Inspirational Gardens

If you’ve watched the show before, you’ll know that we search hard to find inspirational gardens which reflect the needs of the garden build we’re about to embark on.

Read on to find out a little bit more about these gardens and the designers behind them.

Show 6 – Tuesday 29th July

The inspirational garden chosen in tonight’s show is by Ana Sanchez-Martin and her company Germinate. This Muswell Hill garden was chosen as the inspiration to redesign a struggling garden. It was chosen because of its excellent use of the long and narrow shaped garden, Britain’s most common garden shape.   Germinate designed and created the bespoke Muswell Hill garden a little while back. It was created with the clients’ personal needs in mind, which included making the most of the limited space while creating a stunning garden landscape for them to enjoy

For more information please visit

Show 3 – Tuesday 8th July

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Alan with Mary and Alan Watson in their tropical garden

The garden shown in tonight’s show was a private garden, owned by Alan and Mary Watson. Full of  tropical ferns, palm trees and lush green hostas, the garden was chosen to highlight the possibility of growing tropical plants in an English climate.

For more information on the garden, read these following news stories :

Derby Telegraph – Tropical Island Flourishing

BBC – Spondon Garden Gallery

Daily Mail – Our Garden – It’s a Jungle!


Show 2 – Tuesday 1st July

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The inspiration visited in show 2 of Love Your Garden garden for the Esticks was a garden by John Nash Associates.

Chosen because it’s a traditional country garden with a contemporary feel. It has a recreational area around the swimming pool and an adventure play area for children aswell as enhanced views to the distant hills.

The garden is part of a steep hill but this was seen as an asset to the design that enabled variations of levels, creating added interest.

The garden has also been awarded and 2012 BALI Award for Garden Design Excellence – for further information on John Nash Associates and his portfolio of beautiful garden builds, visit

Show 1 – Tuesday 24th June

With 6 members of their family, The Chan’s needed their garden to be a place where all the family could relax, entertain and find some individual space. It was a smallish garden, so Alan took a look at two very different gardens, one looking at entertaining and the other at planting schemes.

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Entertaining Garden – David Andersen

This fabulous garden in Horwich, near Bolton, was designed by David Andersen who specialises in contemporary garden design. In the brief, the family requested a family garden, but they also wanted to be able to entertain.

The family love barbecues and eating out so a dining area was a high priority. The garden also included a stunning water feature, a sun-bathing area and mood lighting to give the garden a warm atmosphere.

The garden was a perfect example of how you can include all these areas in your design without making your finished garden look too fussy.

Read more about Alan’s visit to this garden on David Andersen’s website here

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Planting Garden – Barrie Thompson

This garden In Chorley, Lancs was chosen because it reflected a masterclass in planting where you have limited space.

The palate of colours used – predominantly greys and greens – blurred the boundary between house and garden and promoted a simplicity.

Alan’s advice was never to choose too many different plants, but rather to limit the varieties and double up on the number of each plant chosen.

For more information on Barrie Thompson, please visit his website here or follow him on Twitter.






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