Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens to feature on BBC Two's Great British Garden Revival

The gardens at Kelmarsh Hall are to feature on the new BBC Two series seeking to reverse the decline in Britain's horticultural history.

BBC presenter Rachel de Thame in the Kelmarsh walled garden
BBC presenter Rachel de Thame in the Kelmarsh walled garden

Great British Garden Revival, which started this month, brings together BBC gardening experts, determined to turn the public back into a green-fingered nation.

The programme’s premise is that the British public has fallen out of love with gardening as more and more gardens are paved over and the trend for easy-to-maintain lawns, patios and paving continues.

In each episode, two presenters will focus on an endangered aspect of gardens about which they feel passionately, and offer hands-on, practical advice to viewers on how they can restore and look after their gardens.

Kelmarsh Hall features on the Cut Flowers episode on 6 January where Rachel de Thame investigates the decline of Britain’s cut-flower industry from the walled garden at Kelmarsh.

She finds 90 per cent of cut flowers sold in the UK are imported and £120 million a year is spent on wedding flowers alone.

De Thame gives tips on how to grow, cut and arrange flowers from the cutting garden while Kelmarsh’s in-house florist, Louise Wesley, explains how she uses the cut flowers grown in the garden to produce floral displays for the hall.

Kelmarsh gardener Fiona Alexander said: "We are very honoured that the BBC has chosen to film at Kelmarsh. We pride ourselves on our variety of cut flowers, ranging from the cottage style delphiniums, lupins and foxgloves through to the light and feathery Ammi majus, sweet pea and phlox. They also make lovely additions to wedding bouquets for couples who get married in the hall."

Kelmarsh Hall is closed for the winter and will open properly again on 20 April.


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