Marian is joined by Stan Timmins and Eddie Wardrobe on Garden Mania
Marian presents Garden Mania every Sunday from 1pm, answering your horticultural questions with experts Stan and Eddie.
Place of birth:
Favourite view in the north-east of England?
I love the beach at Bamburgh, the glorious Sage Gateshead, and the view of Durham Cathedral when you arrive back in the North East by train.
A former geography teacher I became one of ITV's first women reporters, presented a science programme for American TV and then co-presented the BBC's award-winning daytime show Pebble Mill at One for 14 years.
Great fun but challenging. I reported from Chelsea to China, royalty to street children, and afterwards produced a TV series about flood, famine and climate change called the Task of Mankind.
Other work grew from my love of radio, music and gardening. From music programmes for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, presenting Woman's Hour and news reading, to TV projects with gardening celebrities Peter Seabrook and Alan Titchmarsh.
Back home on Tyneside, I produced gardening reports for Look North for five years and still enjoy working with two great northern gardeners, Stan Timmins and Eddie Wardrobe every Sunday on BBC Newcastle.