Learn a little more about Pippa
I trained as a botanist at Durham University (BSc hons) and then gained an MSc. in Crop Protection at Reading University. In 2007 I was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by The University of Durham.
In 1985 I joined the staff of The Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley in Surrey, where I ran the Plant Pathology Department, answering several thousand queries from gardeners every year.
In 1988 I began working for the BBC, joining Alan Titchmarsh for the gardening slot on BBC 1’s Daytime Live.
For over 13 years, I was a regular presenter on BBC 2’s 'Gardeners’ World', presenting many items on garden pests and diseases, science and gardening, and creating and running my organic kitchen garden from my own Hampshire garden. I’m also a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. In 2000, 2001 and 2002 I presented my own series, ‘Growing Science’ on Radio 4. For several years I was the Presenter on BBC Radio Solent’s ‘Topsoil with Pippa Greenwood’, a three hour gardening and music show.
I have guested on a number of television and radio programmes including : Tomorrow’s World, You and Yours, Woman’s Hour, This Morning, GMTV, Breakaway, Grass Roots and Call my Bluff. I was a judge for the BBC Gardener of The Year 2001 competition.
I was the gardening consultant for the ITV murder mystery series Rosemary and Thyme starring Pam Ferris and Felicity Kendal, advising on the gardening sub-plot and other plant related matters, and the gardening personalities of the two actresses!
I have several regular writing commitments including BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, NFU Countryside, Garden Answers, and for 18 years was the gardening columnist for The Mirror newspaper. I write a regular blog for BBC Gardeners’ World Website.
I have written many books including the bestsellers, ‘New Gardener’ (in excess of one and a quarter million copies sold) & Gardening Hints and Tips, Garden Pests and Diseases, Garden Problem Solver, Flower Gardener, Pippa’s Organic Kitchen Garden, A Garden for All Seasons, Pippa Greenwood’s Gardening Year, 1001 Ways to be a Better Gardener. I co-authored The Gardeners’ Question Time book. My latest publication is The Gardeners' Calender (Summersdale 2012).
I give gardening-related talks and demonstrations all over the UK, to gardening clubs and societies and at garden centres and many shows.
I live in Hampshire where I garden on a windswept hillside with a strongly alkaline, heavy-clay soil.