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Gardeners' World is a long-running BBC television programme about gardening that continues to this day. The first episode was filmed in 1968, presented by Ken Burras and came from Oxford Botanical Gardensmarker . The magazine BBC Gardeners' World is a tie-in to the programme. Most of the episodes prior to latest series of the show were 30 minutes long, though there are many specials that last longer, and from 2008 the popular show is now 60 minutes long. A book based on the history of the series entitled "Gardeners' World Through The Years" was released in 2003 by Gay Search.


The show was presented until recently from the lead presenter's own garden.

Critical Opinion

As the primary gardening programme on BBC television, the programme attracts vocal opinion on the merits of the presenters and the content of each episode. The 2009 season has introduced several new features, many of which of not been well received. Criticism has been especially harsh regarding the high cost of certain features such as the hard landscaping and raised-beds and what is widely regarded as the dumbed-down and derivative content. The 'Cool Wall' which mimics Top Gear, a competition for training places which mimics The Apprentice, children from CBeebies and content such as a feature on Garden gnomes have annoyed many viewers. The chorus of criticism of the programme and its presenters reached a crescendo in the national press in April 2009 following the publication of an article by former assistant presenter Stefan Buczacki in the Manchester Evening News in which he said the programme was boring and irrelevant to the needs of real gardeners. He considered parts of it so bad as to be "toe-curling". Much of the widespread criticism was also directed at the fact that the show no longer comes from a real garden.



Lead presenters have included:


The presenter's assistants have included:

BBC Gardeners world links and spin offs

The former present of Gardeners World Alan Titchmarsh teamed up with Charlie Dimmock to make the series Groundforce. This was about rapid garden makeovers.

BBC Gardeners' World Live

The BBC Gardeners' World Live Show is an extension of the television programme and magazine. Running annually in June, it is hosted at the Birmingham NECmarker[171066], co-located with the BBC Summer Good Food Show. Now in its 17th year the Show's popularity reflects in the visitor numbers which reached 115,000 (subject to ABC1 audit)in 2008. The Show hosts an extensive range of gardening content including BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Theatre - showcasing Gardeners World programme presenters and magazine contributors, award winning Show gardens judged by the RHS, Countryfile Magazine Area and the RHS[171067] Floral Marquee.

TV Gardening Programs

Television has produced a wide range of gardening shows. Being able to watch practical work like seed sowing, making a lawn, pollination, laying paths, digging ponds etc helps gardeners with their own similar projects at home or in their allotment. Gardener's World is ideal in that is shows all aspects of gardening. Other popular shows include Ground Force, Gardener's Question Time, In the Night Garden, Homefront in the Garden, Christine's Garden, with Cristine Walkden and Stefan’s Ultimate Gardens, with Stefan Buczaki.



External links

'BBC Gardeners' World Live'

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