Alan Titchmarsh has claimed his new ITV series outperformed expectations, but brushed aside critics’ claims that it’s lightweight on horticultural content.

Alan Titchmarsh fronts Love Your Garden

Speaking exclusively to AG, Alan said Love Your Garden attracted average audiences of 3.5million viewers, peaking at 3.8million.

As well as returning for four episodes this autumn, a second series will run in 2012.

“It’s quite scary to do a new programme,” said Alan. “Audiences are declining, and not just in gardening. Because of multi-channels, the choice is now enormous.

“We were concerned that two million viewers was tops for gardening, so it’s a relief to find there’s still a market.”

Asked to comment on getting more viewers than Monty Don on Gardeners’ World, Alan said: “I’m not allowed to say! I’m relieved that Love Your Garden has done well. My concern was that it should do as well as Gardeners’ World.”

Love Your Garden received upbeat reviews but some viewers said it lacks in-depth horticultural content.

Alan hit back: “I don’t agree that it’s lightweight on horticultural information. I do horticulture in an entertaining way. From start to finish, it’s all about gardening, growing and what to do in your garden.

Love Your Garden doesn’t throw Latin names at viewers. It’s deliberate. If we only make programmes for aficionados we miss out a raft of people who are intimidated [by gardening].

It moves people on to shows aimed at more experienced gardeners. That’s what Ground Force did. It’s not dumbing down. It’s making gardening accessible.”

Royal Horticultural Society director-general Sue Biggs said: “Alan’s series has been fantastic. And Monty Don has been doing great things with Gardeners’ World.”

TV gardener Chris Beardshaw said David Domoney’s Garden ER series meant that TV was taking gardening seriously again: “It’s great to see gardening getting airtime. It’s cyclical. We’ve been in a drought and we’re emerging into spring.”

  • Judith Bush

    Sorry this program did nothing for me only watched the first one sorry but prefer Monty its more like i garden

  • pauline fottles

    i love this programe it gives you a look behind the gates of peoples gardens that you would not get to see.also you can pick up lots of new ideas

  • Jim Goodman

    I was not sure how to contact the editorial department so thought I would try through the blog.
    I have recently unearthed some 49 water – colour prints that were issued as supplements in the 1937/38 issues of Amateur Gardening. There are some lovely pictures with titles such as “three glorious bearded irises; grand trumpet daffodils; apples of distinctive merit; two new dwarf polyantha roses. Would these pictures be of archive interest or is there anybody out there in the gardening world that may have collected the supplements over the years?

  • Stephen Gaulter

    A very enjoyable series. I know it has been criticised for ‘lack of depth’ but for the like of me as a ‘simple’ gardener, it’s fine. My only criticism would be that the program is too short. There have been some very interesting little ‘side’ pieces in the series that could have been given a far longer slot had the program itself been longer. Well done Alan!

  • K Hobbs

    I have enjoyed this series and am glad that it will be returning as I like Alan, however, I am sure that it is pleasing that their viewing figures a so good, but they could be better if programme schedulers did not place one of only two gardening programmes head-to-head. An ego trip for them maybe, but flipping frustrating to the viewer.