After moving from the Barleywood garden where he hosted BBC "Gardeners' World" for seven years, Alan Titchmarsh set up home in an old farmhouse a few miles down the road, and went about planting his own private eden away from the public eye. In this horticultural memoir Alan finally reveals all about this secret garden, explaining with his trademark warmth the personal stories behind its design and evolution. Accompanied by beautiful photographs taken by Jonathan Buckley throughout the eight years in which the garden has been made, "My Secret Garden" allows us access to all of the successes and failures of this diverse and ambitious project. Comprising many different styles and spaces - from an acre of formal beds and ponds to wild flower meadows and a stunning winter garden - Alan's tales of development and cultivation will be applicable to all gardeners. With the plot encompassing fruit trees, a handsome greenhouse and wildlife-friendly plantings, gardeners of all styles and levels of expertise will find something to enjoy. Driven by Alan's infectious and informative style, "My Secret Garden" is a fascinating, amusing and inspiring book.
Alan Titchmarsh is an author, television presenter and gardener. Originally trained at Hertfordshire College of Horticulture and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, he is the author of more than 60 gardening books, writes regularly for Gardeners' World magazine and is gardening correspondent for the Sunday Express. He hosts his own seasonal daily chat show on ITV and has presented coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC for 25 years. He was awarded the MBE for services to horticulture and to broadcasting in 2000 and the Royal Horticultural Society's highest award, the Victoria Medal of Honour, in 2004.