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Gardeners’ World 2018 preview

Gardeners' World 2018 presenters. Picture; BBC/Glenn Dearing/Geffrye Museum
Gardeners' World 2018 presenters, clockwise from left, Mark Lane, Adam Frost, Nick Bailey, Flo Headlam, Joe Swift, Carol Klein, Monty Don and Rachel De Thame. Picture; BBC/Glenn Dearing/Geffrye Museum

Show’s back on Friday, March 9

The wait is over for active and armchair gardeners alike… that hardy perennial, Gardeners’ World, is back on our TV screens on Friday, March 9.

Never mind the weather and the fall-out from the so-called ‘Beast from the East’, having Gardeners’ World to look forward to is a sign that spring is around the corner.

Initially, it will be the usual half-hour show from 8.30pm, but will extend to hour-long episodes in time for the prime gardening season on April 13.

Host of presenters

There are what must be a record 10 presenters this season (Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Flo Headlam, Adam Frost, Nick Bailey, Mark Lane, Rachel de Thame, Frances Tophill and Arit Anderson) – 12 if you count dogs Nigel and Nellie!

Monty unveils changes at Longmeadow and there’s a real sense of inclusiveness for all, as the show moves past its 50th year, under the guidance of former Great British Bake-Off producer Paolo Proto.

It’s now a show for beginners, improving your mental and physical health, even enticing those who aren’t gardeners at all but feel the benefits might be work giving it a go.

Promoting gardening for everyone

The programme’s a very different beast from watching Geoff Hamilton when I was a young ‘un.

Gardening is more than a hobby – it’s everything from a lifestyle choice to an extension of DIY/decorating and entertaining.

Good to see it’s moved with the times. Don’t take my word for it – there’s a splendid GW special (unsurprisingly) in March’s Gardeners’ World Magazine – get out and buy one!

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