Alan Titchmarsh was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor, leaving school at fifteen to become an apprentice gardener before training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has written four volumes of memoirs, eight novels, more than seventy gardening books (his latest, My Secret Garden, is about his own garden in Hampshire,) and contributes regularly to BBC Gardeners'World Magazine, Country Life, The Daily Express, Sunday Express and The Sunday Telegraph.
Alan presents the BBC's coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show, his own daytime ITV television show, his Saturday morning radio show on Classic FM and there is a third series of Love Your Gardenin the pipeline. He is a regular compere with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and last year he presented Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Motheron television to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with an accompanying book.
Alan is connected with over fifty charities. He was appointed MBE in 2000, a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2001 and High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight from 2008-9.