Sir Roderic Victor Llewellyn, 5th Baronet (born 9 October 1947), is a British baronet with a lengthy career as a landscape gardener, gardening journalist, author, and television presenter. He is also known for his eight-year relationship with Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II.
Early life and education
Llewellyn was born in Crickhowell, Brecknockshire, the younger son of Sir Harry Llewellyn, 3rd Bt. (d. 1999), an Olympic gold medallist in show jumping, and his wife, the Hon. Christine Saumarez (d. 1998). He was educated at Hawtreys and Shrewsbury School and succeeded his elder brother, Dai, to the Llewellyn baronetcy in January 2009.
Beginning in 1973, Llewellyn, then aged 25, began an affair with Princess Margaret, then 43. The much publicised eight-year relationship was a factor in the dissolution of the princess's marriage to the Earl of Snowdon.
On 11 July 1981, Llewellyn married Tatiana Soskin, a daughter of film producer Paul Soskin. The couple have three daughters, Alexandra, Natasha, and Rosie. Alexandra, the eldest, is a designer and artist.
It was apparently his nanny, Rebecca Jenkins, who introduced him to gardening in loco parentis. When the family removed to Llanfair Grange, Sir Roddy said, "we had huge lawns and wonderful views. It was pretty country...it had a big vegetable garden and fabulous trees." Throughout Sir Roddy always regarded himself as part of that rich Welsh heritage beneath the Sugar Loaf Mountain. In his twenties, Llewellyn studied horticulture at Merrist Wood Agricultural College in Surrey. Today, Llewellyn runs his own company, Roddy Llewellyn's Garden Design.
He regularly lectures, appearing at venues including the Retirement Show at Olympia, Glasgow and Manchester (chairing question and answer sessions), Dobbies Garden Centre ("Inspirational Ideas for the Garden"), Hereford Cathedral ("Interesting Ideas for the Garden"), Malvern Spring Gardening Show ("Who are better Gardeners – Men or Women?"), Cotswold Wildlife Park (series, "An Evening with the Gardening Experts 2005–2006"), Cholmondeley Castle ("Amusing Ideas for the Garden"), and the ship the Crystal Symphony (on a garden design theme cruise giving "themed lectures").
Llewellyn was a patron at the Southport Flower Show in 2006.
Journalism and broadcasting
Llewellyn has written books, magazine articles, and newspaper columns on the subject of gardening. The magazines he has written for have included Heritage Homes in 2006, Country Life in 2005 and 2006, Country Illustrated in 2004 and 2006, Oxfordshire Limited Edition in 2006, The Lady in 2005, Eden Project Friends in 2004, and The Sunday Times in 2004. He wrote columns for the Daily Star from 1981 to 1985, and The Mail on Sunday from 1987 to 1999.
- Llewellyn, Roddy. Beautiful Backyards. 1986.
- Llewellyn, Roddy. Elegance & Eccentricity. 1989.
- Llewellyn, Roddy. Gardening in your face!. 1990.
- Llewellyn, Roddy. Grow It Yourself. Gardening with a Physical Disability. 1993.
- Llewellyn, Roddy. Growing Gifts. 1991.
- Llewellyn, Roddy. Roddy Llewellyn's Gardening Year. 1997.
- Llewellyn, Roddy. Town Gardens. 1981.
- Llewellyn, Roddy. Water Gardens: The Connoisseur's Choice. 1987.
- "Sir Roderic Llewellyn, Bt". Debrett's. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- The Peerage.
- Caroline Davies (11 February 2002). "I followed my heart, says Llewellyn". Daily Telegraph.
- "Margaret: Unlucky in love"". bbc.co.uk. 9 February 2002.
- "Notices". The Telegraph. London. 13 July 1981.
- Tatiana Soskin page at thePeerage.com Lundy, Darryl. "p. 23017 § 230167". The Peerage.
- Abbie Wightwick, "Roddy Llewellyn, patron of Southport Flower Show", Wales Online, 26 March 2013, retrieved 21 August 2016.
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