Over several series, Alan Titchmarsh's team from the popular ITV programme 'Love Your Garden' has transformed gardens throughout the country using a varied range of traditional and new products, some donated from GardenSite and all available online.
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 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 such as Joe Swift and Carol Kelin with the added bonus of amateur footage sent in from viewers.
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 is planned for 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 now not open until May 2021.
Beechgrove has been restored to 26 episodes for 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.
On Sunday morning BBC2 before most people wake up, Alys Fowler shows you how to avoid going to the supermarket even if you live in a city such as Birmingham by cultivating fruit and vegetables amongst the flowers in her compact back garden. She grows, cooks and eats a variety of produce that not only tastes good but looks great in the borders from mid-summer until the arrival of winter.
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.
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.
During the recent spell of fine weather and with more forecast, David Coton has been careful to make sure that none of the container grown plants at the Garden Centre dry out. This is particularly important if you are on holiday and he has these suggestions for other jobs that will keep you busy in the garden during August.
GardenSite's senior partner Robert Hall explains the actions we're taking in order to beat the challenges surrounding Covid-19 as well as handy information for customers who are still awaiting the delivery of their order during these unprecedented times.
With such changeable weather recently with a heat wave following by rain, David Coton is looking forward to summer finally arriving and a chance to get out into the garden, here are some of the jobs he'll be tackling during July.
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.