Frances Ruth Tophill is a British horticulturist, author and television presenter known for her contributions to Love Your Garden and Gardeners’ World. She got into gardening from an early age, helping out around the garden at home and after overly ambitiously designing a terraced landscape in a planter, given to her by her mum, age 7, she was hooked. As well as all things gardening Frances is a budding crafter and currently doing a pottery course.
Born in Deal, she studied for her BSc in horticulture with plantsmanship from the Scottish Agricultural College (2013) and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Having featured on ITV’s Love Your Garden alongside Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney and Katie Rushworth, she became a presenter on Gardeners’ World in 2016.
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ITV’s Love Your Garden team have travelled all over the country giving surprise transformations to the outdoor spaces of some very deserving people. Frances’ role is predominantly plant-based, working in the garden throughout the whole construction of the site and lending a helping hand with the landscaping when it is needed.
When Frances joined BBC’s Gardeners’ World it was doing a few strands for the programme, one on vegetable seed trials which she worked on from her local RHS garden, RHS Rosemoor and another on gardens situated in extreme locations.
Frances is involved with the RHS campaign for school gardening and is passionate about enthusing young people to get into horticulture. She is working on a number of community gardening projects in the South West and is also helping the redevelopment of some costal gardens that were damaged by the 2014 storms. This is a particular passion of hers having grown up by the sea and was also part of her degree specialisation.
Frances is a popular choice for gardening talks and has appeared at Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court Flower Show and the Eden Project Green Fingers Festival to name a few. She has written a number of books: The First-Time Gardener, Kyle Books (2015), The Container Gardening, Kyle Books (2017), Container Gardener's Handbook, Companion House Books (2018) and Rewild Your Garden: Create a Haven for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies, Quercus Books (2020) Buy this book from NHBS. She has also written a column for Coast magazine on highs and lows of coastal gardening.
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