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.
Following the popularity of the first series, the Great British Garden Revival returns to BBC Two in the new year. Nathan James Dodd finds out what endangered aspects of our gardening heritage will be featured.
During the first series top gardeners wanted to inspire viewers to save the nation's horticultural traditions. Placed under threat by front gardens being paved over and easy to maintain gardens, some of our favourite flowers and plants are in danger of disappearing altogether.
The increased risk of flooding and decline in wildlife, particularly birds and butterflies, caused by this new style of gardening was also highlighted.
The first series of this award winning programme wanted to make us proud of herbaceous borders, topiary, cottage gardens, cut flowers and ornamental bedding.
In each programme the presenters concentrated on a passionate interest and offered practical advice on its restoration and maintenance.
Following the same format, the subjects in the new series will be just as diverse, with knot and scented gardens featuring alongside rhododendrons and creepers.
All the presenters are well known for their work on other television gardening programmes.
They include Carol Klein who will focus on daffodils, Joe Swift is in a bog garden while Chris Beardshaw has tips on blossom trees and shrubs.
Alys Fowler, James Wong and Rachel de Thame are also appearing together with Diarmuid Gavin and Christine Walkden.
They will all be addressing the decline in traditional gardening, helping us to embrace once popular plants and techniques that made the British garden the envy of the world.
The Great British Garden Revival will begin on BBC Two in early January 2015.
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.
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..
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.