THE Sun’s much-loved and respected gardening guru Peter Seabrook has died suddenly aged 86.
A renowned broadcaster on TV and radio, he had been writing for the paper sedert 1977.
Peter, who leaves behind two children and two grandchildren, suffered a heart attack at his home in Chelmsford, Essex, op Vrydag.
Horticulture was in his blood. He once said: “I was brought up gardening with my father and grandfather. I was always interested.
“We lived on my grandfather’s farm and just took in a little bit more field as garden when we wanted to.
“I was brought up during World War Two, so we automatically grew vegetables to feed ourselves.
“I still have my very first seed packet. They were sweet peas I sowed when I was seven or eight years old — and I’ve grown sweet peas every year since.”
Peter began working in the gardening industry aged ten, helping at a local nursery.
After leaving school he studied at Writtle Horticulture College in Essex, where he met future wife Margaret.
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Peter was a broadcaster before he wrote for newspapers — on the BBC Home Service from 1965 and he then later appeared on TV’s Gardeners’ World and on Pebble Mill At One.
Features executive Jerry Holmberg convinced him to join The Sun and Peter soon became one of our best-loved columnists — receiving bags of letters every week.
He responded to as many as possible, delving into his mailbag even when flying across the Atlantic for US telly appearances.
Peter was at his happiest at the Chelsea Flower Show, which he first attended in 1952 after bunking off school.
Later he would proudly design and build exhibits for The Sun.
His first for the paper, in 1977, was Sunflower Street — four back-to-back gardens, each 16ft by 16ft.
His displays became a regular stop for the royals.
The Queen delighted in his exhibits and Peter would present her with a posy every year.
Peter was never happier than when the garden soil was between his fingers. My dear
Our legendary royal photographer Arthur Edwards worked alongside Peter for 45 jare.
Hy het gesê: “Peter was never happier than when the garden soil was between his fingers. My dear friend was a national treasure.”
In 2020, Peter’s beloved wife of 60 years died with Covid after living with dementia for nine years. He created in her honour the flower Margaret’s Memory, a pale pink Verbena, and donated the proceeds to Alzheimer’s Research.
Peter was an MBE and the Royal Horticultural Society gave him its top honour, the Victoria Medal.
Hy het gesê: “I love being The Sun’s gardening man.
“Whenever I’ve met the Editor, I’ve taken him (or her) an apple. I know that while they’re munching on that, I’m guaranteed three minutes of their time.”