Carol Klein

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Carol Klein
Carol Klein.jpg
Klein at the 2010 RHS Tatton Park show
Born 1945 (Age 72)
Walkden, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Education Bolton School
Occupation Television presenter
Employer BBC
Known for television gardening programmes
Home town Walkden, Lancashire
Television Gardeners' World

Carol Klein (born 1945) is an English gardening expert, who also works as a television presenter and newspaper columnist.

Born in Walkden, Lancashire, in 1945, Klein attended Bolton School and then trained as an art teacher and taught in schools in Shepherd's Bush, London before moving to Devon. There she lectured at North Devon College and taught art at South Molton Secondary School and Community College before setting up her own plant nursery, Glebe Cottage Plants.[1]


Klein made her television debut on Gardeners' World in 1989 and has since presented other gardening programmes such as Real Gardens and Open Gardens.

Projects include Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein which followed a year in the life of Klein's garden at Glebe Cottage in North Devon, and Grow Your Own Veg. Each week the programme looked at a different group of crop plants or techniques suitable for home gardening. Both programmes were made for BBC Two. She has been a permanent presenter of Gardeners' World since 2005.

Klein has been described as having a "weather-beaten face, forthright manner and fruity accent – mainly West Country but with hints of her native Manchester.."[2]

In 2013, she presented two episodes of Great British Garden Revival.

In March 2018 Klein was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Klein is married to Neil Klein and has two daughters, Annie and Alice.[4]

In 2011 Klein's nursery business, Glebe Cottage Plants, based at her home at Chittlehamholt near Umberleigh, which took orders from all over the UK, was forced to close after a dispute with her neighbour.[5]

In 2016 she was voted the nation's favourite gardener in a poll for Yorkshire Women's Life Magazine over her Gardener's World colleague Monty Don.[6]


As well as television work, Klein has written a number of best-selling books for Mitchell Beazley and writes for gardening publications such as BBC Gardeners' World magazine as well as a column for The Guardian. She writes a weekly column, syndicated through the Trinity Mirror regional's newspaper publishing business, which appears in the "Saturday Extra" magazine given with regional newspaper titles such as the Liverpool Echo[7] and Manchester Evening News.



  1. ^ Carol Klein. "Carol Klein on busy days in her Devon garden". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "TV star Carol Klein of Gardeners' World is caught up in a stinking row". The Daily Telegraph. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Carol Klein awarded RHS Victoria Medal of Honour". Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  4. ^ "I've hit the grass ceiling! How Carol Klein found solace in food after Gardeners' World". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Wainwright, Martin (31 August 2011). "TV's Carol Klein closes nursery after neighbours kick up a stink". the Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  6. ^ " - Connecting People Through News". Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  7. ^ Neil Macdonald (4 March 2013). "Saturdays are getting even better in your Liverpool Echo". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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