A new BBC garden show is aiming to do for gardening what Bake Off did for baking after programme makers announced the launch of a 10-part series to reverse the trend for patios and paving in favour of flowers and rockeries.
Featuring well-known gardening experts Monty Don and Charlie Dimmock, Great British Garden Revival will offer both tips and ideas for green-fingered viewers and a tour of Britain’s “horticultural heritage”.
As more and more Britons opt for easy-to-maintain lawns and patios, the show aims to bring back gardens full of flowers, plants and trees.
It comes three years after the launch of the Great British Bake Off – a home BBC talent show credited with reviving the nation’s passion for baking. Today, the British baking industry is worth £3.4 billion.
Each episode of the new show will focus on an endangered aspect of traditional horticulture.
The series will include episodes on wild flowers, front gardens, topiary, roof gardens, cottage gardens, house plants, ornamental bedding, herbaceous borders and kitchen gardens.
In one episode, Gardeners’ World presenter Chris Beardshaw campaigns for the return of ‘the stumpery’ to our back gardens. Created from upturned stumps, logs or roots, they were popular in the Victorian era as a way to display popular plants.
In the 19th Century, they were often covered with ferns – plants at the height of fashion at the time.
In another episode, presenter Sarah Raven tests a radical new approach to growing lawn. She visits one of the world’s first ‘floral lawns’ – composed entirely of flowering and foliage plants.
Lindsay Bradbury, a commissioning editor at the BBC, described gardening as “one of Britain’s boom areas” and said the show would comprise both “top tips” and “nostalgia”.
The programme will begin on Monday December 9 on BBC Two.