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.

in 2024 Alan has a whole new Gardening Programme Alan Titchmarsh's Gardening Club which was first aired on Monday 4 March at 2 PM.

As well as Alan and it also has Garden Expert David DomoneyHorticulturist  Camilla Bassett-SmithCommunity Gardener Tayshan Hayden-Smith, House Plant Expert Sarah Gerrard-Jones, Organic Gardener Anna Greenland and Lucy Willcox Garden Designer.

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.


Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Deputy Lieutenant of the County O Hampshire

Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour

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

How to be a Gardener - Presenter


A Year at Kew - Narrator

Alan Titchmarsh's Garden Secrets - Presenter

The Seasons with Alan Titchmarsh

2011 - Present

Love Your Garden

Love your Garden Series 13

First aired 19 April 2022

Love your Garden Series 12

First aired 22 March 2022

Episode 1 Beauty  Mary Stevenson from County Durham

Episode 2 Colour  Julie Richards  from Leicester 

Episode 3 Wildlife  Peter Hill from West Bromwich

Episode 4 Water  Russ, Alex, Zach & Lily Peacock from Southampton 

Episode 5 Wirral   Conrad, Pauline & Keiron Toohey from Heswall

Episode 6 Sudbury   Eileen & Roy Baldwin from Sudbury, Suffolk

Episode 7 Raunds  Becs, Freddie & Annabel Raunds Northamptonshire

Episode 8 Greenford Sybil from Greenford, West London

First aired 07 September 2021

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

Episode 2  Steve, Eve, Billy and Emmie from Manchester. Sue and Georgia from Liverpool

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.

Episode 6  Margaret Mary from Salford. Tim and Charlotte from Leicester.

Episode 7  Donna from Leicester. Jen from Huddersfield.

Episode 8  Shabnam and Amelia from Wakefield. Lesley-Anne from Swansea.

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

Series 8
First aired 16 February 2018

Love Your Garden Series 8 Episode 1 - Betty Richards From Fareham

Love Your Garden Series 8 Episode 2 - Nathan Cumberland from Newark

Love Your Garden Series 8 Episode 3 - Pat Wade from Basildon, Essex

Love Your Garden Series 8 Episode 4 - Roisin Pelan from Preston

Love Your Garden Series 8 Episode 5 - Irene Hicks from Cardiff Wales

Love Your Garden Series 8 Episode 6 - Fiona Kirlew from Nottingham

Love Your Garden Series 8 Episode 7 - Jim Thompson from Yorkshire

Love Your Garden Series 8 Episode 8 - Jeroume, Onessa & Elijah Cariazo from Hackney

Series 7
First aired 21 June 2017

Love Your Garden Series 7 Episode 1 - Plymouth Mark

Love Your Garden Series 7 Episode 2 - Salford  Betty & Rita

Love Your Garden Series 7 Episode 3 - Chandlers Ford Richardson Family 

Love Your Garden Series 7 Episode 4 - Shrewsbury Gina

Love Your Garden Series 7 Episode 5 - Eastbourne Jack's Garden

Love Your Garden Series 7 Episode  6 - Southampton Jordan Family

Love Your Garden Series 7 Episode  7 - Hythe Isabelle's Garden

Love Your Garden Series 7 Episode  8 - Blackpool Zoo zookeeper John Paul Houston

Love Your Garden Series 7 Episode 9 - Nottingham Baz

The Queen's Garden - Presenter

Britain's Best Back Gardens

Titchmarsh on Capability Brown

2017 - Present
Love Your Home and Garden

Fifty Shades of Green with Alan Titchmarsh

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

Love Your Weekend

Alan Titchmarsh: Spring into Summer

Love Your Garden Themed Specials 2021

Alan Titchmarsh Books

The Allotment Gardener's Handbook



Healthy House Plants

Bush Roses

Garden Pools



Climbing Plants

The Rock Gardener's Handbook


Gardening Under Cover

All About House Plants


Growing and Using Herbs

Bulbs for every Season

Climbers and Wall Plants


1000 Handy Gardening Hints


RHS Garden Techniques

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

How to be a Supergardener


Favourite Gardens


The New Super Gardener: The Nation's Favourite Gardener


Gardeners' World Complete Book of Gardening


The Complete Super gardeners


Royal Gardeners: A History of Britain's Royal Gardens

The Gardener's Year


The Complete How to be a Gardener


The Kitchen Gardener - Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg

How to Garden: Gardening in the Shade

How to Garden: Vegetables and Herbs


How to Garden: Container Gardening

How to Garden: Garden Design

How to Garden: Lawns, Paths and Patios

How to Garden: Pruning and Training

How to Garden: Growing Fruit

How to Garden: Flowering Shrubs

How to Garden: Climbers and Wall Shrubs

How to Garden: Greenhouse Gardening


How to Garden: Perennial Garden Plants

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


How to Garden: Small Gardens

How to Garden: Growing Roses


How to Garden: Wildlife Gardening

How to Garden: Growing Bulbs


How to Garden: Pests and Problems

How to Garden: Small Trees

How to Garden: Allotment Gardening

How to Garden: Instant Colour

How to garden: Weekend Gardening

Love Your Garden


My Secret Garden

How to Garden: Water Gardening


How to Garden: Grow Your Own Plants

How to Garden: Flowers and Foliage for Cutting

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

Grow your own Fruit & Veg



Trowel and Error


Nobbut A Lad

Knave of Spades


Collected Memoirs

Alan Titchmarsh Instagram

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