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December 30, 2020

Garden Makers S02.

Series Repack.

Presenter Joe Swift and the designers visit a series of far-from-perfect plots, all in need of some horticultural TLC. With beautiful examples of perfect gardens and plenty of inside tips, Garden Makers has it covered!


Ep01 - Joe Swift meets award-winning designer Annie Guilfoyle in Arundel. She’s been given a brief to convert a long, thin garden behind an established art gallery. The owner, James Stewart, wants a private garden that will double as a display space for sculptures. Then he’s off to Trudi Harrison’s amazing garden in East Wittering in Sussex, l00 yards from the beach but brilliantly and amusingly divided up. Over 500 people go to see it every year as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

Ep02 - In the previous episode Annie Guilfoyle transformed James Stewart’s garden in Arundel. In this episode Joe sees her complete the job and goes with James to source garden sculptures from artists such as Giles Penny. Joe meets Anthea Ward who, together with her husband John, has rescued Squerryes Court at Westerham in Kent. They used an eighteenth-century plan to restore the formal garden.

Ep03 - After thirty years abroad, Paul and Lyn Fisher have retired to Dorking. They’ve called in designer Jill Fenwick to re-vamp the garden containing some of the objects they collected in three decades of world travel. Joe Swift finds out more.Meanwhile, Joe sees Chart’s Edge at Westerham. Owner, Penny Bigwood, has restored this large hillside garden with the help of her gardener, Nick Seaton. She started just after the hurricane of 1987 gave the property an unexpectedly blank canvas.

Ep04 - In Salisbury, Joe Swift meets designer Catherine Thomas in the garden she is creating for two-year old Tegen Dixon-Clarke. Parents Peter and Jennifer are going to be allowed to use it…by appointment! And, in his tour of the region’s Open Gardens, Joe visits Down Place. Owners, David and Selena Thistleton-Smith have created an amazing garden on the Downs, including an astonishing wild-flower meadow.

Ep05 - Joe Swift finds out how designer Sue Hook intends to re-model a garden in Dorset’s picturesque Piddle Valley. Owners Craig and Maria Wakeham have clear ideas about what they want.For the National Gardens Scheme, Joe visits Park Terrace in Tillington – near Petworth - where Isabelle & Humphrey Bowden’s garden is stuffed with plants and is the perfect setting in which to display Humphrey’s bronze fountains.

Ep06 - June Edwards has recently extended her house in Surrey. Now she’s unsure about what to do with the garden so she’s called in designer Jill Fenwick. Joe Swift finds out how they get on.Also in this programme; the glory of Stonewall Park in Kent. Elizabeth and Valentine Fleming have created a walled garden with herbaceous borders, a vegetable garden, and twelve acres of woodland with Rhododendrons and magnolias. How do they keep on top of it?

Ep07 - In Haslemere, Sarah and Martin Large are putting the finishing touches to a house conversion. As Joe Swift finds out, they’ve asked designer Gill German to come up with a sympathetic garden – split into two.As part of the National Gardens Scheme, Joe meets Suzanna Gayford at Rymans in Sussex. This is gardening on a grand scale.

Ep08 - Joe Swift is back in Haslemere, where designer Gill German and her team are completing a new garden for Sarah and Martin Large. The final touches are being put to a grand pergola in the Arts and Crafts style.For inspiration, Joe visits the open garden of Old Buckhurst, Markbeech, near Edenbridge. Jane and John Gladstone and their daughter, Claire, have developed a walled cottage garden with an amazing array of plants with particular emphasis on structure, texture, scent and colour.

Ep09 - Joe Swift meets Patrick Clarke who’s designing a garden…for himself. The challenge is to transform the tiny space behind at his house in Brighton into a contemporary garden, using his trademark - minimalismJoe sees Somerset Lodge, Petworth – which is open to the public in the “Yellow Book” scheme. Raymond and Rosemary Harris have cleverly included a walled kitchen garden, ponds, a gorgeous folly from which to enjoy the view over the Downs.

Ep10 - Ros and Stuart Badger have long wanted a new garden behind their house in Surrey. They’ve commissioned designer Jill Fenwick to transform a very ordinary space – for them, and their cats.In the Open Gardens Scheme, Joe visits Edenbridge House in Kent. Owner Mair Lloyd has divided the garden into a series of “rooms” with spectacular herbaceous borders in front of the house.

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