Robert Hall explains how getting out into the garden can help us to exercise, get out into the open air, enjoy time with nature and to help keep our minds occupied during these overwhelming Covid-19 times.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2020 but during the current government restrictions don't be surprised to see repeats filling gaps in a depleted schedule and other programmes adopting a different format..
As the year progresses, this blog will be regularly updated with dates and times for your TV gardening programmes plus any information we have on features and personalities.
On BBC2 every Friday, with a Sunday morning BBC1 repeat, the 53rd series of Gardeners' Question time alternates between half and full hour programmes. Introduced by Monty Don and his two dogs, remotely controlled cameras and archived features are currently being used to bring you the usual mix of practical seasonal advice from well known experts and amateur gardeners.
As the BBC has a contract with the RHS until 2021 there should have been extensive coverage of this year's major events. However, The Malvern Spring Festival (7-10 May), Chelsea Flower Show (19-23 May), Hampton Court (6-12 July) and the flower shows at Chatsworth (11-14 June) and Tatton (22-26 July) have all been cancelled. The good news is that Hampton Court has been re-scheduled for 9-15 September and the Malvern Autumn Show will take place on 26-27 September. Gardeners' World Live at the NEC from 18-21 June has also been cancelled and the brand new RHS Garden Bridgewater will not open until May 2021.
Beechgrove has returned and restored to 26 episodes in 2020, packed full of practical hands-on advice covering everyday gardening topics particularly those encountered in Scotland. 'Problem' gardens and the best Scottish gardens and gardeners will again be featured, and we'll also be introduced to novice gardeners and taken on their learning curve. During the current difficult times the individual presenters will be giving weekly updates from their own gardens, these will be broadcast every Thursday evening in Scotland, Sunday mornings on BBC2 in the rest of the country, and for night owls there's a repeat in the early hours of Wednesday on the same channel.
During lockdown Alan Titchmarsh has been busy making this three part series (ITV1 Monday 8.30pm) that proves that 'hands in the soil are good for the soul'. So if you are tired of queuing up outside the supermarket or your town no longer has a grocer, familiar faces from 'Love Your Garden' and amateur gardeners show us the how to grow vegetables and herbs whatever the size of your garden.
Working on a restricted budget, gardening's one-time pin-up girl Charlie Dimmock and the gold medal-winning Rich brothers compete for the householder's thumbs-up before going ahead with one of two designs that are presented. A new series is expected in the summer of 2020 and repeats are regularly shown to fill holes in the BBC schedule.
Repeated from 2017 and now on BBC2 each lunchtime, Monty Don visits two gardens in each hour long episode, recommending improvements and comprehensive refurbishments on a limited budget and in a restricted space, including creating an Alice in Wonderland themed garden in Essex and a Japanese garden in Bath.
Here are some of the highlights from last year's Gardeners' World Garden of the Year........
Alternatively, get your garden ready for spring with the advice from one of our favourite Youtube gardeners; Charles Dowding.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our newly re-opened Garden Centre in Birmingham. Plant the bedding out in borders and containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
GardenSIte is proud to announce a donation of £25,000 to NHS Charities, the result of a pledge made to our customers that we would donate £1 for every £50 they spend.
It's been quite a while since the last delivery of the highly popular Henri Studio cast stone water features was unloaded at our garden centre, that's why the fully laden truck that arrived recently was so well received as it was packed full of these best selling products.