Showing posts with label gardeners. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gardeners. Show all posts

Great British Garden Revival ep.7 - Ponds and Stumperies

Charlie Dimmock campaigns to put ponds back in gardens. She finds out the importance of ponds for wildlife and takes the plunge in a new style of water gardening - the swimming pond. Charlie also finds out how a community in east Yorkshire has come together to breathe new life into their village pond. The lakes, small ponds and water features of Nottingham Trent University are the starting point for her revival, and Charlie gives her step-by-step guide to building a wildlife pond and bog garden, from the initial design stage right through to planting up.


Chris Beardshaw wants to return a Victorian curiosity, the stumpery, to our gardens. Similar to rock gardens but created from upturned tree stumps, logs and roots, stumperies were created to display the spoils of intrepid Victorian plant hunters. On his revival Chris discovers how fern fever swept the nation in the 19th century. He meets a man in north Wales who is as fascinated by ferns as he is and sets off on a woodland trail to see the stumpery as nature intended. Chris bases his campaign at the most famous stumpery in the country, created by HRH the Prince of Wales, in the grounds of Highgrove House. Throughout the show, he creates his own mini stumpery using his favourite ferns to full effect and shows how to grow mushrooms on a log.

Great British Garden Revival ep.7 - Ponds and Stumperies
Great British Garden Revival ep.7 - Ponds and Stumperies

Great British Garden Revival ep.6 - Glasshouses and Shrubs

Diarmuid Gavin wants to use glasshouses to restore a sense of adventure, flair and excitement to gardens. On his campaign, he visits Wentworth Castle in Barnsley to help out with the final stages of the restoration of its elaborate Victorian glasshouse. He gives his guide to greenhouse buying and meets up with passionate allotmenteers in Nottingham who have gone one better and designed and built their own remarkable greenhouses using recycled materials. Diarmuid gives his top greenhouse growing tips, gets to grips with hothouse flowers and explores the wealth of temperate and tropical flora on display at the National Botanic Gardens in Wales.


Matt James thinks that shrubs have been overlooked and ignored for too long. He wants gardeners to rediscover and appreciate the importance of this amazing group of plants. On his journey, he visits a garden in Norfolk where shrubs are the stars of the show and inspires a group of young gardeners at Flatford Mill in Suffolk to plant shrubs in their gardens to encourage wildlife. Matt gives his beginner's guide to shrubs with the focus on colour, flower power and fragrance. And he shares his top pruning tips to help keep shrubs looking at their best year after year.
Great British Garden Revival ep.6
Great British Garden Revival ep.6

Great British Garden Revival ep.5 - Rock Gardens and Herb Gardens

In this episode, plantswoman Carol Klein shares her infectious passion for a style of gardening that she thinks is in much need of a revival - the rock garden. She tracks the history from its pinnacle during the Victorian era, visits a community in Bolton who have pulled back their local rockery from neglect and drops in on an old friend in the Midlands to find out more about this much-maligned gardening style. From her base at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Carol demonstrates tried and tested techniques for growing success as she shows us how to plant up a trough with some of her treasured rock garden favourites and gives advice on the best alpine bulbs for containers.


Toby Buckland is on the campaign trail for herb gardens. On his revival, he discovers how useful herbs have been throughout history, he learns that there was no such thing as a weed in Tudor times; meets a woman whose garden is overflowing with herbs we've forgotten and a botanist who grows plants to capitalise on their unique fragrances and essential oils. Toby shows us how to get the very best from fresh herbs: harvesting seeds, how to grow and care for them whether you have a garden or not and how to make the most of herbs by storing them in clever and unusual ways.
Great British Garden Revival ep.5
Great British Garden Revival ep.5


Great British Garden Revival ep.3 - Cottage Gardens and House Plants

As a passionate plantswoman, Carol Klein wants everyone to embrace one of the most iconic and quintessentially British styles of gardening - the cottage garden. She shares her years of experience with her ultimate guide to the best cottage garden plants, along with money-saving tips on how to grow favourite plants from scratch. In the Lake District, she visits the home of Beatrix Potter and a cottage garden which features in some of the most famous children's books ever written. She also encourages the people of Nantwich to get gardening in the Great British Seed Swap.


As a plant hunter, Tom Hart Dyke wants Britain to fall back in love with the house plant. He has a chilling encounter with an orchid he last saw when he was kidnapped in Columbia 13 years ago, discovers that house plants can have a positive impact on people's well-being and productivity at work and shares tips on how to care for house plants and grow them from cuttings.

Great British Garden Revival ep.3
Great British Garden Revival ep.3


Great British Garden Revival ep.1 - Wild Flowers and Front Gardens

Monty Don is on the campaign trail for wild flowers. 98 per cent of wild flower meadows have been lost since the first part of the 20th century, a shocking statistic which he believes all gardeners can do something about. On his revival, he tries his hand at making hay the old-fashioned way in a coronation meadow, visits the largest biodiversity hotspot in the world - Kew's Millennium Seed Bank - and shows how to grow wild flowers, even without a garden.


Meanwhile, Joe Swift is determined to return the nation's front gardens to their former glory. He bases his campaign at the award-winning Rockcliffe Avenue in Whitley Bay and shares his tips on how to transform front gardens in a few simple steps. He also discovers that greener streets reduce pollution and hits the road to get the message across in his Great British Plant Giveaway.

Great British Garden Revival ep.1
Great British Garden Revival ep.1 

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.5 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining Australian gardeners around the world.
Costa visits a Sydney harbourside garden; Sophie gets stuck into some autumn jobs; Jerry explores a Japanese garden; and Jane shows us the benefits of inorganic mulch.


Autumn Means Action
Sophie gets stuck into some autumn jobs
Harbourside Perfection
Costa visits a gorgeous waterfront garden in Darling Harbour that's utilised clever planting to embrace its steep sloping block
FAQs - Non Leaf-Dropping Trees | Fertilising Lawns | Dead-heading
Sophie profiles some trees that don't drop their leaves, Tino explains how often we should fertilize our lawn and Josh gives some tips on deadheading plants
Excess Produce - Herb Cubes
In our series on what to do with excess produce, we look at a great solution for using excess herbs
Spirit of Japan
Jerry explores one of Australia's largest traditional Japanese Gardens nestled in a surprising place - Toowoomba!
Inorganic Mulch
Jane investigates the practical benefits of inorganic mulches and shows us how to best incorporate them into our own garden
The Sweetest Strawberries
Tino profiles one of the world's sweetest fruits

Gardening Australia ep.5 2017
Gardening Australia ep.5 2017

Gardening Australia ep.32 2016

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the world.
Josh explores an inspiring bush-style garden; Tino plants spring greens; Jane demonstrates planting seed; Costa checks out colourful spring plants; and we visit a landscape designer's suburban oasis.


Plant Profile: Honeywort
Sophie profiles an old-fashioned favourite - Honeywort
A Spring Walk
Costa delights in the popping displays of spring colour at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden
FAQs - Edible Flowers | Soil for Potting Mix | Elephant Foot Yams
Jane shares ideas about edible flowers, Angus explains the pitfalls of using soil in containers and Jerry reveals where to source elephant foot yam
Spring Greens
Tino's in The Patch planting up one of the highest-return crops for any time of the year - greens, greens and more greens!
Seed Raising 101
Jane shows how to get the garden brimming by raising your own seedlings
Working with the Conditions
Josh meets two botanists who've overhauled a tired garden to create an inspiring natural setting

Gardening Australia ep.32 2016
Gardening Australia ep.32 2016

Gardening Australia ep.4 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the nation.


Splitting the Hive
We return to Costa's old primary school to split the native beehive that he placed in the grounds a few years back
The Leafy Lounge
Millie shows us how we can grow a luscious leafy lounge using upcycled materials and, of course, plants
Outside In
Jane visits a house that's packed to the brim with magnificent indoor plants and gets some tips on how to keep them in tip-top condition
What To Do This Weekend - Temp | Cool | Arid (March)
Sophie gives us tips on planting our first batch of winter vegies, Tino prunes his pome fruit and Josh shows us how to control citrus leafminer
The Caretaker
Angus explores the stunning garden of late journalist Richard Carleton, and meets his widow Sharon who is now the its caretaker
Plant Profile - Marlborough Rock Daisy
Tino profiles a drought tolerant daisy
Propagating Coleus
Jerry shows us some great techniques for propagating coleus

Gardening Australia ep.4 2017
Gardening Australia ep.4 2017

Gardening Australia ep.31 2016

 Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the world.
 Tino demonstrates layering; Sophie explores a garden inspired by world travels; Angus sees just what can be achieved in a garden in two years; and John visits a geological garden.


In Two Short Years
Angus discovers it's possible to transform a barren garden into a horticultural delight in only two years
Pick 'n' Plant
Josh gives some useful tips on keeping quick growing crops in constant supply
Potting Up
Costa explains the basics of potting up plants
Native Climbers
Jane profiles a pretty climber - the Native Sarsaparilla
FAQs - Sowing Corn | Flowering Bulbs | Composting
Jerry explains why he sows corn thickly, Jane discusses when to cut back foliage on flowering bulbs and Tino offers ways to speed up the compost
Taking Root
Tino shows what must be one of the easiest and cheapest ways of propagating plants - layering
Kinclaven
Sophie explores an expansive Adelaide Hills garden that has been shaped by the owners' travels and passion for plants
Ready to Rock
John visits a unique garden that tells the story of the evolution of Victoria's geology and its native plant communities

Gardening Australia ep.31 2016
Gardening Australia ep.31 2016

Gardening Australia ep.3 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the world.


A Smashing Garden
Josh visits a garden featuring hardy plants and dazzling mosaic displays
Autumn Veg
Tino gives us tips for planting autumn vegetables
Amazing Anthuriums
Jerry shows us the glorious variety of anthuriums and gives us tips on how to keep them looking their best
My Garden Path - Dr Greg Moore
The University of Melbourne's "Tree Mechanic", Dr. Greg Moore, explains why trees are so beneficial in urban environments
FAQs - Box Hedge | Tomato Canker | Olives
Jane shows us how to deal with discoloured English Box leaves, Tino explains why an olive tree isn't fruiting and Jerry tells us what to do about tomato canker
Living Mulch
Sophie shows us how we can create living mulch using dense, groundcover plants
A Planted Paradise
Costa visits Melbourne Zoo to find out how they've used plants to create a Madagascar-inspired enclosure for their resident lemurs
Plant Profile - Silver Senna
Angus shows us how to add a splash of silver to the garden

Gardening Australia ep.3 2017
Gardening Australia ep.3 2017

Gardening Australia ep.30 2016

Guerrilla Gardeners
Costa is in Cremorne Point on Sydney's North Shore exploring a lush, public garden with a romantic history
Triumph Amongst the Trees
Jerry meets a plant collector who has been packing exotic treasures into her incredible garden for over 35 years
The Humble Spud
With the weather warming up it's time to get stuck into planting spuds
Magical Mushrooms
Josh meets a couple of young innovators who have combined waste management with urban farming to grow nutritious and healthy fungi
FAQs - Expired Seed | Earthworms | Pruning Frost Damage
Jane explains what to do with seed that's out of date; Angus gives the lowdown on using earthworms in a worm farm and Sophie tells when to prune frost damaged plants
Handsome Hedges
Jane explains the good reasons why camellias are one of Australia's favourite hedging plants


Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the world.

Gardening Australia ep.30 2016
Gardening Australia ep.30 2016

Gardening Australia ep.29 2016

Thriller, Filler, Spiller
John creates a different take on the container garden, using mixed native perennials
Ant-house Plant
Jerry profiles the unique ant-house plant that's indigenous to the mangrove swamps and forests of Far North Queensland
A City Oasis
Costa visits a tiny inner city garden that's a thriving example of how much can be achieved in a small space
My Garden Path
We follow a botanical sculptor as she creates stunning art pieces from living and dead plants
Colouring In
Sophie fills in the gaps in her garden beds
A Productive Paradise
Josh explores a Margaret River property with a sustainable house and garden that have been designed to blend into the surrounding landscape


Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the world.

Gardening Australia ep.29 2016
Gardening Australia ep.29 2016

Gardening Australia ep.28 2016

Jane visits Melbourne Zoo's butterfly house; Costa explores a quirky garden; Angus explains how to establish plants and Tino gets inspired by small-scale farming.


1. Bountiful Butterflies
Jane visits Melbourne Zoo's butterfly house and discovers how important plants are in their lifecycle
2. The Right Start
Angus explains the best methods for establishing new plants
3. Wulfen Spurge
Sophie profiles the popular euphorbia Wulfen Spurge
4. FAQs - Picking Pears | Ginger | Organic Slug Control
Jerry talks about growing greengrocer ginger, Josh explains the best time to pick pears and Jane offers ideas for slug and snail control
5. Bits & Bob's
Costa visits a quirky collector's garden that's packed to the rafters with bric-a-brac, antiques, tools, and of course, plants
6. Garlic Flowers
Tino shares a tip for using garlic flowers
7. Living the Dream
Tino gets inspired by a horticulturist-turned-farmer who offers tips on how to make a good living from small scale farming
8. Pricking Out
Jerry shows how to prick out seedlings

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the nation. Presented by Australia's leading horticultural experts, Gardening Australia is a valuable resource to all gardeners through the television program.
Gardening Australia ep.28 2016
Gardening Australia ep.28 2016

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

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.5

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


One is a tiny urban courtyard in Hackney. Its owners, Karla and Stuart, dream of transforming it into a miniature urban jungle, inspired by Karla's childhood in the Philippines. With Monty's encouragement and a visit to tropical garden in Leeds their hopes run high. But can they ever squeeze all their ideas into their tiny space?

Monty is also called in to help a whole community create the outdoor area of their dreams. It's the play area for a local primary school in Bury, Lancashire. Three mothers with children at the school are keen to make the most of this valuable asset, dreaming of a play space, a wildlife area and a place to grow vegetables and herbs. But with no serious gardening experience, and the hopes of the children and village at stake, can they every create something which will please everyone?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.5
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.5

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.4

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This week, he comes to the rescue of two couples in need of help transforming their rubble-filled back gardens into havens of peace and tranquillity.


In north London, Ian and Rose have recently moved into their new basement home and are hoping to create a wildlife-friendly space. Currently it is a building site - neglected by previous owners. They also need expert advice since their plot is surrounded by four large trees blocking a lot of natural sunlight. Even if they manage to clear their space, can they ever create the garden of their dreams? They are in serious need of help and advice, but can Monty set them on the right track?

Meanwhile in Stockport, Jo and Steve's equally large garden has become a dump as they build a new extension. The couple lead busy working lives with Jo travelling the globe as an air hostess and Steve working long night shifts at a bakery. Their longed-for dream is a haven to relax and get away from it all in. The problem is Jo has so many exciting ideas about what she wants to do and Steve is rather more pragmatic. Can Monty help the couple work out the best of their ideas and give them the advice they need to get going?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.4
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.4


Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.3

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This time, Monty meets two sets of gardeners who have unimaginable ambitions for their outdoor spaces.
In Essex, Denise has never ventured beyond the decking area behind her house.


But she dreams of having an altogether dreamlike garden, including building the ruins of a mill to remind her of her childhood. Her husband Dave isn't quite as enthusiastic about any of it, not least the amount of work involved, so Monty is called in to mediate.
Meanwhile in Ipswich, father-and-daughter team Rob and Jo run a family charity together and are no strangers to hard labour. It's just as well, because their plan to build a productive terraced allotment on a treacherously steep slope in the middle of a wooded wasteland leaves Monty lost for words. But with a bit of advice and the help of an army of volunteers, can they go from mad to possible?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.3
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.3 


Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This time, Monty meets two sets of ambitious amateur gardeners who have huge ambitions for their outdoor spaces.


In Leyton, Tariq and Sairah want to turn their dumping ground of a back yard into a sumptuous award-winning garden, suitable for entertaining friends and family. Both have competitive jobs in the banking sector and are used to winning at work but when it comes to gardening, they don't know where to begin. With an inspirational trip to the gardening event of the year, the Chelsea Flower Show, Monty tried to put them on the fast track to developing their own personal style but can they put the work in to earn the approval of the country's top gardener?

Meanwhile in Bath, Ant and Jake want to replicate the Japanese gardens they have visited all over the world and set themselves the added challenge of creating three very different sections in their L-shaped plot. However, after a visit from Monty, events take a dramatic turn when they discover an underlying problem with their soil that calls for an extreme solution. Will they be able to complete their dream garden on time and on budget?

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2
Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2 

The Beechgrove Garden ep.22 2016

In the Beechgrove Garden Jim is in the veggie plot still managing to crop late veg and it's also hedge cutting time of year and Jim sets about the conifer hedge and the pleached lime.


Carole is with Mieke Guijt and family in rural Aberdeenshire helping her once again to garden on a budget. This week Carole encourages Mieke to lift and divide plants from friend's gardens and in this case, the friends are Beechgrove.
Continuing the budget theme, Carole then visits Mari Reid in Ardersier, whose whole garden is full of money-saving ideas while still managing to be penny-pinching pretty.

On a blue sky autumn day, Jim and Carole were admiring the late flowering Hydrangea which
Carole thought looked like raspberry ripple ice-cream.
It is called Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’.Moving into the Vegetable plot there was lots of
lovely veg to admire there.The chard was looking good in different colors. The courgettes and marrows were also continuing to crop well.
The runner beans were still cropping like mad and bonus of different colour flowers.
Moving onto the tattie patch, Jim was keen to come to a conclusion with this year’s tatties and
the blight story. He has been growing some varieties that are said to be resistant to potato blight. Jim and Carole dug up the new blight resistant variety ‘Carolus’. The shaws did show symptoms of blight but there was a decent crop underneath and that’s of course what matters. That and the taste. Amongst the other crops, they looked at the beetroot. The leaves were looking a bit scabby probably because of the dry weather recently but there was a heavy crop in the ground. The carrots were also looking good with lots of healthy foliage. These were covered to keep off the carrot fly. There were different color varieties including – ‘Yellow Bunch’, ‘Sweet Candle’ and ‘Scarlet Horn’. We have been trying growing some carrot fly resistant varieties which in order to test the resistance, had not been covered. Unfortunately there weren’t rabbit resistant and the rabbits had eaten all the tops.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.22 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.22 2016