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Joe Swift

Joe has been gardening since he left school and is a fully trained garden designer. He has been one of the main presenters on BBC Two's flagship gardening show ‘Gardeners’ World’ since 1998 and also regularly appears in the BBC's coverage of RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners’ World Live and Tatton Park Flower shows. Over the years, Joe has fronted Open Gardens, Small Town Gardens, Garden Makers and Garden Invaders. He has also appeared on Celebrity Masterchef and other programmes as a guest. Joe has designed many gardens for TV, including one for Comic Relief, several for Gardeners World & all of the Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘How to be a Gardener 2’ series. He is also a co-founder of Modular Garden - a garden design company.

Life and career

Joe’s writing includes a regular column in The Times Weekend section, Gardeners’ World Magazine and various other magazines. He has written 3 books - 'The Plant Room', 'Joe's Urban Garden Handbook', and 'Joe's Allotment' published in April 2009.

Joe is the President of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and patron to many gardening charities including The Horniman Museum and The Harington Scheme.

He plays bass guitar, is a life-long Arsenal fan and plays football and golf whenever he gets the chance! Joe likes cooking and traveling, but always tries to seek out a good garden when abroad. Joe lives in Hackney and is married with two teenage children.

Likes- I don’t have a favourite plant- there are simply too many but I do love most euphorbias! I also adore ornamental garden trees that reflect each season such as sorbus and crab apples and solid evergreen structural plants to help give the garden a graphic edge.

Although I’m seen as a contemporary designer some of my favourite gardens are the older traditional ones proving that quality and great design brings longevity.

Dislikes- too much bare earth on show, boring ‘all lawn and no plant’ gardens and gardens where all the plants are way below eye level and you’re forced to look down. Remember the space and air above the ground is free to use in any garden!