Jamie Butterworth makes his Gardeners’ World debut on Friday night and will show viewers the amazing gardens at Scampston Hall.
Although Jamie is a relative newcomer to the programme, having appeared on the show for the first time back in April, he has a wealth of gardening experience and even won a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year. Keep reading for everything you need to know about the host.
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Who is Jamie Butterworth?
Jamie Butterworth is a 28-year-old gardener from Durkar, West Yorkshire.
He discovered his passion for horticulture at a young age, and created his first vegetable garden at the age of 12. At the age of 16, he was a finalist in the BBC3 Young Gardener of the Year competition.
© BBCJamie is a gardener from Durkar, West Yorkshire
After attending Askham Bryan College in York, he went on to study at RHS Garden Wisley, graduating with a Diploma in Practical Horticulture with distinction in 2015.
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The following year, Jamie became an RHS ambassador, joining Alan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry.
He then launched his own nursery, Form Plants, in 2020, based in Surrey and supplying plants and trees to the landscape industry.
© Jamie Butterworth/InstagramJamie with fellow Gardeners’ World presenter Rachel de Thame
About starting his own company, Jamie, who is the managing director, said in a statement shared on the nursery’s website. “I used to plant and maintain people’s gardens, but the service I received from some plant suppliers was incredibly poor. So I started growing plants for myself, then for my customers, and then I ended up starting Form Plants.
“I’ve always wanted a nursery that’s clean, fresh and has great customer service. I hope that’s what we offer to all of our customers.”
Jamie has over a decade of experience in the industry and last year won gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for ‘The Place2Be Securing Tomorrow Garden’. The garden was created for mental health charity Place2Be, which supports children’s mental health.
© Jamie Butterworth/InstagramJamie has won gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022.
Following his big win, Jamie paid tribute to the charity and his team on Instagram. “Honey!!! I can’t begin to describe how happy and emotional I am right now,” he wrote. “This is not just my medal, but the entire team’s, and especially the humanitarian organization to which this entire garden is intended.
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© Jamie Butterworth/InstagramJamie shoots ‘The Gardener’s World’ in a behind-the-scenes photo
“Every Chelsea garden is such a heroic effort by so many people, and I’ll be sharing more about everyone involved throughout the week.
“@_place2be do the most amazing work across the country and I really hope this garden helps raise awareness of the amazing work they do!”
Who represents the World of Gardeners?
- Monty DonMonty is a horticulturist, TV star and author who has been the main presenter of the show since 2003, when he succeeded Alan Titchmarsh. He took a short break in 2008 after suffering a minor stroke and returned in 2011.
- Frances Tophill, the Kent-born gardener joined the series in 2016 and has amassed a legion of fans since her television debut. He can also be seen on Alan Titchmarsh’s ITV show, Love Your Garden.
- Adam FrostAdam is a garden designer who joined Gardeners’ World in 2016. Outside of the show, he is known for his success at the Chelsea Flower Show, having won seven gold medals.
- Rachel de ThameRachel is a familiar face in the series that debuted in 2007. Before becoming a gardener, Rachel enjoyed a successful career as a model.
- Carol KleinGardening expert Carol first appeared on our screens back in 1989 when she made her Gardening World debut. She also hosted other gardening shows and wrote columns for various newspapers, including The Guardian.
- Joe SwiftJoe is a gardener, journalist and longtime host of the World of Gardeners, in which he first appeared in 1998.
- Arit AndersonArit regularly presents the World of Gardeners. The award-winning garden designer also appeared on Garden Rescue from 2019 until her departure in 2021.
- Toby Buckland Gardener Toby took over from Monty Don as main presenter of the show from 2008 until his return in 2011. The presenter has won awards for his work in the garden and even hosts the annual Devon Festival.
- Advolly RichmondAdvolly is a garden writer and historian who regularly presents garden history segments on the show. The manager is highly educated, having obtained a master’s degree in garden history from the University of Bristol.
Jamie Butterworth’s history with Gardener’s World
Jamie is a longtime fan World of gardeners, and it was actually Monty Don who inspired his passion for plants. In an interview with the Financial Times in 2018, Jamie revealed that he was drawn to horticulture after watching the host sow seeds during an episode of the show. “I still remember the thrill of watching the seeds germinate and bloom,” he said. “It was just a cornflower, but for a nine-year-old it was a real life spell.”
© BBCJamie has been a member of the Gardeners’ World family since April
Jamie first appeared on the show back in April, when he spoke to host Carol Klein via Zoom about her plans for her Hampton Court garden.