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Alan Titchmarsh's Garden Secrets (4 parts)

Alan Titchmarsh presents a stunning series that reveals the amazing secrets behind Britain's great gardens, examining how they continue to influence gardeners, including himself, today.


Part 1: 
17th Century, In the first episode, Alan visits Hatfield House in Hertfordshire to look at the key design features of the gardens of this 17th-century stately home. This was a time when horticulture and architecture worked seamlessly together and Hatfield reflects this new love of the aesthetic. Alan examines the famous parterres which are some of the first examples of Britain's affection for formal gardening, and shows how the parterre has been brought into the 21st century by designer Tom Stuart-Smith with his designs at Broughton Grange in Oxfordshire. Alan also looks at the use of perspective, which at Hatfield makes the driveways seem bigger and changes how the garden is seen from different points of view. He look at a French import, espaliers, that have been used to stunning effect in Hatfield and show how these have changed the way we contort trees in our garden, including his own tip on stepover apple trees. Plus, he reveals how our affection for topiary began in gardens such as this where they were originally seen as architectural forms, complementing the design of the house. Alan shows in his own garden that you don't need to plant hedges to achieve this, creating a portable sedum cube.


Part 2: 
18th Century Few gardening movements can match the impact of the 18th-century landscape movement, and Stowe in Buckinghamshire is one of the most important examples of their revolutionary designs. Here we find a rejection of the rigid formality of the previous century and an embracing of nature, no matter what the ecological cost. Alan demonstrates how they 'borrowed' views, manipulating the landscape to draw the eye to certain features. Creating a focal point is now a staple of modern garden design and Alan shows how it can accentuate a garden's best bits and also be used to hide things. Designers such as Bridgeman at Stowe were the first to sculpt huge areas of lawn, and Alan meets Kim Wilkie who is creating his own modern version of this type of lawn at Boughton Park. And Alan shows how the landscape movement pioneered the meandering path and placed statues and buildings in key places, aging them deliberately to fit with the landscape. Alan shares his own tips on aging, and how to recreate this type of 'set dressing' in a garden.


Part 3: 
19th Century The Victorians gave us a taste for exotic plants from around the world, a thirst for technology in the garden and a love of bold statements. Biddulph Grange, in Staffordshire, is a classic example of all these elements. The Victorians were transforming the garden from the natural landscapes of the 18th century to a new manufactured style. Alan comments how Biddulph is 'a world in one garden' made up of separate highly stylized designs inspired by China, Italy, Egypt and Scotland. These gardens are a setting for plant life from around the world and Alan explains how the Victorians were passionate plant hunters, particularly for orchids. He also shows us how to plant and care for exotics in our own garden. The Victorians also invented ways to transport and care for these rare plants. Alan demonstrates how they revolutionized growing under glass, building some of the biggest glasshouses in the world. There was also a passion for elaborate and gaudy display at this time with the creation of the carpet bed - a true symbol of Victorian knowledge and power. Alan shows us how to create one that will complement our own modern garden. A passion for technology was also transforming the kitchen garden and the Victorians established practices for produce growing that survive today. Alan reveals the key things to remember when growing vegetables.


Part 4: 
20th Century Alan reveals how Sissinghurst gardens in Kent is one of the most influential of the 20th century. Created by two passionate gardeners, Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Sir Harold Nicholson, its development coincided with key social changes in the British garden. There was a pre- and post-war boom in surburban housing, creating a generation of domestic gardeners. Despite its size, Sissinghurst appealed to the public because it was a warm and intimate garden and had been designed with a great many practical uses. Alan reveals that it was one of the first lifestyle gardens, made up of different 'rooms' designed for eating, relaxing and entertaining. Ideas that would lead to today's barbecue areas and daybed chillout zones in the garden began here. Alan shows his own take on the garden room, designing an outdoor dining table filled with herb and fruit plants. Vita Sackville West was also hugely influential in her use of colour. She used many colours to create a single hue and Alan reveals the myriad of colours in her famous purple border. She was also the first to create an all white garden. Sissinghurst is also famous for its naturalistic planting and Alan discusses how it works with head gardener Alexis Data. He also shows us how to create a wild flower meadow. And finally we learn that one part of Sissinghurst, the nuttery, would become famous as one of the first wild gardens. This new philosopohy would ultimately lead to todays perma culture gardens. Alan shows you how to create one in your own garden.

Alan Titchmarsh's Garden Secrets
Alan Titchmarsh's Garden Secrets

Love Your Garden Ep.9- Series 7 2017

Alan Titchmarsh and his team head to Nottingham to surprise the inspirational boxing coach Marcellus Baz, with two special garden transformations.


First, the team visit Marcellus' gym, where they work to turn a dark alley into a productive kitchen garden, before heading to Marcellus' own home to transform his garden into a Moroccan-inspired outdoor space.


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

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

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

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

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

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