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July 27, 2011

a man and his garden.

This is a repack of previously published single articles.

Five-part BBC series celebrating the life and work of Geoff Hamilton, Britain’s favourite gardener, who died from a heart attack on 4 August, 1996.

Episode 1 of 5 - Roots and Sideshoots.
Episode one focuses on his early life and influences. Including interviews with his widow Lynda and identical twin brother Tony, as well as other relatives and friends. Narrated by Richard Briers.

A Man And His Garden s01e01

Broadcast in 1998 - these are ripped from VHS video tape.

Episode 2 of 5 - The Barnsdale Story.
This episode tells the history of the two "Barnsdale" gardens that were Geoff's pride and joy, and became familiar to viewers through years of exposure on Gardeners' World. Friends and relatives recall the work put into creating them, and reveal what their success meant to him. Narrated by Richard Briers.

Episode 3 of 5 - The Great Communicator.
This episode tells how Geoff communicated his passion for gardening to viewers and his fellow horticulturists, including Henry Kelly, Alan Titchmarsh and Gay Search, who share their memories of their friend and colleague.

Episode 4 of 5 - Cheap And Cheerful.
This episode concentrates on money-saving measures for cash-strapped gardeners, which became Geoff's trademark, including discarded orange boxes used as cold-frames and frost-beating polythene cloches. Includes unseen archive footage and interviews with widow Lynda and colleagues at Barnsdale. Narrated by Richard Briers.

Episode 5 of 5 - A Friend of the Earth.
In this episode, botanist David Bellamy and Geoff's relatives recall his love of nature, and the strongly held beliefs which led him to campaign against chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Geoff's campaign to eradicate the garden use of peat, and stone from endangered limestone pavements, are also recalled. Narrated by Richard Briers.

A Man And His Garden s01e05.avi1

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