Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Fred Titchmarsh was born in Ilkley, West Riding of Yorkshire on 2nd May 1949. 

His Father was a plumber and part time fireman, his Mother was a textile worker. 


His father was a typical Yorkshireman and they both instilled in him very strong family values.


Sunday afternoon walks on the moors around Wharfdale and a childhood surrounded by nature gave Alan a love for the outdoors.

Alan's Grandfather was a gardener but his father was not so keen as he was made to do all the weeding as a child! 


As a child Alan enjoyed growing plants in the family back garden and his childhood hero was Perch Thrower.


Alan sang treble in the choir at his local church and also took to the stage with his local Amateur operatic society and also the Ilkley Players.


Branching out

Alan Titchmarsh left Ilkley County Secondary School at 15 and his first paid green fingered experience was as an apprentice gardener for 4 years.

Alan enrolled full time at Shipley Art and Technology Institute to study for a City & Guilds in Horticulture. 


He then went to Hertfordshire College of Agriculture leaving with a National Certificate in Horticulture.


A national Diploma in Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was his next step, where he was then employed as a supervisor and staff trainer.


From little acorns

Alan Titchmarsh and wife Alison Titchmarsh met performing amateur dramatics and the pair got married in 1975.


Alan Titchmarsh has 2 daughters, Camilla and Polly Titchmarsh and four grandchildren. 

Alan first appeared on our screens as the Horticulture expert on Nationwide.

In 1983 he was to present the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for 30 years until 2013.


Alan then went on to be a regular on our screens appearing on BBC news and Pebble Mill at One before he was to become the host of Gardeners' World.


Ground Force with Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh brought a new wave of gardening makeover shows to the masses of amateur armchair gardeners. 


One of the most memorable episodes was when they flew out to South Africa to makeover Nelson Mandela's garden.


How to be a Gardener ran for 2 series and took us back to common sense garden and away from decking and quick fix solutions.


Alan Titchmarsh hosts Love your Garden, the show first aired in June 2011 but with a very different format to the garden makeover show we all know and love.

In series 1 Alan visited themed gardens around the UK, each week featuring a different specific theme.

Series 2 saw the start of the much loved format of creating inspirational gardens for people that deserved them most.

Alan was joined by his trusty team of gardeners including David Domoney, Katie Rushworth and Frances Tophill,

Love Your Garden is now in its 11th series have changed the life and gardens of the recipients and inspired gardeners to makeover their own gardens.

in 2021 Danny Clarke joined the Love Your Garden Team making his Debut in a Love Your Garden Themed special 2021 first aired 13 July 2021 Love Your Small Garden Special.


Alan career has taken many turns from his TV appearances presenting Songs of Praise, Documentaries, Popstar to Opera Star and even being the voice of a gnome in Gordon the Garden Gnome  for CBeebies!

Alan has also had his own chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show, hosted the Antiques Roadshow and presented Secrets of the National Trust.

Alan Titchmarsh career also includes events, his Radio shows for Radio 2 as well as his many novels. 

Alan presented a 2 part series The Queen's Garden which was filmed over a year at Buckingham Palace gardens.


Alan Titchmarsh's house is near Alton in Hampshire and he spends his time living between here and his house on the Isle of Wight at Cowes, where he does his writing.





Awards

2000
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

2001
Deputy Lieutenant of the County O Hampshire

2004
Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour

2008
High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight


Currently I am only listing gardening related programmes and books. Alan has had a very varied career as a presenter, chat show host, poet and author. Pete Free 🌻

Alan Titchmarsh TV Shows


1983 - 2013

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Presenter

1996 - 2002

Gardeners' World - Presenter

1997 - 2002

Ground Force - Presenter

2002
How to be a Gardener - Presenter

2004

A Year at Kew - Narrator

2010
Alan Titchmarsh's Garden Secrets - Presenter

2010
The Seasons with Alan Titchmarsh

2011 - Present


Love Your Garden


Series 11
First aired 07 September 2021

Episode 1  Mel & Theodore from near Taunton.  Dunkirk Memorial House

Episode 2

Episode 3  Jo, Kerry, Flynn & Dogs from Leighton Buzzard. Dawn from Salford.

Episode 4 Carl, Elle, Theo, Ebony & Kenzo from Macclesfield Cheshire. Norma from Accrington.

Episode 5  Dale, Laura, Liam, Mathew & Louis from Barry Wales.  Krystina, Sienna, Max & Andre from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.



Series 10
First aired 25 February 2020

Episode 1 Harri & Erica Torr from Hull, East Yorkshire

Episode 2 Kath Ryan from Hall Green, Birmingham

Episode 3 Kirsty, Phoebe & Sam from Farncombe, Surrey

Episode 4 Age UK Day Centre in Croydon

Episode 5 Pip, John & Harrison from Middlesbrough

Episode 6 Richard & Lynn Warren Chippenham

Episode 7  James, Joanna & Laurie from Dudley

Episode 8  Venessa and Raia Sunshine from Waltham Abbey, Essex


Series 9
First aired 27 August 2019

Episode 1 Daniel, Jordan Lola & Jasper Bradbury from Hucknall near Nottingham

Episode 2 Rob & Margaret Isdale from Grantham, Lincolnshire

Episode 3 Jack & Margaret Parrott from Grassmoor, Derbyshire

Episode 4 Icolyn Smith MBE from Oxford

Episode 5 Rachel, Ped, Isla, George & Betsy from Folkstone

Episode 6 Lorraine Tilston-Brookes, Doris & Poppy from Swindon Wiltshire

Episode 7 Chris Garlick, Karran, Molly, Daniel & Mairwen Pontypool South Wales

Episode 8 Georgie Moseley Sheldon near Birmingham



2014
The Queen's Garden - Presenter

2015
Britain's Best Back Gardens

2015
Titchmarsh on Capability Brown

2017 - Present
Love Your Home and Garden

2019
Fifty Shades of Green with Alan Titchmarsh


2020
Grow Your Own At Home With Alan Titchmarsh

Grow Your Own At Home With Alan Titchmarsh

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6
 first aired 01 September 2020
Love Tour Garden Themed Episodes








2021
Love Your Weekend


2021
Alan Titchmarsh: Spring into Summer


2021
Love Your Garden Themed Specials 2021




Alan Titchmarsh Books

1984
The Allotment Gardener's Handbook

1984
Cacti


1984
Pruning


1984
Healthy House Plants

1984
Bush Roses

1984
Garden Pools

1984

Lawns

1984
Climbing Plants


1985
The Rock Gardener's Handbook

1985

Gardening Under Cover

1986
All About House Plants

1986

Growing and Using Herbs

1986
Bulbs for every Season

1987
Climbers and Wall Plants

1990

1000 Handy Gardening Hints

1993

RHS Garden Techniques

1993
Avant Gardening in the 90s: he New Guide to One-Upmanship in the Garden

1994
How to be a Supergardener

1998

Favourite Gardens

2000

The New Super Gardener: The Nation's Favourite Gardener

2001

Gardeners' World Complete Book of Gardening

2003

The Complete Super gardeners

2004

Royal Gardeners: A History of Britain's Royal Gardens

2005
The Gardener's Year

2005

The Complete How to be a Gardener

2008

The Kitchen Gardener - Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg

2009
How to Garden: Gardening in the Shade

2009
How to Garden: Vegetables and Herbs

2009

How to Garden: Container Gardening

2009
How to Garden: Garden Design

2009
How to Garden: Lawns, Paths and Patios

2009
How to Garden: Pruning and Training

2010
How to Garden: Growing Fruit

2010
How to Garden: Flowering Shrubs

2010
How to Garden: Climbers and Wall Shrubs

2010
How to Garden: Greenhouse Gardening

2010

How to Garden: Perennial Garden Plants

2010
How to be a Gardener: Secrets of Success (Book 2)

2011

How to Garden: Small Gardens

2011
How to Garden: Growing Roses

2011

How to Garden: Wildlife Gardening

2011
How to Garden: Growing Bulbs

2011

How to Garden: Pests and Problems

2012
How to Garden: Small Trees


2012
How to Garden: Allotment Gardening

2012
How to Garden: Instant Colour

2012
How to garden: Weekend Gardening

2012
Love Your Garden

2012

My Secret Garden

2013
How to Garden: Water Gardening

2013

How to Garden: Grow Your Own Plants

2013
How to Garden: Flowers and Foliage for Cutting

2017
RHS Great British Village Show: What goes on Behind the Scenes and How to be a Prize Winner
(Thane Prince, Matthew Biggs)

2021
Grow your own Fruit & Veg


Biographies

2002

Trowel and Error

2006

Nobbut A Lad

2009
Knave of Spades

2016

Collected Memoirs



Alan Titchmarsh Instagram

Share this post

No comments:

Post a Comment