Posted: 14/03/2016 at 09:17
GW used to be about when and how and what to do and opening us to new ideas, new plants, new techniques plus the tried and trusted too. Now it's just half an hour to sit and sup a glass of wine and/or nod off or have on in the background while I do something else. Too much time wasting with long shots of strolls in the garden or projects the more experience of us know won't work or can't be applied in most UK gardens because of size, budgets, winter shelter etc.
We've had specials - Carol Klein's gardening year, gardens round the world, European gardens and so on. I'd like more and they could sensibly be based on projects and features in great British gardens. The RHS gardens have a good spread of climate, soil, exposure etc and different styles plus expert gardeners on hand to demonstrate and explain. I'd rather see those exploited by GW than his pally wally Sissinghurst bits with Sarah Raven and her husband.
There are other great gardens that could be used too - Great Dixter, Beth Chatto, Powis, Cambridge botanical, Welsh botanical, Alnwick, Holehead in Cumbria. Scotland, Ireland? Plenty of geographical spread and styles in there.