Television Gardening Programmes Planned For 2017

They'll be no shortage of gardening programmes on TV next year with several old favourites returning and also some new series. Andy Taylor has been finding out what's planned for 2017.

Created by Andrew Taylor on Tuesday, 8th of November, 2016.
Updated on Sunday, 1st of January, 2017.


You may remember the 'autistic gardener', Alan Gardner, from the 2015 series. He'll be returning to our screens next year in the guise of 'The Avant Gardener'. During three hour long programmes some of the country's most unloved gardens will be subject to his unique skills.

On a larger scale than in the previous series, inspiration will be gained from innovative designs in this country and the United States. Designed to encourage every gardener to think 'outside of the box', Alan will discover ideas from the most unlikely sources.

A further series of Love Your Garden has also been confirmed. This will be the seventh and one of the presenters, David Domoney can also be seen dispensing advice as the resident gardener on This Morning (ITV).

Shed Of The Year

Channel 4's Amazing Spaces is already taking entries for the 2017 Shed of the Year competition. It's free to enter, there's a £1000 first prize and the best sheds will be featured on TV next summer.

To give you some idea of the standard of competition, there were over 3000 entries in 2016 and the winner was the 'West Wing', made from mainly recycled materials it came complete with revolving bookcase, games room, workshop and loft area.

Garden Rescue with Charlie Dimmock will also be returning next year together with the Rich brothers. The format consists of them both coming up with ideas on how to transform a garden and then the owner decides which one to go for.

Charlie's designs tend to be less slicker than the brothers and the twenty projects that are tackled during the 45 minute programmes pose varied challenges depending on the client, budget and practical considerations.

Another programme to watch out for next year is the latest offering from James Wong, a BBC2 series explaining how science provides the foundation for food production. At the moment he is filming all over the world and the series will air in the autumn.

Gardeners' World

Finally, old favourite Gardeners' World will continue in its revamped hour long format with fresh topics and new contributors, some of whom were introduced during the recent series. Monty Don will of course be retained as the main presenter.

Currently attracting two and half million viewers, next year should be one to remember as it's the programme's golden anniversary since the first broadcast from the Oxford Botanical Gardens. Half a century and eight presenters later it is still gardening's most influential show.

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