Carol Klein

Carol Klein

Carol Klein was born in Walkden, Lancashire on 24th June 1945 and is 75 years old.

She got her early love of gardening from her grandfather who had an allotment and from her mother.

Carol has 2 brothers and her father had a TV shop in Walkden.

Early memories include carrying around buckets of mud to bring into the house to make her own kitchen garden.

Her mother encouraged Carol creative indoor gardening but her Father hated gardening but she never let that deter her. 

Her Father loved Motorbikes an interest that Carol also shares to this day.

She attended Bolton School where she enjoyed Art and biology but left at 15. 

She wanted to study Art further but her father did not want her to but she was able to return to her love of art later in her career.

Branching out

Carol Klein's first job after leaving school was at Kendal Milne a department store in Manchester selling buttons and stockings.

Returning to her love of art, Carol trained as an Art teacher and started her teaching career in Shepherds Bush.

She taught Art for 13 years before moving to Devon in 1978 with her husband Neil and where her career in gardening was to begin.

After scraping enough for a mortgage Carol Klein moved to Glebe Cottage, 
in Chittlehamholt near Umberleigh in Devon.

The garden at the cottage needed a lot of work but after gardening on the balcony of their London flat, Carol was keen to start. 

The garden was full of old cars, sheds and concrete! 15 tons of hardcore soon cleared the old paths to plant fruit trees and the start of her organic garden.

Carol Klein has two daughters Annie and Alice. After they were born she gave up teaching and started selling homemade jam, bread and her garden plants at a local market. 

Carol went on to set up the very successful Plant Nursery, Glebe Cottage Plants in Chittlehamholt near Umberleigh on some adjacent rented land next to her cottage. 

Carol has had no formal training and her huge knowledge of plants are self taught.

From little acorns

As the Plant Nursery grew in popularity Carol started to take her plants to the shows.

Carol Klein won 6 Gold Medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and became a regular medal winner at gardening shows. 

In 1989, Carol Klein's Glebe Cottage garden featured on Gardeners' World with Geoff Hamilton this was to be the start of Carol Klein highly successful TV career.

In 1998 Carol was a presenter on the popular TV garden makeover show Real Gardens with Monty Don and Ann-Marie Powell. This show was different from the usual format as helped the gardeners through out the season develop their own gardens.

Carol Klein has been a Gardeners World presenter since 2006 and most recently Carol Klein presented Great British Gardens.

When life gives you lemons

In 2011, her plant nursery Glebe Cottage Plants had to sadly close following a dispute with her new neighbours, who did not renew the lease on the land where the nursery was based.

Carol has had 2 hip replacements, not that you would ever know it

RHS Ambassador

Carol Klein TV Programmes

1998 - 2000

Real Gardens

Series 3 ?
I am not sure if this is Series 2 and series 3 from Episode 14? Pete Free 🌻

Episode 1: Stockport, Norfolk & Felixstowe 

Episode 2: Harrow, Norfolk & Devon

Episode 3Stockport, Norfolk & Felixstowe

Episode 4: Harrow, Norfolk & Devon

Episode 5: Stockport, Norfolk & Felixstowe

Episode 6: Harrow, Norfolk & Devon

Episode 7: Guernsey, Felixstowe & Stockport

Episode 8: Devon, Stockport, Guernsey & RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Episode 9: Harrow, Guernsey & Felixstowe

Episode 10: Guernsey, Islington & Devon

Episode 11: Huddersfield, Islington & Chulmleigh 

Episode 12: Devon, Guernsey & Stockport

Episode 13: Huddersfield, Islington, Chulmleigh & RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Episode 14: Liverpool, Burton-on-Trent, Portsmouth (from previous series)

Episode 15: Cotswolds, Huddersfield & Chumleigh

Episode 16: Guernsey, Cotswolds & Chumleigh

Episode 17: Huddersfield, Cotswolds & Chumleigh

Episode 18: Guernsey, Wiltshire & Cotswolds

Episode 19: Leicestershire, Wiltshire & Cotswolds

Episode 20: Leicestershire, Wiltshire & Cotswolds

Series 2
Series 1

2006 - Present
Gardeners' World - Presenter 

RHS Chelsea Flower show - reporter

Grow Your Own Veg - presenter
6 Episodes

Open Gardens - Presenter
6 Episodes

2011 - 2013
Series 1

2013 - 2015
Great British Garden Revival - Presenter
4 Episodes

Carol Klein's Plant Odysseys - Presenter
4 Episodes

Great British Gardens: Season by Season by Carol Klein - Channel 5 - presenter

The Great Gardening Challenge - Judge

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5 - Semi final
Episode 6 - The Final

Gardeners' World 2020

Gardening with Carol Klein

Gardeners' World 2021

Autumn Gardening with Carol Klein
First shown 07/10/2021



Carol Klein Books

Plant Personalities

RHS Grow Your Own Veg

RHS Grow Your Own Veg Journal

Cook Your Own Veg

RHS Grow Your Own Fruit

Grow Your Own Garden: How to propagate All Your Own Plants

Life in a Cottage Garden

Carol Klein's Favourite Plants

Wild Flowers: Nature's Own to Garden Grown

Making a Garden: Successful Gardening by Nature's Rules

RHS Grow Your Own Veg & Fruit Bible


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  1. Carol Klein has to be the best gardener of all time. I could watch her all day.