& Writing


Matt is perhaps best known as The City Gardener which aired on Channel 4 from 2002 to 2006. Since then the series has been broadcast worldwide from Poland to New Zealand. For the Urban Outsiders series, broadcast on HGTV in the USA, Matt designed and built more than twenty-five gardens, from Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to a high rise roof terrace in Manhattan. Two of these gardens won prestigious awards.

Other TV appearances include Celebrity MasterChef, This Morning and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Matt also contributes to Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.

Major TV Credits

Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose – C4 (2014)
Great British Garden Revival – BBC2 (2014)
Love Your Garden – ITV (2011)
The Insider – C4 (2008)
Matt James’s Eco-Eden – UKTV (2008)
Urban Outsiders – HGTV (2006/7)
Selling Houses – C4 (2003-2006)
The City Gardener – C4 (2002-2006)


Matt has written widely about gardening and garden design for publications including The Sunday Times, News of the World, The Guardian, The Garden Design Journal, Ideal Home, Homes, Gardeners’ World, Woman at Home, Real Homes, The Garden, Amateur Gardening, Grow Your Own magazine and the Jamie at Home website to name but a few. He writes about diverse topics from child- friendly garden design to controlling slugs.

Matt is the author of five books including The Urban Gardener published in 2014 for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and most recently How to Plant a Garden published in 2016, again for the RHS.

For writing commissions, talks or seminars, contact Matt.

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