Series will focus on RHS bicentenary enterprises

BBC's Gardens Through Time to represent periods in RHS's history

Celebrity TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin is building a state-of-the-art garden at Harlow Carr to celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society’s bicentenary. The garden, which is one of seven that each represent a period in the RHS’s history, will be the focus of a BBC series, Gardens Through Time. It will be filmed over the next 18 months at the garden in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. New curator Matthew Wilson and his team are preparing the ground for the gardens. Wilson, who is planning major redevelopment for Harlow Carr over the next five years, said: “We’re getting access sorted to make everything look pin-sharp for opening to the public in July.” He added that the gardens would represent roughly 50-year periods in the RHS’s history and would include a Regency town house garden, a garden design by Gertrude Jekyll/Edwin Lutyens, a garden in the style of the Festival of Britain and Gavin’s modern take on garden design. RHS director general Andrew Colquhoun said: “We are thrilled that the BBC has commissioned such a substantial series to mark our bicentenary, and has chosen Harlow Carr as the location. “The proposed programmes promise to make the story of gardening accessible, relevant and exciting for our viewers — helping us fulfil our charitable mission to inspire and inform anyone with an interest in gardening.”

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