Frances Tophill’s first foray into TV came in the form of ITV’s Love Your Garden, she joined the presenting team for the second series of the successful show and 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. Frances is currently filming for series 4 of the hit show.
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 storms earlier this year. 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 this year will be appearing at Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court Flower Show and the Eden Project Green Fingers Festival to name a few.
Hailing from Deal in Kent, Frances now lives in Exeter having completed her BSc in Horticulture with Plantmanship at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh last year. Frances 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.
Frances is now embarking on a number of new projects, including writing her first book which is due to be published in 2015, so lots of exciting times ahead for this bubbly young horticulturalist.