Category:English garden writers
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The following 62 pages are in this category, out of 62 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Monty Don – Montagu Denis Wyatt Monty Don is a British television presenter, writer and speaker on horticulture, best known for presenting the BBC television series Gardeners World. Monty Don was born in West Berlin to British parents Denis T. K. Don, a career soldier posted in Germany, and Janet Montagu. Both of his grandparents were Scottish, through whom he is descended from botanist George Don. On his maternal side, he is descended from the Wyatts, both parents died in the 1980s. Don has a sister, an elder brother David. His twin suffered a neck in a car crash, aged 19. Don describes his parents as being very strict and he then attended a state comprehensive school, the Vyne School, in Hampshire. He failed his A levels and while studying for re-takes at night school, worked on a building site, during his childhood he had become an avid gardener and farmer. He determined to go to Cambridge out of sheer bloody-mindedness, attending Magdalene College and he was a Cambridge Half Blue for boxing. In the 1980s, Don and his wife formed a company that made. The collapse of the company in the early 1990s prompted him to embark on a career in writing and broadcasting and he has written about the rise and collapse of their business in The Jewel Garden, an autobiographical book written with his wife. We were lambs to the slaughter and we lost everything, we lost our house and we sold every stick of furniture we had at Leominster market, ” he wrote. He was unemployed from 1991 to 1993, Dons first TV work came as the presenter of a gardening segment on breakfast show This Morning. He featured as a guest presenter for the BBCs Holiday programme, from 1994 to 1995 he appeared from time to time as one of the presenters for the weekly science programme Tomorrows World on BBC One. Don had never received training as a gardener. He commented, I was – am – an amateur gardener and my only authority came from a lifetime of gardening and a passion amounting to an obsession for my own garden. He is a proponent of organic gardening and the practice of organic techniques, to some extent, features in all of his published. The organic approach is most prominent in his 2003 book The Complete Gardener, Don was the main presenter on BBC Twos Gardeners World from 2003 to 2008 succeeding Alan Titchmarsh
2. Gertrude Jekyll – Gertrude Jekyll was an influential British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, Jekyll has been described as a premier influence in garden design by English and American gardening enthusiasts. Jekyll was born at 2 Grafton Street, Mayfair, London, the fifth of the seven children of Captain Edward Joseph Hill Jekyll, an officer in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife Julia Hammersley. Her younger brother, Walter Jekyll, was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, in 1848 her family left London and moved to Bramley House, Surrey, where she spent her formative years. Jekyll is remembered for her designs and subtle, painterly approach to the arrangement of the gardens she created. In works like Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden she put her imprint on modern uses of warm and her theory of how to design with colour was influenced by painter J. M. W. Turner and by impressionism, and by the colour wheel. Later in life, Jekyll collected and contributed a vast array of plants solely for the purpose of preservation to numerous institutions across Britain. This pure passion for gardening was started at South Kensington School of Art, where she fell in love with the art of planting. At the time of her death, she had designed over 400 gardens in Britain, Europe, Jekyll was also known for her prolific writing. She penned over fifteen books, ranging from Wood and Garden and her most famous book Colour in the Flower Garden, to memoirs of her youth. Jekyll did not want to limit her influence to teaching the practice of gardening, but to take it a step further to the study of gardening. Her concern that plants should be displayed to best effect even when cut for the house, Jekyll later returned to her childhood home in the village of Bramley, Surrey to design a garden in Snowdenham Lane called Millmead. She was also interested in traditional cottage furnishings and rural crafts and her book Old West Surrey records many aspects of 19th-century country life, with over 300 photographs taken by Jekyll. From 1881, when she laid out the gardens for Munstead House, built for her mother by John James Stevenson, more than half were directly commissioned, but many were created in collaboration with architects such as Lutyens and Robert Lorimer. Most of her gardens are lost, Jekyll was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1897 and the Veitch Memorial Medal of the society in 1929. Also in 1929, she was given the George Robert White Medal of Honor of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the monument was designed by Edwin Lutyens. Eberle, Iwona, Eve with a Spade, Women, Gardens, review, The Unknown Gertrude Jekyll, Queen of the mixed border
3. Vita Sackville-West – Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson, CH, usually known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English poet, novelist, and garden designer. Victoria Sackville-West was born at Knole House near Sevenoaks, Kent, the child of Victoria Sackville-West and Lionel Edward Sackville-West, 3rd Baron Sackville. Her mother was the daughter of Lionel Sackville-West, 2nd Baron Sackville. Christened Victoria Mary Sackville-West, the girl was known as Vita throughout her life to distinguish her from her mother, the usual English aristocratic inheritance customs were followed by the Sackville-West family, which prevented Vita from inheriting Knole on the death of her father. The house followed the title, and was bequeathed instead by her father to his nephew Charles, Vitas first close friend was Rosamund Grosvenor, who was four years her senior. She was the daughter of Algernon Henry Grosvenor, and the granddaughter of Robert Grosvenor, Vita met Rosamund at Miss Woolfs school in 1899, when Rosamund had been invited to cheer Vita up while her father was fighting in the Second Boer War. Rosamund and Vita later shared a governess for their morning lessons, as they grew up together, Vita fell in love with Rosamund, whom she called Roddie or Rose or the Rubens lady. Rosamund, in turn, was besotted with Vita, Lady Sackville, Vitas mother, invited Rosamund to visit the family at their villa in Monte Carlo, Rosamund also stayed with Vita at Knole House, at Rue Lafitte, and at Sluie. During the Monte Carlo visit, Vita wrote in her diary, upon Rosamunds departure, Vita wrote, Strange how little I minded, she has no personality, thats why. Their secret relationship ended in 1913 when Vita married, Rosamund died in London in 1944 during a German V1 rocket raid. Sackville-West was more involved with Violet Trefusis, daughter of the Hon. George Keppel and his wife, Alice Keppel. They first met when Vita Sackville-West was 12 and Violet was 10, the relationship began when they were both in their teens and strongly influenced them for years. Both later married and became writers, in 1913, during a visit to Spain, Sackville-West visited a Romany camp and was enchanted by she saw, writing God, how happy and free I feel. In 1913, at age 21, Vita married the 27-year-old writer, nicknamed Hadji, or pilgrim, by his father, he was the third son of British diplomat Arthur Nicolson, 1st Baron Carnock. The couple had an open marriage, writing in the third person Sackville-West wrote in her early years of her marriage she never knew the physical passion she had felt for Rosamund, she didnt really miss it either. Following the pattern of his fathers career, Harold Nicholson was at different times a diplomat, journalist, broadcaster, Member of Parliament, the couple lived from 1912 to 1914 in Cihangir, a suburb of Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman empire. The couple had two children, Nigel, who became an editor, politician, and writer, and Benedict. That night, Sackville-West had dinner alone at the Ritz while Keppel watched her lovingly from the window in her room at a hotel while Denys Trefusis laid on the bed crying
4. Graham Stuart Thomas – Graham Stuart Thomas was born in Cambridge into a family of keen amateur gardeners and musicians. His father William Richard Thomas was a clerk to Cambridge University syndicate and he is said to have developed his interest in plants at the age of six, when he was given a fuchsia as a gift. On another occasion, he spent a birthday present of half a crown buying alpine plants on Cambridge Market and he had decided to make gardening his career. At 17, he joined Cambridge University Botanic Garden, which enabled him to attend university lectures on horticulture. One of his earliest design projects was working on the garden there. In 1930, Thomas joined the then famous Six Hills Nursery in Stevenage, the following year he became foreman at T. Hilling & Co, a renowned 300-acre nursery near Chobham, Surrey. She became a mentor to the gardener, passing on her theories of garden design as an art. It was around this time that Thomas began to collect old shrub and climbing rose varieties, Thomas became partner at Sunningdale Nurseries – then the most revered nursery in the country – with Jim Russell. The partners became known for planting schemes that focused on form and foliage, at Sunningdale, Thomas established his entire collection of roses. It was here also that he began introducing new or rediscovered garden plants – notable introductions from this include the perennial Geranium Claridge Druce. While Thomas would become associated with other projects, he would remain a director of the Sunningdale nursery until 1971. Thomass first important publication about roses was a booklet called The Manual of Shrub Roses, describing all the varieties, in the foreword he described the booklets aim as, To bring forth these lovely things from retirement. His classic books on roses – Old Shrub Roses, Shrub Roses Of Today, Thomas began an informal association with the National Trust in the late 1940s, initially working at Hidcote Manor when it passed to the Trust in 1948. The relationship was formalised when he became its official gardens adviser in 1955 and it is Mottisfont Abbey – a creation that he himself described as a masterpiece – where his rose collection found its final home, and where his garden design skills can be best appreciated. In 1975, Thomas received the OBE for his work with the National Trust, other awards included the Royal Horticultural Societys Veitch Memorial Medal in 1966 and Victoria Medal of Honour in 1968. He received a Gold Medal from the RHS for his paintings and drawings, the Dean Hole Medal from the Royal National Rose Society and he influenced a number of other notable rose growers, including Peter Beales, who worked with him for a short time at Hillings
5. Edward Augustus Bowles – Edward Augustus Bowles, VMH, known professionally as E. A. Bowles, was a British horticulturalist, plantsman and garden writer. He developed an important garden at Myddelton House, his home at Bulls Cross in Enfield, Middlesex. E. A. Bowles was born at his familys home, Myddelton House and he was of Huguenot descent through his maternal great-grandmother and his father, Henry Carington Bowles Bowles, son of Anne Sarah Bowles, who inherited Myddelton House and married Edward Treacher. Their son adopted his mothers surname in 1852 for inheritance purposes, described as too delicate for public school, Bowles spent much of his childhood at Myddelton before reading divinity at Jesus College, Cambridge. Bowles transformed the garden at Myddelton and, as a traveller, especially to Europe and North Africa. Such was his collecting zeal that, by the turn of the 20th century, he was growing over 130 species of colchicum and he also took a great interest in hardy cacti and succulents, admiring their strange beauty and protective spines. Many of the expeditions were timed to mitigate the symptoms of acute hay fever. Bowles gardening mentor was Canon Henry Nicholson Ellacombe, Rector of Bitton, Gloucestershire, at the time he was contemplating turning Myddelton into a semi-wild garden. In 1908 Bowles was elected to the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society, whose grounds at Wisley, Surrey, Bowles received the societys highest award, the Victoria Medal of Honour, in 1916 and was a Vice-President from 1926 until his death almost thirty years later. RHS colleagues knew him as Bowley, the garden at Myddelton House, which has been subject to considerable renovation in the early 21st century, is open to the public and contains a museum dedicated to Bowles life and work. On one of the walls overlooking the garden, Bowles initials that he carved in 1887 can still be seen. Two clumps have been maintained of the highly invasive Japanese knot weed, Bowles also grew a gigantic gunnera, which flourished at Myddelton despite its hard water and dry, gravelly soil, and dwarfed a schoolgirl named Miss Malby whom Bowles photographed beside it in 1927. More generally, he had an eye for unusual and uncommon plants, one of his favourites being yellowroot, which is grown in British gardens. Among Bowles methods of pest control was to go out at night with a torch, an article in the Gardeners Magazine in 1910 observed it would be difficult to imagine anything more delightful, floriculturally speaking, than to spend an hour or so with Mr. Bowles. A so-called tulip tea was held annually at Myddelton to celebrate Bowles birthday in early May, Bowles was also the frequent recipient of specimens from other plantsmen. For example, in 1921 Sir Frederick Moore, director of the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, near Dublin, Ireland and these included a variety that became known as Bowles Yellow. Bowles named another galanthus Benhall Beauty after the village near Saxmundham, Suffolk where it was grown by John Gray, a noted snowdrop specialist who gave his name to the variety G. John Gray. Another galanthus, Mrs Thompson, was named after a lady from Escrick in Yorkshire who sent samples to a meeting of the RHS Scientific Committee that Bowles chaired in 1950, through the RHS, and in other ways, Bowles did much to encourage other gardeners
6. Stella Ross-Craig – Stella Ross-Craig was an English illustrator best known as a prolific illustrator of native flora. Ross-Craig was born in Aldershot in 1906, her parents were Scottish, interested in botany from her youth, she studied at the Thanet Art School and attended drawing classes at the Chelsea Polytechnic. In 1929, she work as a botanical illustrator and taxonomist at Kew Gardens and was a contributor to Curtiss Botanical Magazine. Her work drew the attention of Sir Edward Sailsbury, the director of Kew and she was married to the botanist, her colleague Joseph Robert Sealy. The first in Ross-Craigs series Drawings of British Plants was published in 1948, the series was issued as a set of inexpensive paperbacks retailing initially for 6 shillings, a departure from similar books for professionals and wealthy amateurs. The series eventually grew to 31 parts, taking until 1973 to complete, the series contained all the British flowering plants except for the grasses and sedges. She often drew from preserved dried specimens kept at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 1999 Ross-Craig became only the sixth person to receive the Kew Award medal. In 2003,55 of her originals were exhibited at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the works were subsequently exhibited at the Kew Gardens Gallery the next year. Ross-Craig was a Fellow of the Linnean Society from 1948 to 1974 and she was awarded the Royal Horticultural Societys Gold Veitch Memorial Medal in 2002. Interview with John McEwen Stella Ross-Craig obituary Marren, Peter Independent, Obituary Stella Ross-Craig, Unrivalled botanical illustrator, Monday,20 February
7. Miriam Rothschild – Dame Miriam Louisa Rothschild DBE FRS was a British natural scientist and author with contributions to zoology, entomology, and botany. Her brother was Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild and one of her sisters Pannonica Rothschild would later be a jazz enthusiast and patroness of Thelonious Monk. Her father had described about 500 new species of flea, by the age of four she had started collecting ladybird beetles and caterpillars and taking a tame quail to bed with her. World War I broke on the eve of Miriams sixth birthday in 1914 and they hurried home on the first westward train but, unable to pay, had to borrow money from a Hungarian passenger who commented This is the proudest moment of my life. Never did I think that I should be asked to lend money to a Rothschild and her father died when she was 15 and she became closer to her uncle. She was educated at home until the age of 17, when she demanded to go to school and she thence attended evening classes in zoology at Chelsea College of Science and Technology. During the 1930s she made a name for herself at the Marine Biological Station in Plymouth, studying the mollusc Nucula, because of her inherited wealth, she never had to apply for any grants or funding. As a result of this and her lack of formal education—all her doctorates were honorary—she would always be an amateur, prior to World War II, she pressed the UK Government to admit more German Jews as refugees from Nazi Germany. During the war, she worked at Bletchley Park on codebreaking and she married Captain George Lane, MC in 1943. The marriage was dissolved in 1957 and they had six children, two sons and four daughters. Rothschild was an authority on fleas. She was the first person to work out the fleas jumping mechanism and she also studied the fleas reproductive cycle and linked this, in rabbits, to the hormonal changes within the host. Her New Naturalist book on parasitism was a huge success and its title can be explained as, external parasites, internal parasites and others. The Rothschild Collection of Fleas is now part of the Natural History Museum collection, Rothschild was a member of the Oxford genetics school during the 1960s, where she met the ecological geneticist E. B. She was one of the few women with whom Ford was on good terms, Rothschild authored books about her father and her uncle. She wrote about 350 papers on entomology, zoology and other subjects, in March 2006, following her death, the name of the Fund was changed in her memory to the Miriam Rothschild Schizophrenia Research Fund. The pioneer of British Art Therapy, Edward Adamson and his partner and collaborator, Rothschild was both a Trustee and, subsequently, Patron of the Adamson Collection Trust. All my life, she said, I have tilted against hopeless windmills, the Adamson Collection is now almost all re-located to the Wellcome Library
8. Alan Titchmarsh – Alan Fred Titchmarsh, MBE, DL, HonFSE is an English gardener, presenter, and novelist. After working as a gardener and a gardening journalist, he established himself as a media personality through appearances on gardening programmes. He has developed a writing and broadcasting career. Titchmarsh was born on 2 May 1949 in Ilkley, West Riding of Yorkshire and he is the son of Bessie, a textile mill worker, and Alan Fred Titchmarsh, Sr. a plumber. Titchmarsh was a family friend of Tom Kerridge, who went on to become his gardening advisor on shows such as Ground Force. After graduating, he stayed on at Kew, being employed as a supervisor and latterly a staff trainer, Titchmarshs first few television appearances were on the long-running BBC television show Nationwide as a horticulture expert. This led to his being invited to present coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for BBC television in 1983, Titchmarsh hosted this every year until 2013. In 2014, he was replaced by Sophie Raworth and he also appeared on other BBC shows, such as Breakfast Time and Open Air as either a guest presenter or as a gardening expert, providing commentary and answering viewers questions. In 1991, Titchmarsh was brought in to host the long-running Pebble Mill at One BBC television talk show, in 1991, he presented a 6-part series in which he followed in the footsteps of the pilgrims, travelling around Britain and Ireland in the process. The show has travelled as far as the United States and South Africa, in recent years, he has done less television and radio and spent more time on his career as a novelist and renewed interest in writing gardening books. He occasionally does other voiceover work for advertisements as well as voicing the character in Gordon the Garden Gnome. In autumn 2007, Titchmarsh hosted a series to British Isles – A Natural History entitled The Nature of Britain focusing on British plant. In September 2007 Titchmarsh began presenting his afternoon ITV chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show which aired in the 3.00 pm afternoon slot, the show ended in November 2014. In 2010 Titchmarsh presented the first series of Popstar to Operastar with Myleene Klass, since 2011, he has presented gardening show Love Your Garden. A fifth series aired in 2015, on 1 June 2012 he presented Elizabeth, Queen, Wife, Mother on ITV and was castigated the following day, for his obsequiousness, in a review by Sam Wollaston for The Guardian. In spring 2013 Titchmarsh was a reporter on BBC Two programmeThe Great British Winter, in December 2014 Titchmarsh presented a two-part series for ITV called The Queens Garden that was filmed over a time period of one year. In January 2015 Titchmarsh presented Britains Best Back Gardens, in February 2016, Titchmarsh began presenting the daytime game show Masterpiece for ITV. In 1988 Titchmarsh was offered a slot on BBC Radio 2 hosting a show with Gloria Hunniford called House in a Garden
9. Rosemary Verey – Rosemary Verey, OBE, VMH was an internationally known English garden designer, lecturer and prolific garden writer who designed the famous garden at Barnsley House, near Cirencester. She was born Rosemary Isabel Baird Sandilands and educated at Eversley School, Folkestone, in 1939 she married David Verey, whose family owned Barnsley House. Vereys most famous design was that of her own house, Barnsley House. In 1970 she opened the garden for one day to the public for the National Gardens Scheme, in 1984 when her husband David died, Rosemary Verey began designing gardens for American and British clients. Most notable are HRH the Prince of Wales, and Sir Elton John, Princess Michael of Kent, the Marquess of Bute, Rosemary Verey was well known for taking imposing elements from large public gardens and bringing them into scale for the home gardeners use. Her laburnum walk, which has been photographed many times, is an example of this technique, the National Trusts Bodnant Garden in North Wales has a very large laburnum walk that inspired Verey to plant a similar, smaller scale laburnum walk at Barnsley House. Verey is also noted for making vegetable gardens fashionable once again, the potager at Barnsley House was inspired by that at the Château de Villandry on the Loire in France. She was awarded the OBE in 1996 and in 1999 from the Royal Horticultural Society the highest accolade that Society can award, hardcover, ISBN 0-7011-2395-8 The Scented Garden. Hardcover, ISBN 0-7181-2050-7 Classic Garden Design, Adapting and Recreating Garden Features of the Past, hardcover, ISBN 0-670-80063-5 The New Englishwomans Garden. Hardcover, ISBN 0-7011-3273-6 The Flower Arrangers Garden, conran Octopus,1992, ISBN 1-85029-322-8 Good Planting. Hardcover, ISBN 0-7112-0606-6 The Art of Planting, hardcover, ISBN 978-0316899765 A Countrywomans Notes. Foreword by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, hardcover, ISBN 0-316-89982-8 Secret Gardens, Revealed by Their Owners Chosen and Edited by Rosemary Verey. Hardcover, ISBN 0-8212-2074-8 Rosemary Vereys English Country Gardens, hardcover, ISBN 0-8050-5080-9 The English Country Garden. Hardcover, ISBN 0-563-38705-X Rosemary Vereys Making of a Garden, plans rendered in watercolour by Hilary Wills. New York, Paperback, ISBN 0-7112-1791-2 The Garden in Winter
10. Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single Kids in America, which reached number two in the UK. In 1983, she received the Brit Award for Best British Female. In 1986, she had a UK number two hit with her version of the Supremes song You Keep Me Hangin On, which went on to be a major US hit. Between 1981 and 1996, she had 25 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK singles chart and her other hits include Chequered Love, You Came and Never Trust a Stranger. In 2003, she collaborated with Nena on the song Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime, worldwide, she has sold over 10 million albums and 20 million singles. Starting in 1998, while active in music, she has branched into an alternative career as a landscape gardener. When she was nine, the moved to Hertfordshire, where she was educated at Tewin. In 1980, at age 20, she completed a course at St Albans College of Art & Design. Kim Wilde, was signed to RAK Records by Mickie Most, Wilde released her debut single Kids in America in January 1981. An instant success, it reached two in the UK Singles Chart and scaled the Top 5 in other countries such as Germany, France. Although it achieved moderate success in the US, peaking at number 25 when released in 1982. Her debut album Kim Wilde repeated the success of the single, Wildes follow-up album was 1982s Select, led by the hit singles Cambodia and View from a Bridge. Both were number 1 hits in France and reached Top 10 positions in Germany, at the time, there was some controversy about Wildes hesitation to do live concerts. Her first concerts in September 1982 took place in Denmark, before embarking on a UK-wide tour in October, Wildes third album, Catch as Catch Can was a relative failure. The first single from the album, Love Blonde, was another success in France and Scandinavia, the failure of the album led to her leaving RAK and signing with MCA Records in the summer of 1984. The video for this song appeared in an episode of the 1980s TV hit Knight Rider in 1985, the second single, The Touch, was not a commercial success, but the third single, the rockabilly Rage to Love, made the UK top 20 in 1985. All of Wildes songs up to point, including all her major hits, had been written by her father Marty and brother. On Teases & Dares she penned two songs, meanwhile, Wilde had embarked on three European concert tours
11. Geoffrey Jellicoe – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe was an English architect, town planner, landscape architect, garden designer, lecturer and author. His strongest interest was in landscape and garden design, Jellicoe was born in Chelsea, London. In 1929 he was a member of the Landscape Institute. In 1948, he became the founding President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, from 1954 to 1968 he was a member of Royal Fine Art Commission and from 1967 to 1974 a Trustee of Tate Gallery. Jellicoe taught at the University of Greenwich from 1979-1989 and he came as a lecturer and visiting critic, usually on six occasions a year. On 11 July 1936, he married Susan Pares, the daughter of Sir Bernard Pares KBE and he died in 1996, the best-known English landscape architect of his generation. Note, All locations below are in England unless stated otherwise, 1934-36 Caveman Restaurant, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset. The complete landscape designs and gardens of Geoffrey Jellicoe c1994 Spens, Portrait by Derry Moore,1992 At the National portrait Gallery - Accessed April 2007 Portrait by Anne-Katrin Purkiss,1990 At the National portrait Gallery - Accessed April 2007
12. Rachel De Thame – Rachel de Thame is an English gardener and television presenter. From the age of 10, de Thame studied ballet to a standard at the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. De Thame contracted glandular fever at age 15, and chose to give up her dream of a career at age 19. She then married for the first time, while pregnant with her first baby, de Thame was recruited by a modelling agency and went on to enjoy a successful modelling career. A major part of de Thames modelling included appearances in TV ads, casting agents began to suggest de Thame for acting roles. By 1998, she had appeared in the mini-series Merlin and in the British feature film Bodywork, initially presenting on the programme every week, following the birth of her second child from her second marriage she now makes occasional appearances on the programme. She has also filmed her own series for the BBC, Small Town Gardens, De Thame also co-presents the BBCs annual coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show as part of the Royal Horticultural Society output on BBC Two. Other gardening series include Gardeners World Top Tips and Great British Garden Revival for the BBC, non-gardening related television appearances include Going for a Song and Call My Bluff, both for the BBC. In 2008, de Thame designed the 2008 LK Bennett garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, in 2012 de Thame designed the floral decorations for the Royal Barge, used to convey Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. In 2016 de Thame co-curated the RHS London Rose Show De Thame has written two gardening books, Small Town Gardens and Rachel de Thames Top 100 Star Plants, De Thame is currently vice-president of the wildflower charity Plantlife. De Thame married her first husband, Stephen Colover, in June 1986 and they had two children, Lauren and Joe, and divorced around 1993. She and her husband, Gerard de Thame, have two children, Emma and Olivia. They live in West London and the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire having moved from Oxfordshire, De Thame has a lupin variety named after her. In addition to Dahlia Rachel de Thame, Auricula Rachel de Thame, biography at her agents website Rachel De Thame at the Internet Movie Database Rachels biography at the BBC Gardening website