Ball Colegrave's Stuart Lowen said: "Everyone at Ball have been deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Seabrook, one of Horticulture’ absolute greatest. Peter was a dear friend to so many people and an incredible ambassador for our industry. He had an incredible ability to always to make things happen, and if he said he would do something, he always honoured his promise.
"One of the great strengths I remember Peter for was that he always had time for everyone and listened, a great skill too often we overlook. Peters legacy of enthusiasm, excitement and enjoyment of plants will live on through all those whose hearts he has touched over the years. I have so many fond memories of working with Peter, many always bring a smile to my face and a little chuckle because every image I have of Peter, he always had a plant in his hand and a big beaming smile."
WD Smith & Son's Michael Smith said: "We were devastated to hear the news of Peter's death. And in shock, he was with us on Thursday afternoon, as usual we were going through his note book making plans for the year. Always with 101 things on the go, he couldn't stop himself from doing more.
We will miss him so much, but must try and keep his legacy alive, pushing for the industry to be properly represented in the gardening world. He was such an incredible supporter and friend to our family business, and I'm sure there are many more feeling the same today. Our condolences go out to his family."
Blue Diamond MD Alan Roper said: "I would walk home from school to watch Peter Seabrook on Pebble Mill at One in the 70s and of course, watch him on Gardeners World, he alongside Percy Thrower, was instrumental in inspiring me to become a horticulturist when I left school at 16. I had the pleasure to connect with him in person in recent years and the man was as passionate, genuine, and kind as the man I imagined him to be all those years ago on TV. The industry has lost a knowledgeable communicator for the everyman."
HTA president Boyd Douglas-Davies said: “It was with a heavy heart that I learnt 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 grand-parents. 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.”
HTA's James Barnes said: "“Peter was a wonderful standard bearer for the industry and for the nation's gardeners. He represented the many rather than the few and his enthusiasm and knowledge was endless. He will be missed by all of us.”
RHS president Keith Weed said: "I'm deeply saddened that one of the greatest champions of horticulture has passed away. He gave me one of the warmest welcomes when I became president of the RHS. His passion was infectious and we spent much time exchanging ideas on horticulture. I first met him at RHS Hyde Hall and we chatted over Rudbeckia trials. Peter had the most incredible career in horticulture and exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show for decades and was regularly at RHS events. Gardens and Flower Shows. Through his work as a broadcaster, writer and gardener he helped many people to garden and grow. As well as raising the profile and importance of horticulture, he was passionate about getting young people gardening. Peter was hugely respected and held the RHS's highest award for services to horticulture, the VHM. We will miss him enormously."
BPOA's Derek Jarman said "Peter was one of those people you couldn’t say no to. He worked continuously from early dawn to late dusk for the good of horticulture and gardening, not afraid to stand up for what he felt was right, even if it was against the tide of politically correct thinking. His campaigns to promote ornamental flowering plants and bulbs will be sorely missed. We as an industry owe Peter a duty of care to continue and expand the Floral Fantasia at RHS Hyde Hall and to manage the reduction in the use of peat without destroying UK home grown plant production and the home gardening experience. Rest in peace."
Glendoick Gardens' Ken Cox said: "Peter Seabrook was undoubtedly one of the great horticultural figures of his age and someone who combined a sound knowledge of commercial horticulture with very savvy media work and excellent journalism. Very few can do both jobs so well. He was courageous in calling out foolish developments and practices as he saw them. He felt strongly that TV gardening presenters should have formal training and was furious when one of his successors as lead presenter on Gardeners World talked horticultural nonsense. Likewise, the peat debate, which he felt was hijacked by the environmental lobby, before an intelligent discussion of what the best way forward might be. He was always a great supporter of all the work we did at Glendoick on rhododendron and azalea breeding and he offered to launch our red leaved rhododendrons Everred and Wine and Roses in The Sun newspaper in his column… immediate sell out. I don’t know anyone else of his age who had more energy and enthusiasm for the industry. I was a guest on his podcast a year or so again and we have been working on the peat issue for some time. I’ll miss him at all the shows and events where he would always be striding out with information on the latest thing that caught his eye.. top of his agenda to tell you about.. A great man."
Anthony Cramphorn said: "I met Peter when he was first the Horticutural Consultant to Cramphorn Garden Centres, and later became our Horticultural Director for a number of years I was the Sales Director at the time. Peter was a hugely valued member of our team and dispensed sound advice not only to our own nursery staff but also to the many members of the public who consulted him in that capacity. He was exceptionally knowledgeable, had a lovely sense of humour, and a very good public speaker as became evident when he developed his career in horticultural journalism. He will of course be sadly missed. I am not in the least surprised that he was still very active up to the end."
GardenPlantCoop's Gary Doerr said: "I came to know Peter from his many appearances as the International Travel Presenter on the Victory Garden (PBS/WGBH- Boston. As a new business owner focused on hardy garden perennials for gardeners in the Midwest (USA) it was must see TV. The Brits blazed the perennial plant trail in those days.
Nicholas Marshall said: "I am very sorry to hear that Peter has died.
I had promised myself that I would try and see him this year and sadly time has run out. He was a joy to be with. A great ambassador for horticulture and keen to support British nurseries. He asked searching questions but as kind and gentle with a sense of humour. I was lucky to know him and hope he would regard me as a friend. British Horticulture has lost a great man and so have we all."
Woodlark Nurseries' Colin Edwards said: "Such a great loss for commercial horticulture especially the bedding plant sector, a great advocate for colourful bedding displays. Our condolences go out to his family."
YouGarden's Peter McDermott said: "He will be greatly missed by the whole of the horticultural industry - his industry and product knowledge, sage guidance and rare laser-sharp commercial eye, added to the fact he knew everyone who was anyone has been such an asset for so many for a very long time. Above all else, he was always a true gentleman I don’t believe there is another like him."
Perrywood Nurseries' Bourne family said: "Peter was always keen to hunt out the next high performing plant variety, so would always quiz Alan about what we were growing, and mention several recommendations of his own in return. His passion for plants was evident to all who met him. Peter once worked for Cramphorn’s on Newton Road in Sudbury, which three years ago came into our ownership and is now Perrywood Sudbury. He came along to our first anniversary party and shared his stories of working on the site, telling us he used cycle to work from Chelmsford, a four to five hour round trip! We will miss his dedication to the industry, his support for Perrywood, his Floral Fantasia displays at RHS Hyde Hall, his ties, his notebook and his smile."
Desch Plantpak's Phil Griffiths said: "Such sad news to hear of Peter's death. His support of our industry was relentless until the very end. A very approachable and knowledgeable 'good guy' who lived and breathed Horticulture. He will be missed."
Syngenta Flowers' Neil Fishlock said: "I was very saddened today to hear of the death of Peter Seabrook. He was and is a true inspiration to the Horticultural Industry. With an amazing can-do attitude, ability to communicate with so many, keep up with industry trends - in particular plant innovation. I will truly miss him as will so many others. My condolences to his family - they must be so proud of this wonderful person."
Plants for Europe's Graham Spencer said: "This is such sad news. I had been working with Peter for the last few years and he was always a delight to work with. He had fantastic knowledge of our industry, not only of horticulture but also of people - he had an amazing knack of getting people to work together to get things done, and he achieved that with a smile and a twinkle in his eyes. You always felt that he was not only very good at what he did, but also loved every moment. A great loss to our industry."
Burpee/BPOA's Simon Crawford said: "He was indeed a towering figure in horticulture, a great champion for gardening and plants in general. Most of all though he was a kind and generous individual, always ready to listen, advise and act. My contact with him began in 1983 when he helped with the launch of tomato ‘Red Alert’ inviting me to make a brief presentation at a Garden Centre Association conference. I was an extremely nervous young plant breeder but he gave me the confidence to stand up and say a few words. More recently I had been working with him on the Floral Fantasia project at RHS Hyde Hall which he saw as a legacy of his work over the past sixty or so years. Peter was a true hero of our industry, respected worldwide and he will be sadly missed. We must try to follow in his footsteps."
Whartons Garden Roses' Robert Wharton said: "We were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Peter, a friend and colleague who all at Whartons Roses had a huge respect for. It was over 50 years ago when Peter started working for the Anglia group of Nurseries as a part-time consultant helping us with the sales strategy needed for the then newly formed marketing co-operative. Peter was always full of energy and had new ideas which acted as a catalyst to help the member nurseries plan the way forward. Even in recent years Peter still made time to visit us in Norfolk every July to walk the rose fields in full flower spending several hours reviewing the new trial varieties and suggesting ways to promote them."
Gardens and landscaping consultant Alan Sargent said: "Very sad to hear about Peter. He was a real friend and mentor, encouraging me behind the scenes for thirty years at least. He worked so hard on behalf of this industry, both mentally and physically, he will be irreplaceable."
Wildlife gardener Chris Baines said: "Peter and I first worked together on Pebblemill at One in the mid-1970s, and I horrified him by creating a Rich Habitat Garden on BBC Gardeners’ World in ’79. In many respects our gardening philosophies were poles apart, but I respected Peter enormously, and we gradually became good friends. His recent podcasts proved an ideal way to reinforce that friendship and I will miss the opportunities to laugh our way through our disagreements and to enjoy our shared passion for enthusing young gardeners."
Broadcaster David Domoney said: "Peter Seabrook was always good to me and we shared so much common ground over the years promoting gardening from our own campaigns. There is a strong positive legacy that this courageous man gave to gardening and the horticultural industry."
Garden writer Barbara Segall said: "Peter was a good friend and colleague. He was always supportive and kind, generous with his time and knowledge. He had a great sense of humour, always asked the key questions at any press events and was thoughtful and polite, always thanking his hosts and colleagues. He knew everyone in horticulture, made time for newcomers in all fields and it will be hard to think of events such as RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Garden Press Event and the Garden Media Guild Awards without his presence. His floral ties, his buttonholes, inimitable hat and his notebook… all part of his no-nonsense horticultural persona."
Sow Successful's Chris Wiley said: "Peter has been so supportive of me over the last couple of years, and I was honoured when he asked me to grow Verbena ‘Margaret’s Memory’, named after his late wife, for Chelsea Flower Show and BBC Gardeners World Live in 2021. One of my proudest achievements and I can’t thank him enough for putting his trust in me. It was only a month or so ago that he last visited me and the first thing he said was “how do you fancy being on my podcast? How about tomorrow?!” To which I replied “absolutely Peter” not even questioning myself, as that’s just the level of respect that everybody has for him. No is not an answer when Peter requested something of you. You just did it!"
Rosebourne's Jack Shilley said: "Peter was a huge inspiration of mine. I was so very lucky to have had the opportunity to be guided by him in the very early days of my career, working alongside him and his daughter at our school gardening club! His never ending enthusiasm for the industry especially garden retail, sheer passion and delight in sharing that enthusiasm with others, particularly young people - were second to none. I can’t thank him enough for all he’s done for me personally, I attribute the time spent with him as a large part of why I am in this industry today - I am so saddened by this news. He we will be missed terribly and the industry has lost a true legend. My thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Broadcaster Marian Foster said: "I was shocked to hear the sad news of Peter’s sudden death. I first worked with Peter in 1975 as co-presenter on BBC’s Pebble Mill at One show where he broadcast a live slot every Friday afternoon. He was always a joy to work with, fun, kind, totally professional, he soon had millions of fans who loved his jovial chuckle, friendliness, and prodigious knowledge of gardening.
"We broadcast together from the RHS Chelsea show in the 1970s where he won silver gilt medals for a display of radishes grown by school children, and the following year for a replica of his DIG THIS vegetable garden project. It was developed in the Pebble Mill garden to prove how well you could feed a family of four from a 10’x14’ plot spending only an hour’s work a week and £1worth of seeds. Thousands of viewers wrote in for factsheets every week and his 'Dig This' booklets sold over a million.
"In recent years I always looked forward to meeting him at horticultural events and greatly valued his advice and support. He never changed, he was always full of boundless energy and knowledge. His enthusiasm for life was infectious and an inspiration to young and old. He greatly deserved all the awards and accolades he received. I will miss him. RIP Peter. My condolences to his family."
Gardening Express' Chris Bonnett said: "We are all mourning the loss of Peter here at Gardening Express, he was a true legend in every sense of the word; horticultural royalty if you will, he leaves a pair of gardening wellies behind that I doubt anyone we know of can fill. Such a gent and voice across the industry from the commercial side right to the general public and beginners starting out during the pandemic, there is no one I know in the business with such a depth of experience, understanding or appeal. He was a real advocate for us here too; I remember around 10 years ago taking on students for the summer that had attended a seminar at Meadowcroft where he was a speaker. They came to me because of his advocacy, the words still echo ‘look at Gardening Express, they’ve come out of nowhere’, so he was also a visionary continually looking to the future. Anyone one who knew him, along with the millions of readers of his columns in The Sun will miss him, as we will as an industry. I hope as part of his legacy we can galvanise together to take horticulture forward here in the UK, all in all an incredible man with too many achievements and accolades to mention, our deepest sympathies got out to his nearest and dearest."
Garden writer Ian Spence said: "So very sad to hear of the passing of Peter Seabrook. I got to know him many years ago and enjoyed meeting him at flower shows and trade exhibitions. His legendary status within the horticultural industry is assured. I remember Peter once asking me to help on one of his displays at Chelsea Flower Show working alongside children from local schools, and further afield, who had contributed to growing the plants for the display. He was great at encouraging children into gardening. Afterall they are the future of the industry. It was a delight to see the enthusiasm the children showed when they were asked questions by members of the public or showing them the plants, they helped to grow.
Gardening writer Adam Pasco said: "Peter has been part of my gardening life since my childhood, inspiring me with his TV shows, and then working with me on a variety of projects over the years on magazines, including BBC Gardeners' World... from writing features, joining me and hundreds of our readers as a host on gardening cruises, and even presenting a series of theatre shows around the country with Diarmuid Gavin and Charlie Dimmock. One of my very first gardening books 'Shrubs For Your Garden' gave me a grounding in hardy plants during my training at Slocock Nursery back in the late 70's. More recently I've joined Peter several times on his regular podcast for The Sun, and in his Christmas message to me he said 'Desparately busy ... just planted 15,000 spring flowering bulbs at Hyde Hall'. Thank you Peter for your lifelong contribution to gardening and horticulture ... a kind, generous gentleman. RIP with your beloved Margaret."
Rijnbeek Perennials' Arno Rijnbeek said: "What a shocking news this morning reached me on the social media, the death of the legend Peter Seabrook. Though I have first met him this last November while he visited our nursery here in Boskoop. We had a click directly from the first moment. His passion about plants is what his absolutely strength was. That was made him beloved by everyone in the industry. We talked about lots of different plants, Peter made notes and pictures to write articles and think about the possibilities with these plants. We made plans for doing projects together in 2022, though he said you never now how long I have, but I want to keep making plans because that keeps me going! Such a pity I have known him only such a short time in person. I wish his family and beloved ones all the strength for the time coming. The Industry will miss him!"
Kings Seeds Andrew Tokely said: "Peter was a true gardening Legend, so supportive, and interested in both hobby and commercial Horticulture. Always had time to chat and keen to know the latest introduction, or handy gardening tip he could pass on. I am deeply shocked as we only did a podcast together on 7th January when he was full of live and laughter as always . Peter will be deeply missed by all that ever had pleasure of meeting him. Mine and Kings Seeds thoughts are with Peters family at this sad time."
Fleuroselect's Sally van den Horst said: "At Fleuroselect we were devistated to learn of the passing of Peter Seabrook. We had the opportunity to work with him on so many projects dear to his horticultural heart. He spoke at our conferences always bringing a laugh with his gardening anecdotes. He championed bedding plants and the breeding work done by our members and we worked together on many projects to promote the wonderful colour that flowers bring to the garden. We were welcome guests in his podcasts where he put us at ease with his broadcasting skills. The Horticultural industry, not just in the U.K. but worldwide, will miss a true professional, a great gardener and a real friend. RIP Peter."
“Peter was an inspiration to so many in the gardening and horticulture sectors. He had extraordinary energy, knowledge and enthusiasm and seemed ageless. It was always a pleasure to see him, and he supported so many of our industry events — at Chelsea, at Glee, at trials days, at the Garden Press Event among just a few, always commenting astutely on aspects of our industry and forging or reinforcing links and connections or supporting projects. One of my favourite memories of him was when we took the Sunflower Street gardens to the Boston Flower Show — the gardens were built despite waist-high snowfall locally and he then proceeded effortlessly to charm the masses of US visitors to the stand with his gardening and plant advice —delivered in that distinctive voice with patience, humour and a twinkle in his eye. He was an absolute gentleman in every way and will be keenly missed.“
Bransford Webbs' David Chilvers said: "Very sad news, he had our industry to his core and managed to get the message to the masses. A practical viewpoint and great ambassador for horticulture."
Webb Garden Centres' Ed Webb said: "An amazing ambassador for growers and garden centres. The industry will sorely miss him."
Woodlands' Jamie Downes said: "RIP Peter, such a sad loss. One of the few honest voices who understood commercial horticulture."
Graeme Heath of Simpsons Garden Centre said: "Such sad news.Such a stalwart of our great industry who promoted it well and with passion.Had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions…a true gentleman who will be greatly missed."
Ball Horticultural Company's Scott Morahan said: "Sad news." Evergreen Garden Care's Patrick Philipp said: "We have lost a real ambassador for the garden industry and a lovely polite gentleman so sorry to hear the news." Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants' Rosemary Hardy said: "Such a loss to the industry." Jekka McVicar said: "One of the unsung heroes of horticulture. A champion of the garden the gardener and the nursery. I will miss him." Bernhard's Lewis Normand said: "What a terrible shame. A lovely man and someone who I have great respect for." Horticulturist Graham Porter said: "A sad loss for our industry." New Leaf Plants' Mollie Higginson said: "Such sad news." Alan Down said: "Such as sad loss to our industry."
Consultant Jane Lawler said: "Peter was a true gentleman and an icon in our gardening world. He was already a prominent and revered opinion former when I started my first job in 1984 and yet he was prepared to listen and engage with a total newbie novice! I’m going to miss his calm, dogmatic approach and generous spirit. Gone too soon."
Horticulturist Jason Lock said: "A sad loss, worked with Peter over many years through Notcutts and John Woods Nurseries and only just in talks with a further venture before Christmas. A gent of the industry with a wry sense of humour. RIP."
Cassie King said: "Absolutely devastated. I worked with Peter several times, the highlight being asked to project manage four industry gardens at Chelsea in 2016. Peter was an inspiration to me and gave me so many opportunities for which I will be forever grateful for."
Southern Trident's Balaji Manoharan said: "An immense loss to the industry and all those who knew him personally. A true gentleman who stood by his principles till his last breath. May his soul rest in peace." Southern Trident's Steve Harper said: "Shocked and saddened to hear of Peter’s death. A true gentleman with horticulture running through his veins. Always open to discussion about the industry, a man who held strong opinions but ready to listen to others points of views. You will be missed, rest in peace Peter."
Frosts Landscape Constuction's Ken White said: "Very sad loss, a legend and pioneer in our industry."
Ivy Hatch's Debs Ednie said: "How awful, up there as one of my Hort heroes."
The Sun photographer Arthur Edwards said: "Peter was never happier than when the garden soil was between his fingers. My dear friend was a national treasure.”
The Sun travel editor Lisa Minot said: "Thank you for the apples - Mr Peter Seabrook. My esteemed colleague of (for me) 30 years. One of life’s good people."
Editor Phil Evans said: "We have lost the 'Gentleman of Horticulture'. Peter cannot be replaced. It was a pleasure and an honour to have known him. The flower display in heaven will be enhanced. R.I.P."
Horticulture Week editor Matthew Appleby said: "The whole of horticulture will be shocked and saddened by this news. Peter was the most respected and the greatest gardening writer of his time and will be much missed."
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