Gardeners' World ep.21 2017

   As Monty starts to bring in the tastiest of the summer harvest, he is planning for the months ahead as he gives advice on what to sow now to keep the crops coming up to the end of autumn. He also plans for next spring when he gives tips on saving money by propagating perennials.


  Carol Klein visits a lady who is losing her eyesight and helps her organise her confused borders and give her recommendations of plants which will be a feast for her senses. Joe Swift takes a close look of the design of a contemporary country garden and Nick Bailey travels to an Essex village to meet a bunch of enthusiastic villagers who are using their gardens to help in the revival and preservation of the historic Pemberton roses.

Gardeners' World ep.21 2017
Gardeners' World ep.21 2017

Arit Anderson meets a gardener who is looking to the future in the design and planting of his extraordinary garden and we pay a second visit to Wales to catch up with Shaish Alam to find out how his crops have been faring in his newly planted field.

      

The Beechgrove Garden ep.18 2017

In the Beechgrove Garden, Carole and George have a tough job of taste testing the new super-sweet tomatoes and thin-skinned cucumbers in the tender veg polytunnel. Jim visits Glasgow Botanic Gardens - now in their 200th year of existence - to see how the new young gardeners of Glasgow are being trained through a unique apprenticeship scheme.


George is in his horticultural element as he visits Rosa Steppanova in Lea Garden at Tresta on Shetland. This extraordinary garden is 12 hours and 200 miles by sea from Beechgrove, and yet it is an astounding display of plants from all around the world.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.18 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.18 2017

Love Your Garden Ep.8- Series 7 2017

Alan Titchmarsh and his team transform an area of Blackpool Zoo for live-in keeper John Paul who resides there full-time, creating a private retreat for the zoo's dedicated keepers.


Alan and the team fill the space with animal and wildlife friendly ideas, and share tips on clever ways to create privacy without building walls and fences.

Love Your Garden Ep.8- Series 7 2017
Love Your Garden Ep.8- Series 7 2017

Gardeners' World ep.20 2017

  Gardening show packed with good ideas, tips, advice from experts and timely reminders to get the most out of your garden, whatever its size or type


  Monty Don gives advice on how to cut and maintain hedges as well as giving ideas on growing fruit in pots. Carol Klein chooses varieties of late-flowering clematis as her plant of the month, Nick Bailey travels to the southern tip of Cornwall to seek out a plant which escaped from our gardens and is now threatening rare and native plants, and Adam Frost uncovers the secrets of successful planting combinations in an Oxfordshire garden.




    Mark Lane joins the enthusiasts who have lovingly restored a walled garden in Warwick as they open their gates to the public for the first time, and we visit a garden in Yorkshire where foliage and not flowers are of paramount importance.
Gardeners' World ep.20 2017
Gardeners' World ep.20 2017   

Love Your Garden Ep.7 - Series 7 2017

Alan Titchmarsh and his team head to Hythe to create a sensory outdoor space for a four-year-old girl with severely limited vision, who will one day go completely blind.


The team transform the family's current bland garden into a safe family haven where little Isabelle can learn about the outside world in a comfortable environment.

 Love Your Garden Ep.7 - Series 7 2017
 Love Your Garden Ep.7 - Series 7 2017

Gardening Australia ep.23 2017

Jane visits a chestnut grove in the Victorian high country; Costa shows us some winter-flowering natives; Tino prunes some fruit trees and Jerry propagates some unusual edible perennial plants.


1. Cooking Chestnuts
Jane learns how to make chestnut flour
2. Why is pH so Important?
Millie checks the pH of her soil and shows why it is such an important test to do
3. Nuts about Nuts
Jane visits a beautiful chestnut and hazelnut grove in Victoria's high country
4. FAQs - Daffodils | Feeding Lemon Trees | Persimmon
Josh, Sophie and Tino answer some frequently asked gardening questions
5. Local Colour
Costa takes a look at an impressive array of winter flowering natives
6. Edible Perennials
Jerry propagates some of his unusual food plants
7. Pruning Fruit Trees
Tino shows us how to prune a pomegranate, a youngberry and a quince tree

Gardening Australia ep.23 2017
Gardening Australia ep.23 2017

Gardeners' World ep.19 2017

There are plans for propagating and planting at Longmeadow this week when Monty Don plants up a new bed of irises and takes pelargonium cuttings.


Nick Bailey brightens up a dull and shady space at the side of a terraced house and gives advice on plants that will thrive, Carol Klein pays the first of two visits to West Yorkshire to meet a couple whose outstanding planting has resulted in a garden full of late summer interest and Joe Swift takes a close look at a sloping and shady town garden to find out how the owner has designed this difficult space.



We also meet a gardener in Dorset who took on the challenge of an overgrown coastal garden to create an Italianate idyll and take an in-depth look at one of the most colourful of summer stalwarts - the pelargonium.
Gardeners' World ep.19 2017
Gardeners' World ep.19 2017

The Sweet Makers ep.3

Four modern-day confectioners use original recipes to recreate a Victorian sweet shop and discover how the quest to satisfy the national sweet tooth transformed Britain. They come under pressure as small-time players trying to compete in a tough new world completely altered by the industrial revolution and the dawn of mass production. Guided by food historian Dr Annie Gray and social historian Emma Dabiri, he 21st-century sweetmakers are in their own workshop in Blists Hill, Shropshire, to experience first-hand the life of confectioners in late 19th- and early 20th-century England - a time when children finally got their hands on chocolate and the brands that we still know and love today were dreamt up. Cheap sugar meant sweets for every class in society for the first time, so everything the team make across four days in the kitchen forms part of the stock for their shop.


The confectioners use period equipment, original recipes and authentic ingredients. They are Paul A Young, who runs two boutique chocolate shops in London, Cynthia Stroud, a bespoke wedding cake decorator, Diana Short, who owns her own chocolate company, and sweet consultant Andy Baxendale, whose first job in the industry was in the Chewits factory. They each bring a unique set of skills and experience to the job - but they will quickly come to appreciate the immense skill of their confectionery predecessors.

Wrestling with unfamiliar equipment - from drop rollers for moulding boiled sweets, the first rotating pans, fiddly starch trays to some extraordinary Easter animal moulds - tests the confectioners' skills and ingenuity to the limit. They discover how the sugar they worked with changed from slave-produced cane sugar to the European sugar beet and the huge impact of eating chocolate. And they see their own status change and decline from earlier time periods as the pressure now is about producing cheap treats in bulk not crafting artistic delights by hand.

Dr Annie Gray is their guide to the unfamiliar recipes and ingredients - everything from the original fruit pastilles recipes to adulterated paraffin wax toffees and beautiful fancy boxes which cost more than the average weekly food budget of a working family. Emma Dabiri helps the confectioners understand the harsh competition smaller companies faced with the establishment of the huge Quaker brands such as Rowntrees, Frys and Cadburys and the boom in confectionery factories. Chocolatier Paul is visibly moved by the letters from the First World War trenches, a stark reminder of how precious chocolate was to soldiers who were far from home, and they are staggered to discover that the first animated advert was for a Rowntrees bar.

Their new urban customers were sugar addicts who burnt thousands of calories in the factories. They wanted a range of cheap and delicious treats so they have to produce more than they have ever done before, working longer hours at a time when profit margins were tight. They go all out for their Easter display - making a vast decorated egg, chocolate fish and other animals. Annie and Emma are impressed with the incredible array of sweets they manage to make, from rose rock and lemon drops to barley sugar twists, fruit pastilles and creamy toffees to chocolate fancy boxes and eggs. Their young customers can't eat them quickly enough and an Easter egg hunt tops it off.

They have triumphed in the difficult world of mass production and seen the birth of the big brands that we still recognise today. It has been an extraordinary journey through more than 350 years of the confectionery, and they are the product of the men and women who came before them.

The Sweet Makers ep.3
The Sweet Makers ep.3


Love Your Garden Ep.6 - Series 7 2017

   Alan Titchmarsh and the team head to Southampton to turn a featureless suburban back garden into a super-stylish contemporary outdoor space.
 The garden is for the Jordan family who are coping with the loss of a devoted mother and wife.  Shelly-Ann died of cancer in April 2016 aged just 39 leaving husband Tony and their two children Tyler (17) and Amelia (12).


 Shelly desperately wanted to create a garden for her children to enjoy with their friends and family but died before she could make this dream a reality.
 Alan, Katie, Frances and David – take on the challenge of creating a garden that will both appeal to teens and tweens, keep their mother’s memory alive and help the whole family through the still very raw grieving process.
 They pack the space with wonderful ideas and use gorgeous planting to make it one of the most striking gardens of the series.

Love Your Garden Ep.6 - Series 7 2017
Love Your Garden Ep.6 - Series 7 2017

The Beechgrove Garden ep.17 2017

Scotland's favourite gardening programme.


In the Beechgrove garden, Jim and Carole enjoy a red cabbage success story. Chris plants a range of hostas in the Beechgrove cottage garden. Since hostas are usually tasty morsels for slugs and snails, Chris also tries out a range of preventative measures. George visits Fiona and Euan Smith's garden at Kierfiold House on Orkney. The garden is a lesson on how creating shelter allows for planting in exposed conditions and is home to a large collection of hardy geraniums.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.17 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.17 2017

Gardening Australia ep.22 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining gardeners around the world. Josh visits a magnificent forest; Sophie gets some rose-pruning advice from an expert; Costa helps out with some tree planting and guest presenter Carolyn Blackman shows us a garden designed for multiple uses.


1. Potting up Prickles
Millie shows us how to pot up a cactus without getting hurt
2. Principles of Pruning
Sophie gets some essential pruning advice from a young rose pruner
3. A Design for Life
Guest presenter Carolyn Blackman gives us her top tips for designing a garden for an active family
4. Walking with Giants
Josh visits a very special forest of ancient and beautiful tingle trees in WA's Walpole Wilderness Area
5. Excess Produce - Josh's Sauerkraut
We show you how to make sauerkraut from excess cabbage
6. Future Forests
Costa joins a revegetation team for National Tree Week to help restore some former farmland
7. Poor Man's Capers
Tino gives us an idea for nasturtium seed pods

Gardening Australia ep.22 2017
Gardening Australia ep.22 2017

Gardeners' World ep.18 2017

At the height of summer, it is time to ensure that fruits and vegetables are given attention to ensure maximum cropping. Monty Don gives advice on the summer pruning of fruit trees, as well as showing how to get the best from tomatoes and chillies. He also recommends plants which will carry on flowering into autumn.


Carol Klein meets one of her gardening heroes, Roy Lancaster, and joins him as he reminisces on his life and explains his passion for plants. Nick Bailey is on the trail of some more alien invaders to our gardens, and we travel to Wales to meet a chef who has taken on a field in which to grow vegetables.

    

Monty pays a visit to an extraordinary garden in Berkshire and we continue our 50-year celebrations when Rachel de Thame reflects back on how we used to garden 50 years ago. Joe Swift and Flo Headlam begin an exciting new project to celebrate our golden anniversary when they help a community create a garden in Wiltshire.

Gardeners' World ep.18 2017
Gardeners' World ep.18 2017

The Beechgrove Garden ep.16 2017

The whole Beechgrove team are on the ferry to the Orkney Isles this week. Famously a place of only two seasons, 18 hours of light or 18 hours of dark, with constant winds but mild and with little or no frost.


The assumption always is that nothing much grows on Orkney in those conditions, but Jim, Carole and George find that is far from the case as they discover the determined gardeners of Orkney and how much they have achieved, to the extent that there is a thriving Orkney Garden Festival across the islands.
Jim, Carole and George host a Beechgrove Gardeners' question and answer session in Kirkwall and visit a host of good gardens on South Ronaldsay.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.16 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.16 2017

The Sweet Makers ep.2

 Four modern-day confectioners use original recipes to recreate a Georgian shop and a stunning dessert course and discover how the quest to satisfy our national sweet tooth transformed Britain. Guided by food historian Dr Annie Gray and social historian Emma Dabiri, our 21st-century sweetmakers are in Bath to experience first-hand the life of confectioners in late 18th- and early 19th-century England - a time when the wealth from the sugar plantations of the Caribbean had made Britain rich and Bath's residents were making a fortune from the slave trade. They are now catering to the wealthy middle classes who could spend up to the modern equivalent of A £2,000 on a bespoke dessert course to dazzle their guests. Every dish the team make across four days in the kitchen forms part of the stock for their shop and this spectacular final course at one of the most famous addresses in Bath, the Royal Crescent. Our confectioners use period equipment such as Georgian ice chests, sorbetieres and beautiful pewter moulds, original recipes and authentic ingredients and create dishes that haven't been made, let alone tasted, for hundreds of years.


The four confectioners are Paul A Young, who runs two boutique chocolate shops in London, Cynthia Stroud, a bespoke wedding cake decorator, Diana Short, who owns her own chocolate company, and sweet consultant Andy Baxendale, whose first job in the industry was in the Chewitts factory. They each bring a unique set of skills and experience to the job - but they quickly come to appreciate the immense skill of their confectionery predecessors.

They discover how the art of the confectioner peaked in the Georgian era as wealthy customers and abundant sugar supplies from the plantations allowed them to experiment with all of the latest fashions from Italy and France. Andy blows sugar as chemistry catches up with confectionery, and they learn the Georgian trick of adding salt to their ice to freeze ice cream. Celebrity confectioners such as Domenico Negri, who ran the most fashionable shop in Berkeley Square, and Marie Antoine Careme, the man the royal family lured over from Europe for a vast salary, are their inspiration now.

While Dr Annie Gray is their guide to the unfamiliar recipes and ingredients - everything from the calves-feet gelatine for their eccentric bird's nest jelly to the parmesan ice cream they whip up by hand after bashing their own ice - Emma Dabiri helps the confectioners understand the vital role the sugar trade played in enriching the nation and the grim business of plantation life. Emma travels to Barbados to explore the legacy of our sugar obsession - and sees the slave lists of the men, women and children who worked at one of the oldest plantations in the Caribbean.

Back in Bath, the confectioners are visibly moved by a horrific account of the punishments given to those who interrupted this business. They are delighted, though, to learn about the first ethical revolt by consumers who supported the sugar boycott of slave-produced cane and the fight by abolitionists such as ceramicist Josiah Wedgwood, who successfully campaigned to end the British slave trade. The dessert course was delivered by confectioners to private homes and laid out with precision. It was a chance for the host to impress their guests and visual spectacle was key. But with so much money at stake, the pressure builds in the kitchen as they use all of the Georgian sugar skills to put together an incredible edible landscape inspired by Capability Brown. As they carefully place their marzipan base, sugared trees, spun-sugar waterfall and nougatine boulders, disaster strikes and the crystal lake cracks. Thankfully they manage to cover up the telltale crack and deliver the goods!

Annie and Emma are impressed with the incredible array of sugary dishes that the confectioners pull off, from parmesan ice cream to beautifully moulded chocolate and lemon ices, French bon bons to jellied fish in a pond and a jelly bird's nest. Everything the confectioners create is edible, including an extraordinary landscape centrepiece. The guests are delighted and the confectioners declare themselves in love with the elegant and playful Georgian age.

The Sweet Makers ep.2
The Sweet Makers ep.2

Love Your Garden Ep.5 - Series 7 2017

  Alan Titchmarsh travels around the country seeking out some of Britain's loveliest domestic gardens, focusing on the wonderful outdoor living spaces created by ordinary Britons.


  Alan and the team surprise a 93-year-old veteran from WW2. Jack King was a Japanese prisoner of war on the infamous Thailand Burma railway. He is now a widower and wants to revive the beautiful garden he shared with his wife Audrey. Jack is also a passionate painter who longs to access the studio he built himself at the end of his garden. Sadly this garden has become a no go area for Jack.
  The team work hard to create a beautiful garden full of happy memories, art and a stunning new studio that Jack is able to access easily.

Love Your Garden Ep.5 - Series 7 2017
Love Your Garden Ep.5 - Series 7 2017

Gardening Australia ep.21 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining gardeners around the world.
Jerry meets a couple passionate about cycads; Costa visits an unconventional suburban garden; Millie plants some fruit trees and Jane shares her gardening story.


1. An Unconventional Garden
Costa visits a suburban garden with plenty of personality and quirk
2. Double Delight
Jerry visits a couple who meld their passions for cycads and bromeliads in one beautiful garden
3. Coriander for Life
Tino shows us how we can have coriander forever!
4. Low Maintenance Zone
Josh plants some natives that will do well in a hot, dry spot in his garden
5. My Garden Path - Jane Edmanson
Jane shares her gardening story with us, from shy school girl to Gardening Australia presenter
6. Fruitful Planting
Millie makes the most of winter and plants a variety of fruit trees
7. Plant Profile - Aloes
Sophie profiles some of her favourite Aloes

Gardening Australia ep.21 2017
Gardening Australia ep.21 2017

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park ep.2 2017

   More highlights from the RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park, as Monty Don, Joe Swift and the team review the gardens created by the finalists in the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition and reveal the winners of the prestigious Best Show Garden and Best Back to Back Garden.


  Arit Anderson looks at a garden designed to adapt to our changing climate, whilst Carol Klein investigates the rise of cacti and succulents as the must-have house plants. And Monty and Joe take a fun trip down Bus Stop Boulevard to choose their favourite of the revamped bus shelters making their debut at this year's show.
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park ep.2 2017
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park ep.2 2017

The Beechgrove Garden ep.15 2017

 Life is a way more than a bowl of cherries at Beechgrove this week as Jim and Carole harvest bucketfuls of ripe cherries in the fruit house.


Carole visits two passionate showers and growers who are entering the Dundee Flower Show. Alistair Gray in Brechin is a show vegetable grower and winner of the 2016 World Potato Championship, while Bruce McLeod in Meigle grows champion chrysanthemums.
Jim visits Philip and Marianne Santer at Langley Park near Montrose. With little previous gardening experience, they have reclaimed the long-neglected garden to create a haven of colour. To their amazement and delight, the garden has been attracting visitors to what they call their little piece of paradise.
The Beechgrove Garden ep.15 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.15 2017

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park ep.1 2017

Monty Don and Joe Swift host the first of two visits to the RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park in Cheshire, with Carol Klein, Toby Buckland and Arit Anderson.


 The team explore the diverse range of show gardens including the ingenious designs for the compact 'back to backs'. Carol celebrates the late summer flowering displays in the floral marquee and shares her guide to getting the best out of your hydrangeas. Monty hails horticulture's next generation of planters and landscapers and Joe quizzes champion growers for the secrets to producing perfect summer fruit and veg.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park ep.1 2017
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park ep.1 2017

The Sweet Makers ep.1

Four modern confectioners recreate the treats of the past, from a Tudor sugar banquet to giant Easter eggs, and discover the roots of our national sweet tooth.


Four modern-day confectioners step back in time to discover what life was like for their Tudor predecessors. They explore how our national sweet tooth developed as the tables of the aristocracy now boasted fantastic displays of sugarcraft to show off their wealth and status. The sweetmakers also explore the negative side of the introduction of sugar to the Tudor lifestyle, including the impact on teeth and fuelling our involvement in the most shameful chapters in British history - the slave trade.

Guided by food historian Dr Annie Gray and social historian Emma Dabiri, our modern professionals are entering the world of the 16th-century confectioner - a time when sugar was believed to have medicinal qualities and was so valuable it was kept under lock and key. Sugar was the preserve of the elite so every dish the team makes forms part of an elaborate aristocratic sugar banquet.

Our confectioners are chocolatier Paul A Young, wedding cake designer Cynthia Stroud, sweet consultant Andy Baxendale and chocolatier Diana Short. They spend four days using original recipes, ingredients and equipment to create dishes that haven't been made, let alone tasted, for hundreds of years.

Their final lavish sugar banquet includes candied roses (believed to cure gonorrhea), a sweet candied root that was considered to be a Tudor aphrodisiac, sugar plates and goblets, gorgeously decorated marzipan and a spectacular model banqueting house made entirely of sugar.

The Sweet Makers ep.1
The Sweet Makers ep.1 

Love Your Garden Ep.4 - Series 7 2017

 This week Alan and the team create a garden like no other they've done before.
 The team head to Shrewsbury in Shropshire to meet Air Ambulance heroine Gina Constable.  The former nurse's dedication to this vital life-saving service is unprecedented. For over 21 years she has helped raise more than a quarter of a million pounds - a figure which works out at over 100 life-saving air ambulance missions.


  To this day, despite crippling arthritis, she remains one of the Services most dedicated fundraisers and will often take her mind off her painful joints by knitting charity soft toys - even through the night.Inspired by the wishes of her late husband Tony, who was equally dedicated to fundraising for the Air Ambulance, the Love Your Garden team build her a breathtaking Japanese garden.
 The team share the tricks to creating a little piece of Japan in your own back yard - from transforming a run-down summerhouse into an authentic Japanese Tea House, to creating cloud-pruned trees and the low down on planting and caring for Japanese maples. The attention to detail is exceptional.

Love Your Garden Ep.4 - Series 7 2017
Love Your Garden Ep.4 - Series 7 2017

Gardeners' World ep.17 2017

 Monty visits a floral paradise just outside Dublin to discover how plantsman Jimi Blake fills his garden with flora for free. Monty also gives advice on what to sow now in the veg garden.


 Adam Frost is on the hunt for some clever design ideas in a garden in Littlehampton, while Nick Bailey shows how to transform a bland patio into a space that looks and smells incredible at twilight. Mark Lane travels to Oldham to visit a newly opened Maggie's Centre and Carol Klein reveals her highly fragrant plant of the month.

     

1. Vegetables in containers
Planting vegetables in containers is a versatile way of growing edible crops in the garden, particularly where space is limited.
2. Cut and come again salads
Produce your own mixed salads by growing a range of leafy salads and vegetables that can be cut and will then sprout (come) again. Harvesting the young leaves when you need them prevents plants from maturing and ensures several harvests of small, tender, mild-flavoured leaves over a long period of time.
3. Trees for smaller gardens
There are many trees widely available for smaller gardens, in all shapes and sizes, evergreen and deciduous. Given that many of us have limited space in which to garden, it becomes important that any trees chosen are right for their surroundings, in terms of proportion as well as for their decorative value.
4. Grapes: indoor cultivation 
Although some varieties of dessert grapes can be grown successfully outdoors, they are more successful under glass, even in warmer locations. With a little attention to watering, feeding, pruning and training, it is possible to get a good crop year after year.

Gardeners' World ep.17 2017
Gardeners' World ep.17 2017






 

Gardening Australia ep.20 2017

Tino gets some tips on growing organic apples; Sophie builds an unusual home for native bees; Costa grows a tea garden and guest presenter Carolyn tells you where to start when creating a garden from scratch.


1. Plant Profile - Hooker's Banksia
This native shrub produces magnificent flowers that look great in the garden or as a cut flower
2. Getting Started
Guest presenter Carolyn Blackman shows us where to start when planting a garden from scratch
3. Saving Eggplant Seed
Jerry gives us a useful seed-saving tip
4. Bee Hotel
Sophie turns an old television into a home for native bees
5. Andrew's Apples
Tino get some tips from an organic apple grower
6. FAQs - Lumpy Lemon Tree | Indoor Herbs
Jane and Sophie answer two commonly asked gardening questions.
7. Training a Climber
Millie shows us how to train a climber to properly cover a wall
8. Tea Thyme
Costa plants a garden for making different types of tea

Gardening Australia ep.20 2017
Gardening Australia ep.20 2017

Love Your Garden Ep.3 - Series 7 2017



 The team head to Chandlers Ford in Hampshire to help the Richardson family, who are facing a very difficult future. Father of two Jason survives only by the means of a portable external machine which keeps his heart working and three weekly sessions of kidney dialysis. The whole family are now tied to their home and desperately need an outdoor space on their doorstep that can become an escape.

Love Your Garden Ep.3 - Series 7 2017
Love Your Garden Ep.3 - Series 7 2017

Gardeners' World ep.16 2017



As the garden reaches its peak of summer perfection, Monty gives advice on how to prune summer flowering shrubs, maintain the floral display and plans for autumn flowers. He also makes a return visit to Dublin to find out how world-renowned plantswoman Helen Dillon is progressing in her new garden.

Gardeners' World ep.16 2017


Joe Swift shows how good design should not hinder challenging conditions when he visits a garden in Kent, Rachel de Thame explores the vital role of scent in wild flowers and the insects that visit them, and we find out about the work of one extraordinary dahlia enthusiast. Nick Bailey has designs on a weekend project which will transform a front garden into a beautiful and practical space, and we meet a passionate gardener who has filled her small Cumbrian garden with 40 different varieties of wisteria.

         

The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn

 The British back garden is a familiar setting, but underneath the peonies and petunias is a much wilder hidden world, a miniature Serengeti, with beauty and brutality in equal measure. In this documentary, Chris Packham and a team of wildlife experts spend an entire year exploring every inch of a series of interlinked back gardens in Welwyn Garden City. They want to answer a fundamental question: how much wildlife lives beyond our back doors? How good for wildlife is the great British garden?


 Through all four seasons, Chris reveals a stranger side to some of our more familiar garden residents. In summer he meets a very modern family of foxes - with a single dad in charge - and finds that a single fox litter can have up to five different fathers. In winter he shows that a robin's red breast is actually war paint. And finally, in spring he finds a boiling ball of frisky frogs in a once-in-a-year mating frenzy.
The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn
The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn
 The secret lives of the gardens' smallest residents are even weirder. The team finds male crickets that bribe females with food during sex, spiders that change colour to help catch prey, and life-and-death battles going on under our noses in the compost heap.

 So how many different species call our gardens home? How well do our gardens support wildlife? By the end of the year, with the help of a crack team from London's Natural History Museum and some of the country's top naturalists, Chris will find out. He'll also discover which type of garden attracts the most wildlife. The results are not what you might expect... You'll never look at your garden in quite the same way again.

Gardening Australia ep.19 2017

Tino visits a colourful garden, Sophie gets stuck into pruning, Costa visits an award winning garden, Angus profiles native groundcovers and we meet a botanical photographic artist.


1. A Small Water Garden
John creates a water garden using native aquatic plants
2. Plant Profile - Eucalyptus caesia
Want an elegant native tree for the garden? It's hard to go past the Silver Princess
3. Bring in the Bees
Costa recommends some flowers that are sure to attract pollinating bees
4. Excess Produce - Chilli Oil
Find out how to use excess chillies to flavour olive oil
5. Persian Carpet
Josh visits an enthusiastic gardener who has transformed his suburban block and adjoining verge into an eclectic mix of plants
6. Raspberries and Rhubarb
Millie gets stuck into some seasonal propagating in her vegie patch

Gardening Australia ep.19 2017
Gardening Australia ep.19 2017

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ep.3 2017

Monty Don, Joe Swift and the team continue their tour of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Arit Anderson and Mark Lane take a look at the show gardens designed to deliver powerful messages, whilst Montymeets the designer who is greening up Britain's brownfield spaces. Nick Bailey investigates how best to care for orchids and Toby Buckland showcases the best house plants at the show. 


Carol Klein reveals the pollinators best suited to British gardens, whilst Rachel de Thame meets the team putting Australasian plants on the map here in the UK. Adam Frost concludes his masterclass on how plants can maximise your own garden's design credentials.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ep.3 2017
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ep.3 2017

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ep.2 2017

Monty Don and Joe Swift are joined by Carol Klein, Rachel De Thame, Adam Frost, Toby Buckland and Nick Bailey at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Monty tours the new RHS Kitchen Garden and Joe takes a look around a garden designed for blind veterans.


Carol explores the Rose Marquee to uncover the new varieties on display. Adam continues his series looking at how to best use plants when designing your dream garden, whilst Nick reveals the science behind scent.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ep.2 2017
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ep.2 2017

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ep.1 2017

Monty Don and Joe Swift take a first look at the Royal Horticultural Society's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. In the first of three programmes, Monty, Joe and a team of experts review the diverse range of show gardens and discover how multi award-winning designer Andy Sturgeon is recycling Chelsea Flower Show gardens of the past.


Arit Anderson reveals the stories behind the conceptual gardens, and Adam Frost begins his nightly guide on how best to use plants in the design of his own garden. Carol Klein is in the floral marquee, looking at the best of the high summer exhibits, while Rachel de Thame demonstrates how to get the most out of your flowering border plants for the rest of the summer.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ep.1 2017
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ep.1 2017


Love Your Garden Ep.2 - Series 7 2017

This time Alan Titchmarsh and the team head to Manchester to turn a concrete patch of dismal cracked pavers and hard edges in to a beautiful classic cottage garden. The transformation is for Salford born identical twins Rita and Betty Mills (87).


The twins have lived together in Salford for all of their lives, and since surviving some of the worst WWII bombings this country has seen, as lifelong parishioners of Salford Cathedral, they have never wavered in devoting their lives to helping others.

It was their friends and family from the Cathedral that got in touch with the programme.  They felt that when the sisters moved to their new bungalow for health reasons – the one thing they really deserved and desperately needed was an outdoor space on their doorstep – to match their own outgoing and sunny personalities.  Alan believes this was the worst gardens he’d ever seen in the series and therefore, couldn’t resist the challenge. He and the team share all the tips and tricks that will help you turn even the most modest of urban yards into a cottage style retreat.

Love Your Garden Ep.2 - Series 7 2017
Love Your Garden Ep.2 - Series 7 2017

Love Your Garden Ep.1 - Series 7 2017

Alan Titchmarsh travels around the country seeking out some of Britain's loveliest domestic gardens, focusing on the wonderful outdoor living spaces created by ordinary Britons.


In the first of this new series, Alan Titchmarsh and the team head to Plymouth to create a show-stopping contemporary garden for an ex-marine and his young family.

Love Your Garden Ep.1 - Series 7 2017
Love Your Garden Ep.1 - Series 7 2017

Great British Menu 2017 - Banquet ep.45

 It is finals week and the competition reaches its thrilling climax. The eight winning regional chefs now battle it out for the honour of a spot on this year's banquet menu, celebrating 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships. The regional champions now face each other for the first time in the kitchen. Each day, they cook one of their courses for the discerning panel of judges - Matthew Fort, Andi Oliver and Oliver Peyton. They are joined by a host of guest judges who know what it takes to be a Wimbledon champion.


 The chefs need to convince the judges that their dish is worthy of a place on the final menu and that they have listened to any feedback the judges gave them in the regional heats. At the end of each round, when all the dishes have been cooked, the points are added together and the highest scoring chef wins the honour of cooking that course at the Wimbledon banquet.
It is the grand finale of Great British Menu and the winning chefs must now cook their dishes at the incredible Taste of Summer banquet. On arriving at Wimbledon, they are greeted by master of ceremonies Dan Bloxham, who gives them an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

 Once in the kitchen, the chefs face the huge challenge of scaling up their dishes. They must prepare the winning menu for the banquet guests including Wimbledon players and champions as well as those who work behind the scenes to deliver the Championships. From Tim Henman to Judy Murray, the guests are all expecting perfection. Determined to do their absolute best for the celebrations, the chefs are feeling the nerves in the kitchen. Will they be able to deliver?


Great British Menu 2017 Finals Dessert ep.44

 It is finals week and the competition reaches its thrilling climax. The eight winning regional chefs now battle it out for the honour of a spot on this year's banquet menu, celebrating 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships. The regional champions now face each other for the first time in the kitchen. Each day, they cook one of their courses for the discerning panel of judges - Matthew Fort, Andi Oliver and Oliver Peyton. They are joined by a host of guest judges who know what it takes to be a Wimbledon champion.


The chefs need to convince the judges that their dish is worthy of a place on the final menu and that they have listened to any feedback the judges gave them in the regional heats. At the end of each round, when all the dishes have been cooked, the points are added together and the highest scoring chef wins the honour of cooking that course at the Wimbledon banquet.

 It is dessert day and with just one place remaining at the Wimbledon banquet, each chef is giving everything they have got. With three completely new desserts in contention, whose dish will triumph?
The judges are joined by guest judge Annabel Croft, former British number one and Junior Wimbledon champion.

Great British Menu 2017 Finals Dessert ep.44
Great British Menu 2017 Finals Dessert ep.44

Great British Menu 2017 Finals Main ep.43

It is finals week and the competition reaches its thrilling climax. The eight winning regional chefs now battle it out for the honour of a spot on this year's banquet menu, celebrating 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships. The regional champions now face each other for the first time in the kitchen. Each day, they cook one of their courses for the discerning panel of judges - Matthew Fort, Andi Oliver and Oliver Peyton. They are joined by a host of guest judges who know what it takes to be a Wimbledon champion.


 The chefs need to convince the judges that their dish is worthy of a place on the final menu and that they have listened to any feedback the judges gave them in the regional heats. At the end of each round, when all the dishes have been cooked, the points are added together and the highest scoring chef wins the honour of cooking that course at the Wimbledon banquet.

 It is main course day and with only two spots remaining on the banquet menu, the competition is fierce. As the barbecues are fired up, all eight chefs are feeling the heat.
The judges are joined by guest judge Gordon Reid, Paralympic gold medallist and winner of the first ever men's singles wheelchair event at Wimbledon.

Great British Menu 2017 Finals Main ep.43

Great British Menu 2017 Finals Fish ep.42

 It is finals week and the competition reaches its thrilling climax. The eight winning regional chefs now battle it out for the honour of a spot on this year's banquet menu, celebrating 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships. The regional champions now face each other for the first time in the kitchen.


Each day, they cook one of their courses for the discerning panel of judges - Matthew Fort, Andi Oliver and Oliver Peyton. They are joined by a host of guest judges who know what it takes to be a Wimbledon champion.

 The chefs need to convince the judges that their dish is worthy of a place on the final menu and that they have listened to any feedback the judges gave them in the regional heats. At the end of each round, when all the dishes have been cooked, the points are added together and the highest scoring chef wins the honour of cooking that course at the Wimbledon banquet.

 Today the chefs cook their fish courses but with some exceptionally high scoring dishes in the regional heats, each chef needs to deliver perfection in order to see off the competition.
The judges are joined by guest judge Tim Henman, former British number one, who competed in Wimbledon's semi-final on four separate occasions and now commentates for the BBC.

Great British Menu 2017 Finals Fish ep.42
Great British Menu 2017 Finals Fish ep.42

Great British Menu 2017 Finals Starter ep.41

 It is finals week and the competition reaches its thrilling climax. The eight winning regional chefs now battle it out for the honour of a spot on this year's banquet menu, celebrating 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships. The regional champions now face each other for the first time in the kitchen. Each day, they cook one of their courses for the discerning panel of judges - Matthew Fort, Andi Oliver and Oliver Peyton. They are joined by a host of guest judges who know what it takes to be a Wimbledon champion.


 The chefs need to convince the judges that their dish is worthy of a place on the final menu and that they have listened to any feedback the judges gave them in the regional heats. At the end of each round, when all the dishes have been cooked, the points are added together and the highest scoring chef wins the honour of cooking that course at the Wimbledon banquet.
With finals week ahead of them, judge Andi Oliver first summons the chefs to Wimbledon to take a look at where they could be cooking if they win.

 Back in the kitchen, it is down to the chefs to prepare their starters. With three returning finalists, including former banquet winner Tommy Banks, taking on a host of chefs who have made it this far for the first time, the competition is fierce. The judges are joined by guest judge Sue Barker, host of the BBC's Wimbledon coverage for more than 20 years and a former British number one.

Great British Menu 2017 Finals Starter ep.41
Great British Menu 2017 Finals Starter ep.41

Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Judging ep.40



Great British Menu continues as the Northern Ireland region chefs compete for the penultimate spot in the national finals, all in the hope of winning a place at the Taste of Summer banquet honouring 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships. The two chefs who have made it through cook their four courses again. They are hoping to impress the formidable panel of judges - Oliver Peyton, Matthew Fort and Andi Oliver, who are joined this week by tennis's greatest entertainer, Mansour Bahrami. It is a rollercoaster of a day but only one can go through to the national finals.

Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Judging ep.40
Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Judging ep.40

Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Dessert ep.39

Great British Menu continues as the Northern Ireland region chefs compete for the penultimate spot in the national finals, all in the hope of winning a place at the Taste of Summer banquet honouring 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships.


Dessert is the last chance for the chefs to secure a place in the regional final. Both Eddie Attwell and Tommy Heaney are attempting technical desserts which feature edible white chocolate tennis balls, while Joery Castel is cooking poffertjes, a traditional Dutch pancake. Only the two highest scorers go through to cook for the judges tomorrow.

Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Dessert ep.39
Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Dessert ep.39

Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Main ep.38

 Great British Menu continues as the Northern Ireland region chefs compete for the penultimate spot in the national finals, all in the hope of winning a place at the Taste of Summer banquet honouring 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships.


 The chefs are cooking their main courses and the heat is on as two of the chefs are using BBQs. Tommy Heaney's BBQ dish is a surf and turf combination - but will serving lamb with cockles bring him a ten? Joery Castel is aiming to recreate a more American-style BBQ, complete with corn bread and kohlrabi coleslaw to accompany his pork.

 Eddie Attwell is taking a risk with an unusual meat - water buffalo - which he is serving both as a rib eye steak and also in a quiche. But will the picnic-style dish be up to banquet standards?

 Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Main ep.38
 Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Main ep.38

Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Fish ep.37

Great British Menu continues as the Northern Ireland region chefs compete for the penultimate spot in the national finals, all in the hope of winning a place at the Taste of Summer banquet honouring 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships.


Joery Castel is looking to triumph by combing mackerel and cucumber in his dish Who Remembers 2nd, while Tommy Heaney hopes his Murray Mound is a fitting tribute to Andy Murray's apparent love of sushi. Eddie Attwell is pushing the boat out, creating five different strawberry elements to accompany the scallops in his dish.

Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Fish ep.37
Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Fish ep.37

Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Starter ep.36

 Great British Menu continues as the nation's top chefs compete for a chance to show off their culinary skills at the Taste of Summer banquet honouring 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships. There is only one spot left in the national finals and it is the turn of the chefs from Northern Ireland to battle it out. Returning chef Eddie Attwell, who cooks at St Kyrans Country House, Country Cavan, competed in 2016 but failed to make it through to cook the judges on Friday.


 He is taking on two newcomers - experimental chef Joery Castel, originally from Holland but now working in Belfast, and Tommy Heaney, who has cooked for some of the country's biggest chefs and now cooks at The Great House Hotel in Bridgend.

 The chefs meet their surprise veteran judge and cook their starters. Eddie is hoping to do better than last year and starts the week with his Wombles Common, using a number of modern techniques - but will his earthy flavours hit the summer brief? Joery is hoping to impress with a tribute to Richard Krajicek, the only Dutchman to win the Wimbledon Men's Singles title, and is combing cheese with sweet elements including carrot meringues. Tommy is creating a warm salad - but will his unusual pigeon presentation be too much for the veteran judge?

Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Starter ep.36
Great British Menu 2017 Northern Ireland Starter ep.36 

Great British Menu 2017 Central Judging ep.35



The two chefs who have made it through cook their four courses again, attempting to impress judges Oliver Peyton, Matthew Fort, Andi Oliver and guest judge Jordanne Whiley, Britain's most successful wheelchair tennis player.

 Great British Menu 2017 Central Judging ep.35
 Great British Menu 2017 Central Judging ep.35

Great British Menu 2017 Central Dessert ep.34

Pip Lacey's pineapple dessert, in reference to the pineapple on the top of the Wimbledon men's singles trophy, features a strong second ingredient - coriander.


Nick Deverell-Smith is also paying tribute to the pineapple, creating a layered dessert featuring an unusual rice pudding made with couscous.Ryan Simpson is hoping to celebrate summer nostalgia with his dish recalling an ice cream van and featuring a number of complex technical elements.

Great British Menu 2017 Central Dessert ep.34
Great British Menu 2017 Central Dessert ep.34

Great British Menu 2017 Central Main ep.33



Ryan Simpson hopes to elevate a ploughman's lunch into a gourmet affair, Pip Lacey pays tribute to an unusual Wimbledon icon, while Nick Deverell-Smith looks to celebrate a meat which he thinks is underused - venison.

Great British Menu 2017 Central Main ep.33
Great British Menu 2017 Central Main ep.33