After gaining his doctorate by growing grass on coal tips, Patrick Harding enjoyed over 25 years as a university lecturer. He now enlightens adults about herbal medicine, wild and garden flowers, mushrooms, trees and, of course, Christmas. An author of various popular botanical books, he has explored Christmas customs on television, radio and in the press. He is married to Jean Binney, a botanical artist, and they have two children, Martin and Bryony - who know that Patrick's beard is real! Patrick and his family live in Sheffield in a house with two chimneys.