Carol Klein

Gardening presenter for television, and non-fiction writer and journalist
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Carol Klein is one of the most familiar gardening experts working in the media today, most famous for her role as regular presenter of Gardeners' World. Her natural, down-to-earth approach has made her a popular and trusted figure. 

Carol first appeared on Gardener's World  in 1998 when Geoff Hamilton did a feature on her garden, Glebe Cottage. Following regular appearances as a guest-presenter for both the BBC and Channel 4, she wrote and presented her own six-part series Wild About the Garden in 1998, and two series of Real Gardens. In 2014 Life in a Cottage Garden, was filmed at her own gardens and had a book made to accompany the series. She was also seen on The Great British Garden Revival, a 10-part series for the BBC, which went onto win TV Broadcast of the Year at the Garden Media Guild Awards. 

Her extensive writing work includes not only her books - Grow Your Own Veg was a six-month top 20 bestseller, with over 200,000 copies sold - but also her weekly double page spread for Garden News and contributions to the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Gardeners' World magazine, Gardens Illustrated, English Garden and Horticulture. 

Carol originally trained as a fine artist and spent many years teaching art in schools and colleges. She started gardening and running a nursery from her home in Devon, and her hobby eventually became a career. She began exhibiting at RHS shows in 1990 and went on to win gold medals at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Westminster and Malvern. 

Carol presented a brand new series of Gardeners' World and her four part Plant Odysseys was broadcast on BBC2 in summer 2016.


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Carol Klein, plantswoman extraordinaire, brings her infectious enthusiasm for plants and their growers to Open Gardens.

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Klein took us on a wonderfully lively and attractive, if all too quick, tour of cabbages and kings. There are just three more episodes to go. More, please. 

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