Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL
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Alan Titchmarsh is a professional gardener and TV presenter.
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.
Then 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. One episode saw the Ground Force team makeover Nelson Mandela’s garden.
In 2007, Titchmarsh hosted The Great British Village Show. The show saw gardeners and cooks from all over Britain compete to be the best at growing pumpkins, runner beans and tomatoes, and then 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 published his first novel, Only Dad, in November 2001. Running parallel to the fiction work, Titchmarsh also 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, a follow-up to his first autobiography, Trowel & Error.
Titchmarsh has also capitalised on his strong brand with retail projects. He has launched several of his own product lines, including his own range of gardening tools. He developed the tools in conjunction with 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.