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Love Your Garden

  • Episode: 

    1 of 8

  • Title: 

    The Chan Family
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 24 Jun 2014
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 26 2014 : Sat 21 Jun - Fri 27 Jun
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Alan Titchmarsh and the team - David Domoney, Frances Tophill and Kate Rushworth - return for a new series of the hit gardening show. Not only will they be transforming unloved spaces into dream gardens for some very special people but they’ll also be sharing ideas, tips and practical demonstrations that will encourage everyone to get out and enjoy their own gardens. 
Episode 1 - The Chan Family
In episode one, Alan comes to the rescue of an inspirational family in Manchester whose much needed garden has become a no-go area, David Domoney shows viewers how to make a tired old deck look as good as new, Frances Tophill explains how to get the best from your garden no matter the soil type and Katie Rushworth demonstrates how to create a stunning, seasonal display using lilies.
Darren and Lesley Chan have four daughters but their youngest, 10 year old Amelie, was born with CHARGE syndrome, a debilitating genetic condition that has left her deaf, partially sighted and needing constant care. Darren has given up work to look after her and Lesley has retrained as a midwife to become the family’s main bread winner. All of this has meant that their once loved garden has fallen into disuse and disrepair.
Bearing the good news, Alan turns up at St Mary’s Hospital to surprise Lesley at the end of a night shift. Once she’s got over her shock they return to the house so that Alan can meet Darren and see the state of the garden for himself. With dilapidated decking, a partially filled in pond and uneven surfaces, the space is unfit for any member of the family. So Alan packs them all off for a few days and summons his team to begin the transformation.
But this will be no easy task. Whilst the house has been extended to accommodate the family and Amelie’s medical equipment; the garden has shrunk. Turning it into a garden that the whole family can enjoy will mean cramming an awful lot into a very small space. Will it still be beautiful?
To prove how it can be achieved Alan visits two nearby family gardens that have perfect proportions. Meanwhile, David takes charge of giving the Chans’ a multifunction pathway made of areas of decking, artificial turf and paving. Surrounding this Frances creates an area of sensory planting that Amelie will be able to enjoy and Katie plants a shade loving border that will help a new garden building blend in. Catching up with Lesley, Alan discovers what motivated her to become a midwife and just how special a little girl Amelie is. Determined to make this a garden for all of the daughters he then creates a seasonal planter for each of them.
At last the garden is finished, so, when Alan reveals it to Darren and Lesley, has he created their dream space?