly Sins of Gardening was published in 2006 by the National Trust, and The Head Gardener was published in 2007. These will follow on the success of Cottage Gardens (2004), Courtyard Gardens and Empire of Plants (2000) and The Plant Hunters (1998). To date, the latter has sold in excess of 25,000 copies. On screen Toby presented HTVís 8-part series The Great Garden Guide in 2003, previous to which he hosted two series of Lost Gardens for Channel Four (1999 and 2001), and joined the design team on ITV's Better Gardens (1999.) And 2004 saw Tobyís debut on radio, as conceiver of, and major contributor to, The British Garden, a 6-part landmark series for BBC Radio 4 exploring this love affair.
Toby acted as Horticultural Consultant for the award-winning BBC landmark series, How to be a Gardener for which he also wrote the horticultural content for the Educational Television Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated website. This followed positions as Consultant Garden Historian to the award-winning televisions series Royal Gardens (BBC) and The 20th Century Garden (C4.) Toby designs gardens across the world. Current projects include a series of gardens for a spiritual retreat in upstate New York and recent assignments include a 2 ha. woodland garden in Long Island and a roof garden in Bombay.
He lectures widely on garden history and design, including Oxford University, the Royal Horticultural Society, as guest lecturer aboard various cruise liners, and last September he visited the US as key note speaker for the Botanical Research Institute in Texas, and embarked on a speaking tour organised by the North American Rock Garden Society.
Next year will see the publication of his first Danish A Garden Journey, which follows the design and construction of his new garden.