Great British Garden Revival episode 12: Television gardeners try to save the nation’s gardening heritage. Carol Klein praises daffodils and Chris Beardshaw campaigns for blossom. Carol Klein reveals that she is daft about daffodils. On her revival, she uncovers the history of the UK daffodil industry on a visit to Cornwall’s Tamar Valley, takes to the streets of Falmouth and paints the town yellow, and meets a specialist bulb merchant in Somerset. Carol shares her tips and advice on how easy it is to plant, grow and care for this wonderful spring flower.
Chris Beardshaw is on the blossom campaign trail. On his revival, he visits a man in the Scottish Borders who has restored a walled garden and created a living library of heritage fruit trees, takes to his bike on the blossom trail in Worcestershire and meets a woman in Edinburgh who has been campaigning to save the flowering cherry trees on her street from the chop. Chris gives his guide to the best blossoming trees and shrubs, shares his tips on how to plant a magnolia tree and shows us how a spot of pruning can keep blossom returning year after year.
Great British Garden Revival episode 12
Daffodils are one of the most popular and cheery heralds of spring. Planted in September, they spend several months developing roots before the flowers burst forth, usually between February and May. Ideal in containers, borders and lawns, they’ll suit almost any garden style and situation.
Daffodils have instantly recognisable flowers with a central trumpet surrounded by six petal-like tepals. Usually yellow or white, the flowers stand on sturdy stems, above slender leaves, reaching from just 20cm (8in) tall up to 50cm (20in), depending on the cultivar. Plant in early September, in fertile, well-drained conditions with plenty of sun. They are happy in containers as well as in the ground, where they do best planted at a depth of three times the height of the bulb. Daffodils dislike waterlogged soil, as well as very dry conditions and deep shade. Avoid shallow planting, overcrowding the bulbs, and cutting back the leaves before they die naturally.
Beardshaw was formally trained in Horticulture at Pershore College and holds an BA Hons and PGDip in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gloucestershire. He has won 35 prestigious design awards, including 12 RHS Gold Medals, the latest was for his Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018 which also was awarded the coveted Best Show Garden Award. He has also been voted for the People’s Choice Award 5 times.
His first TV appearance was in 1999 as the expert on ‘Surprise Gardeners’ for Carlton TV. After this, he moved to the BBC TV and Real Rakeovers as the expert contributor. His first show as solo presenter was Weekend Gardener for UKTV Style in 2000. Also in 2000, he co-presented Gardening Neighbours for BBC 2. This was followed by three series of Housecall. After this, he joined Gardeners’ World Live as a specialist presenter, and then soon moved on to become a presenter on Gardeners’ World, alongside Monty Don and Rachel De Thame. Beardshaw was perhaps best known for his The Flying Gardener series for BBC2 which ran for four series. He currently presents Beechgrove Garden and is a regular panel member on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.