Michael Tooley has been an academic, author and garden designer for over thirty years.

Michael studied at the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster in the UK and Columbia University in the City of New York, where he was a student of Professor Pierre Dansereau at New York Botanic Garden and Professor George Collins in the Department of Art History.

Whilst holding posts at the Universities of Durham and St Andrews and Kingston University (where he is an Emeritus Professor),   Michael curated exhibitions and wrote books on Thomas Wright, William Andrews Nesfield and Gertrude Jekyll. He has also written more than a hundred articles and chapters in books on aspects of the environment, gardens and garden history. He has contributed to the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on Gertrude Jekyll. He has been an adviser to The National Trust of England & Wales, particularly at Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland and Washington Old Hall, Co. Durham.

Michael Tooley lectures throughout the UK, Ireland and North America on topics including: The Restoration of Gardens of Historic Interest; Plants Bred by Miss Jekyll; Thomas Wright’s Garden Designs; Gardens of Historic Interest in Co. Durham; Lindisfarne Castle Gardens and The Gardens of Hestercombe.  He also lectures on cruises around the Turkish coast and Greek Islands organised by Westminster Classic Tours on Mediterranean plants, their distribution, history and use, and on vulcanicity, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Michael is currently working on several books, including a collaboration with Ros Wallinger about the gardens at The Manor House, Upton Grey,and another about the Scottish plantsman Samuel Arnott.
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