Richard Hobbs was born in Northumberland in 1954 and grew up in Durham. He moved to Norfolk in 1979 and worked for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust for 17 years ending up as Director.
He leads many botanical tours around the world including Greece, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Tunisia, Portugal, Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia, Columbia and Ecuador.
A keen gardener with a particular interest in bulbs he holds the Plant Heritage National Collection of Muscari. He runs a small mail order seed company www.wittonlaneseeds.co.uk. supplying fresh seed from his garden and those of other plantsmen.
He has written articles for a range of publication including The Garden and lectures widely for local garden societies and national bodies such as the RHS, the National Trust and The Cottage Garden Society – see list of current talks at the end of this profile.
He is President of the Blofield & District Conservation Group and Chairman of the Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society (2002-2012). He gives garden and conservation advice. His garden is open under the National Garden Scheme.
Current talks :
Mountains and Meadows of Slovenia
Macronesia and its Plants
Flowers of the Mountains
Small Bulbs for the Small Garden
Fruits and Seeds
Trees and Shrubs
The Garden in Winter
The Garden in Spring
Tales about Snowdrop