Arit Anderson Biography – Arit Anderson Wiki
Arit Anderson is an award-winning garden designer, television presenter and writer. She is best known for her role as a presenter on the BBC programme, Gardeners’ World, alongside Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers (David and Harry Rich). She is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute.
Anderson won an RHS Fresh Talent award at the Chelsea Flower Show back in 2013, and a gold for her show garden at the RHS Hampton Court show in 2016, which highlighted climate change and the use of renewable energy.
Anderson worked for a variety of fashion retailers, and was a holistic and wellbeing therapist before becoming a garden designer.
“I’ve always loved fashion so I really enjoyed being part of that world although, throughout that period, I also studied and practised part time in a range of alternative therapies,” Anderson told Gardens Illustrated.
“Holistic therapies have interested me since my early twenties. I’m a qualified masseuse and reflexologist, I’ve taught hot and cold stone therapy and studied crystal and spiritual healing at the Vibrational Healing Foundation and the College of Psychic Studies. My drive to help others is second nature.”
In 2010, at the age of 44, Arit Anderson moved from a flat in north London to the southwest of the city in search of riverside walks, a greener life and her very first garden. “I liked the idea of pottering around with plants after a hectic day in the office, although I had no idea what to do with it.”
It’s not an obvious career path for a gardening television presenter. “No one thought I would go from fashion bunny to gardener. But I always said I didn’t want to do fashion at 50, and my new garden was giving me so much joy that I thought that might be a sign. It all began with a butler’s sink. I put three herbs in and was amazed when they didn’t die. Soon I was buying a plant here and a plant there and discovered that I loved it. I ended 2011 sitting on the end of my bed thinking ‘I’m going to be a gardener’ – although by 1 January 2012, it dawned on me that I really knew absolutely nothing about gardening!”
She enrolled on a garden design course at Capel Manor and took a job in retail consultancy that would provide an income while giving her the flexibility to study.
A year later Arit, along with fellow students Anna Murphy and Sarah Jarman, won the Fresh Talent competition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and in 2016 she was awarded a gold medal at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for a conceptual garden that highlighted the need for renewable energies and how climate change might impact the future of gardens.
“My first appearance on television was talking about that garden. At that moment I certainly wasn’t thinking about a career as a presenter but, on reflection, I saw it could be a way to satisfy my growing desire to teach, while designing gardens for paying clients,” she said. “To be honest, appearing on television can be a bit daunting. I am never going to know as much as Monty or Carol, but maybe my value is exactly the fact that I am a late starter. I understand how it feels when you don’t even know where to begin. And I have also proved that you can succeed if you are prepared to have a go.”
In September 2021, Anderson appeared on the BBC One Show and RHS Garden Of Hope show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was transferred to the Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit in Kent, to provide a sanctuary and place of hope for new mothers with serious mental ill health and their babies.
Arit Anderson Age
Arit Anderson was born in 1966 in Isleworth, South West London. She is 56 years old as at 2022.
Arit Anderson Husband Scott
Is Arit Anderson married? She is married to her husband Scott.
Arit Anderson Children
Anderson has two stepchildren, Harvey and Freya, from her husband’s previus marriage. During the pandemic, Anderson thanked the two children for helping her make Gardeners’ World during lockdown writing: “And then my family, my partner and stepchildren who have worked hard behind the scenes and who pressed ‘play’ amongst so much more who were key to making the show happen.”
Harvey and Freya have also appeared in an episode of Gardener’s World where they talked about their own green fingers. Freya said: “I’ve been planting quite a lot lately, for example I’ve been planting potatoes, onions and cucumber. Planting the vegetables was really lovely because I’ve never done it before.”
Arit Anderson Family
Born in London, Anderson grew up in Hertforshire with four foster sisters and a brother, her birth sister Lisa, and a single mother. Anderson’s sister Michele is a gardener, and with her husband Pete.
Arit Anderson Net Worth
Gardeners’ World presenter and designer Arit Anderson has an estimated net worth of €1 million.
Arit Anderson Nationality
Arit Anderson is of English nationality.
Is Arit Anderson Related to Ainsley Harriott?
TV gardener Arit Anderson and celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott are not related. Harriott’s sister is Jacqueline. On May 23, 2022, Ainsley Harriott saved his sister Jacqueline from drowning at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Ainsley thanked those who had rushed to help his sister after she tripped and fell into a water feature at the event. The chef tweeted: “Just a big thank you to everyone who helped my sister when she had a fall at the Chelsea Flower Show this morning. She’s doing fine and all is well.”
Arit Anderson Parents Nationality
Anderson’s parents are of British nationality.
Arit Anderson Instagram
Arit Anderson’s Instagram is @aritanderson.