As part of the BBC’s Big British Asian Summer, the Gardeners’ World team set out on a horticultural adventure to celebrate the south Asian influences on British gardens. Monty Don visits a Hindu temple inNeasden, London, to learn more about the melding of two cultures – the traditional Hindu mandir and its suburban London location. Frances Tophill and Nick Bailey pick up growing advice from allotmenteers in Bradford and Birmingham.
Joe Swift meets passionate gardeners in Middlesex who have created a garden celebrating their Indian roots. We meet Bala Kompalli, a botanical horticulturist who runs the orchid unit at Kew Gardens. Carol visits Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to discover the Asian plants and trees that have become commonplace in our gardens, and Arit Anderson visits the Aga Khan building in London to get a first look at a collection of newly designed Islamic gardens.