The BEST Episodes of Gardeners' World
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2022
Network: BBC Two
Gardeners' World is a long-running BBC television programme about gardening that continues to this day. The first episode was filmed in 1968, presented by Ken Burras and came from Oxford Botanical Gardens. Most of the episodes of the show are 30 minutes long, though there are many specials that last longer.
#1 - Episode 13
Season 50 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 16, 2017
Gardeners' World celebrates its 50th anniversary with a full hour of gardening from Gardeners' World Live at the NEC. Monty kicks off the party and is joined by the whole team, who will be bringing you all the show has to offer. Joe Swift and Adam Frost take a look at the show gardens and we meet garden designer David Stevens, who has created a garden showcasing 50 years of changing trends in our back yards. Carol Klein is in the floral marquee looking at the plants which have defined the decades, whilst Rachel de Thame, Flo Headlam, Alan Power, Nick Bailey and Mark Lane explore the show features including the Gardeners' World-themed borders and other floral displays. Monty and Alan Titchmarsh meet to talk about their experiences as the nation's head gardener and Mary Berry reveals the winner of the golden jubilee plant award.
#2 - Episode 19
Season 50 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 4, 2017
There are plans for propagating and planting at Longmeadow this week when Monty Don plants up a new bed of irises and takes pelargonium cuttings. Nick Bailey brightens up a dull and shady space at the side of a terraced house and gives advice on plants that will thrive, Carol Klein pays the first of two visits to West Yorkshire to meet a couple whose outstanding planting has resulted in a garden full of late summer interest and Joe Swift takes a close look at a sloping and shady town garden to find out how the owner has designed this difficult space. We also meet a gardener in Dorset who took on the challenge of an overgrown coastal garden to create an Italianate idyll and take an in-depth look at one of the most colourful of summer stalwarts - the pelargonium.
#3 - Episode 26
Season 50 - Episode 26 - Aired Sep 22, 2017
As the Autumn Equinox arrives, along with celebrating the season's apple bounty Monty Don plans for Christmas by planting bulbs to brighten the dark winter days ahead. He also offers advice on planting garlic for next year. Carol Klein celebrates the sedum, one of the autumn season's highlights, while Adam Frost provides an update on the development of his Lincolnshire garden. The programme also visits a garden in Gloucestershire, which is a haven for moths and butterflies, while Alan Power handles the summer work at Stourhead.
#4 - Episode 29
Season 50 - Episode 29 - Aired Oct 13, 2017
Monty Don adds gooseberries to his fruit garden, divides and moves herbaceous perennials and advises on the best bulbs to plant for cut flowers next year. Frances Tophill meets a couple who have devised a meticulous method of protecting tender plants over the winter, while Adam Frost gives design tips on placing and planting trees. Nick Bailey explores a myriad of colour in leaf, bark and berry when he travels to Bluebell Arboretum in Leicestershire, and Arit Anderson is in Yorkshire where she finds out about a project using innovative techniques for producing food.
#5 - Episode 30
Season 50 - Episode 30 - Aired Oct 20, 2017
As the nights become colder, Monty Don advises on what plants need protection and how to nurture tender plants over the coming months. He also plants tulips and wallflowers for late spring colour. Carol Klein celebrates ornamental grasses, Adam Frost travels to Peterborough to find out about the work of a Children in Need project for disadvantaged and vulnerable youngsters, while Nick Bailey gives a guide on how to build a cold-frame for an affordable price. Plus, a visit to an enthusiast in Surrey who grows thousands of South African succulents in his back garden.
#6 - Episode 7
Season 51 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 27, 2018
Monty Don begins to divide ornamental grasses, offering advice on what to do with containers that are past their best. He also plants up a colourful alpine trough and gives tips on what to sow now in the vegetable garden. Nick Bailey travels to Shropshire to assist a viewer whose border has become a tangle of shrubs. Plus, Frances Tophill makes progress on her shared allotment in Bristol as she prepares the beds for sowing her first crops and Arit Anderson visits an extraordinary high-rise building in Milan that has been designed as a living forest.
#7 - Episode 8
Season 51 - Episode 8 - Aired May 11, 2018
The programme pays a visit to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival to see this year's hottest garden designs and the season's must-have plants. Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Adam Frost explore the event, sampling the best from the floral marquee and show gardens. Meanwhile, at Longmeadow, Monty Don plants herbaceous perennials for summer colour and gives timely advice on how to care for carnivorous plants. Plus, Frances Tophill catches up with the growing trend for greening up indoor spaces with house plants.
#8 - Episode 9
Season 51 - Episode 9 - Aired May 18, 2018
Monty Don adds plants to give height and drama to his cottage garden borders, while Carol Klein's plant of the season is the delicate dog's tooth violet. Joe Swift travels to the Trellisick garden in Cornwall to meet a special garden volunteer and Adam Frost returns to Leicestershire to monitor the progress of the new-build garden.
#9 - Episode 10
Season 51 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 1, 2018
With summer on the horizon, Monty Don plants up pots for summer colour, as well as giving his box hedging a seasonal cut. Frances Tophill offers an update on her shared allotment as she checks on the progress of crops, Mark Lane heads to Suffolk where he gives advice on the elements of successful woodland planting design and Nick Bailey travels to a garden in Cheshire to answer a viewer's query about how to plant up a rocky area of their garden. The programme also visits Worcestershire where a garden has been given a tropical twist and the final garden in the Every Space Counts competition is revealed.
#10 - Episode 12
Season 51 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 15, 2018
At Gardeners' World Live, Adam Frost and Joe Swift take a close look at all the show gardens for fresh ideas as well as inspiration. Mark Lane finds planting ideas around the showground, while Carol Klein and Nick Bailey explore the floral marquee. The presenters meet the designers whose innovative ideas have resulted in a show garden made from scrap iron and junk shop finds, go behind the scenes to visit the nurseries who bring their best specimens to the show and meet a woman who has travelled from the Isle of Skye with her plants. Plus, the winner of the Every Space Counts competition is announced.
#11 - Episode 18
Season 52 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 12, 2019
Monty Don and the team focus their attention on the loss of wildflower habitats in the UK and the part that gardeners can play in averting the resulting loss of wildlife. In Lincolnshire, Adam Frost finds out how crucial meadows are to supporting the ecosystem, Arit Anderson visits East Sussex to discover the results of a recent wildlife survey carried out in the gardens there and Nick Bailey travels to Staffordshire where meadows are being grown in gardens for the benefit of wildlife. Plus, Carol Klein identifies plants that can help increase insect and bird populations.
#12 - Episode 15
Season 50 - Episode 15 - Aired Jun 30, 2017
Rachel de Thame joins Monty Don at Longmeadow to add more medicinal planting to the herb garden - especially those that bees love. She also investigates how gardeners can aid honey bee conservation and protect the nation's favourite pollinators. Monty visits a garden in Herefordshire to see a collection of Siberian Iris, which inspires him to create a new Iris patch, adding warmth and splash of colour into his dry garden. The green-fingered experts also discover a garden containing a stunning collection of clematis Montana. Plus, Nick Bailey reveals how to plan, design and build a border fit for any garden, while in Somerset, Carol Klein visits the home of Margery Fish, the writer who exercised a strong influence on the informal style of the cottage garden, before her death in 1969.
#13 - Episode 6
Season 49 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 15, 2016
Monty starts a new project - a cutting garden - and gives advice on what to grow to provide plenty of cut flowers for gorgeous summer bouquets. We visit Cumbria to meet Jack Gott, who has been passionate about that most flamboyant of flowers, the dahlia, for more than 40 years and has over a thousand plants in his garden. James Alexander-Sinclair celebrates a harbinger of spring, the ephemeral cherry blossom, at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.
#14 - Episode 13
Season 51 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 22, 2018
At Longmeadow, Monty Don celebrates the mid-summer glory of roses in all their forms. He also plants some statuesque shrubs in pots for year-round interest, and deals with a pesky rabbit problem in the vegetable patch. Carol Klein revels in seasonal flower the peony, Adam Frost finds inspiration from the wild flowers that grow near to his Lincolnshire home, and Arit Anderson visits a garden in Derbyshire designed to capture and use rainwater. Plus, the iris enthusiast in Gloucestershire who is attempting to collect all the varieties created by one of her ancestors.
#15 - Episode 29
Season 49 - Episode 29 - Aired Oct 14, 2016
Gardening magazine. There is a visitor at Longmeadow this week when Rachel de Thame lends Monty a hand as he refreshes his dry garden with plants that will thrive in tricky growing conditions. Monty also visits a national collection of vines to search out the best varieties for growing outdoors. Frances Tophill travels to the heart of Wales to meet a couple who have carved out a garden 1000 feet above sea level and Joe Swift visits Chelsea gold medal winner and stonemason Martin Cook to see how he uses contemporary rock sculpture within his Buckinghamshire garden. Garden doctor Nick Bailey offers intensive care to some neglected patio pots, while Adam Frost gets to work on renovating his rose pergola and laying paths in his kitchen garden. Alan Power visits Marks Hall arboretum in Essex, spending a day with the head gardener to find out what it takes to manage a landscape populated with trees.
#16 - Episode 1
Season 53 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 20, 2020
It is the first day of spring and Monty has sharpened his tools in readiness to open the gardening year, accompanied, of course, by Nigel and Nellie, in the first episode of the series. Monty reflects on how Longmeadow has fared during an extraordinarily wet winter and gets going on a few essential tasks to get the garden into gear for the seasons to come.
#17 - Episode 24
Season 52 - Episode 24 - Aired Aug 23, 2019
With the bank holiday weekend looming, Monty Don has plenty of inspiration for gardeners from planting for late summer colour to tidying up herbs and pruning soft fruit. Nick Bailey concludes his journey into the clematis world by looking at the late summer-flowering varieties and the programme travels to Devon to meet a retired biology teacher with a passion for houseleeks.
#18 - Episode 2
Season 53 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 27, 2020
Gardeners’ World celebrates the snowdrop and visits one of the world’s largest collections, lovingly nurtured in a suburban back garden and Monty gives tips on what to do once they have finished flowering. At Longmeadow it’s time to get dahlias into growth and, for inspiration, last summer we visited a field full of dahlias in Sussex to get tips from a professional grower. Nick Bailey revels in the beauty of magnolias and Monty has plenty of jobs for us all to be getting on with this weekend.
#19 - Episode 15
Season 49 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 8, 2016
Monty is reaping the rewards of the summer when he begins to harvest crops from the vegetable garden and gives tips on extending the flower season in the borders. Carol takes a trip to the seaside to discover why some plants thrive despite being assaulted by salt-laden winds and we make a final visit to Sissinghurst to catch up with Troy Scott-Smith and see the changes that have been made to the garden.
#20 - Episode 6
Season 50 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 14, 2017
Nick Bailey gets to grips with an unpromising patch of grass and gives his tips on how to achieve a luscious lawn, and Carol Klein continues her series on her gardening heroes when she visits Waterperry Gardens to find out about the legacy of Beatrix Havergal. Frances Tophill selects her Golden Jubilee plant, Flo Headlam visits a garden centre in Manchester which is run by the local community, and there is a return to Adam Frost's garden, where he gives advice on how to rid borders of bindweed.
#21 - Episode 20
Season 50 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 11, 2017
Monty Don gives advice on how to cut and maintain hedges as well as ideas on growing fruit in pots, while Adam Frost uncovers the secrets of successful planting combinations in an Oxfordshire garden. Carol Klein chooses varieties of late flowering clematis as her plant of the month, Nick Bailey travels to the southern tip of Cornwall to seek out a plant which escaped from our gardens and is now threatening rare and native plants, and Mark Lane joins the enthusiasts who have lovingly restored a walled garden in Warwick.
#22 - Episode 1
Season 51 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 9, 2018
The imminent arrival of spring heralds a new gardening year at Longmeadow, as Monty Don reveals his new plans for the year and takes stock of any winter damage. As well as offering seasonal hints and tips, the presenter embarks on a mission to reduce the use of plastic in his garden, starting by exploring alternative containers to use for seed sowing. Adam Frost brings his design expertise to a tiny back yard to demonstrate that, with a bit of ingenuity, every inch of space can count. A Wolverhampton couple show off their inspirational garden, packed to bursting with surprises.
#23 - Episode 5
Season 51 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 13, 2018
Monty Don gets to grips with a new project, beefs up his borders by dividing perennials and celebrates spring-flowering shrubs. Frances Tophill prepares her vegetable plot on an allotment, while Nick Bailey has tips on how to get everything shipshape for the season ahead. Plus, Adam Frost explores a tropical garden in Dorset and meets a man who is passionate about growing unusual and exotic plants from seed and Carol Klein profiles the camellia.
#24 - Episode 15
Season 52 - Episode 15 - Aired Jun 21, 2019
Monty Don revels in the roses in his garden, harvests honey from his bees and gives advice on the maintenance of hardy geraniums as well as planting others for summer groundcover. Rachel de Thame shows how the most ordinary of spaces can be transformed by adding seasonal containers, Joe Swift heads to Cornwall to meet musician and actor Will Young who reveals his love of gardening, and Frances Tophill visits an allotment in Oxfordshire to meet a gardener who is growing her crops alongside plants attractive to pollinating insects and other wildlife. Plus, the programme catches up with a garden historian who has incorporated elements of period gardens into her own town garden.
#25 - Episode 30
Season 52 - Episode 30 - Aired Oct 4, 2019
At Longmeadow, Monty Don is celebrating the berries of the season and plants up potfuls of colour for spring. Frances Tophill meets the gardeners on an allotment site in Birmingham and harvests some unusual vegetables, while Adam Frost and Arit Anderson join forces to transform a front garden in Hampshire into a haven for the owners as well as wildlife. In Nottinghamshire, we meet an enthusiast who has amassed a collection of over one hundred varieties of rhubarb and in Scotland we find out why we should all grow herbs from a grower with over six hundred different types.