Bunny Guinness

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Bunny Guinness, 2011.

Peta "Bunny" Guinness (née Ellis; born December 1955)[1] is a chartered landscape architect, journalist and radio personality who is a regular panellist on the long running BBC Radio 4 programme, Gardener's Question Time.[2] She also writes a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph. She presented The Great Garden Challenge on Channel 4 in 2005.

Guinness gained a BSc honours degree in horticulture at Reading University, followed by qualifying as a landscape architect at Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University). She was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2009.[3][4]

She exhibits regularly at the Chelsea Flower Show, where she has won six gold medals.[5] Her core business, Bunny Guinness Landscape Design Limited, is based near Peterborough in central England.[6]


Her father was Squadron Leader Peter William Ellis, DFC and her mother Barbara Helen Stockitt (née Austin).[7] She married Kevin Michael Rundell Guinness in 1976, a member of the Guinness brewing family.[8][9] Her mother and cousin both run plant nurseries and her uncle is the rose breeder David C.H. Austin.[10] Her daughter, Unity, is, as of 2010, a student of landscape architecture.[11] Her son, Freddie, decided to pursue a different path and is studying medicine at St. George's College, University of London.

Bunny is a nickname given by her family; as a baby her dark eyes made her resemble a currant bun.[12]



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  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/tv_and_radio/presenterbiogs_g.shtml BBC bio'
  3. ^ http://www.bunnyguinness.com/
  4. ^ "Professor David Roberts: Biography". Birmingham City University. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.channel4.com/4homes/on-tv/more-programmes/about-bunny-guinness-08-06-19_p_1.html
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  7. ^ ‘GUINNESS, Bunny’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016 ; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 1 Feb 2017
  8. ^ Stone, Deborah (21 March 2009). "The light fantastic". The Daily Telegraph. Best of Britain & Ireland, p. 3. 
  9. ^ "The Peerage". The Peerage. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Horwood, Catherine (2010). Gardening Women: Their Stories From 1600 to the Present. Hachette UK. ISBN 978-0-7481-1833-5. 
  11. ^ Guinness, Bunny (2010-05-28). "Chelsea Flower Show 2010: Bunny Guinness gets inspired by show gardens' features". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  12. ^ "Soil sister Bunny Guinness talks Cambridge, Chelsea and Radio 4". Cambridge News. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 

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