Alan Titchmarsh has had a trusty spade in his hand for more than half a century. Having started work as an apprentice gardener at the tender age of 15, we’ve since seen him on screen presenting some of television’s best-loved gardening programmes, from Gardeners’ World and Chelsea Flower Show to Ground Force and Love Your Garden.
Having chalked up such a wealth of experience, it’s hard to imagine there’s very much in the gardening realm that could faze Alan, but he admits that the new series of Love Your Garden – which sees him venturing indoors for the first time – made him nervous.
“In this series we’re doing three episodes called Love Your Home and Garden, so it’s not just sorting out that piece of ground out the back, it’s sorting out part of the house as well, which is a bit scary!” he laughs.
“We’re not talking just decorating, either. Walls come down, which is pretty hairy, and the family and their possessions move out for several weeks. We have designers involved, but I question and chip in. I’m doing the garden, so I need to work things out with the architects to make sure the house complements the garden and vice versa.
Eight episodes will focus purely on gardens and three in which the team tackle the interior, too. The programme specialises in transforming the gardens of deserving people, and Alan promises the series will not disappoint.
“We’ve done a transformation for the first British Army triple amputee, who was injured
10 years ago in Afghanistan,” he says. “He has a family, and when he’s out he gets pointed at, which upsets his kids. He wanted somewhere he could be with them and be himself.
“He has one arm, so he can’t mow, so we used Astro turf for the lawn and created a play area and a rather modern outdoor corner room for his children, plus an entertainment area with a built-in barbecue for him and his wife. It did look nice.”
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