Alan Fred Titchmarsh, MBE, DL, HonFSE (born 2 May 1949) is an English gardener, broadcaster, poet, and novelist. After working as a professional gardener and a gardening journalist, he established himself as a media personality through appearances on gardening programmes. He has developed a diverse writing and broadcasting career.
Titchmarsh at his book-signing in 2004.
Alan Fred Titchmarsh
2 May 1949
|Residence||Hampshire and Isle of Wight, England|
|Education||Hertfordshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture|
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
|Occupation||Broadcaster, gardener, novelist, poet|
|Television||Gardeners' World (1996–2002)|
Ground Force (1997–2002)
Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007–2014)
Popstar to Operastar (2010)
Love Your Garden (2011—)
|Spouse(s)||Alison Titchmarsh, (m. 1975)|
Titchmarsh was born on 2 May 1949 in Ilkley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He is the son of Bessie (née Hardisty), a textile mill worker, and Alan Fred Titchmarsh, Sr., a plumber. In 1964, after leaving school at 15, Titchmarsh went to work as an apprentice gardener with Ilkley Council, before leaving in 1968, at 18, for Shipley Art and Technology Institute in Shipley to study for a City and Guilds in horticulture.
Titchmarsh went on to study at Hertfordshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture for the National Certificate in Horticulture, before finally moving to the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to study for a Diploma in Horticulture. After graduating, he stayed on at Kew, being employed as a supervisor and latterly a staff trainer, leaving to pursue a career in gardening journalism in 1974.
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. Titchmarsh hosted this every year until 2013. In 2014, he was replaced by Sophie Raworth. He also appeared on other BBC shows, such as Breakfast Time and Open Air as either a guest presenter or as a gardening expert, providing commentary and answering viewers' questions.
In 1991, Titchmarsh was brought in to host the long-running Pebble Mill at One BBC television talk show, which he did until its cancellation in 1996. In 1991, he presented a 6-part series in which he followed in the footsteps of the pilgrims, travelling around Britain and Ireland in the process.
In 1996 the cancellation of Pebble Mill at One gave Titchmarsh the opportunity to move back towards his first love, gardening, and he took over as host of another long-running BBC television programme, Gardeners' World in the same year, the show being filmed in his own garden. 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 make over Nelson Mandela's garden.
Staying involved in gardening programmes after Gardeners' World, Titchmarsh has presented two series of How To Be A Gardener
Away from gardening, Titchmarsh has had spells presenting Songs of Praise and a series of programmes on BBC Radio 2 in which he played a selection of light classical music, as well as a BBC nature documentary series, British Isles - A Natural History. In recent years, he has done less television and radio and spent more time on his career as a novelist and renewed interest in writing gardening books.
Titchmarsh has appeared in an advertisement for the Yorkshire Tourist Board (now Welcome To Yorkshire) as part as of a series which included contributions from other Yorkshire-born celebrities including Brian Blessed, Melanie Brown, Darren Gough and Brian Turner. He occasionally does other voiceover work for advertisements as well as voicing the title character in Gordon the Garden Gnome, a cartoon series for the CBeebies channel. In autumn 2007, Titchmarsh hosted a follow-up series to British Isles – A Natural History entitled The Nature of Britain focusing on British plant and animal species.
Other recent work included hosting a 2005 special edition of the Antiques Roadshow, entitled the 20th Century Roadshow, which focused on modern collectibles, performing in the 2006 Children's Party at the Palace for the Queen's 80th birthday, and guest hosting an episode of The Paul O'Grady Show while O'Grady was off for medical reasons.
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. In September 2007 Titchmarsh began presenting his afternoon ITV chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show which aired in the 3.00 pm afternoon slot. The show ended in November 2014.
In spring 2013 Titchmarsh was a reporter on BBC Two programmeThe Great British Winter. In December 2014 Titchmarsh presented a two-part series for ITV called The Queen's Garden that was filmed over a time period of one year.
In January 2006, Titchmarsh was given a permanent slot on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday evenings with the show "Melodies for you" consisting of light classical and popular music, following the traditional style of Sunday-night broadcasting on Radio 2. In August 2011, Titchmarsh left Radio 2. Since January 2012, he has hosted a Saturday morning show on Classic FM.
Titchmarsh began writing fiction, and his 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. When I Was A Nipper was published on 30 September 2010.
In addition to his extensive television and writing work, Titchmarsh is also trustee of his own charity, 'Gardens for Schools', and others, including 'Seeds for Africa'. His charity helps fund gardens and green spaces in and around schools, while Seeds for Africa encourages sustainable vegetable gardening. It provides community groups with the tools, seeds and training they need to start their own vegetable gardens including providing water installation and preparing the land. Away from horticulture, Titchmarsh is involved with the Cowes Inshore Lifeboat, where he is a patron, and with the National Maritime Museum, where he is a trustee.
In 2004, Titchmarsh became the president of Perennial, officially known as the Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society. Perennial is one of the UK's oldest charities and was created in 1839 to help gardeners and horticulturists facing times of difficulty.
In 2010, Titchmarsh became president of the plant conservation charity Plant Heritage (previously known as NCCPG).
Titchmarsh has a wax statue at Madame Tussaud's. It was revealed on Series 2, Episode 6 of the TV panel comedy series Would I Lie to You? that his waxwork had to have its face cleaned twice a week to remove all the lipstick smudges on it.
In August 2014, Titchmarsh was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.
Titchmarsh moved to his home, a grade II listed Georgian farmhouse in Hampshire, in 2002. He also has a coastal home, near Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where he spends about a third of the year.
In 2013, Titchmarsh, then aged 64, responded to complaints that older women were discriminated against on television by stating he would like to hear less "whingeing". "They don't complain in their early days when they are disporting themselves on sports cars", he stated in an interview with The Observer. This drew criticism from media figures who had been protesting against the difficulties faced by older women in the media, including from Miriam O'Reilly, winner of an age discrimination case against the BBC.
In 2000 Titchmarsh's reasoning on fox hunting in the garden was that "he'd never want to chase and kill an animal himself, hunting is a traditional part of country life and therefore should be preserved".
Titchmarsh was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to horticulture and broadcasting. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of the County of Hampshire in 2001. In 2008, Titchmarsh served as High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight.
In 1999, Titchmarsh was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) degree by the University of Bradford. He was made Patron at Writtle College, a university college in Essex, in 2001 and had a building named after him at the college in 2011 (the 'Titchmarsh Centre for Animal Studies'). In 2004, he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest award the RHS can bestow. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Winchester, and in 2014 was designated as the new Chancellor of the university. He was honoured by the City of Westminster at a tree planting and plaque ceremony in April 2011.
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. 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.
Titchmarsh played the Pope in Sister Act The Musical at The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall in the BROS Theatre Company Production on 29 May 2019. He appeared in the final act of the show.
|1989-1994||Songs of Praise||Presenter|
|2002||How To Be A Gardener||Presenter|
|1983–2013||RHS Chelsea Flower Show||Co-presenter|
|1991–1996||Pebble Mill at One||Presenter|
|2004||British Isles – A Natural History||Presenter|
|2005||20th Century Roadshow||Presenter|
|Gordon the Garden Gnome||Voice of Gordon|
|2006||The Paul O'Grady Show||Guest presenter||1 episode|
|2007||The Nature of Britain||Presenter||Documentary series|
|The Great British Village Show||Presenter|
|2007–2014||The Alan Titchmarsh Show||Presenter||15 series|
|2010||Popstar to Operastar||Co-presenter||Series 1; with Myleene Klass|
|2011—||Love Your Garden||Co-presenter||7 series|
|2012||Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother||Presenter||One-off programme|
|2013||The Great British Winter|
|2014||The Queen's Garden||Presenter||Two-part series|
|2015||Britain's Best Back Gardens||Presenter||1 series|
|Titchmarsh on Capability Brown||Presenter||One-off documentary|
|2016—||Masterpiece with Alan Titchmarsh||Co-presenter||2 series; with Rachel Houston-Holland|
|2016||Winnie-the-Pooh: The Most Famous Bear in the World||Presenter||One-off documentary|
|2017—||Secrets of the National Trust||Presenter||2 series|
|2017||Royal Windsor Horse Show Live||Presenter||One-off special|
|Prince Philip: 70 Years of Service||Presenter||One-off special|
|2017—||Love Your Home and Garden||Presenter||1 series|
Another Side is an album released on 12 November 2007 by John Barrowman under the Sony BMG label. The album is composed entirely of chosen cover songs. Speaking of his decision to release his solo album, Barrowman stated that it wasn't about launching a pop career, but about giving people a chance to see "Another Side" to him as an entertainer. The album reached number 22 on the UK Album Charts and was certified gold on 11 January 2008; Barrowman was subsequently presented with a 'Gold Disc' to acknowledge this on The Alan Titchmarsh Show in February of that year.BBC Books
BBC Books (also formerly known as BBC Publishing) is an imprint majority owned and managed by Penguin Random House through its Ebury Publishing division. The minority shareholder is BBC Studios, the commercial subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The imprint has been active since the 1980s.
BBC Books publishes a range of books connected to BBC radio and television programming, including cookery, natural history, lifestyle, and behind the scenes "making-of" books. There are also some non-programme related biographies and autobiographies of various well-known personalities in its list.
Amongst BBC Books' best known titles are cookery books by former TV cook Delia Smith, wildlife titles by Sir David Attenborough and gardening titles by Alan Titchmarsh. In the BBC Publishing days, it turned down The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a book which has now sold over 14,000,000 copies worldwide.British Isles – A Natural History
British Isles – A Natural History is an eight-part documentary series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and presented by Alan Titchmarsh. Originally broadcast in the UK on BBC1 from September to November 2004, it took viewers on a journey from the formation of what is now the British Isles some 3 billion years ago to the present day, revealing how natural and human forces have shaped the landscape. Each of the 50-minute episodes was followed by a 10-minute short specific to each region of the British Isles. In 2007, the BBC made a companion series about British wildlife called The Nature of Britain, also presented by Titchmarsh.
A 3-disc Region 2 and 4 DVD set (BBCDVD1506) featuring all eight episodes was released on 29 November 2004. Titchmarsh wrote an accompanying book, also called British Isles: A Natural History, and released by BBC Books on 1 October 2004. (ISBN 0-563-52162-7)Edd Kimber
Edd Kimber (born 7 March 1986 in Bradford) is the winner of the first series of The Great British Bake Off in 2010. Since winning the series he has left his previous job where he was a debt collector for a bank and published three cookbooks, Say It With Cake, The Boy Who Bakes and Patisserie Made Simple. He was "resident baker" on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
He now lives in Highbury, north London with his boyfriend.Garden Media Guild
The British Garden Media Guild, (formerly The Garden Writers' Guild), is a trade organisation for professional garden writers, journalists, photographers, broadcasters and members of allied trades. The Guild was established in 1991 to improve the quality of garden writing, photography and broadcasting by improving links between the gardening mass media and the horticultural industry and keeping its members up-to-date with events in the world of gardening and horticulture. The Guild also aims to help its members operate efficiently and profitably and improve liaisons between garden writers, photographers, publishers and more.
Full membership is restricted to those who have been published and are earning a significant level of income from their gardening and horticultural media activities, although Probationary membership can be given for up to three years to anyone seeking to establish themselves as professionals in this field. Associate membership can also be given to those employed in activities closely linked with horticulture and the garden media – examples being PR, marketing and publishing.
The Guild is run by a voluntary committee formed from its members. Its patrons are Alan Titchmarsh MBE, VMH, DL FCIHort, Peter Seabrook MBE, MoH, AH, VMH, FCIHort, Gordon Rae VMH, FCIHort and Roy Lancaster OBE, VMH, FCIHort, FLS.Gordon the Garden Gnome
Gordon the Garden Gnome is a British animated children's television series aimed at getting children interested in gardening. The series premiered on CBeebies in 2005. Gordon is a cartoon garden gnome, whose voice is provided by Alan Titchmarsh.
The series also aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's Tickle-U television programming block.Ground Force
Ground Force is a British garden makeover television series originally broadcast by the BBC between 1997 and 2005. The series was originally hosted by Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh and was produced by Endemol for the BBC.Joanne Wheatley
Jo Wheatley is the winner of the second series of The Great British Bake Off. Since winning in 2011 she has started her own cookery school and had two books published called 'A Passion For Baking' and 'Home Baking'. She has appeared on The One Show, performed cooking demonstrations on The Alan Titchmarsh Show and written a column in the Sainsbury's magazine. She writes for The Sun newspaper and various food publications.Love Your Garden
Love Your Garden is a British lifestyle gardening programme that was first broadcast on ITV on 10 June 2011. The show is hosted by Alan Titchmarsh alongside co-presenters David Domoney, Katie Rushworth and Frances Tophill and sees the team visit locations around the United Kingdom helping people to transform their gardens.
The first series saw Titchmarsh visiting themed gardens around the United Kingdom, specific to the topic of the episode, and advising viewers on how to transform their gardens. However, since the second series Titchmarsh and the team have transformed the gardens of people who are described as "deserving them the most".
The third series of Love Your Garden has been available for streaming on Netflix since March 2018.Masterpiece (game show)
Masterpiece is a game show that aired on ITV from 15 February 2016 to 12 June 2017 and is presented by Alan Titchmarsh and Rachel Houston-Holland.Melodies for You
Melodies for You was a long-running BBC radio music programme, broadcast on Sunday mornings until 1992 and Sunday evenings subsequently, which presented works of light popular and classical music.
The show was merged with Your Hundred Best Tunes in 2007 by BBC controller, Lesley Douglas, who appointed Alan Titchmarsh as presenter. The show was then dropped by controller Bob Shennan with the final broadcast on Sunday, 28 August 2011.In the final broadcast, Alan Titchmarsh played personal favourites:
Gilbert Vinter and his Orchestra — The Arcadians Overture
Edita Gruberová — Der Holle Rache
Black Dyke Mills Band — The Titchmarsh Warbler
The New London Orchestra — Knightsbridge March
Iona Brown — The Lark Ascending
Jussi Bjoerling and Robert Merrill — Pearl Fishers Duet
Peter Skellern and Richard Stilgoe — Joyce the Librarian
The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines — Sunset
New Symphony Orchestra of London — The Nightmare Song from Isidore
Pat Metheny — Always and Forever
Thomas Round — Love Unspoken from The Merry Widow
BBC Concert Orchestra — Leap Year Waltz
Philharmonia Orchestra — Rose Adagio
Joyce Grenfell — Old Tyme Dancing
Manchester Children's Choir — Nymphs and Shepherds from The Libertine
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Pride and Prejudice
Shirley Jones and Gordon Macrae — If I Loved You
Huddersfield Choral Society and Orchestra — Hallelujah ChorusNational Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG), also known as Plant Heritage, is a botanical conservation organisation in the United Kingdom and a registered charity. It was founded in 1978 to combine the talents of botanists, horticulturalists and conservationists with the dedication of keen amateur and professional gardeners. The mission statement of the organisation declares that "The NCCPG seeks to conserve, document, promote and make available Britain and Ireland's rich biodiversity of garden plants for the benefit of everyone through horticulture, education and science." Specifically, the aims of the organisation are to:
encourage the propagation and conservation of endangered garden plants in the British Isles, both species and cultivars;
encourage and conduct research into cultivated plants, their origins, their historical and cultural importance and their environments; and
encourage the education of the public in garden plant conservation.Through its membership and the National Plant Collection Holders, the NCCPG seeks to rediscover and reintroduce endangered garden plants by encouraging their propagation and distribution so that they are grown as widely as possible. The NCCPG works closely with other conservation bodies as well as botanic gardens, the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland, English Heritage, the Royal Horticultural Society and many specialist horticultural societies.
The NCCPG's patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.In 2010, the TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh became president of the charity.No Plan B (band)
No Plan B, also known as the Roger Daltrey Band, is a rock band assembled by The Who singer Roger Daltrey to support performances and tours outside The Who. Daltrey's band includes Simon Townshend (brother of Pete Townshend) on guitar and vocals, Frank Simes on lead guitar, Jon Button on bass, Loren Gold on keyboards and Scott Devours on drums. Frank Simes is also Musical Director for the band. In a 2010 appearance on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Daltrey called the band No Plan B.Obsession (Shayne Ward song)
Obsession is the second single from British singer Shayne Ward's third studio album, of the same name. It was released promotionally on February 14, 2011. Ward performed the single for the first time on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on the same day.Popstar to Operastar
Popstar to Operastar is a British television programme in which pop stars were trained to sing opera. The show began airing on ITV on 15 January 2010 at 9pm. The show was repeated on TV3 Ireland on Saturday evening. The programme was produced by Renegade Pictures.
With the show being a singing competition, it featured (some) appropriate judges: (Mexican tenor) Rolando Villazón, (Welsh mezzo-soprano) Katherine Jenkins, (pop singer) Meat Loaf and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Villazón and Jenkins also mentored the contestants giving them the songs to sing during the live shows. Meat Loaf and Llewelyn-Bowen were critic-judges, who talked about their performances. However, after the first series, it was announced that Meat Loaf and Llewelyn-Bowen would not be returning as judges. Their replacements were confirmed to be actor and opera-director, Simon Callow and classical singer/violinist, Vanessa-Mae. The presenters of the show were confirmed to be Alan Titchmarsh and Myleene Klass with the non-operatic "Dies Irae" from Verdi's Requiem as the theme tune. However, for the second series, Titchmarsh did not return to the show. The winner of the first series was Darius Campbell and winner of the second series was Joe McElderry.
The first episode of series 2 brought in 5.98 million viewers bringing the show its highest ratings to date. Each week the results show featured a guest performance, normally an operastar singing to promote their upcoming album. For every vote cast, money was donated to the Nordoff-Robbins charity. The winner also received a payment for a charity of their choice.Rosa 'Belmonte'
Rosa 'Belmonte' (syn. 'HARpearl') is a robust pearly blush floribunda rose, with medium scent, created by Robert Harkness of Harkness Roses at Hitchin, Hertfordshire. It was introduced at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show by the English television gardener Alan Titchmarsh in 2007. Its name is in honour of Her Excellency Donna Francesca Elbrick di Belmonte, daughter of the Prince and Princess of Belmonte, to mark the occasion of her marriage to Tristan Elbrick, the grandson of Ambassador Charles Elbrick. At the request of the Donna Francesca, proceeds from the sale of Rosa Belmonte are donated to support the work of the charity The Prince's Trust.
'Belmonte' has dark green glossy foliage and forms shrubs with up to 100 cm height and 70 cm width. Its double flowers with up to 30 petals have an average diameter of 10 cm. They appear in clusters of three to seven flowers throughout the season. Their perfume is described as fruity with citrus undertones. The cultivar is very disease-tolerant, and can grow without regular fungicide spraying.
The parentage of Rosa 'Belmonte' is:
('Dr Darley' (f) (Red Planet x (Carina x Pascali))x
('Pretty Lady' (m) (seedling x (R. davidii elongata x seedling)) x ((Troika x Alpine Sunset) x Freedom)Secrets of the National Trust
Secrets of the National Trust is a television programme, anchored by Alan Titchmarsh, which first aired on Tuesday 7 February 2017 on Channel 5.The Alan Titchmarsh Show
The Alan Titchmarsh Show is a British daytime chat show presented by Alan Titchmarsh. It was first broadcast on ITV on 3 September 2007, and aired on weekday afternoons. The show's main focus is the "Best of British" theme with many of the shows' segments focusing on fashion, health, nature, cookery and animals.
On 18 March 2014, Titchmarsh announced that he was leaving the show. The last episode aired on 14 November 2014.The Nature of Britain
The Nature of Britain is a nature documentary series made for British television by the BBC Natural History Unit. It was first broadcast on BBC1 in October and November 2007. The Nature of Britain was the second BBC natural history series presented by Alan Titchmarsh, following 2004's British Isles - A Natural History.
After the introductory episode, each 50-minute programme showed the wild plants and animals found in a range of different British habitats. They were followed by a 10-minute regional programme which aimed to show viewers how they could contribute to wildlife conservation in their region.