Showing posts with label garden design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden design. Show all posts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gardeners' World ep.2 2017

Monty Don is mulching the borders in preparation for spring and potting up dahlias for the year ahead.Carol Klein celebrates her plant of the month - the daffodil - while Frances Tophill is brushing up on her horticultural skills as a volunteer at Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Barbados.
As part of the programme's 50th anniversary, Nick Bailey reveals the plant he thinks has had the most impact on British gardens over the last half century.


Gardening tips:
1. Mulches and mulching
Mulching is generally used to improve the soil around plants, but it also gives your garden a neat, tidy appearance and can reduce the amount of time spent on tasks such as watering and weeding. Mulches help soil retain moisture in summer, prevent weeds from growing and protect the roots of plants in winter.
2. Bulbs
Drifts of daffodils, snowdrops and crocus in open grass are one of the classic signs of spring. Although they look like the work of nature, they are simple to create and will last for many years.
3. Rose pruning: general tips
These general tips for rose pruning will help you improve the health and lifespan of any rose.
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.

Gardeners' World ep.2 2017
Gardeners' World ep.2 2017

Gardeners' World ep.1 2017

  Over the year, Gardeners' World is celebrating 50 years of broadcasting timely advice and inspiration to the nation's gardeners.
Monty kicks off the gardening year from Longmeadow as he shares his tips for pruning, planting up pots for spring colour and sharing his plans for the coming year.


 At Packwood House, the extraordinary herbaceous borders come under Adam Frost's scrutiny as he finds out how they have been planted for maximum colour and impact.
Over the series, Carol Klein shares with us some of her heroes of gardening, the people who have impacted the way we garden for the last 50 years. She begins with Beth Chatto.

1. Bedding plants and displays
From elaborate public garden designs and street planters to the smallest front garden, bedding plants provide a temporary decorative seasonal display for beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets. Bedding can be grown from seed, bought as young seedlings (plug plants) or purchased as pot-grown specimens, often in multi-packs and cellular trays, ready for planting.
2. A Quick Guide to Clematis Pruning
There is a very simple rule of thumb that can be applied to pruning clematis if you have lost a plant label and/or don't know what the plant is called.
Don't prune clematis which flower on the previous year's growth (ie before June in central England)
Hard prune clematis which flower on the current year's growth (ie from June onward)
As always, there are exceptions to the rule but they are few. If you garden further north in the British Isles or elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere you need to adjust pruning times accordingly. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere your adjustment needs to take account of the reversed seasons.
3. 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.1 2017
Gardeners' World ep.1 2017

Dream Gardens ep.6

Phillip and Maria are awaiting the birth of their first child and the creation of a lakeside garden. Sounds idyllic, right? However, delays, bad weather & budget constraints conspire to keep the expecting couple ever waiting.


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.6
Dream Gardens ep.6

Dream Gardens ep.5

After tragically losing their wife & mother to cancer Roberto & his two children are hoping that the transformation of their garden will not only bring them healing but also create an everlasting tribute to their loved one.


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.5
Dream Gardens ep.5

Dream Gardens ep.4

A couple dream of a waterfront home with a resort style garden. They also dream of both jobs finishing at the same time. They've greenlit work on the garden while the house is still under construction. A good idea, in theory.


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.4
Dream Gardens ep.4


Dream Gardens ep.3

Stewart & Sandra lost their home & garden in the devastating 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Now it's time to start again with a spectacular new garden designed by one of Australia's most well-known designers, Paul Bangay.


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.3
Dream Gardens ep.3 

Dream Gardens ep.2

Presenter Michael McCoy visits Frank and Mary-Anne D'Aquila from Essendon, Victoria, who are in pursuit of a family garden complete with pool, plants and an entertaining space.


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.2
Dream Gardens ep.2

Dream Gardens ep.1

This new Australian series begins with a rural Queensland couple's journey to transform a rock hard paddock into an ambitious and extensive kitchen garden so that they can live out their "grow it, eat it, live it" dream.


 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.1
Dream Gardens ep.1 

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.6

Monty Don helps gardeners transform their outdoor spaces. Monty visits two sets of ambitious gardeners, each facing challenges on a very different scale.

This time, our two gardeners each living on their own are hoping Monty can help them bring something special to their small spaces. In Blackpool, young accountant Alex dreams of turning her boring back yard into a magical enchanted forest, complete with fairy lights and luscious woodland plants. Monty comes up with a big and daring idea and to illustrate his point, sends Alex to visit the ancient trees of Holker Hall in Cumbria. But will this young dreamer feel Monty's suggestion is too ambitious to take on?

In Bristol, Ross has taken on a very overgrown allotment. But with no experience of growing edibles, he is feeling overwhelmed. A few months before, he had lost his job, broken up with his partner and found himself with nowhere to live.


Now, happily, Ross's life is getting back on track - he has got a job and a flat. With his newly acquired allotment, he wants a space to relax in as much as a vegetable garden. Can Monty help Ross build up his confidence as well as his gardening know-how and build his dream outside space?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.6
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.6