Turkish TV trek could boost sales

Television gardener plans walk to highlight Turkey's horticulture heritage.

TV gardener Christine Walkden could initiate a boom in Turkish plants such as tulips, snowdrops, lilies and fritillaries, as well as chickpeas, lentils, apricots, almonds, figs, hazelnuts, cherries and sour cherries, if she achieves her ambition of starring in a TV odyssey across the nation. Writtle lecturer Walkden, who is set to star in the second series of BBC2’s Christine’s Gardens this spring, said: “I would love to do a proper plant programme. “One of my ambitions is to walk across Turkey from March to late September to see the flora and fauna. But to get it filmed would cost megabucks. There are fascinating bulbs, trees and shrubs — Turkey is extremely rich horticulturally. Then there’s the scenery and people and food. I’ve been there 17 times already, but only for two or three weeks at a time.” On her new series, she added: “People say to me that it is a gardening programme, made by a gardener, for gardeners.”

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