Welcome to a new series of Love Your Garden, reuniting the horticultural talents of Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney, Frances Tophill and Katie Rushworth, with the hard graft and groundwork put into place with our fantastic new contractors, Frost Landscapes.
Read on for a bit of background about our wonderful on-screen team.
Almost certainly Britain’s best loved horticulturalist, Alan has had a career in broadcasting spanning over 5 decades.
After five years editing gardening books and magazines Alan took the bull by the horns and became a freelance writer and broadcaster, making his first appearance on BBC Nationwide in 1979. BBC Breakfast Time followed, as did Pebble Mill, and Gardeners’ World in 1996.
Alan has also written over 40 gardening books, 10 novels and two volumes of autobiography. 2013 saw Alan celebrate 30 years of presenting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and a return to the much loved format of garden makeover shows following the success of Love Your Garden in 2012.
Leaving school, David took a comprehensive apprenticeship with Notcutts, at the time one of the largest plant nursery growers, and worked his way up into senior management.
After a decade heading up buying teams for garden departments in multiple blue chip retailers, David left corporate life to become totally immersed in gardening, trading heated boardroom for heated greenhouse!
Now, with his own company creating garden designs for the RHS shows, he has an enviable client base of TV celebrities and sporting personalities.
David is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture, and is a governor of the London Colleges of Horticulture Capel Manor.
David has appeared on ITV1 on most peak time shows featuring gardening such as Daybreak, This Morning, 60 minute Make over, and feels he can motivate even the most reluctant gardener.
Hailing from Deal in Kent, Frances, 25, graduated with a BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Since filming the last series, Frances has been busy working on a new book, aimed at people buying their first property with a garden.
Presenting ITV’s Love Your Garden was Frances’ first TV role and she joined the show in 2012, travelling the country with the rest of the team transforming the gardens of some very deserving people.
Frances’ role is predominantly plant-based, working in the garden throughout the whole construction of the site and lending a helping hand with the landscaping when it is needed.
It is a hugely exciting opportunity for Frances who before this hadn’t ever really given TV presenting a second thought.
“Initially I got an email at college about the series and a bunch of us thought it sounded like a good excuse to go and have a weekend in London.” explains Frances. “I never expected to hear anything, but then I got called for a second screen test and waited to hear. I was actually in the pub with some friends when the call came in to say I’d got the job – so we had an instant celebration there and then”.
Frances’ favourite bit of a garden build is creating the blank canvas in order to begin planting up the new garden, and thinks the most dramatic transformation last series was the last show from Cumbria.
33 year old Katie hails from just up the road from Alan, in Baildon, West Yorkshire and has been a full-time self employed garden designer for the last seven years.
When not filming for Love Your Garden, Katie is working hard designing and building gardens all over the country with her business Queen of Spades. She has recently just moved house and works on her garden when she can admitting that the plantswomen in her is at constant war with her inner garden designer “I just love plants and want them all, but that can easily lead to a jumbled mess of a design” “Its just so hard to pick”.
Katie began her green-fingered career doing general gardening maintenance through word-of-mouth recommendations. After two years at night school studying horticulture, and a part time job at the local garden centre, Katie’s business went from strength to strength.
Katie completed her Foundation Degree in Garden Design four years ago, and takes pride at having the skills to look at and design gardens from a both a horticultural and design-based perspective.
It was a chance comment from a friend at college which lead Katie to land the job on Love Your Garden. “My friend had been sent an email about them looking for a new presenter and she mentioned that I should go for it. I decided to give it a go and met with the execs and then just had to wait to find out their decision. I was actually sitting in my friends garden, enjoying a drink around the firepit when the call came through. My friends all went quiet… until I started screaming, which was when they knew I’d got the job” smiles Katie.
Thrilled to be a part of Love Your Garden, Katie views it as her dream job. She says ” I get to shop for plants and talk about why they are great! What more could you want from a job?!”.
Hard Landscaping and Construction – Frost Landscapes
Following on from the fabulous work done on previous series by David Dodd and The Outdoor Team, we are delighted that Frost Landscapes have taken up the challenge of construction on series 4 of LYG.
Frost Landscapes are no strangers to big projects having worked as a tier two landscaping contractor on the Olympic park in London. A team of around 50 have been working on the site of the Olympic park since 2009 – first carrying out the bulk of the landscaping for the actual Olympic Games, and now working on the transformation to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Among other things, the QEOP transformation includes 12 football pitches, and an interactive area for children called The Hub which has design features for naturalistic play, based on ecological concepts of succession and life cycles.
For more information, check out the stunning work by Frosts Landscapes on their website http://www.frostslandscapes.co.uk