Matt is a senior lecturer, landscape designer and author, and is the Programme Manager of the garden and landscape design degree programmes at Eden Project Learning.
Fuelled by a passion for plants and gardens, Matt has worked widely within the horticulture industry from nursery production to landscape construction. He trained at Merrist Wood College and Writtle University College, Essex.
Matt has led the garden and landscape design delivery at the Eden Project Learning since 2014. This follows five years teaching on the award winning BA (Hons) Garden Design course at Falmouth University. Students under his tutorage have won the RHS Young Designer of the Year and the Society of Garden Designers Student of the Year award numerous times, the most recent in 2017.
Matt has written five books about gardening and garden design including the bestselling How to Plant a Garden for the Royal Horticultural Society, published in March 2016. This follows The Urban Gardener published in 2014, again for the Royal Horticultural Society. Matt has also written for numerous publications about gardening and garden design including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Garden and the Garden Design Journal.
Channel 4’s The City Gardener introduced Matt to the gardening public; the series was later broadcast around the globe. Two series about urban garden design in the US soon followed. Other notable television appearances include ITV’s Love Your Garden and BBC 2’s Great British Garden Revival.
As well as teaching at Eden, Matt leads a design practice working on diverse projects from nature-based school grounds to steep sloping coastal gardens. He has won awards for his design work both in the UK and US, most recently sharing a Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show in 2018 for his work with the National Dahlia Collection.