Frances Tophill: Where is the Gardeners’ World presenter from?

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Frances Tophill has become a well-known face on our screens featured on Gardeners’ World since 2016. Tonight (Friday, October 30), Frances will look at the science behind the colour of leaves on the popular gardening advice show as Halloween approaches.

Where is the Gardeners’ World presenter from?

According to her BBC profile, Frances is from Deal in Kent however currently lives in Exeter.

Although the Gardeners’ World presenter has previously spoken of love for Devon to One Magazine.

She said: “I’ve always loved the South West. My sister and I did a holiday down that way and I fell in love with the beaches, the cliffs and just found everyone was so friendly.

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“It seemed like an exciting new venture. I volunteered at Dawlish Garden Trust, which was a completely new direction for me, as I’d never worked with a client group like that.

“After a few months of volunteering and loving my time there, my boss offered me paid work, and I stayed there for some years alongside my television work.

“It was a magical place to be with the kindest and funniest people I’ve ever worked alongside.”

Later in the interview, Frances spoke of how she first got into gardening.

She explained: “I came to gardening quite late. Having had two failed attempts at the ages of six and seven when I tried to ‘help’ my mum and got in trouble.

“I never even thought about it again until I saw the job for an apprentice gardener at the age of 19, applied, turned up for the interview, had a walk around the garden and immediately knew it was what I wanted to do.

“I luckily got the job and haven’t looked back since.”

Talking of the apprenticeship to The Daily Mail in 2015 Frances spoke of her love for the job.

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She added: “Straightaway I knew I’d found something I loved.

“I’d spent three years working at the same shop, then suddenly I was surrounded by these three-and-a-half acres that were different every day. It was so exciting.”

Frances later studied at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where she did a BSc in Horticulture with Plantmanship.

Speaking of her decision to study in the Scottish capital, she told the lifeatno27 blog: “I chose Edinburgh to study next because I thought it was a great city and would give me the opportunity to meet lots of new people, but I am so glad I did.

“Working at the Botanical gardens and learning from the world-leading experts and lecturers is an incredibly amazing experience, I loved it!”

After her studies, she went on to appear on Love your Garden alongside Alan Titchmarsh in 2012.

Gardeners’ World will continue on BBC Two at 9pm.

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