Alan Titchmarsh

 11 Jul 2017  Blog

A Yorkshire man born on 2nd May 1949, Alan left school aged 15 to work for Ilkley Council as a trainee gardener. At 18, he studied for his City and Guilds in horticulture at Shipley Art and Technology Institute. 

He furthered his education at Hertfordshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture where he attained the National Certificate in Horticulture, before completing his Diploma at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Radio and TV

After graduation, Alan continued to work at Kew but left in 1974 to begin working as a gardening journalist. He first appeared on BBC television news programme Nationwide as a gardening expert. He also covered the Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC from 1983 until 2013.

In 1991, he became the host of the BBC lunchtime talk show, Pebble Mill at One, until the series ended in 1996. Later that year, he took over the long-running TV programme, Gardeners World, where his down-to-earth Yorkshire humour endeared him to viewers. The previous presenters, Geoff Hamilton and Percy Thrower, were hard acts to follow but Alan soon made the show his own.

In 1997, he joined Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh to present the garden makeover show, Ground Force. In 2007, he hosted The Great British Village Show and also his chat show, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, on ITV.

He joined Gloria Hunniford to present a gardening radio programme, House in a Garden, in 1988. He also hosted the BBC Radio 2 show, Melodies for You, on Sunday evenings, playing popular music.


Alan was awarded the MBE in 2000 and is also a Freeman of the City of London and Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hampshire. The Royal Horticultural Society awarded him their highest prize in 2004, the Victoria Medal of Honour, for his services to horticulture. There are only 63 recipients of the VMH in existence.

As well as being a horticulturist, Alan has also written several best-selling novels and more than 40 gardening books. He is actively involved in charity work for Seeds for Africa and his own organisation, Gardens for Schools, which provides grants to primary schools to tend nature areas and gardens. He is also president or patron of more than 35 charities.

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