Martyn Cox

Garden writer, author and editor

In a nutshell...

I'm gardening columnist for The Mail on Sunday, Saga Magazine, saga.co.uk and Grow It!. I also regularly contribute to Sainsbury's Magazine, Grand Designs, BBC Gardeners' World and Amateur Gardening. Other titles I sometimes write for include The Times Magazine, The Garden, The Guardian and The English Garden.

Apart from newspaper and magazine work, I've written several books. RHS Wildlife Garden (2009), 101 Ideas for Small Gardens (2009), 101 Plants for Problem Places (2008) and Gardening with Kids (2008). My fifth book, Wall-to-Wall Planting, will be published by Timber Press later this year.

Before going freelance I worked on magazines for several years. Starting on Horticulture Week in 1996, I later went to Amateur Gardening, a gardening website, BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and had a delightful stint as deputy editor at award winning, but sadly doomed Gardenlife.

I've been gardening for over 20 years and trained in horticulture at Writtle College in Essex. I worked on nurseries, in garden centres and as a jobbing gardener for about six years before I was lured away by Fleet Street (well, Hammersmith Road). Although I no longer take thousands of cuttings, pot plants at a manic pace or look after a tropical house, I still get to garden and have created a small, but plant packed plot in Walthamstow, London.

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