Alan Titchmarsh in his own garden at home.
Alan Titchmarsh is perhaps the best known gardener in the UK. A presenter of Gardeners' World and Ground Force, he is always on hand with help and advice.
He was brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire, and left school at 15 to become an apprentice gardener in the local nursery. He then continued his training at agricultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
From there he became a horticultural journalist and was deputy editor of Amateur Gardening magazine. He then turned to a freelance career in broadcasting and writing.
He writes regularly for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and is a gardening correspondent for several publications. Alan has written more than 30 gardening books, including The Gardeners' World Complete Guide to Gardening, as well as four novels.
On radio and television, Alan has fronted programmes as diverse as Points of View and Songs of Praise, as well as the gardening programmes he is best known for.
The Garden Writers Guild has twice named Alan "Gardening Writer of the Year"; and there is a waxwork model of him at Madame Tussauds!
He lives in Hampshire, with his wife, two daughters, two Labradors, two cats, chickens, ducks and goldfish, where he gardens on a north-facing hillside of chalk, clay and flint.