Planned TV Gardening Programmes 2018

There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, tips and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2018.

Created by David Coton on Tuesday, 13th of February, 2018.
Updated on Tuesday, 3rd of April, 2018.


Planned Gardening Programmes

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.

Monty Don has done more than most to enthuse us over the past few weeks with his fabulous series 'Paradise Gardens' which took him to Islamic influenced gardens in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Globetrotting is a tough job but someone has to do it, that's why Monty will be off again soon to film a series featuring the gardens of Japan and Korea to be shown on the BBC later in the year. However, closer to home, the third series of Big Dreams Small Spaces on BBC Two finshed on 17 March and it is unsure whether it will be returning.

RHS Shows

You'll be able to enjoy increased coverage of major Royal Horticultural Society shows which coincidentally Monty Don also fronts. This is because the BBC have struck a four year deal with the RHS to broadcast programmes from not only Chelsea (22-26 May) and Hampton Court (3-8 July) but the Malvern Spring Festival (10-13 May) and the flower shows at Chatsworth (6-10 June) and Tatton (18-22 July).

Cameras will also follow the development of the brand new RHS Garden Bridgewater due to open in 2019. At 154 acres, this is the largest gardening development in Europe including an 11 acre walled kitchen garden and a Learning Centre.

Britain in Bloom

Everyone should be aware of Britain in Bloom which began over 50 years ago and the event will now be featured as a new daytime BBC2 series, billed as the country's biggest community gardening competition. The people involved and their activities will be documented as communities prepare their village greens and urban spaces for the big day, when the judges arrive to decide which successful entries will go through to the national finals. 

RHS activities will also be highlighted on the new series of Gardeners' World which, like sunshine follows rain, returned to BBC Two on 9 March, with the weekly programmes at 20.00 once again revolving around the ubiquitous Mr Don, his Herefordshire garden and his two dogs.

Love Your Garden

Over on ITV, another series (the seventh) of Love Your Garden will be aired in July, with Titchmarsh, Domoney, Rushworth and Tophill transforming the gardens of deserving people whose gardens are, for various reasons, not suitable for their current needs.

Garden Rescue

Tired of watching ancient Ground Force repeats on obscure channels? Then you'll be pleased to hear that Charlie Dimmock's Garden Rescue will be back on BBC One in 2018. Working on a restricted budget, gardening's one time pin-up girl and the gold medal-winning Rich brothers will again be vying for the householder's thumbs up before going ahead with one of the two designs that are presented.

The Beechgrove Garden

Don't forget that hidden away in the schedules if you are in not in Scotland, and usually pitted against the Match of the Day repeat on Sunday morning, The Beechgrove Garden returns on 22 April to provide a homely north of the border antidote to Gardeners' World.

Produced by the BBC in Aberdeen and taking on its current format in 1996, this hardy annual is packed full of practical hands-on advice covering everyday gardening topics. There's always a feature on 'problem' gardens and another that celebrates the best Scottish gardens and gardeners.

Glorious Gardens From Above

Presented by Christine Walkden, this new BBC Two series of fifteen programmes started on Easter Sunday at the unsociable hour of 6.50am but is worth watching when propped up in bed with a cup of coffee, or recording for a lazy Sunday afternoon. In the first episode we visited Trebah Garden in Cornwall with a Male Voice Choir and also got a look at St. Michael's Mount. 

Life In a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein

This immediately follows the above programme on BBC Two at 7.35am and sees the plucky and ever smiling Carol halfway up a large tree pulling out clematis branches. Not recommended for all us, who may not be quite so daring, but it makes for great TV viewing. This is the first in a 6 part series. It is also followed by a repeat of Gardener's World for good measure.

 

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