Saturday, January 22, 2011

Don't you just love Carol Klein?

Is anyone else loving Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein? I'm enjoying it immensely.
It's just the sort of gardening programme I like: it's presented by someone who knows every inch of their garden; there's no hysterical rush or self-imposed deadline to get anything done; it just follows the seasons and, at this time of year, when it's so difficult to get on with anything in one's own garden, it's a glorious escape.
Klein talks about her garden the way we all do - there are descriptions of plants, advice on what to do with them, memories of gardening with her mother, why various roses remind her of her daughters. It's all twined together in a narrative that takes you through the gardening year.
It's the sort of series where television comes into its own. You can see the garden bloom and fade as the year progresses, with the odd reminder of how it looked a few weeks ago. But that's as tricksy as the camerawork gets.
I'm prepared to have an open mind about the new series of Gardeners' World. But to be honest, I'd be quite happy to watch Carol Klein in her garden all year round.
Apologies to American readers: Carol Klein is a British gardening author and television presenter. She runs her own nursery, Glebe Cottage, in Devon, and this is where the series is set.

27 comments:

Esther Montgomery said...

You've given it such a good write up, maybe I'll have to seek it out and have a watch.

I don't have a good track record when it comes to liking garden programmes.

Esther

Anna said...

Could not agree with you more Victoria. Carol's joy, knowledge and enthusiasm are a delight and the perfect tonic for this time of year. I am sure that she could coax the most reluctant person to have a go at growing plants. The programme is well made too - pure television magic.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

I agree with you Victoria - it is an absolute (TV) Box of delights.
K
xx

Joanne said...

I agree Caorl is a delight to listen too and I can't get enough of her lovely garden infact I think the photography of it could be a little better at the detail, the photographer doesn't strike me as a gardener or he would pause now and then lingering on the planting like he does on the beautiful landscape backdrop to the garden.

Carol is a woman after my own heart a modern but much better version of Margery Fish in my opinion.

I would love to see so much more of this sort of program, making a garden from scratch is always the easy bit especially if you have lots of money to throw at it, the real test of a garden is time, how to tackle those problems living with a garden as it develops with all it's problems as well as joys.

Plantaliscious said...

I'm loving the series too, for the same reasons. Her knowledge and enthusiasm are inspiring, and I always learn things. I'll give the new-look GW a go, if only to have a nose around Monty's garden, but this will be a very hard act to follow.

Darla said...

This is one of the reasons that gardens are so much better across the pond than they are here. Our gardening shows are bad if there are any at all. I'm very jealous!

Julia said...

I adore her - always have. And the enthusiasm she has for plants is so infectious.

However, with it being so dismal weather-wise today, all the lushness of Carol's summer garden last night has left me with a good old dose of the winter blues. Fed up of cold weather now - I want to see signs of life!

The Constant Gardener said...

Totally agree Victoria - she's got me all inspired again. No mean feat in the dull dark days of January! I love it.

Jan@Thanks for today. said...

Hi Victoria,
It sounds like a wonderfully laid-back garden show that you can related to. Who doesn't enjoy that? I would love to see more shows like that here, too. Our HG TV used to be rich with them...now there is so much less focus on that kind of thing. I am certain it's all about $$ as I'm sure the demand is still there.

Why I garden... said...

I love Carol and her garden; she is so likeable and interesting (loved seeing the bees on the show). However, I think her writers (I imagine she has a team of writers?) need to work a wee bit harder as I think they could do more. I find myself getting a little bored at times & that shouldn't happen. Don't get me wrong, I love watching and am so glad its on TV. There should be more garden programmes!

patientgardener said...

It is fab, I love her enthusiasm and how she destroys any myths that things are difficult to do. Its what we need instead of GW

Gardeningbren said...

Oh I do love Carol Klein...and you might think that in Eastern Canada, we don't know of her, but we do ....she is so down to earth.. a genuine kind presenter...enthusiastic, sooo knowledgeable..just the sort of garden friend you would want living next door...well (smile) she is only four thousand miles away...)))))...

How lucky you all are to have such wonderful garden inspiring television shows (not available in Canada ahem..ahem...). Think there is a huge market from there to here...just waiting to be established abroad.

Yes..just love Carol Klein.

Jo said...

I'm so enjoying this too. Carol has remained first and foremost a true gardener and enthusiast, TV hasn't turned her head. I love that the programme isn't slick- it has soul which is rare.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Victoria, Although I do not have a television [ and, indeed have not had one for 30 years] I know that I should love to watch and hear Carol Klein. She is a consummate plantswoman with a great love and knowledge of her subject. I visited her nursery many years ago and it was a glorious mixture of the rare and the commonplace grown in a wonderfully relaxed way. Yes, she would have my vote as a gardening presenter any day!!

Terra said...

Oh this gardener in California thinks the garden programme sounds fabulous.

HappyMouffetard said...

Absolutely agree, Victoria. The 30 minutes fly past.

fairegarden said...

I love reading her articles in the British gardening magazines to which we subscribe and can tell she is a TRUE gardener. We would love to be able to watch a show such as hers, too. If you love, I know we would!
xxxooo
Frances

Clive said...

Carol for president!

It seems crazy that she was turned down to head up Gardeners World

Chris said...

Have just been catching up on episode 3 on the i-player, tucked up all alone enveloped in the feel-good factor that Carol's programme has created.
30 minutes absolutely flies by. It's the little close ups I love especially Ms Klein's hands! How could anyone mistake those as anything other than a gardeners? Even the chipped flame nail polish and scarf complemented the poppies.

Linda said...

I'm having the best of both worlds watching Carol( in America... via the net!) and reading Margery fish.

GirlAboutGarden said...

Totally agree. Didn't used to like Carol when I first came across her but she's grown on me over time. Her programme feels calm, accessible and enthuses. It makes you want to get out there, garden and create – which is what a good gardening programme should do right? Agree about the simple camera work too - such a nice change from all the jerky, cutting, doco-style stuff that's so popular these days.

Will Giles said...

Hi Victoria – I have to admit that I rarely watch gardening programs as they are so formulaic and just don’t feel real to me. I watched Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein on Iplayer on your recommendation and loved it – now I must see all the others as well! I do so wish that she had been chosen for the lead role on Gardeners World – do they have something against women? This program has reinvigorated my interest in TV gardening, she is simply the best and for me the most down to earth – wonderful...

Gail said...

We gardeners across the pond are all envious of your garden shows~Ours are ~well, practically nonexistent! Sigh. gail

Mey Lau said...

Dear Victoria,
Is there a way to contact you by email?

About Last Weekend said...

Hi there, nice to see (and read) you again. I don't think we can get that programme here in Bay Area, California but I love just hearing about it...very taking it's time-ness. Which you def do not get in California. Weather here vascilates (sp?) between arctic and tropical so plants feeling very confused... but amazingly my succulents still survive!

Denise said...

So glad you mentioned Carol's new show, and for those with Internet access I did find a site that streams at least one of the programs, obnoxious ads and all -- haven't thoroughly checked the quality out yet. http://streaming-episode.com/life-in-a-cottage-garden-with-carol-klein-season-1-episode-1-winter.html

Jason said...

Carol's programme is a breath of fresh air as far as gardening programmes go; it isn't puerile or pretentious, just good and honest and presented by someone who is hugely passionate about plants and her garden. The accompanying book is also a great read and full of bits of advice. More please!

As for Gardener's World, I am looking forward to seeing Monty back on screen and presenting from his own garden. Let's hope the producers don't stick their noses in too much and just let Monty and Co. get on with things.