Rachel de Thame
Rachel has been fascinated by plants and gardens since childhood. Her father's passion for gardening was a real inspiration and she has countless happy memories of visiting nurseries and helping him with simple tasks - he didn't like to use a hoe, so she became an incredibly thorough hand-weeder. There isn't much about gardening that she dislikes - other than writing out labels - and contrary to some reports, she’s always enjoyed getting her hands dirty! She says visiting gardens and specialist growers still makes her feel like a kid in a sweetshop and tearing open a new packet of seeds brings a real sense of anticipation. But best of all, she enjoys sharing these experiences with her own kids. Watching them pick a sugar snap pea from their own vegetable garden and eat it while balancing on the edge of the raised bed is priceless, and makes her feel like she’s come full circle.
As well as hosting BBC Two’s flagship gardening show Gardeners' World, Rachel co-hosts all major RHS gardening shows for the BBC including The Chelsea Flower Show, The Hampton Court Flower Show, Malvern Flower Show and BBC's Gardeners World Live. For ITV Rachel travels the length and breadth of Britain for Countrywise and in addition she has fronted her own series Small Town Gardens and Gardening with the Experts.
Rachel has presented several editions of BBC Gardener of the Year. Appearances on other other horticultural interest programmes for the BBC, include The Joy of Gardening and 40 Years of Gardeners' World.
Rachel's contribution to other long running series include Going for a Song, Call My Bluff for the BBC, Reporting on Heart of the Country for ITV. She has made appearances on Restoration, The Stirling Prize for Architecture and Blue Peter, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Richard and Judy, The Vanessa Show, Market Kitchen and Jonathan Ross.
Rachel's radio broadcasts include A Good Read and Great Lives as well as being a guest on Essential Classics, Woman's Hour and numerous gardening slots for BBC Local Radio stations.
In addition to her television and radio work, Rachel has written two gardening books, Small Town Gardener and Rachel de Thame's Top 100 Star plants, co-authored a third, Gardening with the Experts and contributed to Moving on Up.
As a journalist Rachel writes a regular gardening column for The Sunday Times. Contributions to other publications include The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Gardeners' World Magazine, Amateur Gardening Magazine and New Eden Magazine.