Leicester Mercury – Couple’s 33-year labour of love garden to feature on network TV gardening programme “Show Me Your Garden”

A Leicestershire couple’s 33-year labour of love creating their green garden will feature on a network TV show tonight.

Graham and Jenny Cousins, of Walton, near Lutterworth, will appear on Sky One’s Show Me Your Garden, a six-part series visiting gardens in England, Scotland and Ireland.

In tonight’s programme, the fourth in the series, featuring Midlands gardens, Graham, 80 and 76-year-old Jenny take the cameras around their one-and-a-quarter-acre garden which includes two “micro-meadows” with wild cornflower plants, an old small orchard and lots of trees providing shady areas.

Graham said: “My aim was to put the case for a kind of garden which is a place of greenery, a place populated by natural, normal, simple but beautiful flowers, a place of light and shade, a place that celebrates the passage of the seasons, a place that evokes or perhaps echoes natural landscapes, a place of restraint.

“This is evidently an ‘ alternative’ type of garden, since the great majority of gardeners, and indeed the public in general, would prefer to have non-stop ‘colour’ in their gardens and do everything they can to achieve this ideal, no matter how far it removes their gardens from natural forms and normal patterns of growth.”

The couple, who maintain the garden themselves, apart from a once-a-month visit by a gardener, also visited the two other gardens, in Stechford, Birmingham, and Belper, in Derbyshire.

Each garden’s owners then vote on which is their favourite to be this episode’s winner.

Graham added: “A friend recommended our garden to Sky and they came and filmed over five or six days in August. There is no presenter but the programmes are narrated by Alison Steadman.

“We mostly enjoyed it, but I was surprised how intensive it was. Some days we were filming for 13 hours. We spent a day in each of the other gardens and they came to us.We then had to pick our favourite garden.”

The couple are opening their garden as part of the National Gardens Scheme gardens open for charity event on June 7 and 10 when money will be raised for Macmillan Cancer Support and other charities.

To see how Graham and Jenny got on tune in to Sky One at 8pm tomorrow for Show Me Your Garden.

Graham has also created a website to promote his love of green gardens:
www.grahamsgreens.com