25 May 1965
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Occupation||Broadcaster, gardener, journalist|
Swift is a regular presenter and designer on the BBC's Gardeners' World, co-presenter on the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, Gardeners' World Live, Hampton Court, RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, BBC's Small Town Gardens, and design judge on BBC's Gardener of the Year. He has been a presenter/designer on Take 3 Gardeners (with Cleve West and Ann-Marie Powell).
He is a garden designer, and has been involved in BBC2's Gardeners' World since 1998. He is co-founder and Design Director of Modular Garden - a garden design and build company.
Joe has designed many gardens on TV, including one for Comic Relief, many for Gardeners' World. including the Bournville Garden, The 40-year garden, and Alan Titchmarsh's 'How to be a Gardener' series.
In 2009, Swift presented coverage of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for the BBC. He was also one of the main presenters of the BBC coverage of the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show. In 2013, he presented two episodes of Great British Garden Revival.
His writing also includes Gardeners' World Magazine, The Times, and various magazine and newspaper articles. He has written three books - The Plant Room, Joe’s Urban Garden Handbook, and Joe’s Allotment, published in April 2009.
Swift's father is actor Clive Swift of the television sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, and he is the nephew of Clive's actor brother, David Swift, who was well known for Drop the Dead Donkey. His mother is novelist Margaret Drabble, and his brother is academic Adam Swift. His sister Rebecca Swift (died April 2017) was a poet and founder of The Literary Consultancy.
He is the design director of Modular Garden.