Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:11
Interesting little discussion here. I appear to fall into the majority camp of not enjoying the South African stuff or the hanging thingies - I thought they looked liked a tribal display of shrunken heads hanging in a row from the shed.... No worse than baskets full of clashing pink, orange and yellow flowers though
I am not very fond of the 'magazine' format of GW these days - all little snippets of things (presumably because we all have reduced attention spans and can't follow a single item for more than 5 minutes ).
I much preferred the Geoff Hamilton & Alan Titchmarsh style of programme which spent much more time in the televised garden. My favourite bits now are definitely when Monty is giving practical advice or undertaking a 'project' in his garden. I also quite like some of the garden makeovers they assist with over the whole season - they often cover problems or projects faced by many of us in our own small gardens giving it a relevance. It is good that there is no sense of 'instant makeover' - more the satisfaction of ' we can see where we've been today'.
I do know that the GW TV programme is not the same thing as the magazine or this forum. The magazine does, however, have the BBC logo on it and this forum is very closely connected to the magazine. GW will never be watched by those not interested in gardening. The BBC GW team would, therefore, be a bit daft if they did not occasionally dip in and out of this forum to see what their target audience think of their efforts.