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Alan Titchmarsh launches gardening range at Waitrose

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Top telly gardener Alan Titchmarsh has teamed up with Waitrose to bring out a new range of gardening products this spring. 
Former Ground Force host Alan, who last year was announced as an ambassador for the upmarket supermarket chain, will help the retailer to boost its gardening offer.
The first products to go into stores this month include grow-your-own lines such as seed…

New name, new look for Malvern show 2014

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The first big RHS gardening show of 2014 is to get a new name – and a new look. 
The Malvern Spring Gardening Show, held at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire on 8-11 May, will now be known as the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
For the first time, a food and drink pavilion will host a Food Festival, featuring producers and…

Show gardeners more respect, says Alan Titchmarsh

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Alan Titchmarsh has called for gardening to be respected as a career – and not regarded as a destination for those who lack the intelligence to do anything else. 
Speaking before Christmas, Alan told a gathering of TV producers, editors and writers in London that he “has a dream” – a reference to the 1963 speech by American civil rights activist Martin Luther…

Monty Don says garden centres have ‘no excuse’ for selling peat

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Garden centres have “no excuse” for selling peat, claims Britain’s head gardener.
Monty Don, the Gardeners’ World presenter, became embroiled in a row on Twitter after he told his 24,000 fans: “If you cannot find peat-free compost, make a fuss. Garden centres care only about the money – tell them they are losing a sale.”
But a representative of Stratford Garden Centre…

Gardeners’ World criticised by nurseries

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BBC Two’s flagship gardening show is failing to inspire the nation’s plant enthusiasts, claim growers.
Nurserymen at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show attacked Gardeners’ World, headed by Monty Don, saying the series has lost its way.
“I never watch Gardeners’ World any more because of the presenters,” said David Matthewman, of Matthewman’s Sweet Peas.
“They are not professional gardeners. Sometimes their advice is…

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…

Alan Titchmarsh signed up by Waitrose

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TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh is the new celebrity face of Waitrose. 
The former Ground Force host will unveil new “horticulture and gardening ranges” for Waitrose stores within weeks.
Alan, who has just come to the end of a three-year contract as ‘gardening ambassador’ for B&Q, has signed a two-year contract with Waitrose.
The upmarket retailer said that Alan will appear in its TV…

Gardening TV review of the year

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Amateur Gardening’s garden experts have turned into television critics to scrutinise 2012′s offerings on the box. But do you agree with our writers’ personal opinions?
 
The Flowerpot Gang
BBC1, August to September 
Presenters: Joe Swift, Anneka Rice and Phil Tufnell
Reviewed by: AG gardening editor Kris Collins: verdict – 2.5 / 5
Television viewers have been crying out for a new makeover show since the…

Gardeners deny spreading potato blight

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The Potato Council has accused amateur gardeners of spreading potato blight – leading to poor harvests and price rises.
Commercial growers say amateur gardeners often fail to identify blight outbreaks quickly, and don’t know how to control it. This, they say, led to rapid spread of late-blight across the UK. 
But gardening groups leapt to defend Britain’s growing band of allotment and…

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…