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May 25, 2016

Garddio a Mwy s01.

S4C Wales 27 Apr 2016 - Welsh with embedded English subtitles

"Gardening and More" is a gardening and nature series, with Iwan Edwards, Sioned Edwards, Meinir Gwilym and Twm Elias. In the first edition, the presenters prepare for the growing season ahead, and visit RSPB Cymru's Lake Efynwy Nature Reserve.


Sioned plants the few remaining climbing roses to finish off her decorative 'rose arch', while Iwan prepares to plant out seeds for the first time. Away from the garden, Meinir Gwilym tracks down some elusive creatures in a river near Trawsfynydd, and meets botanist Dr Trevor Dines from Plantlife UK to learn about the Coronation Meadows project.

Sioned puts together a willow frame for her aconitums, while Iwan introduces his bees. Away from the garden, Meinir visits Teifi Marshes National Nature Reserve in Cilgerran to learn about the variety of habitats and wildlife on the reserve, and she also gets up early to join Daniel Jenkins-Jones from RSPB Cymru to listen in on the dawn chorus in its full glory.

Sioned prunes the pampas bush and explains the necessary steps to follow when planting out a tree in the garden, and Iwan establishes an area within the garden that will be a haven for wildlife. Meanwhile, Meinir releases freshwater crayfish on the River Usk as part of an important conservation project, and leading naturalist Twm Elias introduces viewers to the wonderful world of mosses.

The weather begins to improve, and Iwan Edwards takes the opportunity to explain the importance of watering young plants in the spring months. Sioned Edwards makes use of an old birdcage to create a colourful hanging basket for the summer, and away from the garden, Meinir Gwilym searches for rare newts in the company of the Denbighshire Countryside Service. Plus, experienced gardener Awen Jones offers tips on how to care for wildlife-friendly shrubbery.

Sioned Edwards demonstrates how to bring a dash of colour to a dry stone wall and Iwan Edwards embarks on an ambitious attempt at growing melons. Meinir Gwilym spends a day with a Snowdonia National Park area warden, and Awen Jones gives advice on making a simple pond to attract wildlife to the garden.

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Sioned plants hostas and divides cowslips to encourage growth, while Iwan gets to grips with his brassicas. Away from the garden, Meinir learns about a project at the River Taff.

Sioned Edwards plants some climbers and makes creative use of an old water trough, while Iwan Edwards gets to grips with the wilder parts of the garden. Plus, Meinir Gwilym visits the Great Orme.

Sioned checks the health of the roses in the garden, and takes cuttings from the verbena, while Iwan unearths the first of this year's potatoes. Meinir visits Llennyrch Gorge near Maentwrog, and learns about the rare species of lichen that grow in this Celtic Rainforest. Over on South Stack, Daniel Jenkins-Jones of RSPB Cymru takes a look at the birds nesting on the cliffs.

Sioned creates a bouquet of summer flowers from the garden while Iwan prunes the large apple tree. They also take stock of the successes and failures in the garden so far this year. Meinir visits a garden designed especially for wildlife near Betws y Coed and Twm Elias looks at the summer flowers and plants that are at their best at this time of year.

Sioned cuts back lavender and Iwan gets to grips with the Austrian Scythe in the orchard. Meinir Gwilym visits a field near the River Conwy that was turned into a wildflower meadow.

Sioned chooses where to plant the bulbs for next year's display, and Iwan harvests and stores this year's produce. Meanwhile, Meinir Gwilym examines efforts to preserve the Southern Damselfly species in Pembrokeshire.

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Iwan harvests raspberries and prunes the bushes, while Sioned demonstrates taking cuttings from plants. Meinir examines the fossilized remains of a rainforest near Wrexham.

Iwan harvests apples from the orchard, while Sioned introduces the polytunnel for the first time. Meinir experiences the issue of rubbish dumping in Brecon Beacons National Park.

Iwan Edwards discusses the importance of ivy in a garden, while Sioned Edwards visits an historic garden to look for some inspiration for her plans to re-design one of the beds at Pont-y-Twr. Plus, Meinir Gwilym learns about a pioneering project to save Wales' hedgerows and the rich biodiversity they support.

Iwan Edwards takes a crate of apples from the Pont-y-Twr orchard to the Apple Festival at Erddig, while Sioned Edwards explains why now is the best time to plant sweet pea seeds.

Iwan does some essential maintenance on the greenhouse and takes cuttings from the black currant bushes, while Sioned visits a local nursery to choose border plants.

Iwan plants out garlic and runner beans for cropping in the spring, Sioned creates an autumnal bouquet and takes cuttings from a dogwood plant.

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