Rachel De Thame

Rachel De Thame

Rachel De Thame is a gardener who was born on 13 October 1961.

Her maiden name was Rachel Cohen and she was the eldest of 4 children, she has 3 younger brothers.

Her father gave her the passion for gardening and her childhood memories are of helping in the garden and visiting nurseries. 

At aged 10 Rachel studied ballet at The Royal Ballet School but at the age of 15 years old she contracted Glandular fever. which unfortunately ended her ballet ambitions.

Branching out

Drama was to be the next career move for Rachel and she took a course at Southgate college.

She then went on to study History of Art before taking a job at an art dealers.

Rachel married her first husband Stephen Colover in 1986 and they have two children Joe and Lauren Colover.

Rachel and Stephen were divorced in 1993.

Rachel De Thame Merlin
Copyright Channel 4

Rachel was  recruited by a modelling agency. From modelling work Rachel moved on to TV adverts and then into television starring as Lady Igraine in the 1998 series Merlin.

Also under the stage Name of Rachel Colover she appeared in the feature film Bodywork.

In 1998 Rachel returned to her passion of gardening and enrolled in a course studying Practical Horticulture , plants and Plantmanship at the English Gardening School.

Rachel De Thame married Gerard de Thame in 1999 and they have two children, Emma and Olivia De Thame.

The De Thame family live in West London with a second home in the Cotswolds. 

From little acorns

After finishing her course Rachel started her television career as a regular presenter on Gardeners' World.

She went on to have her own series Small Town Gardens and Gardening with Experts as well as appearing on several gardening programmes.

Rachel De Thame is also a presenter for the RHS flower show, presenting the 2019 coverage and had her own medal winning garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

She has written articles for magazines and papers as well as appearances on various radio programmes.

When life gives you lemons

In 2018 Rachel De Thame revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was undergoing cancer treatment.

Following concerns that she was absent from the coverage of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Rachel De Thame's illness was revealed in an interview with Joe Swift.

Rachel now promotes the healing benefits of gardening.

Show gardens

LK Bennett Garden - Silver medal

Floral decorations for The Royal Barge for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Rachel De Thame Television Programmes

Gardeners' World

Small Town Gardens

The Joy of gardening

Gardening with the Experts

Great British Garden Revival


Rachel de Thame Books

Small Town Gardens

Top 100 Star Plants

Gardening with the Experts
with Phil McCann

Unless Stated all photographs copyright of BBC.com

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