Detailslan Titchmarsh was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor. He left school at fifteen and became an apprentice gardener in the local nursery, followed by full-time training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Alan has presented programmes such as Gardenersâ World, Ground Force and How to be a Gardener, BBC Radio 2âs Melodies for You, and his own daytime ITV television show. He has written three volumes of memoirs, over forty gardening books and seven novels and he contributes regularly to BBC Gardenersâ World Magazine, The Daily Express and Sunday Express. Alan was appointed MBE in 2000, a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2001, when he was also immortalised by Madame Tussaudâs, and in 2004 received the Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest accolade in the British gardening world. In 2009 he was made a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society and was High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight from April 2008 until April 2009. He lives there and in Hampshire with his wife and family. Donât miss this unique opportunity to hear Alan talk about his life experience.