Robert B. Thomson, retired host of PBS skein “The Victory Garden,” died Oct. 2 in Topsfield, Mass. from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 74.
Salem, Mass. native was already an established personality in the gardening world when he was tapped to succeed the late Jim Crockett as host of “Victory Garden.” He did a regular gardening spot on WEEI-AM in Boston for 32 years and also had a gardening column in the Boston Herald.
He hosted “Victory Garden” from 1979 to 1991, expanding the focus of the show from flowers and vegetables to landscape gardening and helping give it more of a national and international focus. He took the show throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as to gardens in Costa Rica, England, and Holland.
He also wrote the books “The New Victory Garden” and, for children, “The Victory Garden Alphabet.” His work brought him a variety of honors from and positions in civic and service organizations, including the Horticultural Communications Award from the American Horticultural Society in 1989.
Survivors include his wife Helen, a brother, a sister, a daughter, two sons, and nine grandchildren.