Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden

Capability Brown is known as the founder of landscape design. Three hundred years ago he created some of the most magnificent landscapes in England. He travelled the length and breadth of the country, improving more than 200 of the greatest estates in the land, for some of the most influential people in the 18th century.


But there is one plan that never got off the drawing board. The only land he ever owned was in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, but he died before he could carry out any plans for his own garden. Today it is a piece of flat land, bisected by the A14 dual carriageway.

Landscape designer and Gardeners' Question Time regular Bunny Guinness travels across England to some of Capability's finest landscapes - Blenheim, Burghley, Milton Abbey and Castle Ashby - to understand what he might have created. Rediscovering plans and letters, and using the latest technology, Capability Brown's unfinished garden is brought to life.

Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden
Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden

The Beechgrove Garden ep.25 2016

Leaves are falling in the Beechgrove Garden but that's not necessarily a bad thing as Jim uses them to make lovely leaf mould. He also shows the steamy secrets of his new hot box composter.
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What progress they have made in the last month, because of the cover over the top of them which is a giant cloche acting as a giant umbrella to allow us to grow them as hard as we possibly can. For those who don’t have a tunnel they can be grown outside as they are sold as hardy, but they should be protected against pigeons and rabbits by fleece. Do remember to put slug bait down and water well.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.25 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.25 2016

The Beechgrove Garden ep.24 2016

Jim, Carole and George are on the road again as they visit Strathkinness, the Best Kept Small Village in Fife, for the final Beechgrove Roadshow of the series.
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as they find out what grows and possibly what doesn't in the area and answer as many questions as possible in a Beechgrove Gardener's question time.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.24 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.24 2016

The Beechgrove Garden ep.23 2016

There's a wee chill in the air in the Beechgrove Garden and Jim decides to take the Camellias inside after their summer holidays outdoors.
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 A regular ericaceous feed and sequestered iron has kept them healthy and stopped the yellowing of the leaves. Regular watering over the summer months also prevents bud drop in the spring.
Camellias must have plenty of water throughout April to October, the critical time for watering is when next year’s flower buds are forming, drought anytime in this period will result in poor flowering in the following spring. Ideally you should use rainwater which is slightly acidic.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.23 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.23 2016