The Great Gardening Challenge: start date, time, presenters, episode guide

The Great Gardening Challenge

Nicki Chapman and Diarmuid Gavin are hosting Channel 5’s new primetime gardening show, The Great Gardening Challenge, with Carol Klein and Mark Gregory as judges.

When is it on?

The Great Gardening Challenge airs on Tuesday 2nd July at 8pm on Channel 5. You can catch a new episode each week, Tuesdays at 8pm.

Who presents it?

Nicki Chapman and Diarmuid Gavin are co-presenting the show. Nicki is know for her former Pop Idol days as a judge, as well as presenting Escape To The CountryWanted Down Under and the BBC’s coverage of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Meanwhile, Irish garden designer Diarmuid has had previous presenting stints on the The Great British Garden Revival, Gardeners’ World and Home Front.

Who are the judges?

The competition will be judged by two acclaimed garden gurus and multi award winners, Carol Klein and Mark Gregory. Carol is a familiar face on Gardeners’ World and across the RHS Shows, and ran a plant nursery for 30 years, exhibiting at more than 200 RHS Shows. Meanwhile, garden designer and landscaper Mark is gearing up for his 100th show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show next year. For the past two years he left visitors in awe with his gold medal-winning Welcome to Yorkshire Garden.

How long will the series be on for?

There are six episodes in the series and each episode lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

What is The Great Gardening Challenge actually about?

The show will challenge eight pairs of professional garden designers to transform under-used, under-loved spaces on a budget into gardens that will enhance the lives of those around it in just 48 hours.

Transforming the lives of truly deserving recipients, from hospitals and care homes to disability centres and war veteran homes across the country, we see first-hand not just the skill of the competitors, but the many ways in which a beautiful garden can touch and improve the lives of everyone.

At the end of each show only one garden team can be victorious. The four winning pairs will go through to the semi-finals, where they compete for the big prize – to create the ultimate show garden at the RHS flagship site, Wisley Garden in Surrey.

The Great Gardening Challenge
(L-R): Mark, Carol, Nicki and Diarmuid

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Why should I watch it?

‘There’s lots of take-home for viewers in the show. Whether it’s houseplants or designing a part of your garden, there is plenty for people to learn,’ Nicki tells House Beautiful UK. ‘It’s a wonderfully uplifting show. Graham Norton watched the first one and he said the show had such a feel-good factor. You might just watch it at home and want to relax. If you’re into your garden you are really going to love it. You will really learn something.

‘Even if you don’t have a garden, it gives you that escapism. It’s definitely about that feel-good factor.’

Episode 1:

This week’s heat sees a pair of established designers taking on a less experienced up and coming pair, as they’re challenged to deliver amazing spaces on a budget of £5,000, for a community park in Norris Green, Liverpool. Friends Sue Spout and Dean Bolton-Grant from Harrogate in Yorkshire both own their own garden businesses and between them have decades of experience and include royalty amongst the people they’ve worked for. Despite living opposite sides of the country, Tamara Bridge and Kate Savill have collaborated on a number of show gardens since winning medals for young garden designer of the year. Faced with designing gardens for an open public area that has in the past been neglected and suffered from vandalism, what type of gardens will the designers create? And who will be victorious?

The Great Gardening Challenge - before and after garden makeover
Before Liverpool – Norris Green Park

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The Great Gardening Challenge - before and after garden makeover
After: Liverpool – Norris Green Park

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The Great Gardening Challenge - before and after garden makeover
After: Liverpool – Norris Green Park

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