Gardens & Gardening

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Heaven With Gates Open

A unique personal guide to Exbury Gardens, one of the world's greatest gardens, by owner and filmmaker Nicholas de Rothschild. Part guide, part history, part gardening and 4 years in the making, this fascinating interactive DVD truly reveals the beauty of Exbury Gardens, voted "Garden of the Year" in 2002.

"My grandfather, Lionel de Rothschild, created Exbury Gardens. From purchasing a near derelict mansion and grounds in 1919 these gardens are now amongst the finest in the world.
In spring it is one of the most colourful places on earth. In this DVD I have tried to capture that - I will tell you the story of it's creation and take you behind the scenes with members of my family.
I have spent many hours filming the beauties of this earthly paradise I am privileged to live in. I have also used old film and photos from our family archives.
It was one of our visitors who described the gardens as "Heaven with the gates open" and I'm sure you will agree with that sentiment."

- Nicholas de Rothschild.

The Queens Garden

This DVD is a critically acclaimed and enthralling study of the wildlife of Buckingham Palace Gardens, narrated by Virginia McKenna of the Born Free Foundation and written, produced and directed by Bill Travers.

The Queen's Garden at Buckingham Palace forms a unique area of garden and parkland in the heart of London. 'Born Free' wildlife authority Bill Travers gained permission to spend a summer studying the garden and the astonishing variety of wildlife and plants that are established there. This is an unforgettable and unrepeatable film of the other side of Buckingham Palace.

"It is one of the most lyrically beautiful natural history films ever seen on television" - The Daily Express

"It's a stunning piece of nature film" - The Daily Mirror

"A rare and enchanting insight into the Queen's Garden at Buckingham Palace" - The Times

Grow With Joe The Kitchen Garden

'Your Complete Guide to Growing Organic Fruit and Vegetables'.

A horticulturalist, writer and regular BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Joe Maiden has appeared on numerous gardening programmes for the BBC and Yorkshire Television and was awarded the Harlow Carr medal by The Royal Horticultural Society for his first class growing, lecturing and exhibitions of vegetables.

He is a real 'dirt under the fingertips' gardener, famed for his no-nonsense non-technical approach and his inexhaustible fund of tips and techniques delivered in a clear understanding manner. In this DVD, Joe who is a judge for the National Vegetable Society, shows you all you'll ever need to know about the kitchen garden.

This DVD covers:
  • Potatoes: Ground preparation; preparing stock for planting; planting; growing in compost; lifting.
  • Runner Beans: Building a good support system; ground preparation.
  • Courgettes: Pollination.
  • Cauliflower: Sewing and planting; soil condition; the string method of protecting cauliflowers.
  • Growing Methods: The traditional way of growing in rows; growing in a small raised bed; growing on the patio.
  • Autumn Ground Preparation.
  • Essential Tools and Equipment.
  • Fertilisers: Do we use them or don't we; the essential plant elements - Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potash.
  • Dealing with Pests and Diseases: Controlling bigger pests like rabbits and moles; club root; mildew; slugs.
  • Tomatoes: The traditional method of growing and supporting tomatoes; traditional training methods on single cordon stem; growing on a double stem on a single root; growing in a hanging basket; different ways of using grow bags; growing early tomatoes; keeping tomatoes over a longer period.
  • Growing Salad in a Mini-Veg Bed.
  • The Herb Garden: Building a raised bed near the kitchen door; the right soil; parsley; chives; dill; garlic; tarragon; horse radish; camomile.
  • Using Cloches For Winter Growing.
  • Fruit: Building a fruit cage; rhubarb; growing apples in a confined space on the cordon system; summer pruning; training branches; growing pears on the espalier system; pruning back surplus growth; raspberries - taking out the old canes; blackcurrants; victoria plums - tying branches in; strawberries - the importance of clean, healthy stock; three year system for growing strawberries; propagation methods for strawberries; planting a fruit bush.

Grow With Joe The Complete Flower Garden

'Your Guide To Creating And Maintaining A Beautiful Flower Garden For Colour All Year Round'.

A horticulturalist, writer and regular BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Joe Maiden has appeared on numerous gardening programmes for the BBC and Yorkshire Television and was awarded the Harlow Carr medal by The Royal Horticultural Society for his first class growing, lecturing and exhibitions of vegetables.

He is a real 'dirt under the fingertips' gardener, famed for his no-nonsense non-technical approach and his inexhaustible fund of tips and techniques delivered in a clear understanding manner. In this DVD, Joe who is a judge for the National Vegetable Society, shows you all you'll ever need for the complete flower garden.

This DVD covers:
  • THE MIXED BORDER: Annuals, biennials and perennials; creating interest throughout the year; planting bulbs in a mixed border for spring flowering; care and maintenance of a mixed border; weeding and spraying.
  • HALF-HARDY ANNUAL BORDER: Planting in blocks; buying bedding plants; taking cuttings; dead heading; plant association; bedding plants that can be raised from seed; an annual border for less than a fiver; care and maintenance; using garden fleece.
  • THE FLOWER PATIO: Planting and soil cultivation.
  • THE ROCK GARDEN: Different types of rock garden; building a rock garden; autumn maintenance of rock and alpine gardens.
  • SWEET PEAS: Growing on the cordon system; supporting the canes; layering; growing on birch twigs.
  • ROSES: Different types; getting roses to flower well; removing the king bud; dead heading; black spot; cleaing up a bush; planting on clean land.
  • CLIMBERS: Training climbers and fixing them to a wall; growing on wire panels; taking off new growth; using climbers to cover up an unsightly wall or building.
  • SHRUBS: The part shrubs play in garden design; pruning; propagation methods; pollarding back; planting a container shrub.
  • CONTAINER GARDENING: The best plants of containers; using old throwaway plastic boxes; drainage holes; hanging baskets; making hanging baskets from old plastic icecream boxes; plant association in containers; using left over bedding plants in the conservatory; making stone troughs from old sinks.

Grow With Jow The Complete Garden Skills

'Your Guide to Planning And Maintaining Your Garden'.

A horticulturalist, writer and regular BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Joe Maiden has appeared on numerous gardening programmes for the BBC and Yorkshire Television and was awarded the Harlow Carr medal by The Royal Horticultural Society for his first class growing, lecturing and exhibitions of vegetables.

He is a real 'dirt under the fingertips' gardener, famed for his no-nonsense non-technical approach and his inexhaustible fund of tips and techniques delivered in a clear understanding manner. In this DVD, Joe who is a judge for the National Vegetable Society, shows you all the garden skills you'll ever need.

This DVD covers:
  • DEALING WITH DIFFERENT GARDEN ENVIRONMENTS: Dry conditions; shallow soil near a wall; a dry slope with shallow soil; a dry acid bank; a very wet area; a cool, damp, shaded area.
  • HEDGES, HEDGING PLANTS AND FENCES: Security - hedges and fences to keep out intruders; using blackberries to cover a barrier or fence quickly; creating a fast growing, dense barrier for privacy; Berberis and Holly hedges for an impenetrable barrier; care and maintenance of a pivet hedge.
  • TREES: Choosing the right tree for a small garden; planting trees and using tree stakes; the right depth for planting.
  • PLANTS AND PLANTING: Sewing seeds; pricking out; planting summer bedding plants; selection and taking cuttings and getting them rooted; taking Fuchsia cuttings; propagation techniques; making home made propagation cases.
  • GARDEN DESIGN AND PLANNING: The elements of good garden design; shape of the lawns and beds; creating a pond feature; use of arches; creating height with raised beds and planters; use of shrubs and heathers; walls and paved areas.
  • EASY MAINTENANCE GARDENING: Using mulches; planting through a membrane; weeding with a hoe; spraying for weed control.
  • LAWNS AND LAWN CARE: Turf or seed for a new lawn?; Ground preparation; treading; laying turf; working off a plank; sewing grass seed; repairing a worn lawn; spiking; top dressing.

Roses With Peter Seabrook

A Guide to Their Selection, Planting, Pruning and Pests.

Peter Seabrook, with the help of Anne Swithinbank, explores the beauty of Britain's favourite flower in all its types and colours. Modern techniques are linked with age-old experience to show how you can produce more roses and better plants than ever before. They show in detail how to plant bare root and container grown bushes for long term flowering.

Above all Peter shows that rose pruning is not to be feared, it is simple, logical and fun. He explains the right timing and shows the correct techniques for pruning bushes, ramblers and climbers, and shows how to handle neglected roses and suckers. The importance of fertilisers for plant growth and flowering is explained. You will find out how to select and use the products for pest and disease control and see how summer dead heading is more than just the removal of faded flowers.
  • Chapter 1 - The History of Roses
  • Chapter 2 - Modern Rose Breeding and Production
  • Chapter 3 - Rose Types Explained
  • Chapter 4 - Planting
  • Chapter 5 - Pruning
  • Chapter 6 - Feeding
  • Chapter 7 - Pests and Diseases
  • Chapter 8 - Dead heading
Essential viewing for all rose enthusiasts

Trees, Shrubs And Flowering Plants

A Guide to Their Selection, Planting & Care.

This two hour video is jam-packed with down-to-earth gardening information and advice based on the experience and expertise of Peter Seabrook and presented by him with the help and technical knowledge of Anne Swithinbank.

It shows the many different types of plant material that are available and their different uses in modern gardens, including advice on Conifers - Trees - Shrubs - Climbers - Herbaceous Plants - Annual Flowers - Bulbs, Corms and Tubers. A special plan has been devised to help you select the right ones for your garden. Peter and Anne show you the correct techniques for planting, sowing seeds, pruning, feeding and steps for long-term care. You will find advice on recognising and controlling the major pests and how to plant hanging baskets and patio containers.

By roaming around a few suburban gardens you'll learn many gardening lessons and pick up plenty of ideas - especially on how to provide colour throughout the year.
  • Chapter 1 - The types of Plants Available
  • Chapter 2 - The 5 Point Plan for Selection
  • Chapter 3 - Planting and Care for Trees, Shrubs and Flowering Garden Plants
  • Chapter 4 - Patios
  • Chapter 5 - Some Gardens Explored
  • Chapter 6 - All Year Colour

Houseplants

A Guide to Choosing, Care, Preparation and Propagation.

Most houseplants survive despite the poor treatment we give them. However, with this comprehensive video you can learn how houseplant care can be simple and rewarding and how a bit more effort yields fantastic results. Peter Seabrook and Anne Swithinbank explain how everyone from beginner to old-hand can learn the easy way to a bigger and more beautiful collection. They show in detail how to select the right plants for your expertise, how to water and feed them and generally provide the ideal conditions for them to thrive.

Susie Edwards gives guidance on design and presentation and finally they show how you can grow a host of new cuttings from your existing plants.
  • Chapter 1 - The Natural Climates of Different Houseplants
  • Chapter 2 - How To Select Quality Plants
  • Chapter 3 - Starting From Scratch>
  • Chapter 4 - Houseplant Care
  • Chapter 5 - Design and Presentation
  • Chapter 6 - Growing new Plants from Old

Starting From Scratch

Designing, Preparing and Planting a New Garden and Renovating a Derelict Garden.

Ideal information and simple advice on gardening techniques for those people taking on a new garden and for those to whom gardening is new. Based upon the experience and expertise of author, writer, journalist and tele-personality Peter Seabrook and presented by him with the help and technical knowledge of broadcaster and writer, Anne Swithinbank.

Some people's 'new' garden will be bare earth, just as the builder left the housing estate. The logical approach to design, the purchase of tools and initial planting and laying a lawn is shown in full detail. In the second half, those people who are buying an established garden, which is perhaps a little overgrown, will be guided as to their best long term approach. Anne and Peter show how to tackle scores of jobs quickly and simply and show the long-term benefits of a greenhouse.

A NEW BARE-EARTH GARDEN
  • Chapter 1 - Planning
  • Chapter 2 - Tools
  • Chapter 3 - Soil Preparation
  • Chapter 4 - A New Lawn
  • Chapter 5 - Planting

A DERELICT GARDEN
  • Chapter 1 - Find Out What's There
  • Chapter 2 - Tidy Up the Lawn
  • Chapter 3 - Tidy Up The Plants
  • Chapter 4 - Review The Results
  • Chapter 5 - The Greenhouse
  • Chapter 6 - Springtime Action