And here’s yet another installment in my on-going fascination will all things British. In between complaining about our own TV gardening shows (or lack thereof), it’s interesting to check in on what’s going on across the Atlantic, where they actually do have a primetime—and long-running—gardening show, Gardener’s World.
GW hired a new host a while back, Toby Buckland, and the reviews have been mixed. One of the snippiest is from former GW co-presenter/BBC personality Stefan Buczacki, who, after stating that the show no longer has relevance for real-world gardeners, sites an installment from last fall, where Buckland demonstrated how to take cuttings from pansies.
“Not one gardener in ten thousand wants to or ever will take cuttings from pansies. If they want more, they will go to B&Q and spend a pound or two on another tray. Get a life, Toby.”
Even this critique demonstrates how far away the specific problems of British gardening are from ours; the extreme climates across most of our zones dictate that pansies will be an early spring (north) or autumn (south) annual and that’s pretty much the end of it. (Personally, I find pansies annoying in their prettiness—such a tease when I can barely get them to last through May.)
In perusing several of the articles referencing Gardener’s World, I did see that the show has recently been including some interesting topics, such as the problem of vandalism on allotment sites, and has long been addressing home vegetable growing. Whatever its problems, GW does seem to rise above HgTV’s norm of decks, firepits, and other accoutrements of “outdoor living.”