About David 2017-01-30T16:51:03+00:00
David Domoney
David Domoney- Love Your Garden ITV

About David Domoney

I’m a TV gardener and presenter on ITV’s Love Your Garden. You can read my weekly gardening column in The Sunday Mirror newspaper, and check out my monthly article about growing vegetables and fruit in Grow Your Own Magazine.

I also appear as a resident gardener on ITV’s This Morning and have appeared on Daybreak, 60 Minute Makeover and The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

In 2012, I launched community gardening campaign Cultivation Street, bringing Britain’s streets back to life through people, plants and pride.

Throughout my career, I have designed show gardens at Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace, BBC Gardener’s World Live and Tatton Flower Show. I have a total of 29 Royal Horticultural Society medals (and counting!)

Getting into gardens

My first venture into the fascinating world of gardens was selling plants at the local church fair. Eventually I started growing my own plants to sell.

Soon I was spending my spare time cutting lawns and helping pensioners with their flower beds. Talking to those garden lovers developed a passion for gardening that’s stayed with me.

I left school and took an apprenticeship with a large nursery grower. But I wasn’t content with just practical knowledge, so I went on to spend time at three horticultural colleges to obtain all the qualifications I needed.

Joining the gardening industry

I began working at a garden centre, starting as a plant advisor and progressing through supervisor and management roles to become the head plant buyer. I loved the role, sourcing the best quality specimens from thousands of plants for my discerning customers.

After a decade as head of garden buying departments for multiple retailers, I left corporate life to become totally immersed in hands-on gardening. I was a born-again horticulturist!

Now I have my own company that designs gardens and creates events for RHS shows. I also have the incredible opportunity to present TV programmes, and hope to use my passion for plants to inspire others to get gardening.

10 Interesting Facts about David

1. I made my first television appearance in 1975 on ITV (then ATV), playing a cheeky young tearaway forever getting into trouble. Nothing changes, eh?
2. Jump forward 24 years and I made my return to ITV1 in 1999 on the flagship show Better Homes as Carol Vorderman’s Garden Designer.
3. I love cooking and I’m a keen amateur chef, specialising in meat dishes. My favourite delicacy is smoked kangaroo!
4. For relaxation I enjoy the freedom of the road on a powerful motor bike, a Vulcan V800. It has even starred in two show gardens and three TV shows.
5. I’m a great animal lover and was an obedience dog trainer in my youth, winning many awards with my golden retriever.
6. I am an addicted movie fan, especially thrillers and action films, which I watch in my own mini cinema. And my favourite TV programme is Spooks
7. My all time favourite TV comedy has to be Dad’s Army, although more recently I love Peter Kay’s Phoenix nights. Both comedies feature the clever interaction of many different characters at the same time.
8. I have an ongoing project in Italy – gardening. I have just reconstructed an old olive grove and planted over a 1,000 snow drops in drifts. For my next trick, I will tackle the overgrown wood.
9. To completely escape the phone and email I took up scuba diving and am a PADI qualified Master Scuba Diver with special qualifications in Deep Diving, Wreck Diving and Shark Diving.
10. When it comes to needing to be creative, I enjoy nothing better than a late night in the office with a couple of beers. A journalist once asked me: “How long does it take to design a garden?” I could only answer: “between 8 and 10 bottles of Becks”.

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