Meet the Team!

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.

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh on ITV's Love Your Garden

Alan Titchmarsh

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.

10 things you never knew about Alan…

David Domoney

ITV's Love Your Garden

David Domoney

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.

Follow David on twitter at @DavidDomoney or check out his website at www.Daviddomoney.com

10 things you never knew about David Domoney..

Frances Tophill

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.

Frances Tophill presents Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh on ITV1

Frances Tophill

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.

10 things you never knew about Frances Tophill

Katie Rushworth

Katie Rushworth

Katie Rushworth

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?!”.

Follow Katie on Twitter at @queenofspades00 and check out Katie’s website on www.katierushworth.com

10 things you never knew about Katie Rushworth

Hard Landscaping and Construction – Frost Landscapes

ITV's Love Your Garden

Frost Landscapes on site at the Olympic Park

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

 

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23 comments on “Meet the Team!

  1. can you do my mum granden with colourfull things and some where for family and frinds so no kids can get on the granden and a fun granden

  2. How do I get help with a back garden that is part of a relatively new build, naff soil tree roots, I’m in the middle of having both knees replaced live on my own and am strapped for cash, don’t want anything too over the top just easy to maintain and more colourful than now as all I have is grass

  3. Hi there
    you had a episod on lady namd rachel with her 5 children one in a wheelchair. The back garden was amazing and was created around touch smell sounds dor the children. Davis attenbourough loojs at plants at nyt through uv light. Ut would be nic to give rhat family uv lights for their garden at night for poppy their daughter that’d be nice
    Thanks bex

  4. Hi Alan (and team). Really moved with the show for Nina shown 23/6/15. For ages tried to grow something other than Auriculas in a little theatre that I made. The show answered the question. Sedums. Thank you so much. The garden you made in memory for Gareth was really special. I hope Nina and family have many years of enjoyment from it. Just hope I can grow something in memory of him. Seemed a very special person.

  5. Katie can you come and give us some ideas on planting etc on our garden it’s about a 3rd of an acre
    Many thanks Jim

  6. I have seen the programme “Love Your Garden” yesterday,a great programme but it made me ashamed of my own garden. How can I give a surprise to my wife.

    • There are two main reasons for this condition, the main one being dryness. If your lawn is on a slope it will drain and a lichen takes over which actively sheds water because it likes being dry – remedy, replace the lawn, making sure it is relaid on plenty of absorbent material to at least six inches depth.
      If this is not the case it just needs water, and try raking absorbent material over the top regularly until the problem has abated..
      There are alternatives to peat, (the old tried and proved material, which we now have to think of as a last resort because of peat bogs being endangered), like Coya, which is the dried ‘hair’ from coconuts.

  7. Hello i would like to know more about alan and the team sorting my girlfriends garden out for her she lives on her own and her health is gradually getting too much to able to cope with the hard a easy style garden easy to maitain would be better for her . She lives in carmarthen south west wales i was wondering if we have to put money up front to get the plants needed ect

  8. Good Afternoon I have seen your programme “Love Your Garden” and I wondered if you could help me with my request. My mum who is 77 years old needs her garden made lovely for her and one that’s easy to look after as she is in very poor health and is unable to do this herself. I work full time so it is rather difficult for me to do it and when I see some of the gardens that your team Alan and yourself have done I do get quite emotional and would really love something nice done for my poorly mum as I love her so. She lives in Cowplain in Waterlooville in Hampshire. My name is Lindy McFarlane and I myself live in Fareham on my own. My contact no is 01329 233053 (Work) or 07525850198, perhaps you would be kind enough to forward me any information to let me know what I have to do . I wish I had a garden but I live in a flat and to share her garden with her would be truly a dream come true. Thank you xx

  9. I saw your programme on 19th July when you interviewed an old friend that I have lost contact with – Penny Marshall – is there any way you can put us in touch with one another please?

  10. Marie stewart. Hello ive been looking after my six year old granson, since he was four weeks old. Hes had been let down so much in six years. By the people who meant to love and care for you the most. But no matter what he is always so happy. Nothing seems to get him down. He also has autism but he always has the biggest smile. He loves ninja warriors, and he is always asking me to build him a ninja warrior course in my back garden, but can never find the time. I would love, it if some one could help me make his dream come true. I know he would love it to. As i am so proud of him. And would love to show him how very much. I would love it if some one could help me do this. Thank you, Id also like to say my granson and myself think your show is great.

  11. How refreshing to see that people still get great joy in working with nature. Who could ask for anything more, when given such a wonderful opportunity to work with nature rather than against it?

  12. Hello alan iam inneed of a garden make over my hubby has had a brain hemorage n 2 heart attacks pluss lots of other things i would like some thing where can just sit n chill n not worry as he isso tired all the time i try to some things myself but struggle please cann you helpi dont have alot of money my house has got a lot of historry behinde it it was donated by the kink of sweden in 1947 it a little village in hayton cumbtia hope you can help please let me no A S P

  13. Hello eban here my mum is stressed about her garden and patio becouse it is a bit of a mess so chould you plis help us out

  14. My partner who lives alone was in the army 20years ago . He was given injections when he was abroad which took the use of his legs and limbs he his now confined to a wheel chair . Several years ago he paid builders to come in to alter the lay out of his house and garden saw he could get around easier and sit in his garden on the days he wasnt able to get out due to the severe pain he suffers from quite often . These builders never completed the work they left both his house and garden in a disgrace saw hes not able to get out at al into the garden . I was hope in ude beable to help plz .

  15. Hi can you do a lady called Maggie a garden shes someone that has been there for me a lot and helped me with through a lot and I’d like to just say a thank you back. She wants it very tropical and nice but the kind of garden that you don’t have to look after the plants a lot but I’d like it as a surprise
    Thanks harrison

  16. With reference to the Chandlers Ford episode of Love Your Garden.I do hope your garden team realise what they are doing in planting not one but three silver birch trees. A neighbouring garden to ours has a very mature birch which is absolutely enormous. Every year, it sheds its tiny little flowers when the weather turns warm, which are blown on the slightest of breezes straight through open windows. My other neighbour planted three birches which succumbed to winter storms, but not before they had interfered with our radio signal. Please garden experts think about the impact these three wretched birches will have on this poor unsuspecting family and choose a much more sensible tree or large shrub. I would never ever entertain planting such a tree in my garden. As a foot note, why do you plant species that you know are great self seeders, leaving the poor families the onerous chore of having to spend hours pulling out the unwanted seedlings. I am sure as gardeners you surely could plant some much more appropriate plants.

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