Alan Titchmarsh was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor. He left school at fifteen and became an apprentice gardener in the local nursery, following this with full-time training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
January is an exciting time - some of the first bulbs are starting to push through the hard earth and there's an optimism in the air. It's also the time to look forward to what the Great British gardeners will be focusing on this year.
So, read on for our thoughts from BBC Gardeners' World Live HQ, on the gardening trends for 2018!
In winter, our gardens take on a new dimension. Whilst colours are muted and textures are diminished, it serves only to enhance what is left – what better time to reflect and take pleasure from the little things that make our gardens beautiful.
Read on for our Christmas Gift List, Festive favourites, Winter garden tips and Joe Wicks' Spiced Brussels recipe!