A lot of gardeners will be missing getting out in their garden at the moment. Deprived of their hobby… what’s an alternative way to cultivate their interest and passion for gardening?
Here Flogas have shared a list of their favourite British gardening shows, offering some inspiration for when the weather starts to warm up a bit!
Whether you’re just beginning to garden or have veteran green fingers, you will have surely come across Gardeners’ World at some point. A classic BBC series, this show premiered in 1968 and is one of the longest-running programmes on British television. Even today, it keeps blossoming year after year!
Presented by Monty Don, the show tends to follow three storylines per episode. From helping home gardeners tidy up and restyle their garden to exploring magnificent public gardens, Gardeners’ World makes for a fascinating watch. Moreover, Monty himself gets the opportunity to flaunt his own outdoor space, offering tips and tricks on how to keep your garden looking lush and luxuriant.
Is your garden looking sad and unloved at the moment? Are you planning to revolutionise it as soon as spring arrives? Take inspiration from Alan Titchmarsh on his ITV programme Love Your Garden. A true master of shears and pruners, Alan holds the key to all gardening secrets.
With the help of his team, the presenter transforms run-down patches into splendid gardens. From adding ponds to setting up a wildlife retreat, Love Your Garden shares fantastic advice on how to revitalise your outdoor space and enjoy stunning makeovers. Whether you fancy crafting your very own flower bed or simply need to use space better, this programme can show you how to do it.
If you enjoy cooking competitions such as Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off, chances are you will love a creative gardening tournament too. The Big Flower Fight on Netflix is a British series in which ten pairs of garden designers, florists, and sculptors battle to produce the most remarkable garden sculptures.
What is the final prize? The once-in-a-life opportunity to exhibit their bold creations at the prestigious Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London. Hosted by two great comedians, Natasia Demetriou and Vic Reeves, get ready to laugh till your jaw drops wide open!
Inspirational on several different levels, The Autistic Gardener is an entertaining show that follows the green-fingered adventures of Alan Gardner and his team of autistic gardening amateurs. Alan, an award-winning gardener with Asperger’s Syndrome, works alongside his trainees to create outstanding outdoor designs.
The programme, shown on Channel 4 from 2015 to 2017, carries a strong and important message. It demonstrates how people on the autistic spectrum have bags of inventiveness and imagination, with the ability to turn overgrown gardens into green wonderlands.
With work, bad weather, and the many other frenzies of everyday life, you may struggle to find precious time to dedicate to your garden. Presenter Helen Skelton and design gardener Danny Clarke know this very well.
To solve this problem, The Instant Gardener shows how to revitalise your outdoor space in just one day. Take a pen and notepad, and apply Helen and Danny’s tips to your home garden.
Big Dreams, Small Places is a series that follows enthusiastic beginner gardeners who are willing to roll up their sleeves and bring their great ideas to life. Participants are carefully guided by none other than Monty Don, always ready to provide guidance and offer practical help when needed.
The programme highlights that you do not need hectares of land to create a luxuriant outdoor space. With just a pinch of determination and the will to get muddy, you can achieve your gardening dreams no matter how small your backyard is!
With a clear reference to Jules Verne’s renowned novel, Around the World in 80 Gardens does exactly what it says – it visits foreign countries in search of stunning and inspiring gardens.
From Thailand, Mexico, and Singapore to Morocco, Japan, and New Zealand, Monty Don (yes, it’s him again!) travels the planet to take would-be horticulturalists around the globe one garden at a time. All episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
As days get shorter and the weather turns colder, you may have put your shears and mower away for a little while. But if you miss your outdoor pastime, there are plenty of gardening shows that will keep your passion alive.
With thanks to Flogas for this blog.