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Alan Titchmarsh launches gardening range at Waitrose

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Top telly gardener Alan Titchmarsh has teamed up with Waitrose to bring out a new range of gardening products this spring. 
Former Ground Force host Alan, who last year was announced as an ambassador for the upmarket supermarket chain, will help the retailer to boost its gardening offer.
The first products to go into stores this month include grow-your-own lines such as seed…

Show gardeners more respect, says Alan Titchmarsh

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Alan Titchmarsh has called for gardening to be respected as a career – and not regarded as a destination for those who lack the intelligence to do anything else. 
Speaking before Christmas, Alan told a gathering of TV producers, editors and writers in London that he “has a dream” – a reference to the 1963 speech by American civil rights activist Martin Luther…

Tommy Walsh: we need more TV gardening shows

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There is a “desperate need” for a good TV gardening show, former Ground Force builder Tommy Walsh has said. 
Landscape expert Tommy is working on a “mix of a quiz show and gardening show” – and is hoping that telly producers give his new format the thumbs-up.
“You’d have to win a garden of your dreams in a quiz,” said Tommy.
“A dream design…

Spring will be stunning this year, says Alan Titchmarsh

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Spring may have sprung late, but when it finally comes it will be sensational, Alan Titchmarsh has predicted.
The ITV Love Your Garden presenter shared gardeners’ frustration at being stuck indoors during icy blasts in March and April – but says we’ll all benefit from a late start to the season.
Speaking exclusively to AG, Alan said: “We are in for a…

Alan Titchmarsh signed up by Waitrose

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TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh is the new celebrity face of Waitrose. 
The former Ground Force host will unveil new “horticulture and gardening ranges” for Waitrose stores within weeks.
Alan, who has just come to the end of a three-year contract as ‘gardening ambassador’ for B&Q, has signed a two-year contract with Waitrose.
The upmarket retailer said that Alan will appear in its TV…

National Gardening Show is cancelled

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The chilly wind of economic gloom that is ravaging
Britain’s High Streets has claimed its first gardening
victim of 2013.

Officials at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, have killed off the National Gardening Show, which takes place in September.
The show’s big competitions – the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship, and the National Dahlia Society show, were plunged into…

Alan Titchmarsh’s economic lesson on green shoots

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Economists should learn from the optimism of gardeners, if the country is to dig itself out of the current financial mess.
Speaking at the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group reception at the Houses of Parliament, Love Your Garden presenter Alan Titchmarsh said Britain’s gardeners are optimists, in contrast to the nation’s doom-laden economists.
Unlike economists and bankers who “whinge that the…

Alan Titchmarsh: the true cost of ‘dumbed down’ TV

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Telly gardener Alan Titchmarsh has said too much TV cash is wasted on “dumbed down” shows like the X-Factor.
Speaking at an awards dinner in London, the Love Your Garden presenter commented: “There is a world of difference between making something accessible and popular, and dumbing down.
“Dumbing down is traducing your principles and prostituting your principles. Making popular TV is allowing…

Does your garden need a makeover from Alan Titchmarsh?

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ITV is on the lookout for Amateur Gardening readers deserving of a full garden makeover by Alan Titchmarsh.
As Alan revealed in AG’s 4 February issue, his Love Your Garden series will be extended to six, hour-long episodes when it returns this summer.
For the first time, former Ground Force host Alan will makeover an entire garden for people who deserve a helping…

Exclusive: Alan Titchmarsh on busy Lizzie mildew crisis

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Gardeners must not be “snooty” about bedding plants and should fill plots with a riot of colour, telly gardener Alan Titchmarsh has said.
Former Ground Force host Alan told AG that gardeners will be forced to try different bedding plants this year, as retailers stop selling busy Lizzies due to the downy mildew crisis.
“It’s time to look again at bedding begonias…