About Alan Titchmarsh MBE
As one of the nation’s favourite gardeners, Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL HonFSE, is probably best known for his television career. Most famously he presented BBC2’s Gardeners’ World for seven years from his own garden, Barleywood in Hampshire, as well as presenting annual coverage of RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC for an incredible 30-year span.
As a young boy Alan would grow plants and vegetables in his parents’ back garden; an obsession which would see him train at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and win a Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 1985 for his garden, A Country Kitchen Garden.
Now, as a gardening expert, Alan regularly writes for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and Country Life, and has a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph as well as being the gardening correspondent for the Daily Express and Sunday Express.
Alan is a Freeman of the City of London, an MBE and was made a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hampshire. In 2004 he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's highest accolade - the Victoria Medal of Honour - for outstanding services to horticulture. The VMH is held by no more than 63 recipients at any one time. He is a patron or president of more than 35 charities and organizations, as well as being the Founder and Trustee of Alan Titchmarsh's Gardens for Schools, which makes grants to primary schools for gardens and nature areas.