In the 1990s, Rachel De Thame was a successful model (following training in classical ballet), but a passion for plants ultimately led her down a different career path - a garden path, you might say - for her career blossomed again as a TV presenter on gardening programmes, most notably BBC2’s Gardeners' World.
During her modelling career, which spanned a decade, Rachel featured in numerous commercials as well as undertaking several acting roles, but her life took a complete about-turn in 1998 when she decided to study at The English Gardening School, gaining qualifications in Practical Horticulture and Plants & Plantsmanship. A successful BBC audition led to her becoming a member of the presenting team on BBC2's flagship gardening series Gardeners' World in 1999. Initially, she presented the show on a weekly basis, but following the birth of her second child she subsequently made occasional appearances on the programme.
Other TV work includes her own BBC series, Small Town Gardens and Gardening With The Experts, as well as co-presenting the Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC (she designed the LK Bennett garden at the 2008 Show), the Hampton Court Flower Show, the Malvern Flower Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Rachel has also made guest appearances on Going For A Song and Call My Bluff (both BBC).
In 2013, Rachel presented two episodes of Great British Garden Revival, following these with two more episodes in early 2015.
Rachel has written two gardening books, Small Town Gardens and Rachel De Thame's Top 100 Star Plants, and co-wrote Gardening With The Experts. She currently writes a monthly horticultural column for The Sunday Times and has also contributed to the gardening pages of The Daily Telegraph, Gardeners' World Magazine, Woman's Own Magazine and Eden Magazine.
Rachel has hosted several Awards, including the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards, and her public speaking engagements include giving a talk at the opening of the exhibition Claude Lorrain: The Enchanted Landscape at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Her corporate work has included collaborations with Disney and Tesco. She is also proud to support a number of charities, including Save the Baby Unit, Thrive, Living Paintings and Mind.
To book Rachel for your Event, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222 for further information.
The National Trust, Jun 2013
Rachel came to officially open our new rose garden where she was both highly professional and absolutely delightful.Posed for counless photographs, both ours, with our sponsors and for the general public. Spoke with several hundred people. We could not have asked for anything more.
Gloucester Quays, 2013
Just a quick e-mail to say thanks very much for being part of another hugely successful event at Gloucester Quays. We had almost 72,000 people visit us over the Easter Weekend, and an overwhelming amount of congratulations from visitors too...despite the freezing weather!
- Presenter of BBC Hardtalk who was recently named 'International TV Personality of the Year' by the Association of International Broadcasters.
- Presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge.
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Dame Kelly Holmes