Christine Walkden’s new BBC1 gardening series will be called Glorious Gardens From Above.
The 15-parter, fronted by Amateur Gardening’s Q&A expert Christine, will see her visit UK gardens that inspired her career. It starts on 6 October at 3.15pm.
The BBC will use hot air balloons and drones to film gardens from high above tree-top canopies.
This, says the Beeb, will provide a unique view for viewers, allowing armchair gardeners to witness a birds-eye spectacle of fascinating and historic landscapes.
Christine, who is resident gardener on The One Show, told AG she had “no problem with getting into hot air balloons”.
She said: “We did a series on The One Show involving hot air balloons. I’ve been staggered at the scale of what you can see from above.
“It almost heightens the definition of gardens. There have been some where I have been completely blown away by the views.”
Series director Gavin Ahern said Glorious Gardens From Above would not just be about gardens but would also focus on people’s relationships with gardens.
“There will be great practical gardening advice from Christine and we’ll share a wealth of knowledge from professional gardeners across the UK,” he said.
Readers took to AG’s Facebook page to welcome Christine back to TV. Lynne Dawson wrote: “I admire Christine so much. She’s a talented and knowledgeable lady.”
Judith Edmunds said: “At last! Something we have been asking for – another garden programme.”
And Chris Fairclough added: “Christine for Gardeners’ World presenter!”
Christine’s most recent TV role came in The Great British Garden Revival – a series that proved so popular that the BBC has already ordered a second run for 2015.
- For a full behind-the-scenes preview and exclusive interview with Christine about Glorious Gardens From Above, don’t miss the 4 October issue of Amateur Gardening.