Danny Clarke

Danny Clarke

Danny Clarke is a gardener and designer, who was born in Oxford in 1960.

His parents originally came from Jamaica and his father was a British Army Officer. 

His real name is Dannahue Barrington Clarke.

He ran his own sales company and after travelling, gained a love of the outdoors and design. 

In 1997 Danny started his own gardening business in Kent after completing a garden design course at Hadlow Horticultural College

Danny started calling himself the Black Gardener to get himself noticed.

Branching out

Danny Clarke is a host of The Instant Gardener. His new name got him noticed, he was asked in to screen test and got the job.

The Instant Gardener is a different kind of television Gardening transformation show offering quick fixes to problem areas in the garden and with no big budgets.

The garden ideas and planting advice are all within most viewers capabilities with basic DIY experience and the plants are all readily available in local garden centres.

Helen Skelton

One of the home owners goes with co-presenter Helen Skelton to look round a local garden and then to a garden centre to buy the shopping list items for the garden.

Danny with the help of his team AJ (Euan A. J. Rose) and Lou (Louise Hampden) plus the other home owner or friends and family complete the garden makeover.

Danny has also been a presenter for the RHS Flower Shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park and presented Tree of the Year in 2016.

Danny is involved with various charity work including Grow2Know project which was started following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017 to promote the healing power of nature in the community.

He made his debut in the first episode of Love Your Garden Themed Episodes 2021 first aired on Tuesday 13 July 2021 which sees Danny Joining Frances Tophill to help transform a garden in Love Your Small Garden Special.

Danny lives in Bromley Kent and has a daughter and two Grandchildren.

When life gives you lemons

Danny's sister sadly died of a Brain Tumour and he is a Patron of the charity Brain Tumour Research.

The charity has a wear a hat day fundraiser.

Danny Clarke Television Programmes

The Instant Gardener

The Instant Gardener Series 1
Series 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

The Instant Gardener Series 2
Series 2

Tree of the Year


Love Your Garden

Series 11
Series 11 Episode 3

Danny Clarke's Website, Twitter and Facebook 

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  1. Love The Instant Gardener. Wish Mr. Clarke had begum his gardening career earlier. He's truly brilliant in his presentations. Love the aura and of course I hold Helen and others in high regard. Nothing disingenuous there!

    1. I totally agree his plant knowledge is amazing, i love his design idea and there is something so calming about watching his approach to gardening that makes him unique.
      Hope you are enjoying the blog
      Best Wishes Pete Free 🌻