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This week Alan and the team are helping a woman in Gloucestershire who’s devoted her life to caring for others. But transforming her windswept garden into a woodland glade leaves them battling the elements and wading through ankle deep mud.
Big hearted Kathy Mason has spent her life looking after others. This selfless mother of two has spent the last 18 years as primary carer for her brother Tony, who was seriously injured and confined to a wheelchair by a horrific road accident.
This has been in addition to nursing her mother and husband, who both tragically died from cancer within three years of each other, as well as fostering and adopting children with learning difficulties. With very little time for herself her current garden just about meets Tony and the children’s needs, but not her own.
Alan’s arrival at her front door is a wonderful surprise but seeing the garden for himself makes him realise just how big a task he’s taken on. So summoning his loyal team to assist, he sends Kathy and Tony off for a couple of days away to let the transformation unfold.
With several existing trees as his inspiration Alan decides to turn the garden into a magical woodland. But the British weather has other ideas, sending torrential rain and bruising hail to hamper the team’s efforts. David Domoney is tasked with sorting out the boundaries so heads off in search of ways to create privacy and shelter from the gusting wind.
With the beds turning rapidly to mud Katie Rushworth and Frances Tophill have their work cut out planting the hundreds of flowers and shrubs that will deliver Alan’s enchanted theme. The key feature of the garden will be a picture perfect summerhouse where Kathy can have some time to herself. But laying the lawn that leads up to it causes the team no end of worry as the quagmire they are working with is not suitable for turfing.
Will they find a solution in time for Kathy’s return?
The nation’s favourite gardener Alan Titchmarsh returns with a brand new series of his hit ITV peak-time gardening programme, Love Your Garden.
Love Your Garden (8 x 60 mins) will see the writer, broadcaster and TV personality travel the country to give surprise transformations to the outdoor spaces of some of Britain’s most deserving people.
Alan and his team of experts transform barren plots and small neglected grounds into stunning gardens and lifestyle-enhancing outdoor living spaces - while informing and inspiring viewers on how to recreate the look themselves with minimum fuss.
In each episode, Alan surprises garden owners who have an inspiring story to tell and whose outdoor space is in desperate need of a transformation. While the owner is whisked away, Alan designs the new-look garden – taking inspiration from the best gardens in the area and asking for help from local people and the owner's friends in completing the project.
Also on hand are Alan's three co-presenters and garden experts - David Domoney, Katie Rushworth and Frances Tophill - who pass on to viewers the tips and techniques behind their own contributions to the new garden. Garden designer and consultant David Dodd leads the team of contactors who renew the outdoor space.
Along with Alan they will transform the dreary outdoor space before welcoming the surprised owners back to what will have become their dream garden.
Whether you're a first time gardener or green-fingered horticulturalist, Love Your Garden is full of tips and surprises to inform and inspire everyone on how to redesign their own outdoor space.