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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…

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…

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…

Gardening can help cancer recovery

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Gardening can help people with cancer to manage depression and sadness, according to research.
A report by Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) found that four in five gardeners living with cancer believed that gardening can reduce stress and anxiety.
It also assisted in taking people’s minds off treatment.
Gardening helped cancer patients’ physical wellbeing: over half said it gave…

The Grow Your Own Show is cancelled for 2012

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One of the UK’s newest grow-your-own events has fallen victim to the economic gloom.
The Grow Your Own Show, which was due to take place at Loseley Park in Surrey on
6-7 May, has been cancelled.
Top gardening celebrities had been booked for the fruit and veg extravaganza, including Gardeners’ World presenter Joe Swift and The Edible Garden star Alys Fowler.
The first Grow…

Joe Swift to support Teenage Cancer Trust at Chelsea

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Gardeners’ World presenter Joe Swift is to champion the work of a cancer charity at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 22-26 May.
Joe is designing the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden, a plot that he has been crafting since summer 2011.
The “urban oasis” will be his first attempt at a Chelsea masterpiece.
It will see Joe go head-to-head for Chelsea gold…

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…

Horticultural vandalism: Gardeners’ World garden Greenacre goes to seed

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Amateur Gardening has exposed a shocking waste of BBC Licence Fee-payers’ money by revealing exclusive pictures of Greenacre, the abandoned BBC Gardeners’ World Garden.
Corporation chiefs pulled the plug on the two-and-a-half year-old TV garden just before Christmas when they moved Gardeners’ World to Monty Don’s estate in Herefordshire in a bid to revive viewing figures.
Greenacre was created in 2008 on…

Monty Don returns to Gardeners’ World on BBC Two

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Monty Don is to return as lead presenter of Gardeners’ World – but Toby Buckland and Alys Fowler have been dropped from BBC2’s flagship gardening series.
In a shock move, the programme will up sticks from Greenacre, the Gardeners’ World Garden in Birmingham, and move to Monty’s home garden in Herefordshire.
Monty, who has spent 20 years developing the gardens his home,…