Gardeners' World

The WORST episodes of Gardeners' World

Every episode of Gardeners' World ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Gardeners' World!

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.

Last Updated: 8/3/2022Network: BBC Two
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A New Orchard for Berryfields
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#1 - A New Orchard for Berryfields

Season 41 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/29/2008

Monty is back at Berryfields finishing off Winter gardening jobs and getting ready for new challenges and new projects for the garden. He's joined by Alys Fowler, Berryfields' head gardener, and together they plan and plant a small orchard of heritage apple, pear and plum varieties. There's also a look at projects across the UK where growing, and safeguarding the future of local British fruit varieties is celebrated: From a community orchard project in Gloucestershire, to the conservation of 'Mazzard' Cherries in Devon.

Dawn of Spring
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#2 - Dawn of Spring

Season 41 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/14/2008

Carol Klein celebrates spring in the West Country. Carol shares her propagation secrets from her home garden in Devon, with tips on primroses and tulips.

Easter in the Garden
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#3 - Easter in the Garden

Season 41 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/21/2008

Gardening tips and advice. Good Friday is one of the busiest weekends for nurseries and garden centres as the official gardening year begins. Monty is in the Long Borders moving and dividing some of the mature plants. Carol visits Great Dixter to talk to head gardener Fergus Garrett as he prepares for the garden's first opening. Joe Swift is at one of the country's award winning garden centres.

Design Modern Garden
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#4 - Design Modern Garden

Season 41 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/28/2008

Joe Swift takes the fear out of designing a garden with some simple principles. Starting at the Chaumont Garden Design festival in France, Joe looks at this year's design fashions and translates them to fit the domestic garden. Using four gardens, Joe shows how line, repetition, scale and proportion, simplicity, discovery and functionality should be used.

Allotment Search
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#5 - Allotment Search

Season 41 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/4/2008

New look show. Monty Don and head gardener Alys Fowler sow colourful annuals at Berryfields. Joe Swift starts looking for an allotment in North London where he can grow fruit and vegetables for his family. Carol Klein is at home in Devon working on her own garden.

New Spaces
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#6 - New Spaces

Season 41 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/11/2008

At Berryfields we sow the first carrots of the season and Monty launches two big new projects for Gardeners' World this year. Firstly a challenge for Joe Swift to provide fruit and vegetables for his family from his new London allotment. Then down in Devon, Carol takes on a young family who want to create an environmentally friendly garden with her help.

A Garden For The Senses
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#7 - A Garden For The Senses

Season 41 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/18/2008

A garden for the senses is the new project that Monty makes a start on at Berryfields. His plan is to create a space that will offer stunning colourful displays, heady scents and relaxing and contemplative sounds. But first he needs to clear the area. In London, Joe takes his family to see the new allotment and Carol helps Jo and Russell Ash to dig their first flower bed.

Nectar Bar
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#8 - Nectar Bar

Season 41 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/25/2008

Monty re-visits the nectar bar and the woodland glade to add new plants to both, but his main task is developing the planting in the Cottage Garden in a new direction. Carol finishes her new pond at her home at Glebe Cottage in Devon, and Joe and his family are on his allotment in Enfield, planting broad beans and Goji berries. Back at Berryfields, Alys attempts to grow some Cacti from seed, and Monty revels in the tulip display in the Long Borders.

Malvern Spring Gardening Show
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#9 - Malvern Spring Gardening Show

Season 41 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/9/2008

The team explore the 23rd annual Malvern Spring Gardening Show, held at the Three Counties Show Ground in Worcestershire. This year the Malvern Spring Gardening Show is bigger and better than ever with 17 stunning Show Gardens and more plant nurseries in the Floral Marquee than Chelsea. Joe looks for advice and ideas for his allotment, whilst Carol is plant hunting in the Floral Marquee.

The Changing Garden
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#10 - The Changing Garden

Season 41 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/16/2008

A look at the way in which we garden and how it is changing. We visit a radical project in London, which provides people without any garden at all with a place to cultivate plants. Carol and Joe are back at Berryfields and starting a project that embraces the fact that the average size of a British back garden is decreasing.

Wonderful Allotments
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#11 - Wonderful Allotments

Season 41 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/30/2008

Joe visits an award winning allotment site at Stoke on Trent.

Climate Change
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#12 - Climate Change

Season 41 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/16/2008

The team assess climate change by nurturing dry gardens and growing exotic vegetables.

Gardeners' World Live 2008
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#13 - Gardeners' World Live 2008

Season 41 - Episode 13 - Aired 6/13/2008

Rachel de Thame meets Ben Barnes, star of Disney's Prince Caspian.

Jungle Garden
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#14 - Jungle Garden

Season 41 - Episode 14 - Aired 6/20/2008

Joe Swift is in the jungle garden exploring different ways of planting exotics.

Summer Borders
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#15 - Summer Borders

Season 41 - Episode 15 - Aired 7/11/2008

Gardeners' World celebrates its summer borders.

Gardens For Families
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#16 - Gardens For Families

Season 41 - Episode 16 - Aired 8/1/2008

A look at how gardeners create their gardens to fit their family's needs.

Location, Lifestyle & Work
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#17 - Location, Lifestyle & Work

Season 41 - Episode 17 - Aired 8/8/2008

How does location, lifestyle and work reflect on the way we garden?

RHS Harlow Carr & Rosemoor
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#18 - RHS Harlow Carr & Rosemoor

Season 41 - Episode 18 - Aired 8/15/2008

The Royal Horticultural Society at Harlow Carr and Rosemoor present their best plants.

Cottage Garden
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#19 - Cottage Garden

Season 41 - Episode 19 - Aired 8/22/2008

How has the English cottage garden coped with the threat of climate change?

Community Gardening.
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#20 - Community Gardening.

Season 40 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/16/2007

Joe Swift visits the inner city gardens bringing people together from all walks of life. Having pledged to help residents near his own London home set up a communal gardening area, Joe embarks upon a personal journey to discover how community gardens are created and run. He meets people from urban neighbourhoods up and down the country who nurture their local green spaces, and sees a pioneering neighbourhood scheme in New York to make the city more green.

Winter Garden Beauty
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#21 - Winter Garden Beauty

Season 40 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/23/2007

Based at RHS Rosemoor gardens in Devon, Carol Klein extols the beauty of winter in this showcase RHS garden, and also visits plant collections and growers and breeders across the country who specialise in the care and cultivation of the most sumptuous seasonal blooms. She takes a tour of the gardens with curator Christopher Bailes, meets gardeners and volunteers working in the various garden areas, and discovers tips and tasks to be getting on with in the garden.

Allotments
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#22 - Allotments

Season 40 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/2/2007

Monty Don examines the renaissance in the Great British allotment and asks why the number of plots in the UK seem to be shrinking when demand is on the increase. Monty also takes time out to celebrate this great tradition by meeting the different personalities, young and old, for whom their allotment is their own private paradise.

Birthday Episode
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#23 - Birthday Episode

Season 40 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/16/2007

It's the first programme of a new series, and Gardeners' World is in its 40th year. Monty Don begins a new garden that will celebrate some of the famous faces and gardens which have appeared on the programme over the years. Along with Carol Klein in the cottage garden, and Joe Swift growing tropical edibles, Monty starts planting in the long borders and launches a Viewers' Bedding Competition.

Baskets & Bedding Plants
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#24 - Baskets & Bedding Plants

Season 40 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/23/2007

The Gardeners' World team would like viewers to begin greening up their houses and neighbourhoods by growing and sharing plants for hanging baskets. Monty begins by sowing seeds for plants to fill baskets at Berryfields, as well as giving tips on how to grow great bedding plants. Carol starts a new project where she will grow and harvest vegetables from a small plot of just 5 x 1.2 metres, while Joe extols the virtues of the most flamboyant of early spring flowers, the Camellia.

Ponds & Perennials
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#25 - Ponds & Perennials

Season 40 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/30/2007

It's time to get going with planting around the Berryfields pond which was completely redone at the end of last year. The winter rains have filled it up and now it's time to start establishing new plantings to attract wildlife. Monty starts sowing seeds for a new meadow, Carol starts growing some perennial plants and Joe plants some shrubs to extend the nectar bar.

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