December 12, 2014

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15- Aberdeenshire.

Christine Walkden heads to the Scottish county of Aberdeenshire. Her balloon takes her to Crathes Castle, ancient seat of Scottish nobles, where she learns about the challenges of gardening in an unforgiving climate and meets Doug, whose father left his mark on the estate. And she gets to grips with some […]

December 11, 2014

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14- Hampshire.

Christine flies above the green expanses of Hampshire, dropping in on two spectacular gardens. At Mottisfont she meets a gardening veteran who’s handing over the reins to his young protégée and at the Sir Harold Hillier Garden she learns about keeping it in the family. And she climbs into a pair […]

December 4, 2014

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13- Norfolk.

Christine’s balloon travels over the flattest part of Britain as she descends on Norfolk. At East Ruston Gardens she helps cut a hole in a hedge and meets Kathryn, a very determined woman. At the Bressingham Gardens Christine assists in preparing a tree for felling and we discover the fascinating human […]

November 27, 2014

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12- Staffordshire.

Christine floats over the landlocked Midlands county of Staffordshire. At Biddulph Grange she takes to the water to help remove some unwelcome guests and meets Helen, the ‘heart of the garden’. At Shugborough Hall she rallies the troops for a spot of tree hugging and discovers how the area’s proud industrial […]

November 27, 2014

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11- Cumbria.

Christine Walkden heads for the lakes and fells of Cumbria to visit some more magnificent gardens. At Levens Hall she lends a hand planting some spring bulbs and hears some of lakeland lad Len’s special memories, at Holehird she meets the dedicated volunteers who have restored this 19th-century garden to its […]

November 24, 2014

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10- Gloucestershire.

Christine Walkden is in the air above two glorious Gloucestershire gardens. At Hidcote Manor Garden she cuts an under performing shrub down to size and meets Sue, for whom the garden is an inspiration. At Kiftsgate Court Gardens she tackles an enormous rambling rose. We discover the arts and crafts heritage […]

November 21, 2014

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9- Scottish Borders.

Christine Walkden’s balloon odyssey takes her to the Borders region of Scotland, where she discovers the role art and literature play in creating memorable gardens. At Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford she tries her hand at fly-fishing and meets Jeannette, whose family history there spans a century. At Little Sparta she […]

November 21, 2014

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8- North Wales.

Christine Walkden visits Bodnant Garden in Snowdonia to explore a Himalayan valley amid the mountains of North Wales. She meets Phyllis, who is treading in her grandfather’s footsteps. At nearby Bodysgallen Hall, an unexpected view takes her back to childhood holidays, and there’s the story of the building of Snowdon’s […]

November 19, 2014

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The gardens of England’s northernmost county are the destination for Christine Walkden today. At Cragside she helps with some tree planting and meets fern queen Jennifer, and at Lindisfarne she hears how some over-exuberant Edwardian planting is undermining the castle foundations. There’s also the story of Britain’s forgotten genius, engineer William Armstrong.


November 18, 2014

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Christine Walkden takes to the skies above Oxfordshire to explore the county’s gardens. She visits Waterperry, where the gardeners are the custodians of a formidable legacy, and chats with Mary, the first woman to present Gardeners’ World. At Kingston Bagpuize, she meets the third-generation owner of a remarkable garden. Plus the roots […]