Gardening TV takes off

After a slow start to the gardening TV season, commissions are finally coming through.

Harry and David Rich and Charlie Dimmock start filming the as-yet untitled makeover show near Bristol this week in the first of 20 episodes to be broadcast from June/July on BBC1. Contractors are being finalised to work on the 20 episodes of mini or small garden makeovers. Spun Gold are producers.

The shows are for "real people who want to improve their gardens, but don't know what to do or how to do it".

"They will combine their talents to transform garden dreams into garden realities across the country" to "help frustrated homeowners, with money set aside for their gardens, to realise their ambitions. 

"They are spending their own money, so it shows viewers what you can do for varying budgets. The Rich brothers and Charlie each do a design for the homeowner and then the homeowner decides which design they want and they all muck in and build the garden."

The Rich Brothers were at the Garden Press Event this week promoting Gardman's new Budding Gardeners tools range for children and those looking for smaller, shorter, lightweight tools, a theme of the show that Smart Garden and Fiskars showcased too.  

Meanwhile, the Helen Skelton-presented BBC2 show The Instant Gardener has been recommissioned by BBC2.

For Channel Four, TV production company Betty are making a series on amazing gardens around the world. Also for Channel Four, Redhouse are producing a Grand Designs-style property doing up programme featuring gardens. 

And Monty Don's Big Dreams Small Spaces returned to BBC2 this week, with Gardener's World back on BBC2 on 4 March. ITV's Love Your Garden returns in the summer. Presenter Alan Titchmarsh has also turned his hand to antiques with a new series called Masterpiece on ITV Daytime.

In 2015, six gardening series launched in the first week of January, but TV producers have returned to broadcast in the gardening season for 2016.

 #Gardener's World synopsis of episode one: "Spring is nearly upon us and Gardeners' World is back with a new series. As usual Monty will be at Longmeadow where he will set out his plans for the coming year. This week Monty reviews the effects the winter weather has had on his garden.

"Carol Klein visits a Welsh hillside garden and delves into the botany of bulbs with a couple who have used a scientific approach to plant their garden with the earliest of spring flowers.

"It's the perfect time of year to plant trees and Joe Swift gives us his guide to choosing the best ones for our gardens. And there is a glimmer of hope for gardeners who have had to cope with copious amounts of rainfall this year when we visit a garden which, last year, was brought back from the brink of destruction with spectacular results."

It returns on Friday 4 March at 8:30pm on BBC2. The Series Producer is Chloe Rawlings, and the Executive Producer is Paolo Proto.

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