The Daily Telegraph has published a list of Britain’s top 30 most influential gardeners – but it contains a few surprises.
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.”
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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 crocus.co.uk
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-Fox – Financial 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.