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  • In one sense it's better than other shows as it has had more realistic budgets although there doesn't appear to any reference to design costs which I find  little odd.  The two I've seen so far have focused on what seem to be termed  'garden rooms' with lots of paving etc rather than planting.  Hopefully there will be some more naturalistic gardens later in the series.  There's also not seemed to have been a great deal of information about the plants.   

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      Hi there,

      Thanks for responding. I liked the realistic budgets too - breath of fresh air! I also liked that they look into the design process in a bit more detail -I  hadn't even considered the design costs though - good job I posted on here!



      • An additional point - I actually enjoy the small garden ideas more - reusing materials on a limited budget is probably more realistic for most people.

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    Yes, I watched it... I think the last one there was a garden looking onto countryside ... oodles of hard landscaping went in, and the other one was a communal garden/meeting area for a block of flats.

    Yes its an ok programme - thoughts...

    it would be good if they had (as music programmes do) a website that gave the plants used, suppliers and the like - there are often plants that I think I could use, short of having a notebook while watching and scribbling furiously there is no way of capturing such things. It would surely help the industry, as people would be asking for plants by name... and see that they do not need one of something, but several.

    I also, given the "before" images and videos, wonder what these makeover gardens look like after a year or 3. The owners are very often obviously not gardeners - do the gardens fall into disrepair? Do they get one of us in? Or do these people suddenly develop a interest and motivation to keep their gardens in shape?

    On the positive it isn't endless shots of Monty or Alan marshalling labourers and the garden owners working all hours to achieve the programmes project time line.


  • I agree about realistic budgets and enjoy the reveal but most of the show is constantly repeating the same steps. 

    • They show the "before" garden and describe it,
    • they get the owner to describe it,
    • they get the designer to describe it
    • They show the designer working up thier design
    • they show the designers revealing their designs
    • they show the designs again, in case we forgot
    • they ask the owner to comment on the design whilst showing us the design again
    • etc
    • etc

    Basically the whole thing could be done in 30 mins instead of an hour and be more interesting. Oh and last weeks garden looked nothing like the design and more like a footpath in Snowdonia.

  • It's ok, at least it's not TiTchmarsh & co throwing things into a garden & everybody thinking everything is lovely. Until six weeks later & the paving has sunk, etc.

    Designs are not bad, this weeks budget £60k is a far cry from what most people have to spend on the garden (or indeed in the house itself) The end result looked nothing like the 3D imaging but everything changes when on site.

    If it gives potential clients a realistic idea of costing rather than think £2k will get the whole garden sorted then it's not a bad programme. Plus I have a thing for Angela! Scalon


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    I watched the ep with the St Albans property and 60k budget. My main takeaway from it is that without proper maintenance - and that garden will have been high maintenance - it will look an absolute wreck in two years. No offense to any designers on here but it is a typical designer garden - all style, no thought for future maintenance. Given that the owners left the non-landscaped garden to turn in to scrub land pretty much, I can't see them maintaining it without a regular gardener. Which they likely do have as that area is full of incredibly expensive properties, and you don't live there without having some money behind you.

    The show itself? Meh - the faux VR thing is a load of manure. Wouldn't watch it again.

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