Toby Buckland

Toby Buckland

Toby Neale Buckland was born in Exeter, Devon on 11 October 1969 and is a Gardener, Presenter, Author, Radio Presenter and is best known as a Presenter on Gardeners' World.

His Grandfather was a Gardener and his Father was a builder so working outdoors was in the family and early memories include collecting seaweed at the beach with his Uncle for fertilizer for the potatoes.

As a young child he would earn pocket money doing garden work.


Branching out

At 17 he went travelling to Israel, Bavaria and then onto America before returning to Devon.

Toby started his gardening career as a Garden Apprentice at Blyth's Devon Nursery,

He went on to study Horticulture at Bicton College in Devon and later on attending Hadlow College of Horticulture and Agriculture in Kent.


From little acorns

Toby started his television career in 1996 as a Researcher working behind the scenes and gaining experience for his time in front of the cameras.

Two years later Toby made his first appearances in front of the camera on programmes like  Home Front in the Garden, Real Wrecks, Carol Vorderman's Better Homes on ITV and BBC1's Garden Magic. (I have been unable to find specific dates and appearances)


In 2008 following Monty Don having a stroke and temporarily leaving Gardeners' World ,Toby Buckland took over as the main presenter.

An unpopular re-vamp of Gardeners' World took place with a new format of a hour long programme and the dumbing down of the show, left some viewers very unhappy with the new format.

Toby described his time on the show as 'his best and worst time' and after 2 years and 3 series Toby was axed for a returning Monty Don and another revamp of Monty presenting the show from his own garden at Longmeadow.

In 2009 Toby he won the Environmental Award from the Garden Media Guild for a Gardeners' World Special on peat in gardening, this is way before the present day campaign for Peat Free Compost.


Toby previously had his own Nursery between 2011 - 2017 but after he sold this he still organises a very successful 2 day Toby's Garden Festival at Powderham Castle near Exeter, which has run since 2015. 


As well as giving talks and Lectures, Toby writes articles for Newspapers and Magazines including The Guardian, Daily Mail, Gardeners' World Magazine and Amateur Gardening.

Toby is a Radio Presenter with a weekly Sunday Morning show on BBC Devon


Toby lives in Dawlish, Devon and is married to Lisa they have 3 children.


TV programme


Toby Buckland Television Programmes


2008 - 2010
Gardener's World - Presenter

2011
Chelsea Flower Show

2014 - 2015
Great British Garden Revival 


Toby Buckland Books


2001 
The Garden Makeover Book: 50 Recipes to Transform Your Garden
With Howard Rice

2002
Boundaries: Walls, Fences, Trellises, Screens, Hedges (Garden DIY S.)

2003
50 Weekend Garden Projects

2004
How to Make Your Garden Grow: A Beginner's Guide to Popular Garden Plants

2009
How to Make Your Garden Grow: Simple Steps to a Beautiful Garden

2010
Gardeners' World Practical Gardening Handbook: Traditional Techniques, Expert Skills, Innovative Ideas

2011
Gardeners' World: Flowers, Planning and Planting for Continuous Colour 

2012
BBC Gardeners' World - Flowers


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