Charming, calm and passionate about his projects, Alan has spent his entire professional career popularising the pleasures of gardening.
After working as a professional gardener and a gardening journalist, Alan Titchmarsh established himself as a media personality through appearances on gardening programmes.
Chelsea Flower Show
Titchmarsh’s first few television appearances were on the long-running BBC television show Nationwide as a horticulture expert. This led to his being invited to present coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for BBC television in 1983, something Titchmarsh presented every year up to 2014.
In 1997, he took gardening to the masses with BBC One television series, Ground Force, in which he and fellow presenters Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh would perform a makeover on a garden, Titchmarsh making full use of his horticultural skills when restocking the lucky gardens featured.
The show has travelled as far as the United States and South Africa, where one episode saw the Ground Force team makeover Nelson Mandela’s garden.
In 2007, Titchmarsh hosted The Great British Village Show, in which gardeners and cooks from all over Britain competed to be the best at growing pumpkins, runner beans and tomatoes, and at knitting, baking cakes and making jam.
Titchmarsh began presenting his afternoon ITV chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show, in 2007.
In 2010, Titchmarsh presented the first series of Popstar to Operastar with Myleene Klass. Since 2011, he has presented gardening show Love Your Garden. A fifth series aired in 2015.
Alan’s first novel, Only Dad, was published in November 2001. A further six books have since been published. Running parallel to the fiction work, Titchmarsh published a new series of gardening guides, the How to Garden series, in April 2009. His second autobiographical work is Nobbut A Lad: A Yorkshire Childhood from October 2006, a follow-up to his first autobiography, Trowel & Error, published in 2002.
Titchmarsh has capitalised on his strong brand with retail and merchandise projects. He has launched several of his own product lines, including his own range of “Alan Titchmarsh” gardening tools developed in conjunction with tool manufacturer Bulldog Tools. Alan Titchmarsh has also teamed up with Digitalis Media to launch Gardeners’ Heaven, the online retail arm of his website. Gardeners’ Heaven supplies Titchmarsh’s own tools as well as other popular gardening products.