October 24, 2003 by

Bob Thomson


Categories: Media, Writers/Editors

Robert B. Thomson, the former host of America’s longest-running garden series, died on Oct. 2 from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 74.
Thomson served in the Army’s security agency during the Korean War, then moved to Danvers, Mass. There he and his wife Betty ran Thomson’s Nursery and Garden Center from 1954 to 1988.
His interest in gardening extended beyond his business engagements. He wrote a garden column for the Boston Herald and was a well-known gardening radio personality for three decades before he was tapped to host “The Victory Garden,” a popular how-to show with a sense of humor. Thompson hosted the show on WGBH in Boston for 12 years.
“Bob took ‘The Victory Garden’ in a new direction: landscape gardening — a trend that today dominates gardening on TV — at a time when no one else was doing it,” said Russell Morash, the show’s producer and creator.
Thompson also published two gardening books, one for adults and one for children. His favorite plant? Tomatoes.

2 Responses to Bob Thomson

  1. Dan Vaughn

    I have run my own garden center since July 12, 1982 and through the years while working wasn’t able to watch Victory Garden so much. So my grandmother would tape the shows for me to view later. I cherish those videos. They gave some direction in my new profession, as well as helpful hints and plant knowledge. I had the opportunity to personally hear Mr. Thompson speak at the Maymont Flower and Garden Show in Richmond, VA. I spoke with him after the show. I also met him at a supplier (Wetsel Seed Co., Harrisonburg, VA) trade show. Sad to hear of his death. He was a true plantsman. No frills, no glitter. I can still hear his, “Well now…”, at the end of each segment.
    Dan Vaughn
    Luray, VA

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