Anne has appeared on numerous gardening programmes including Gardeners' World, Bloom and Gardens of the Caribbean. She has reported live from the Chelsea Flower Show and is a regular columnist in the BBC Gardeners' World Magazine. She is a frequent panelist on Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time and constantly in demand to speak at garden societies, Royal Horticultural Show festivals and events up and down the country including; BBC Gardener’s World Live, Countryfile Live and Eden Project’s Green Fingers Festival.
Anne Swithinbank is a horticulturalist, writer, broadcaster and regular panellist for BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time.
A diploma in Horticulture from Kew prepared Anne for a career that began in propagation, moved into glasshouse duties at RHS Wisley, and then took a leap into filming while still working there. Launching herself as a gardening broadcaster and writer, she joined the BBC 2’s Gardener’s World team and appeared regularly on the show for five years.
Anne went on to present several programmes for Channel4 including, Bloom, The Gardens of the Caribbean, live coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Gardeners' Calendar, Gardeners' Calendar Roadshow, and Plants for Free.
An accomplished writer, Anne has written for many publications including the News of the World and BBC Gardener’s World magazine, and is currently a resident columnist for magazines Candis, and Grow Your Own.
She has written a number of books including 'The Greenhouse Gardener', 'The Conservatory Gardener', 'A Handbook of Greenhouse and Conservatory Plants', 'The Half-hour Gardener', 'The Sunroom Gardener: A Practical Guide to Growing Plants in Sunrooms', 'Atriums', and 'Conservatories', 'Collins Best Plants', as well as three books for BBC Gardener’s Question Time and four books in the BBC Gardener’s World series.
Anne is frequently in demand to speak at garden centres, RHS festivals and meetings and various events around the UK including BBC Gardener’s World Live, the Eden Project’s Green Fingers Festival and Countryfile Live.
Her home in Devon boasts nearly two acres of plants and acts as a hobby, playground, larder and workshop!
When not gardening, Anne can be found looking after and riding her horse, swimming off nearby beaches or attending Torquay Museum Society’s lectures. She is Patron of The British Cactus and Succulent Society