Filthy Garden SOS episode 1: A mother and daughter are living with a mountain of building waste in their back garden in North Wales. Instead of a lawn there’s rubbish and rubble from their extension build.
Diarmuid Gavin, Danny Clarke and Penny Lamb help spruce up unsightly backyards, beginning in Bangor. For more than two years, mother Amber and daughter Shona have lived with a mountain of waste in their back garden. Diarmuid plans to give Amber the relaxing cottage-style garden of her childhood, while Shona and Emily will have their own contemporary hangout space.
Filthy Garden SOS episode 1
Diarmuid Gavin (born 10 May 1964) is an Irish garden designer and television personality. He has presented gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show on nine occasions from 1995 to 2016, winning a number of medals, including gold in 2011. He has also authored or co-authored at least ten gardening-related books.
Gavin started work with small jobs, the first, a suburban house garden featuring gravel and railway sleepers, in 1988, while he was studying at Glasnevin, still intact as of 2016. A notable early commission was for social columnist Terry Keane, a contract during which he also met his future wife.
Gavin runs his own garden and landscape design business, with an office in London, and contact details in Ireland also. The enterprise launched its website in 2005, but after a refresh, the site has displayed a holding page since 2013. Gavin has designed many gardens in the UK and Ireland, and beyond, for commercial, public sector and private clients. In interviews he has mentioned projects primarily in the UK and China, that his work primarily involves travel, and that he has never yet been to Ireland’s national flower show, Bloom. In particular the projects in China have tended to be large-scale and of long duration, involving a lot of time away from home, and limiting his work in Ireland and the UK.
Dannahue “Danny” Clarke is a British horticulturist who co-hosts the BBC series The Instant Gardener with Helen Skelton.
Clarke was born in Oxford to immigrants from Jamaica. He changed careers from sales and founded his own garden design company in Bromley in 1997, and called himself The Black Gardener after noting that another businessman calling himself the Black Farmer was having success. The name led to him being noticed and invited to screen test for The Instant Gardener, a daytime BBC programme that started in 2015. He also appeared as a presenter for the BBC on the RHS Chelsea and RHS Tatton Flower shows and Tree of the Year for Channel 4 in 2016.