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Love Your Garden

  • Episode: 

    2 of 8

  • Title: 

    Cambridge
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 02 Jul 2013
  • TX Confirmed: 

    No
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 27 2013 : Sat 29 Jun - Fri 05 Jul
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Episode two:  Cambridge
 
Alan Titchmarsh and his team transform the garden of a young mother whose son requires round the clock care; putting some holiday sun into her uninspiring garden and bringing the beach to Cambridgeshire 
 
Until five years ago, mum Suzi and her two children Katiya and Isaac - were a happy active bunch who took frequent trips to Spain to visit family.  But when 12 year old Isaac was diagnosed with the debilitating condition ALD, their lives changed forever. Isaac is now largely confined to his bed or his wheelchair and Suzi has given up work to become his full time carer. With so much of her time spent in the house devoted to Isaac it’s no surprise that her garden has become neglected and foreign trips are a thing of the past.  
 
Surprising the family with a visit, Alan sees for himself how the garden has become a no go area for both Isaac and Suzi. 
 
Having packed them off so his team can get to work, Alan is determined to transform their flat and barren space into a holiday themed oasis. But it will be no easy task. The garden is huge and Alan has a demanding design in mind. First, to gain further inspiration, he visits a garden in Chelmsford where the owner has recreated a Caribbean beach in his own backyard. 
 
Back in Cambridge hard landscaping expert David Domoney replaces the rotten deck and puts in a sweeping resin bound path that will allow Isaac access to all areas of the new garden. Landscape gardener Katie Rushworth lays out two huge gravel beds which horticulturist Frances Tophill fills with Mediterranean themed plants. Alan wants the existing pergola to be a sanctuary for Suzi, so revitalises it with lush, shade giving greenery. 
 
Having had a chat with Suzi at the hospice that provides vital support, Alan returns with a fresh challenge for the team – getting the new garden ready in time, and of a high enough standard to throw a fund raising reveal for Suzi by inviting her friends and neighbours to visit. 
 
To find inspiration for the final elements to help pull that off, David Domoney visits a nearby garden that’s bursting with bling worthy of Beverly Hills. He then installs a state of the art sound system, sail shade and outdoor pizza oven in Suzi’s new garden.
 
After a tireless struggle in blazing sunshine the team’s hard work is complete. But will Alan have succeeded in giving Suzi a garden that brings the holiday to her?
 
Series overview:
 
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.