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Gardeners' World

  • 1968
  • Lifestyle
  • Homes and gardens


"Gardeners' World" is the BBC's flagship gardening show packed with seasonal advice from experts. It premiered on BBC Two in 1968 and originally came from Oxford Botanical Gardens. From 1969, it was filmed at the lead presenter's own garden - Percy Thrower's horticultural plot in Shrewsbury. Arthur Billitt took over in 1976 and offered tips from his farm in Worcestershire and he was followed in 1979 by Geoff Hamilton, who went on to use two gardens in Rutland. Hamilton, lauded for his down-to-earth style and promotion of renewable organic soil nutrients, was a mainstay on the show until his untimely death in 1996, while still the programme's host. Next up was Alan Titchmarsh, who presented the show from his garden in Hampshire. A rented garden at Shottery in Stratford-upon-Avon was used by Monty Don between 2003 and 2008. Don left the show after suffering a minor stroke, but returned as the main presenter in 2011 when he replaced Toby Buckland. The show is currently filmed at Don's garden in Herefordshire.

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