From a boyhood interest in nature was born a passion for wild plants and trees, and a desire to travel the world's wild places to see them in their native habitat. Meanwhile a chance conversation with a local museum curator was instrumental in Roy's decision to become a professional gardener. His two passions combined and introduced him to a lifelong journey, discover some of the highlights of this adventure, the plants, the people and the places.
Roy has been a member of the Royal Horticultural Society for over 40 years and in 2005 was elected a Vice President. In 1972 he was awarded the Society's Gold Veitch Memorial Medal for Services to Horticulture. Since 1980 he has been a freelance writer, lecturer, broadcaster, plant explorer and tour leader.