July 30, 2012

the nations favourite blooms.

UKTV Gardens has joined forces with the Royal Horticultural Society and Dorling Kindersley to carry out a nationwide poll to discover the country’s best-loved blooms. Presented by Joe Swift, this ten part series will reveal the flowers that top the charts in the affections of the great British public. The programmes will examine one category at a time and give a comprehensive and definitive take on each category winner. Each programme will look at two growers, who are regular faces at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and who will share the inside track from their nurseries, as well as looking at their pre-show cultivation.

Aside from the professional growers, a range of celebrity gardening advocates will be waxing lyrical about their passion for particular blooms, from Charlie Dimmock’s love of the daffodil, to Kim Wilde gunning for the geranium. Joe will also meet people, whose passion for a particular plant has led them to fill their gardens with it, giving the series a unique mix of professional and amateur horticultural information.

Scented Flower.
Sweet peas, roses and lavender are top contenders in the scented flower category. Landscape gardener Bunny Guinness talks about her personal favourite.

Indoor Plant.
The cactus, spider plant and African violet are the most common houseplants across the nation. Pippa Greenwood and Diarmuid Gavin talk about their favourites.

Flowering Shrub or Tree.
Lilac, cherry and camellia are among the contenders in the flowering shrub/tree category. Diarmuid Gavin and Roy Lancaster discuss their personal favourites.

Flowering Perennial.
Delphiniums, geraniums and lupins are some of the nation's favourite perennial flowers. Sven Wombwell and Kim Wilde talk about their personal favourites.

The Bulb.
Revealing the results of a nationwide poll to identify Britain's favourite flowers. Today, TV gardeners Chris Beardshaw and Dan Pearson champion their favourite bulbs.

Exotic Plant.
From tree ferns to palms, the exotic plants make for an interesting top five. Rosie Atkins, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, and Dan Pearson discuss their choices.

Bedding Flower.
Busy Lizzies and marigolds are popular choices, and Plantsman Chris Collins and the equally colourful Charlie Dimmock are advocates for their favourites.

Flowering Climber.
Passion flowers, honeysuckle and wisteria are in the flowering climber category. Pippa Greenwood and Matt James vouch for their choices.

Container Flower.
Pansies and petunias are in the top contenders in the container flower category, but which is Carol Klein most keen on? Chelsea grower Stuart Lockyer has handy tips.

All-Time Top Ten.
Charlie Dimmock, Diarmuid Gavin and Chris Collins and other celebrity gardeners reveal the overall top ten blooms. Will the lily pip the rose to the top spot?

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