Gardening Australia ep.17 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining gardeners around the world.
Tino visits an inspirational prison garden; Millie shows us how to fine-tune our potting mix; Josh fills his office with indoor plants; and Costa and guest presenter Indira visit a small but special community garden.


1. Indoor Inspiration
Josh fills his new office space with plants to create a healthy, happy and plant-filled indoor space
2. Wayside Bondi
Costa and Indira visit a community group that grow food in a challenging garden for use in their kitchen
3. FAQs - Dividing Salvias | Lime or Dolomite? | Wisteria not Flowering
Jane tells us when to divide salvias, Jerry gives his citrus some calcium and Josh offers solutions for a non-flowering wisteria
4. Mixing It Up
Millie serves a bag of potting mix three ways to cater for the needs of different plants in her garden
5. Excess Produce - Kale Chips
Here's a great way to use up any excess kale you've grown in the vegie Garden!

Gardening Australia ep.17 2017
Gardening Australia ep.17 2017


The Beechgrove Garden ep.13 2017

 In the Beechgrove Garden, Jim takes a look at progress of his favourite cutting flowers and adds an easy staking system to the beds to keep flower heads up.


Last week, Brian visited Pitmedden Gardens to see how they deal with the threat of box blight on their six miles of hedging. This week he is experimenting with a range of slow-growing, small-leaved evergreens as potential alternatives to using box.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.13 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.13 2017

Carole visits David and Laura Gill in Dunblane to see the garden that David has created from scratch over the last eight years. The garden's centrepiece is a beautiful pond that provides a floral oasis of calm in a busy life.

Gardeners' World ep.14 2017

 Monty Don adds a touch of the exotic to the damp garden by planting a tree fern and protects his new soft fruit garden from feathered predators with netting.


Carol Klein selects hardy geraniums as her June Plant of the Month, Flo Headlam visits a church garden in Lewisham that feeds both the mind and body, while Nick Bailey gets a fascinating insight into parasitoid wasps and their positive impact on our gardens.

Gardeners' World ep.14 2017
Gardeners' World ep.14 2017

Adam Frost continues to explore the intricacies of innovative garden design by looking at a small town garden in London, and we meet the husband-and-wife team behind the glorious, 25-year-long restoration of West Dean Gardens in Sussex.

Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.4 - Pudding

Celebrated chef Raymond Blanc invites the cameras into his kitchen to share his treasured cooking secrets. Filmed in the lively surroundings of his working Oxfordshire kitchen, this programme features a range of inspirational and achievable recipes for cooks of all abilities.


This episode is a treat for the taste buds as Raymond celebrates his passion for puddings, sweet and savoury. To kick off there is a French childhood favourite, riz au lait, a velvety vanilla rice pudding with a crunchy caramel topping and a tangy fruit compote. Next is another French classic, tarte tatin. Glossy caramelised apples embedded in golden puff pastry create a sumptuous dessert and comforting finale to any meal.

Moving on to savoury, Raymond prepares a heart-warming dish perfect for a chilly night, a suet pudding filled with succulent steak, juicy kidneys and creamy oysters all drenched in a rich red wine gravy. To round off, Raymond gives a French twist to a British institution - fruit crumble. Juicy red fruits laced with caramel are topped with a lid of golden crumble and a refreshing raspberry sorbet.

Raymond visits cookery writer and chef Sophie Grigson who teaches him how to make a traditional English Sussex pond pudding and top sommelier Jonathan Ray shows him how to match the perfect wine with the perfect pudding.

Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.4 - Pudding
Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.4 - Pudding

Gardening Australia ep.16 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining gardeners around the world.
Jerry visits a PNG inspired garden; Jane meets a young couple with the gardening bug; Costa protects some plants with wildlife friendly netting; and a plant collector shows us some of his favourites.


1. My Garden Path - David Fripp
We meet plant collector David Fripp who shows us around his nursery filled with interesting and beautiful plants
2. Lime and Gypsum
Tino talks us through the differences between lime and gypsum
3. Growing Home
Jerry visits a friend and neighbour who grows food plants from her homeland of Papua New Guinea
4. A Colourful Collaboration
Jane visits a young couple who have transformed a garden on a sloping block
5. Filling the Gaps
Josh demonstrates how you can fill gaps in the garden
6. Nifty Netting
Costa uses wildlife-friendly netting to protect a vegie patch
7. Winter Cheer
Sophie profiles a winter flowering Kniphofia that will add colour to the garden in the winter months.

Gardening Australia ep.16 2017
Gardening Australia ep.16 2017

Gardeners' World ep.13 2017

 Gardeners' World celebrates its 50th anniversary with a full hour of gardening from Gardeners' World Live at the NEC.


Monty kicks off the party and is joined by the whole team, who will be bringing you all the show has to offer. Joe Swift and Adam Frost take a look at the show gardens and we meet garden designer David Stevens, who has created a garden showcasing 50 years of changing trends in our back yards.
Carol Klein is in the floral marquee looking at the plants which have defined the decades, whilst Rachel de Thame, Flo Headlam, Alan Power, Nick Bailey and Mark Lane explore the show features including the Gardeners' World-themed borders and other floral displays.
Monty and Alan Titchmarsh meet to talk about their experiences as the nation's head gardener and Mary Berry reveals the winner of the golden jubilee plant award.

Gardeners' World ep.13 2017
Gardeners' World ep.13 2017

The Beechgrove Garden ep.12 2017

  In the Beechgrove Garden, Jim is growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers side by side in his domestic-sized greenhouse. They shouldn't work together, but with limited space you have to make it work, and Jim is determined to find a way.


With pruning saws at the ready once again, Carole and George take the Woodland Garden in hand as, at the moment, you can't see the wood for the trees.
 Brian visits the meticulous Pitmedden Gardens in Aberdeenshire to find out how head gardener Susan Burgess tackles the problem of box blight, with the six miles of clipped box hedging to maintain.
The Beechgrove Garden ep.12 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.12 2017


Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.3 - Lamb

Celebrated chef Raymond Blanc welcomes the cameras back into his working Oxfordshire kitchen to share the culinary secrets he has collected and cherished over the past 35 years. The programme features a variety of recipes for cooks of all abilities that are inspiring and achievable.


In this episode Raymond shares his favourite mouth-watering lamb dishes. To start, succulent lamb's liver with caramelised potatoes and a dusting of traditional French seasoning. Shoulder of lamb is slow-roasted with garlic and herbs and served with an earthy potato and turnip gratin to create a hearty but melt-in-the-mouth meal.

Next Raymond returns to his roots with a truly French-inspired dish. Lamb Provencal sees a vivid, herb-encrusted rack of lamb accompanied by a juicy ratatouille. To finish, each tender cut of lamb comes together on one plate surrounded by lively vegetables and a rich tapenade to create a show-stopping finale.

Along the way Raymond travels to Hampshire to visit ex-Formula One champion Jody Sheckter who runs one of the country's only organic and biodinamic farms where he rears 800 sheep on his unique pastures. Raymond is invited to enjoy a feast of spit-roast lamb basted in his own harissa dressing.

Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.3 - Lamb
Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.3 - Lamb

Gardening Australia ep.15 2017

Costa tries some tasty flowers; guest presenter Indira visits a rooftop hospital garden; John shares some tips for small gardens; Sophie makes a cute planter from a gourd; and Peter Cundall celebrates his 90th birthday. Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining gardeners around the world.


1. Edible Flowers
Costa shows us some of his favourite edible flowers
2. Tricks of the Trade
John visits a suburban garden and shares hints and tips for designing for small spaces
3. Propagating Cassava
Jerry gives some tips on how to propagate cassava
4. Georgeous Gourds
Sophie makes a cute succulent planter out of a gourd she has grown in her garden
5. Rooftop Respite
Guest presenter Indira Naidoo visits a rooftop garden purpose built for the patients and staff at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre
6. Happy Birthday Peter
Tino joins the celebrations for Peter Cundall's 90th birthday in "Pete's Patch" at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Gardening Australia ep.15 2017
Gardening Australia ep.15 2017

Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.2 - Cakes and Pastries

Celebrated chef Raymond Blanc welcomes the cameras back into his working Oxfordshire kitchen to share the culinary secrets he has collected and cherished over the past 35 years. The programme features a variety of recipes for cooks of all abilities that are inspiring and achievable.
In this episode Raymond pays tribute to the sweetly satisfying extravagance of cakes and pastries. To kick off, a feather-light lemon tea cake, generously coated in sticky apricot jam and a tangy lemon glaze.


Next pure chocolate indulgence - crisp, fluffy choux pastry filled with a cooling chocolate cream and covered with a glossy chocolate icing. The secrets of the perfect macarons - the fashionable and delectable almond based pastries - are shared and used to decorate a flourless chocolate cake.
For the finale, Piece Montee Croquembouche: the quintessential French celebration cakes that stand a metre tall. Raymond also goes to Paris to visit protege and world famous patisserie Laurent Duchene.

Cakes and Pastries
Cakes and Pastries

Gardening Australia ep.14 2017

Jane explores a protea collection; Tino looks at trees with beautiful bark; Millie gets stuck into some winter jobs; Costa visits a Bondi garden verge; and we learn why flies are so important in the garden.


1. My Garden Path - Dr Bryan Lessard
CSIRO Entomologist and fly enthusiast Dr. Bryan Lessard explains why flies are so incredibly important not only in the garden but for our global ecosystem
2. A Plethora of Proteas
Jane is at the National Rhododendron Garden in Victoria to check out their stunning Protea collection
3. Excess Produce - Preserved Lemons
Here's a great way to use up any excess lemons
4. Winter Work
Millie gets stuck into some winter gardening jobs
5. Beautiful Bark
Tino shows us some tree species that have gorgeous bark, providing beauty all year round
6. A Garden Salon
Costa is in Bondi visiting an eclectic garden verge that has been established with nothing more than cuttings and the hard work of a hairdresser and his two sons
7. FAQs - Kitchen Scraps Under Mulch | Watering in Winter
Jerry tells us whether it's possible to put kitchen scraps under mulch and Josh gives some tips on watering the garden in winter.

Gardening Australia ep.14 2017
Gardening Australia ep.14 2017

Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.1 - Shellfish

Celebrated chef Raymond Blanc welcomes the cameras back into his working Oxfordshire kitchen to share the culinary secrets he has collected and cherished over the past 35 years. The programme features a variety of recipes for cooks of all abilities that are inspiring and achievable.


In this episode Raymond shares his love of seafood, celebrating the best of British shellfish. To begin, a French favourite using a very British ingredient, moules mariniere made with sweet, plump mussels from Devon bathed in a heady garlic, wine and herb broth.

Next a spicy, seared squid salad served with colourful Provencal vegetables and crisp fennel. Sweet, juicy scallops are given an exotic twist, resting on a bed of silky cauliflower puree with spiced cauliflower bhajis and an aromatic curry oil.

For a finale fit for a king, Raymond prepares a feast of perfectly succulent Scottish lobster with a rich red pepper and cardamom jus and exquisite caviar pearls. And it's a first for Raymond as he visits a fishing village in Fife to join local fishermen on board as they trawl for lobsters.

Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.1 - Shellfish
Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets ep.1 - Shellfish

Gardeners' World ep.12 2017



There is an hour of gardens and gardening tonight, not only from Longmeadow but also the brand new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Set against a majestic backdrop, Joe Swift, Carol Klein and Adam Frost bring an exclusive look at the show. We meet leading designer Jo Thompson as she prepares her show garden with a difference.
In the Floral Pavilion, Carol finds pioneering plants that have shaped the gardens of today and garden designer Arit Anderson looks to the future - meeting the team behind a garden built for the changing climate. Back at Longmeadow, Monty provides the ubiquitous jobs for the weekend.

Gardeners' World ep.12 2017
Gardeners' World ep.12 2017

The Beechgrove Garden ep.11 2017

In the Beechgrove Garden it's fire and water as Carole and George don waders and climb into the pond to clear the blanketweed, while Jim also wages war on weeds with a new flamethrower.
Brian and George plant up a new alpine wall with blue and white plants that will create sky beyond the alpine mountains. Carole is in the water again as she visits Julia Young's unique garden in a quarry at Blebo Craigs, near Strathkinness, as Julia has a small rowing boat to weed and plant around the quarry.


What a beautiful summer’s day at Beechgrove this week and in the low maintenance garden, Jim, Carole and George were admiring the Viburnum and Azalea both flowering at once, illustrating what Carole had remarked on earlier in the season that there seemed to be a concertina effect with everything flowering at once.
At the start of the series we remarked on the concertina effect of bulbs – crocuses, daffodils and
some tulips all flowering at the same time. In the Driveway Garden, George claimed bragging
rights for the beautiful Meconopsis flowering there which he had planted last year. As well as the more common ‘Lingholm varieties’, there was also Meconopsis ‘Slieve Donard’ of Irish origin named after the mountains there. The variety ‘Mildred’ which is a slightly paler blue form has a number of different flower heads on one stem.
‘Marit’ is a white variety. George explained that after flowering they need to be fed. A thick layer of wellrotted farmyard manure or leaf mould should be put around the base of the plants to a depth of at least 4” They like cool, moist conditions. The seed heads should also be removed as we don’t want them to set seed. This means they will bulk up and flower for next year.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.11 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.11 2017

Gardening Australia ep.13 2017

Jerry gives tips on picking a palm; Josh shows how to make the most of tight garden spaces; Costa visits a stunning Canberra garden; Sophie gives some horticultural haircuts and Tino grows a green manure crop.


1. Picking a Palm
Jerry gives some great advice on how to pick the right palm for your garden
2. Soup and Salad
Jane plants some delicious winter treats - a soup pot and a salad bowl - to go by her back door for easy access to ingredients
3. FAQs - Worms in Compost | Best Mulch | Premium Potting Mixes
Millie tells us whether we should add worms to the compost, Tino explains what makes the best mulch and Jane tells us whether we should spend money on premium potting mix
4. Tight Spaces
Josh gives some clever planting tips on how you can make the most of small, tight spaces in the garden
5. Horticultural Haircuts
Sophie gives some of her grassy-leaved plants a bit of a post-summer haircut
6. Green Manure
Tino demonstrates a cheap, easy and fun way to improve soil quality - using a green manure crop
7. A Canberra Gem
Costa drops in on a gorgeous Canberra garden that is chocked to the brim with plants - truly a collector's delight!

Gardening Australia ep.13 2017
Gardening Australia ep.13 2017

Gardening Australia ep.12 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining gardeners around the world.
Millie shows how renters can quickly grow an established garden; John visits a garden with striking formal design; Indira explores a constructed wetland in Sydney; and Costa visits a community compost group.


1. Clean and Green
Jerry demonstrates why lifting, dividing and propagating a ginger in his garden helps to keep his hair shiny and manageable!
2. Excess Produce - No-wilt Leafy Greens!
We show you a great tip on how to keep greens like spring onions fresher for longer
3. Compact Formality
John visits a low maintenance garden in Melbourne that is striking for its formal, minimalistic, design
4. Wasteland to Wetland
Indira explores Sydney Park Wetlands, which has been transformed from a disused industrial site into an ecological heartland
5. Renters Rule!
Millie gives some tips on how renters can quickly grow a gorgeous, established garden even if you're on a short lease and a shoestring budget
6. Plant Profile - Archillea 'Moonshine'
We profile a gorgeous plant that suits all soil types and flowers all summer long
7. Waste Not, Want Not
Costa visits a volunteer-run, not-for-profit composting group who are turning community waste into community gold.

Gardening Australia ep.12 2017
Gardening Australia ep.12 2017

Gardening Australia ep.11 2017

Josh meets some volunteer gardeners who help the elderly; Tino makes a chilli pesticide; Costa explores native plants that are edible; Jerry Coleby-Williams talks about how his life revolves around plants.


1. My Garden Path - Jerry Coleby-Williams
Discover how plants have influenced every part of Jerry's life
2. Autumn Alliums
Sophie plants a variety of autumn alliums and gives some great tips on how to prolonging your harvest
3. Native Nibbles
Costa visits the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens to explore the surprising diversity of native plants that are edible
4. Helping Hands
Josh meets a group of volunteers in Perth who do gardening maintenance for the elderly and physically disabled, allowing them to stay in their homes and continue to enjoy their gardens
5. Plant Profile - Tree Echium
We profile a gorgeous plant that towers four metres high and is a great magnet for bees
6. Chilli Spray
Tino shows how easy it is to make a chilli pesticide using chillies and some everyday products from around the house
7. FAQs - Easy seed saving | Leaves as mulch | Tip Pruning
Tino demonstrates an easy seed to save, Millie gives some tips on how to use fallen leaves for mulch and Josh tells us why to tip prune.

Gardening Australia ep.11 2017
Gardening Australia ep.11 2017

The Beechgrove Garden ep.10 2017



The Beechgrove team take a break from the garden to be at Gardening Scotland, the biggest gardening show north of the border. The cream of British growers will be there, with everything from pansies to pelargoniums, and cacti to clematis in a stunning floral frenzy. We will see those who are growing for gold including those exhibits showing off their medals from last week's Chelsea Flower Show. Beechgrove will be concentrating on the Scottish talent and Scottish plants but we'll join them all for a sneak preview, as well as sampling the unique atmosphere of Gardening Scotland.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.10 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.10 2017

Gardeners' World ep.11 2017

 Monty gives advice on herbs which will grow happily in shade and has an unusual choice for his summer containers - bananas. Earlier this year, Monty paid a visit to Chatsworth House to find out about the history of the extensive grounds and gardens and also about the challenges of putting on its first RHS flower show in June 2017.


Flo Headlam visits a school where gardening is high on the curriculum and Nick Bailey shows us how we can build a pond in a weekend. We also meet the head gardener who manages a garden situated on a barge and discover how and what plants thrive in such extraordinary conditions.

Gardeners' World ep.11 2017
Gardeners' World ep.11 2017

Dream Gardens ep.8

Paul & Zoe want a garden to match their fabulous art deco home in Melbourne. But project managing the ambitious build themselves will take courage. Loved ones think they are crazy, can they prove their doubters wrong?



Join leading landscape designer Michael McCoy as he showcases some of Australia’s most lavish and magnificent gardens from the first spade hitting the ground to the incredible end result.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.8
Dream Gardens ep.8

Gardening Australia ep.10 2017

Indira checks out an urban green wall garden; Costa explores the vibrant native plants of Mt Penang; Tino uses leftover garden waste to create hot compost & John visits an elegant garden filled with pockets of green spaces.


1. Going Up
Indira visits journalist, Quentin Dempster, to check out how he's making the most of his tiny backyard by gardening in the only space available - up the walls!

2. Urban Elegance
John visits a sloping block that, with clever design, has been turned into a garden filled with pockets of private green spaces

3. Plant Profile - Kiwi Fruit
Tino gives some tips on growing kiwi fruit

4. Hot Compost
Got lots of garden waste leftover at the end of the growing season? Instead of putting it into landfill, Tino shows how it can be used to create soil-improving hot compost

5. Plant Profile - Chilean Jasmine
Sophie profiles a sweet-smelling, climbing flower that withstands the frosty Adelaide weather

6. Mt Penang
Costa heads to the NSW Central Coast to explore the vibrant range of native plants on show at Mt Penang Gardens

Gardening Australia ep.10 2017
Gardening Australia ep.10 2017

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.15 Final



Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift look back on the highlights of the week at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.15 Final
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.15 Final

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.14



Monty Don and Joe Swift look back at the highlights of their week at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.14
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.14

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.13

Monty Don and Joe Swift round up some of the week's events from the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We meet the winner of the coveted BBC RHS People's Choice Award.


This episode looks to the future of gardening and guest Ellie Harrison gives her tips and advice on gardening for wildlife.
Baroness Floella Benjamin shares her thoughts on encouraging our next generation of gardeners.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.13
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.13

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.12



Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift look at the highlights of the show. Carol Klein provides tips on plant trends of the future, Mary Berry reveals how to use edible flowers to decorate cakes, and the winner of the People's Choice award is announced.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.12
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.12

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.11



Nicki Chapman and James Wong choose their favourite gardens from the show. Griff Rhys Jones shares his passion for plants, and Rachel de Thame concludes her guide to creating the best borders.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.10

Monty Don and Joe Swift are back with more news from 2017's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, aided by Adam Frost, Nick Bailey, Rachel de Thame and Carol Klein. Monty takes an illuminating tour of the Artisan gardens at dusk.



Mary Berry gives a personal tour of her family garden before searching the show grounds for inspiration to take back home.

Newsnight anchor Kirsty Wark reveals how gardening is a perfect antidote to her day job.


The Beechgrove Garden ep.9 2017

It's bedding plant time and Jim, Carole and George are planting out a bevy of beautiful bedding in the Beechgrove Garden. Scotland's number one bedding plant is the begonia, and Carole checks on the progress of her fertiliser observation using begonias as the test plant.



Brian Cunningham responded to a cry for help from Susan Bulleid in Newton Mearns, who has a problematic dry shady spot under a mature beech tree. Brian uses the beech to its best advantage and creates a new woodland garden fit for purpose.

Carole visits Hamish and Sue MacIntosh in Balnabuel, near Dalcross airport. The couple have carved this one-acre mixed garden full of choice plants out of a fissure of land to create many growing environments.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.9



Nicki Chapman and James Wong celebrate the small show gardens and meet some of the medal-winning designers. Carol Klein, Rachel de Thame and Simon Lycett offer practical gardening and floristry advice from around the showground.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.8




It is day four of the BBC's coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Monty Don and Joe Swift are in the Great Pavilion with Carol Klein, celebrating the achievements of the exhibitors at 2017's show and revealing the winner of the highest accolade, the Diamond Jubilee Award.

Joe Swift interviews Kelly Brook and gets an exclusive look at her garden. Monty meets Sarah Raven and Tricia Guild.

On Wednesday evening, the online vote opens for viewers to d ecide which of this year's large show gardens should win the BBC RHS People's Choice Award.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.7



Nicki Chapman and James Wong look at the highlights from the show. Celebrity florist Simon Lycett teaches James Wong how to get more life out of the perfect bouquet, and Carol Klein continues her global tour of the Great Pavilion.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.6




It is medals day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Monty Don and Joe Swift reveal the show garden designs that have won a highly prized gold medal and talk to the designer who has won the prestigious Best Show Garden award.

Mary Berry focuses on cut flowers and fashion icon Nicole Farhi shares her passion for design and architecture.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.5




It is medals day - Nicki Chapman and James Wong join judges at the crack of dawn to discover who has won what. Carol Klein continues looking at plants of the world, focusing on Asia, while Anneka Rice reveals her gardening prowess.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.4



Monty Don and Joe Swift launch BBC2's week-long celebrations at 2017's RHS Chelsea Flower Show and share their first thoughts about the show gardens. They are joined by Adam Frost, Carol Klein, Juliet Sargeant and Frances Tophill, who bring you the very best from the most prestigious flower show in the world.
Joanna Lumley joins to share her long-held passion for plants.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.3




Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift present continued coverage of the event as members of the royal family visit the showground. Chris Evans and Mary Berry introduce the Radio 2 Feel Good Garden, dedicated to taste, and there is a look at some of the spectacular gardens and exhibits.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.2

Coverage of the yearly horticultural event held in London



Nicki Chapman and James Wong capture the buzz of the show's opening day as celebrities and VIPs descend on the event. Nicki and James talk to the Rich Brothers and meet the famous names behind the Radio 2 Feel Good Garden, dedicated to scent.Carol Klein embarks on world tour of plants in the Great Pavilion, beginning in Africa.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 ep.1



Coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show begins with a preview of the gardens and exhibits, before the event is officially open to visitors. Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift reveal how the show is put together in just three weeks.

Gardeners' World ep.10 2017

 There is work to be done around and in the pond this week and Monty Don also begins planting out his dahlias. Adding zing to the month of May is the euphorbia and Carol Klein visits Oxford Botanic garden to view their extensive collection. Mark Lane is in Hackney finding out how a car breaker's yard at the side of a Tudor National Trust property has been transformed into an award-winning garden used by the local community, while Adam Frost explains how to plant for structure in his herbaceous border.


Rachel de Thame visits a garden which has opened to the public every year for 90 years for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme, while Nick Bailey is in Devon where he discovers how a pond plant has now escaped into the countryside and is invading waterways. And we reveal the final candidate for our Golden Jubilee plant and open the vote.


The Beechgrove Garden ep.8 2017



We are a nation of houseplant givers and buyers but do we know how to care for them once home? Carole the houseplant doctor dispenses advice. On a similar theme, in the Beechgrove Garden, trying to keep our own house in order, Jim, George and Carole struggle to rescue some pot-bound camellias.

Jim is back visiting the inspirational Firpark School in Motherwell. Firpark has 150 pupils with a range of additional support needs and pupils learn to take produce from fork to fork from garden to bistro. And Carole visits Simon McPhun's deceptively informal cottage style garden near Huntly.


Gardeners' World ep.9 2017

There is a full hour of gardens and gardening from not only Longmeadow but also the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
Monty gets going on planting herbs in his new herb garden and gives advice on how to divide and move ornamental grasses, while Nick Bailey demonstrates a simple and easy way of making a pond.


 We meet the queen of herbs, Jekka McVicar, as she builds a herb garden at the Malvern Show and join Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Frances Tophill as they bring us the best from the floral marquee and show gardens. And Adam Frost explains why he has chosen a rose as his golden jubilee plant.




The Beechgrove Garden ep.7 2017

In the Beechgrove Garden, it's tomato time as Jim and Carole both start off their own tomato trials. Brian Cunningham is back at Beechgrove and he continues with the next phase of development for the alpine garden. George packs his loppers and cuts a dash to see Sheila Harper in Banchory. Sheila's garden boasts two old, unruly apple trees which George brings back down to earth.


Jim is visiting the inspirational Firpark School in Motherwell and finds that horticulture is at the very root of the school's success. Firpark has 150 pupils with a range of additional support needs, and pupils learn to take produce from fork to fork and from garden to bistro.

Pruning Apple Trees Sheila Harper in Banchory is living in a rented property with two magnificent, old and unpruned apple trees which now crop way above her head. Once upon a time they were trained as espaliers. George thought that given the size of trunk and size of branches, they may be somewhere between 70-90 years old. George carried out some very necessary pruning work to both balance and prolong the life of the trees. The top growth was reduced by around 1/2.
The results looked severe but George reassured Sheila that the trees would recover and that the shoots which would grow from the cut branches would need to be pruned back to half their length and thinned out next year.
The trees were just coming into growth at the time of pruning which was ideal as it gave George and Callum an indication of where it was possible to thin out and cut back the branches. George advised Sheila that the trees has just had a major operation and recommended feeding the trees with blood, fish and bone around the base in spring and autumn and keeping them watered to aid their recovery.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.7 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.7 2017


Dream Gardens ep.7

Justine and Greg are busy with three kids and high-pressure jobs that often take them away from home. It's their dream to have a garden sanctuary to escape, relax and recharge in. Can they find sanity from the insanity?


Join leading landscape designer Michael McCoy as he showcases some of Australia’s most lavish and magnificent gardens from the first spade hitting the ground to the incredible end result.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.7
Dream Gardens ep.7

Gardening Australia ep.9 2017

Sophie visits an historic garden property in the Adelaide Hills, Costa and Jane help build a garden that is accessible to everyone, Angus explores Sydney's Barangaroo reserve, and Millie makes a cubby out of plants.
Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining Australian gardeners around the world.


1. Barangaroo
Angus visits a former industrial site in Sydney that's been transformed into a naturalistic foreshore reserve
2. Planty Shanty
Millie shows how plants can be used to build a cubby house
3. Carrick Hill
Sophie visits one of Adelaide's favourite historic garden properties, Carrick Hill
4. Strawberry Patch Update
Tino gives an update on his strawberry patch experiment
5. A Garden for Everyone
Costa and Jane visit a group home and help create a garden that is accessible to everyone
6. Multiplying Plants
Josh shows how to divide grasses and clumping perennials.

Gardening Australia ep.9 2017
Gardening Australia ep.9 2017

Gardeners' World ep.8 2017

Monty gets to work in the cutting garden, plants his tomatoes and brings pots of citrus out of the greenhouse and into the garden for the summer. Carol Klein visits another of her gardening heroes, Penelope Hobhouse, and finds out about her lifetime of making grand gardens and how she has now created a low-maintenance haven for herself filled with foliage and colour in her small Somerset garden.



We meet Gill Bagshawe, who has filled her plot in the Peak District with raised beds to grow as many different cut flowers as she possibly can. And Alan Power extols the virtues of the Japanese maple as his choice of plant for the golden jubilee award.

Gardeners' World ep.8 2017
Gardeners' World ep.8 2017

The Beechgrove Garden ep.6 2017

 Jim has set up the 6 x 8 greenhouse in an almost exact replica of his own greenhouse at home and this week he's adding some half-hardy colour.Meanwhile, Carole trials a range of fertilisers using Scotland's number one bedding plant, the begonia, to see what if any difference adding fertiliser makes.Chris continues development of the new, old (Scottish) rose garden. It has been planted with every variety of rose, but they will all have to be able to cope with exposed Scottish conditions.  George visits Dr Tony Toft in his garden at Hermitage Gardens in Edinburgh, which is a showpiece display of unusual species mixed tastefully with specially commissioned pieces of art and sculpture.



A couple of year ago, Chris added some standard weeping roses to the side border of what was then the cutting garden. This week Chris is adding to the collection of roses using the 4 central rectangular beds. First though – some pruning of the now 2 year old weeping standard roses and the reason for leaving the pruning so late is so that the long stems have time to produce some growth and be weighed down so you get an idea of what wood to prune out (where the previous flowers were) and that which is dead diseased or frosted in this case.
Use sharp clean secateurs so as not to spread disease and take off the tips about 1cm above a good healthy bud, then go through the entire canopy. On the main trunk was a shoot of the root stock – the dog rose, this needs to be taken out as they would become way too vigorous and take over the plant.
Christhen fed them with a specialist rose feed and then watered it in. A layer (2 – 3cm deep) of well-rotted horse manure was then added around the base. In the four beds in the middle of the garden, Chris wanted to show some variation and diversity of types of rose but have a coherent theme.
The centre of beds were planted with species roses to provide height with varieties of ground covers and others to provide a kaleidoscope of colours and scents. The preparation of the beds for new roses is paramount. Roses like free draining soil, but a firm soil and ours was a bit too light and fluffy which would allow root rock, so to make the soil a bit heavier, Chris added well-rotted horse manure to the beds. This was forked in and the beds were tramped over the beds to firm up the soil to give the roots a good firm hold in the soil. To the planting holes he also added seaweed (kelp) meal and mycorrhizal fungi. Chris was planting the roses quite deep so the shoots are coming from ground level, as the current thinking is to plant roses slightly deeper as this will keep the roses in a healthy condition. It is essential in the first few months after planting to keep them really well watered.
At a later date, there will be under planting of herbaceous plants and bulbs to complement. We ordered our plants bare root, which is a cheaper way of adding to your plant collections and here in
Aberdeen we are just about at the end of the bare root season. Elsewhere you may have to buy container raised plants. If you are not ready to plant then you can heel them in to keep the roots as moist as possible. Heel right up to the crown of the plant. The roots will be vulnerable to drying out so keep them moist until you are ready to plant.
Chris featured a few favourite varieties:
A large centrepiece large shrub rose is Roseraie de L’Hay, with a wonderful fragrance. Very large, double flowers of rich crimson-purple with contrasting stamens. A vigorous, dense shrub. Completely reliable.
• Repeat Flowering
• Highly Fragrant
• Ideal for poor soil
A modern English Shrub rose is Munstead Woodc combining the old-fashioned bowl shaped roses with a sweet fragrance and long flowering of the modern rose. Ground cover is Kent, one of the County Series and a really good ground cover rose with double button white blooms. A new floribunda is Burgundy Ice. This is a relatively unusual plant derived from a well known rose called ‘Iceberg’ – This new one has all the vigour of Iceberg but with a burgundy tint.
These roses came from David Austin roses, and the information above is from their catalogue.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.6 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.6 2017


Gardeners' World ep.7 2017

Monty Don continues work in his courtyard, where he gives advice on plants which thrive on shady walls, sows root crops in the vegetable garden and catches up on work in his cottage garden.
Joe Swift pays a visit to a small-town garden to find out how an interior designer has transformed her outdoor space, and gives tips on how to bring elements of design into back gardens. The team meet Charles Dowding who, since the 1980s, has pioneered the practice of 'no dig' organic gardening. Plus Flo Headlam showcases her golden jubilee plant.



1. Planting : Roses
Roses can be expensive plants, but they last for many, many years and are easy to establish if you follow a few simple steps on planting and aftercare.
2. Climbers and wall shrubs for shade
North- or east-facing walls and fences often receive very little direct sunlight, but that doesn't mean you can't grow plants in these places. When choosing a climber or wall shrub for such a spot, choose one that can cope with cold and shady conditions.
3. Carrots
Carrots come in shapes and colours other than long and orange – look out for round carrots, as well as unusual colours such as red and yellow, there are even purple carrots.
Carrots can be grown in containers if you are short on space, or if your soil is heavy clay or very stony. Sow regularly for prolonged cropping.They freeze and store well too, but like most vegetables, carrots taste best freshly picked from the garden.
4. No-dig alternatives
Digging has many advantages; but it can take its toll on your back. Luckily there are 'no-dig' alternatives.
Gardeners' World ep.7 2017
Gardeners' World ep.7 2017

Gardeners' World ep.6 2017

Monty brings you a full hour of gardening for the Easter weekend. From sowing summer vegetables and soft fruit planting to propagating and pruning, as well as jobs to tackle over the long weekend, there is plenty of inspiration.If your gardening plans only extend to tidying up the lawn, Nick Bailey gets to grips with an unpromising patch of grass and gives his tips on how achieve a luscious lawn. We return to Adam Frost's garden as he starts to transform a herbaceous border and gives his advice on how to rid borders of bindweed. And we meet Roger Butler, who grows over one hundred varieties of hydrangea at his nursery in Kent.



Carol continues her series on her gardening heroes when she visits Waterperry Gardens to find out about the legacy of Beatrix Havergal, Frances Tophill selects her golden jubilee plant, and Flo Headlam visits a garden centre in Manchester which is run by the local community.

1. Lawns: spring and summer care
At this time of year, the lawn is actively growing and requires feeding, moss-killing, weeding and regular mowing. Spring is also a suitable time to over-seed sparse areas.
2. Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are popular garden shrubs with delicate heads of flowers in shades of pink, white or blue and pretty autumn colour and leaf shape. The mophead and lace-cap hydrangeas are most well-known for their ability to change colour in different soils.
3. Grow Your Own: Courgettes
Courgettes are so easy to grow – and you get so many courgettes from each plant – expect three or four a week if you grow your own!
Courgette plants do like to spread out (about a square metre/yard each) but you can always plant them in big pots or growing bags if you’re short of space.

Gardeners' World ep.6 2017
Gardeners' World ep.6 2017

Gardeners' World ep.5 2017

Monty gives his advice on the best apples and pears to grow in small spaces when he begins to plant up his new fruit garden and gets on with planning for colour when he plants summer flowering bulbs.
As April gets underway, Carol Klein chooses the humble primrose as her plant of the month, and we meet a couple from Yorkshire who have a passion for growing fruit and have filled their garden with over 100 fruit trees.And as part of the programme's 50th anniversary, Joe Swift makes the case for his golden jubilee plant, the one he thinks has had the most impact on British gardens over the last half century.



1. Grow Your Own: Broccoli
Broccoli has had a resurgence in popularity – for its high vitamin content and anti-cancer agents. It is a fast-growing and easy-to-grow crop, producing bluish-green heads that are harvested in the summer or autumn, depending on the time it is sown. The sprouting types – white or purple sprouting – are hardy and overwintered for harvest in spring, filling the gap between sprouts and spring cabbage.
2. Apples and pears: growing and training as cordons
Cordons allow you to grow a useful amount of fruit in even a small garden. Cordon training is suitable for all apples and pears that bear fruit on short side shoots (spur-bearing).
3. Growing in containers: Lilies
Lilies grow well in containers, where they can be positioned for maximum effect in the garden. It's a great way to grow these stunning plants, especially if you can't grow them in your garden.
4. Ornamental grasses: cutting back
Ornamental grasses fall into two main groups, evergreen and deciduous. Deciduous grasses need cutting back annually so that they will look their best. Evergreens just require a tidy-up.
5. Grow Your Own: Rhubarb
Rhubarb is an attractive hardy perennial with large leaves and pink, red or greenish leaf stalks that are used as a dessert, often in pies and crumbles. Stems are usually picked in spring, but plants can be covered with pots to produce an early crop of blanched stalks in late winter. The flavour of rhubarb varies in sweetness depending on the age of the stems.

Gardeners' World ep.5 2017
Gardeners' World ep.5 2017

Gardeners' World ep.4 2017

This week at Longmeadow, Monty begins a brand new project when he starts a new soft fruit garden. He also plants new potatoes and divides herbaceous plants in the jewel garden.
Frances visits an extraordinary tropical garden in Barbados which was developed from a collapsed cave, and we meet Chris Baines, a legend of gardening for wildlife, in his own small town garden.
And as part of the programme's 50th anniversary, Mark Lane offers his choice of the plant he thinks has had the most impact on British gardens over the last half century.


1. Bromeliads
The family Bromeliaceea are epiphytes originating from the southern United States, South America and West Indies, where they grow on trees, stumps and decaying branches. Their colourful bracts last several months, making them ideal house plants, particularly for a warm conservatory or glasshouse.
2. Air layering of plants
Air layering is a method of propagating new trees and shrubs from stems still attached to the parent plant. The stem is wrapped with damp moss to encourage roots to form.
3. Grow your own : Potatoes
Potatoes are hugely versatile and are a staple ingredient of many meals in one form or another - boiled, mashed, chipped or baked. Potatoes are classified as being either earliest or main crops. Early potatoes are ready to harvest much sooner than main crops and are what we call new potatoes. Main crop potatoes are in the ground a lot longer, they have a better yield and produce larger tubers (potatoes).
4. Gooseberries, red and white currants
Gooseberries, red and white currants are easy-to-grow soft fruits that cope with a wide range of soil conditions. They crop best in a sunny position, but will tolerate partial shade.
5. Encourage wildlife to your garden
Increasing the biodiversity of your plot doesn't have to be hard, or compromise the way your garden looks.

Gardeners' World ep.4 2017
Gardeners' World ep.4 2017


Gardeners' World ep.3 2017

Monty starts his plans for his revamped courtyard garden when he plants bare root trees and gives advice on climbers which will thrive on east-facing walls.Nick Bailey explores the strange world of lichens and finds out how these plants grow and thrive on trees, wood and stone, and Frances Tophill meets the enthusiastic gardeners of Barbados who fill their gardens, however small, with colour, foliage and world-class flowers.And as part of the programme's 50th anniversary, Rachel de Thame reveals the plant she thinks has had the most impact on British gardens over the last half century.



Gardening tips:
1. Pleached walks, tunnels and arbours
Pleaching is a method of training trees to produce a narrow screen or hedge by tying in and interlacing flexible young shoots along a supporting framework. Use this technique to make walks, arbours, tunnels and arches.
2. Planting: Trees and shrubs
Planting new trees and shrubs is not a difficult job, but one to get right, if you want your new plants to have the best start in life. The most important considerations are root health, weather, soil conditions and aftercare.
3. Grow Your Own: Tomatoes
Growing your own tomatoes is simple and just a couple of plants will reward you with plenty of delicious tomatoes in the summer. There are all kinds of tomatoes to try, from the tiniest cherry types, favourites with children, through to full-flavoured giant beefsteak tomatoes. Tomatoes come in all kinds of colours too.
4. Sowing indoors:
Sowing seeds indoors allows tender plants to be started off earlier in the season. When they have grown into young plants, they can be planted outside in the garden or vegetable plot once the weather is warm enough.

Gardeners' World ep.3 2017
Gardeners' World ep.3 2017