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Alan Titchmarsh finally ready to show off his own personal paradise

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Gardening virtuoso Alan Titchmarsh is finally ready to let the general public see his own Garden of Eden again - 10 years after they last caught a glimpse of it.

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Gardening virtuoso Alan Titchmarsh is finally ready to let the general public see his own Garden of Eden again - 10 years after they last caught a glimpse of it. Titchmarsh famously invited the world into his Barleywood home, in Alton, Hampshire, as part of BBC's 'Gardeners' World' programme - all the way up until 2002, when Titchmarsh quit the show and moved to a nearby Georgian farmhouse. Since then, whatever has happened in the four-acre garden has been beyond the reach of the cameras; leaving it somewhat a mystery. However, cambridge-news.co.uk reports that Titchmarsh, is once again ready to let the public see how he's transformed his private paradise through the pages of his new book, 'My Secret Garden'. According to the publication, Titchmarsh has spent years perfecting every nuance of his garden spaces; from the masses of decorative bordering to his wildflower meadow and wildlife pond. "I think my garden does betray a few delusions of grandeur - I like urns and finials and other classical touches - but I hope the resulting style is elegant rather than pretentious," Titchmarsh said of his personal Eden. The gardening guru admits that he hasn't been able to create his dream alone though; relying on scores of staff to help him over the years. Today, he is helped only by two other people. When asked about whether this will be the last time fans will ever see his garden, Titchmarsh admits he'll "never" let the TV cameras in again. "I would never go to Alison (his wife) and say, 'Look, can we just do one programme?' because we made the decision not to. I'm blissfully happy being there on my own with the family," he explained. Since the sale of his former Barleywood four-bed home - which was on the market for a rumoured £925,000, according to blog.zoopla.co.uk - Titchmarsh has also spent time maintaining a 35-acre meadow estate in the same area, which is now a nature reserve.

Author:

Chris Taylor

8th November 2012