Beechgrove returns for 1,000th TV show

This year will mark the 1,000 edition of Beechgrove Garden and Beechgrove in 2016 will take a few "wee trips down leafy memory" lane to mark Scotland's longest running gardening programme.

This year also marks 20 years in the present garden near Aberdeen.

Beechgrove said: "Like all mature gardens there are some signs of wear and tear.  This year the whole Beechgrove team give our own garden a few nips and tucks and in some cases a full facelift.  Among the procedures; alpine specialist and head gardener of Scone Palace, Brian Cunningham is operating to rejuvenate Beechgrove’s tired and sagging old Alpine Garden.  Next door garden neighbour Chris Beardshaw, is inspired to give the 20 year old Heather Garden a few uplifting implants.

"A common theme in the Beechgrove postbag is how to have a pretty and productive garden on a really tight budget.  Carole Baxter is our own Queen of getting something for nothing, finding plants for free and generally re-cycling.  Throughout the 2016 series, Carole will help new gardeners, Meike and Jan Guijt and family to have a garden out of almost nothing. Even though they may be cash poor Carole shows them some inspirational ideas to use what they already have around them to be surprisingly resources rich. 

Presenter Jim McColl is concerned that ‘real gardening’ is not offered as a viable career choice for young people. 

"There are many course to study to be a landscape architect or a garden designer but how do you learn how to be a practical gardener who understands simply how it is to grow things? In a mission to find how to grow a (real) gardener, Jim visits the enlightened Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy who have practical gardening on the curriculum as well as a beautiful community garden to show for it.  He also visits the breath taking Dumfries House near Cumnock where they have ground breaking modern apprentice schemes and finally Jim visits Douneside at Tarland where they not only have a stunning garden but they have a thriving apprenticeship system and on the job training." 

The whole Beechgrove team are again on the road and in 2016 will stop in Nairn, Strathkinnes (near St Andrews) and Gairloch.  Each of these special programmes based entirely in those locations, features a Beechgrove gardener’s question time.

Beechgrove begins again on BBC 2 Scotland on 31 March at 7:30pm and BBC 2 Network 3 April, time TBA. 

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