Television’s best-loved gardening experts, including local horticulture lecturer, Matt James, are contributing to a new series that aims to inspire viewers to save the UK’s garden heritage.
The BBC2 show, Great British Garden Revival, which started in December will feature episodes on cottage and kitchen gardens, wildflowers, fruit trees, herbaceous borders, roof gardens, ponds and water features.
Matt will feature in an episode airing this coming Monday January 13.
In his revival he champions the humble shrub and encourages viewers to rediscover and appreciate the importance and beauty of them.
He looks at the history of the shrubs, the reasons behind their decline and gives us his beginner’s guide to making the most of them in your garden.
HND Garden and Landscape Design course manager Matt James also lectures on other degrees programmes at Duchy College Rosewarne; he guests on Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’, has presented numerous television programmes including ‘The City Gardener’ and ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ and has found time to write a new book for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) entitled ‘The Urban Gardener’ which will be launched in April 2014.
Matt said: “Shrubs come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. They are vital to our gardens yet unfortunately in recent years their popularity has declined in part due to the trend for naturalistic meadow or prairie-inspired planting.
“I hope that this programme will highlight their importance and inspire viewers to plant more, lots more, something I advocate daily to my students studying planting design here at the College.”
Alongside Matt James other presenters also taking part include: Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Rachel de Thame, Tom Hart Dyke, Chris Beardshaw, Alys Fowler and Charlie Dimmock.
In each of the ten episodes, two presenters will focus on a forgotten aspect of gardens which they feel passionately about, and offer practical advice on how viewers can restore and enrich their gardens.
The programme has been inspired amid fears that Britain’s rich horticultural history is being lost thanks to the growing trend for easy-to-maintain lawns, patios and paving, 14 of Britain’s top television gardeners are determined to convert us back to a green-fingered nation.
For further details about the horticulture courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne call 0845 60 50 455, go to www.duchy.ac.uk or visit the Information Morning on Saturday 25th January from 10am to 12pm.