A respected TV gardening expert who has enthralled green-fingered viewers for over four decades, Alan Titchmarsh is also equally respected as a highly popular chat show host. Indeed, whether it's planting next year's seedlings or interviewing the cream of the crop, Alan always comes up roses. In addition, he is also a well known author, with books that cover a wide range of genres, from gardening to novels!
Alan was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire, and began growing plants at the age of ten in his parents' back garden. He left school at fifteen and became an apprentice gardener in the local nursery, following this with full time training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. After graduating, he stayed on at Kew, employed as a supervisor and latterly a staff trainer, leaving to pursue a career in gardening journalism in 1974.
Alan's first few television appearances as a horticulture expert were on the long-running BBC TV show Nationwide. Since then, he has hosted the BBC's hugely successful Ground Force and Gardener's World. In addition, he hosted the hugely popular day time chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV for eight series, ending in November 2014 (he had previously hosted the long-running Pebble Mill at One BBC television talk show).
Alan's many other TV presenting credits include How To Be A Gardener, British Isles - A Natural History, The Great British Village Show, The Nature Of Britain and Love Your Garden. He has also broadcast for both BBC Radio 2 and Classic FM.
Moreover, Alan has twice been named Gardening Writer Of The Year, and has contributed gardening columns to both the Daily Express and the Radio Times. How To Be A Gardener, the book which accompanied his BBC gardening series, topped the UK bestsellers list. Alan is also a successful novelist: credits include Mr MacGregor, The Last Lighthouse Keeper, Animal Instinct, Only Dad and, more recently, Rosie, as well as his memoirs Trowel & Error.
Alan has also has capitalised on his strong brand image with retail and merchandise projects, launching several of his own product lines, including his own range of gardening tools, as well as Gardeners' Heaven, an online retail arm of his website.
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