Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:27
I couldn't bear Tony B's presenting style or his lackof care and repsct for plants and tools. I also thought Greenacres itself was ill conceived and most of his projects like that pond stack and the fake front gardens were risible.
Barsndale may not have been Geoff H's own back garden but he made all the different sites within it feel as though they were and showed planting styles and designs that were do-able or adaptable by most people however large or small their plot.
AT bought extra land to accommodate new projects for GW and, whilsts most have us have neither funds nor space for a grove of tree ferns, he did other projects which were adaptable and informative.
I really do feel that Monty is not, and never has been, in touch with ordinary gardening mortals and the amount of time, money and psace they have so his gardnen projects do not lend themseves to ordinary gardens even when the advice is sound.
This new series has not yet got me excited about gardening again when the weather improves which is pretty damming given how long it's been sicne I could get out there.
Beechgrove is, like Barnsdale, laid out as a series of smaller themed gardens and it has a veggie plot with normal and raised beds plus polytunnels and greenhouses so they can show all the different planting and care techniques and the advantages of each. They also have trial beds, give good practical info, ackowledge the gardening team behind the show and there's a fact sheet too.
GW - look to your laurels!