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BBC under fire over Great British Garden Revival

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Gardeners have criticised the BBC for taking the Great British Garden Revival off air after one episode – to make way for Mandela coverage before Christmas. 
The 14-episode gardening extravaganza was booted off BBC2 for two nights last month, so the Beeb could air tributes to the former South African president.
Most gardeners agreed that the Mandela memorial should be broadcast, but…

Spring will be stunning this year, says Alan Titchmarsh

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Spring may have sprung late, but when it finally comes it will be sensational, Alan Titchmarsh has predicted.
The ITV Love Your Garden presenter shared gardeners’ frustration at being stuck indoors during icy blasts in March and April – but says we’ll all benefit from a late start to the season.
Speaking exclusively to AG, Alan said: “We are in for a…

Could you design the One Show’s garden?

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Do you have what it takes to design a garden for the Royal Horticultural Society and the BBC at a premier flower show?
BBC1’s The One Show has teamed up with the RHS in a new competition which will see one lucky amateur gardener create a garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on 9 to 14 July.
Millions of…

Garden inventors slay the BBC’s Dragons

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A father-and-son who turned down £50,000 of investment for a garden gadget on BBC2’s Dragons’ Denhave told how they have no regrets about walking away from the deal.
Yorkshireman Mike Smith and son Joe pitched their Wheelbarrow Booster (see below) to the show’s five multi-millionaire investors, offering 10 per cent equity in their company in exchange for a cash injection.
But when…

BBC’s abandoned Greenacre garden rises from the ashes

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A television garden abandoned by the BBC after just two-and-a-half years on-screen has been given a new lease of life – as an urban veg-growing project.
Greenacre at Edgbaston in Birmingham was home to BBC2’s Gardeners’ World from 2008 to 2010, when AG’s Toby Buckland was at the helm.
The plot, created at huge cost to the Licence Fee-payer, was left to rot…

Organic Monty Don slams critics in BBC chemical spat

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Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don has vowed to defy a BBC statement that pledged he will offer a balance of organic and non-organic advice on TV.
Product firms had criticised Monty for saying the only way to control lily beetle was to hand-pick. But organic and chemical sprays are available (AG, 12 May issue).
In response, the BBC had told AG: “Monty often…

Red alert over Monty Don’s lily beetle tip

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Plant protection firms have accused Gardeners’ Worldpresenter Monty Don of issuing biased advice on how to control a troublesome plant pest.
On BBC2’s flagship show last Month, Monty told how he’d found lily beetle on a fritillary at Longmeadow, his Herefordshire plot.
“They’re bright red, so thankfully they’re easy to see, because the only way to get rid of them is to…

Blue Peter garden to open to public for first time

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The Blue Peter garden is to open to the public for the first time, now that it has been relocated from London to Manchester.
Now rebuilt at MediaCityUK at Salford Quays, the iconic plot was first designed by garden legend Percy Thrower in 1978.
An Italian sunken garden and fish pond have been moved to a landscaped area known as The Green,…

Vote for your favourite TV gardener

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The AG team delivers its verdict on 2011′s gardening TV. Do you agree? Have your say at the end of this article:
BBC GARDENERS’ WORLD – reviewed by AG editor Tim Rumball
ANY GARDENING programme on telly is a good thing, and I like Monty Don, so I watch Gardeners’ World regularly.
He’s intelligent, thoughtful and enjoys growing crops and ornamental plants. Monty…

BBC Three seeks young garden talent

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The BBC is on the lookout for young garden talent.
While most talent shows seek singers and dancers, producers want to showcase the skills of horticulturists.
BBC Three is preparing to film the third series of its Young Talent of the Year competition – a show that “celebrates the working heroes of Great Britain”.
Spokeswoman Abigail Mowbray said: “The series celebrates the millions…