This week Alan and the team are faced with their biggest challenge to date – The smallest garden they’ve ever transformed and a family coping with a very rare condition.
Lou and Andy Webb have two young children who are affected by a genetic condition that severely restricts their eyesight. Both 4 year old Harvey and 2 year old Megan suffer from Achromatopsia which means that they can only see in fuzzy black and white.
Although they wear special goggles, they find sunlight too bright to be out in. With all their time and energy taken up looking after the children, Lou and Andy haven’t been able to make the garden of their terraced house in Tonbridge a more child friendly place and it’s currently full of uneven surfaces and a broken down greenhouse. So their friends have asked Alan if he can help.
Having surprised the family, and then sent them off for a few days away, Alan summons his team of landscape gardeners and horticulturists to get to work.
The first task is to create a shady environment so that the kids can be out in the middle of the day, so seeking inspiration from a nearby garden that he visits; Alan tasks the team with building a full length pergola. This is a major construction project and seriously restricts any other gardening work so Alan takes it upon himself to make over the front of the property as well with window boxes and planters.
Meanwhile hard landscaping expert David Domoney installs acoustic fencing to cut down the noise from the nearby railway line and a bespoke lighting system so that the kids can use the garden in the evening. Katie Rushworth and Frances Tophill choose plants that will both look beautiful to the adults and children alike; as well finding some that are suitable for the shady environment.
They also install a living wall to maximise the planting space and to give the kids something tactile near the back door. But Mum and Dad aren’t forgotten, with the one sunny corner of the garden given over to a seating area and entertainment space.
When the family return will it be their dream garden and will the children finally have a safe and inspiring place to play in?
Tune in Tuesday 6th August to find out!