ITV Love Your Weekend: Alan Titchmarsh’s unusual hobby he used to celebrate Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding

For the green-fingered Brits among us, Alan Titchmarsh needs no introduction. Thanks to hit shows like gardeners world and Love your garden, the famous gardener has become one of Britain’s favorite television personalities.

The multi-talented father-of-two, 72, has also written dozens of fiction and non-fiction novels – and has made countless TV and radio appearances over the years. Titchmarsh has been married to his wife Alison for 46 years and they have two children, Polly and Camilla. The couple met in the 1970s in an amateur theater group.

After a whirlwind romance, the couple married in 1975. Alan often described Alison, who previously worked as a doctor, as his “best friend” and even shared her secret to a long and happy marriage, reports Good morning! Magazine. He said: “Romance is being thoughtful. I made Alison tea for 45 years – but beware, she ironed my shirts every week for 44 years, which is the greatest gift. I’m a lucky man, because she is the least materialistic person I know.”

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Alan Titchmarsh and his wife Alison, pictured in 2010

The lovers recently celebrated their wedding anniversary in sapphire. Their eldest daughter, Polly, was born in 1979 and Camilla was born in 1981. They also have many grandchildren, with Alan having previously spoken of how important family is to him.

He said Yours magazine: “I still work a lot, but I also refuse a lot of things. I try to keep my pace and spend time with the family – my wife Alison, our two daughters, their husbands and our four grandchildren – is very, very important.”

In 2004 Titchmarsh became chairman of Perennial, one of the UK’s oldest charities. It was created in 1839 to help gardeners and horticulturists in difficulty.

Titchmarsh has an incredibly unusual hobby, having previously revealed he occasionally practices ringing church bells. In 2011, he rang a quarter bell in Holybourne, Hampshire, to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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Titchmarsh moved to his home, a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse in Hampshire, in 2002. He also has a beach house on the Isle of Wight, where he stays for around four months a year.

On today’s (March 13) episode of Love Your Garden which airs at 10am, Alan is joined by Coronation Street star Paula Wilcox, who tells him what’s next for his character Elaine Plummer, while TV presenter Kate Garraway talks about the power of nature.

Plus, a master class in shoeing horses and Aleesha Hansel serves up the finest spring wines brimming with fruity aromas and flavors.

Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh is on ITV at 10am today (Sunday March 13).

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