The Daily Telegraph has published a list of Britain’s top 30 most influential gardeners – but it contains a few surprises.

Mr T topped the poll

Alan Titchmarsh leads the great and good of the gardening world, even though he stood down as lead presenter of Gardeners’ World almost a decade ago.

Readers on The Daily Telegraph website bemoaned the omission of AG’s Bob Flowerdew, as well as Chris Beardshaw and Beechgrove Garden presenter Jim McColl – while another branded the poll “total piffle”.

One reader wrote: “Prince Charles? The man has never picked up a spade!” Another asked: “Where are the pictures of HRH up to his knees in compost? You won’t find any.”

Do you agree with author Tim Richardson’s line-up? Have your say below. Please note, all comments are moderated and may take up to 24 hours to appear live on the site.

1. Alan Titchmarsh – TV’s king of gardening

2. Sue Biggs – RHS director-general

3&4. Martyn Phillips and Terry Duddy – chief executives of DIY/garden chain B&Q

5. Monty Don – BBC Gardeners’ World presenter

6. Mark Fane – director of web nursery 8

7. Alison Kirkham – BBC TV commissioning editor

8. Simon Jenkins – National Trust chairman

9. Christopher Woodward – Garden Museum director

10. Christine Walkden – The BBC One Show’s resident garden expert

11. HRH Prince of Wales – organic gardening’s royal champion

12. Piet Oudolf – renowned Dutch plantsman and perennials expert

13. Dominic Cole – chair of National Trust gardens advisory panel and the Garden History Society

14. Penelope Hobhouse – author and gardening expert

15. Carol Klein – second-in-command at Gardeners’ World on BBC2

16. Juliet Roberts – editor
of Gardens Illustrated magazine

17. Robin Lane-FoxFinancial Times gardens guru

18. John Watkins – head of gardens at English Heritage

19. Sir Roy Strong – UK’s most prominent garden history expert

20. Dr DG Hessayon – publicity-shy, best-selling Expert books author

21. Mark Diacono – head gardener at River Cottage

22. Tom Stuart-Smith – designer with the most Chelsea gongs

23. Jamie Oliver – green-fingered telly chef

24. Richard Reynolds – founder of UK’s guerrilla gardening movement

25. Roy Lancaster – plantsman and plant-hunter

26. George Plumptre – chief executive of National Gardens Scheme

27. Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm Plants – nursery owners

28. Anne Wareham – garden critic and author of The Bad Tempered Gardener

29. James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett – garden designers and naturalistic planting experts

30. Tim Richardson – author of this survey, The Daily Telegraph gardener and director of The Chelsea Fringe 2012.

  • Bunda

    I have a tomato plant that one of the bneachrs snapped off right below where a big cluster of tomatoes are growing. I would like to save the tomatoes that are on it. The tomatoes are full size but are still a far way from being ripe. They’re still on the branch. Is there anyway to replant it or to ripen the tomatoes?

  • Haruka

    I have several tomtao plants. Cherry, grape tomtao, early girl and some others. Two of my plants have tons of green tomtaoes and one red? Is this normal? Will the others start changing soon? Why is only one tomtao red? This is on both my cherry and grape tomtao plants.

  • Pip

    I don’t agree with this list what about all those who are no longer with us- Geoff Hamilton, Gertrude Jekyll etc, not to mention all those who aren’t famous but have a fantastic gardens all over the country.

  • Pip

    I wouldn’t agree with this list either. What about Geoff Hamilton and others in the past, not to mention all those creative people who aren’t famous but have some amazing gardens or ideas in horticulture?

  • Alex

    No, sorry I don’t agree either! Wouldn’t leave out Chris Beardshaw or Toby Buckland and Carol K is far too low down the list.

  • Amanda

    No I don’t agree with Tim Richardson one little bit!
    The only thing I do agree with is Alan Titchmarsh in the top 5, as for the rest I’ve never heard of half of them. Where are the real gardners? I think this is just a fantasy list aimed at the readers of the Telegraph by Mr Richardson.

  • Mike Westwood

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    On the subect of Jamie Oliver, have you seen how much they charge in Homebase for the stuff he endorses? If people are prepared to pay far more for a plant with Olivers name on it, then they must have more money than sense. One other point,I wonder if Mr.Titmarsh ever goes to his local B&Q and sees the state of the plant offerings they have there? A visit to the B&Q at Wednesbury West Midlands last year really opened up my eyes. Bone dry, shrivelled up plants were the order of the day.Their idea of watering, was to set up a lawn sprinkler,turn it on somewhere in the vicinity of the plant displays and walk away and leave them.I thought these people were supposed to have some training? If I were Alan Titmarsh I wouldn’t want to see my name associated with such rubbish I’d be ashamed.

  • Barbara Wilde

    Where’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall? If Jamie Oliver made the list!