ITV's Love Your Garden

Another Year On.. David Domoney

ITV's Love Your Garden

David Domoney

Another year on…with David Domoney

It’s been a busy year for Love Your Garden presenter and landscape gardener David Domoney, who was elected a Governor of the London Colleges of Horticulture Capel Manor. David has also been  encouraging children & parents to garden together by fronting the Royal Horticultural Societies Campaign to get ‘Grown up Growing’ in association with Schools.

David is almost evangelical about promoting gardening as a career to Britain’s youth. With The Princes Foundation,  David organises Young Gardeners of The Year Competition and in March 2014 escorted Prince Charles as he met the competitions winners. David also took a winning school from Clarence House mygrove on a discover gardening practical day.

David is a great believer in community gardening and is now in the second year with his National ‘Community Gardening’ Campaign “Cultivation Street“, which aims to encourage neighbours of all ages, from children to the elderly, to join in and get growing together. David and the team are looking for true community pride and spirit built through making visual and environmental improvements to Britain’s streets.

When it’s time to down tools and take a breather, David prefers to crank up the action and take to the open seas for a spot of scuba diving.  A qualified  Master Scuba Diver, David visited Dubai in April to dive the Atlantis Shark Tank along with the Giant Dubai Mall Aquarium,  which boasts to have over 70 sharks and is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Proving that he is capable of enjoying more sedate hobbies too, David recently qualified as a bee keeper and now has not only honey bees but also loads of bumble bee nests and solitary bee nesting stations too.

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The rockery and wooden hooped arches installed in the garden in Cumbria were David’s highlights from last year, and whilst the rest of us might be hoping for a long hot summer, David will be praying for rain.“I don’t mind the rain, give me that any day compared to excessive heat like in Tonbridge episode last year, it was so hot you could burn your hands on a paving slab!” said David.

One thing he is looking forward to in Love Your Garden 2014 is when the gardens are shown to the recipients for the first time. “It makes you really appreciate just how important gardens are to people, and just how much they can make a difference to people’s lives.  At the garden reveal is when all the emotions come together, the relief of having finished on time, the sense of achievement of the task completed, and seeing the look on the owners faces. It’s a hugely humbling experience none of us have a dry eye at the end” said David.

David has one final tip for anyone inspired by the series this year. “I hope the new series of Love Your Garden inspires people not only to get out and enjoy their own gardens, but also to pursue a career in horticulture. If Love Your Garden has made you interested in gardening check out www.growcareers.info for loads of helpful advice.” said David.

Join David and the rest of the team on the new series, starting Tuesday 24th  June 2014, ITV 8pm.

 

By alantitchmarsh

Ready to sweat it out?

Recent long-range weather reports show that summer 2014 is expected to be a long hot one – with some even saying that it could be the hottest in HISTORY.

Whilst this has school kids and most of the population whooping for joy, the ITV Love Your Garden team know it means an awful lot of sweat.  The weather predictions show that dawn-to-dusk sunshine will arrive at some point in May and remain with us until the end of August, exactly covering the build schedule on this year’s ITV garden makeover series.

It will be reminiscent of last years July heatwave, which saw 19 days reach temperatures of 82f (28c) or above, and saw the Love Your Garden team of Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney, Frances Tophill and Katie Rushworth really pushed to the limit under scorching sunshine.

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Love Your Garden brought the sun to Cambridge in 2013..

Whether rain or shine, the gardens have to be built to a schedule, and it’s debatable which is worst for the UK gardener, both bringing their own individual issues to deal with.  LYG presenter Frances Tophill says it’s a tough choice. “For gardens, sun is definitely better, you can always add more water, whereas with torrential rain it’s difficult to take it away! I do love working out in the rain though, I find it very refreshing”.

Landscape gardener David Domoney would choose rain every time. “I can work in just a t-shirt in winter – I can’t work if it’s too hot. The build in Tonbridge last year was just too hot for me, I was melting” says David.

The team have faced more than their fair share of weather extremes, with almost nonstop torrential rain on one build in 2012.  Don’t miss the series starting at the end of June 2014 to find out what particular meteriological challenges the team faced in 2014!

 

 

Love Your Garden 2014

We can’t believe it’s already April and we’re just three months away from bringing you another fantastic series of Love Your Garden.

We had so many applications that it was tougher than ever to choose which of the thousands of letters, photo’s and stories would feature on the show.  Now we’ve chosen and it’s down to hard work, planning, designing and working out the logistics of the builds which have to be completed in 3 – 4 days each.

If you have a company and you’d like to supply products to the show, please get in touch with the teams – Alan@spungoldtv.com with Love Your Garden in the subject matter. We’re extremely grateful for all our suppliers, and you’ll be seeing a lot more of them on here.

Well for now, it’s time to crack on. We’ll be introducing the teams in due course and highlighting all the fabulous products which have been sent from all over Europe to appear on the ITV show, but until then, get out there and..

Love Your Garden!

 

Alan

By alantitchmarsh