The Beth Chatto Gardens in Essex were built out of a wasteland through years of experimentation. Staffed by local families and sustained by a nursery, they have become world famous. This programme explores her philosophy and unique arrangements of unusual plants beautifully exhibited in the conditions that suit them best. It also illustrates a stunning un-irrigated gravel garden and a woodland garden.
Most gardeners face the same problems as Betha Chatto – maintaining the appearance of a garden as the climate and the seasons change. Beth’s commentary provides a seasonal guide to this fine balance between natural and nurtured gardening.