12 March 2009, 11:20
Rachel de Thame studied ballet at the Royal ballet School before taking a course in drama and history of art. She briefly worked for an art dealer.
After she married and gave birth to her first baby, Rachel was recruited by a modelling agency and went on to enjoy a successful modelling career, making appearances in various TV ads. She also landed a number of acting roles and appeared in the mini-series Merlin and the film Bodywork.
With acting not being Rachel’s real ambition, in 1998 she enrolled at the English Gardening School. She graduated with distinction in Practical Horticulture and Plants & Plantsmanship.
An audition for BBC2 Gardeners World landed her a presenting job and she went on to film her own series for the BBC called Small Town Gardens and Gardening with the Experts.
Rachel has gone on to co-present the BBC’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show and she’s made appearances on Going for A Song and Call My Bluff.
She has penned two gardening books, Small Town Gardens and Rachel de Thame's Top 100 Star Plants, and co-wrote Gardening with the Experts.
Last updated: 12 March 2009, 17:18