Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and a panel of experts continue to scrutinise some of the country’s most extraordinary gardens. At the end of the series, the garden deemed the best will win one of Britain’s most prestigious horticultural accolades – the National Gardens Scheme Gold Medal Award. This instalment features a modern designer landscape in Oxfordshire and a historic garden in Hampshire that was originally designed by green-fingered pioneer Gertrude Jekyll.

From the cosiest example of cottage planting to a wild and wonderful jungle; from a serene urban haven to the finest in fantasy landscaping, this sixpart series examines the very best gardens that Britain has to offer. In each episode, the judges explore two gardens, focusing on their unique identities and explaining how they suit their owners. Presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen spends a day in each location, getting to the heart of the owner’s story and learning how they created their own personal Eden.

The yards are then handed over to the mercy of the three judges – straight-talking garden writer Anne Wareham, esteemed RHS Chelsea judge and medal winner Mark Gregory, and Laetitia Maklouf, author of ‘The Virgin Gardener’. These respected judges will assess the gardens and offer their opinions, before viewers are given tips on how to create the designs at home.

In a nail-biting conclusion to each programme, the two medal contenders must defend their gardens against the judges’ criticisms and argue their case as to why they are a worthy winner of the NGS Medal, before the final victor is announced. First to be examined this week is a designer garden in Oxfordshire. Owner Julia wanted to create a cutting-edge space to complement her aspirational neo-Georgian home, so she commissioned top landscape designer Christopher Bradley-Hole to help her establish a 21st-century planting scheme, which she now maintains herself.

The centrepiece of the design is a distinctive grid, densely planted with fashionable flowering perennials and ornamental grasses. Other striking features of the plot include a stone and oak terrace and an LA-style pool near the house. There is also plenty of open space for Julia’s children to enjoy. But will the judges approve?

Also this week, the show visits a site designed by trailblazing gardener Gertrude Jekyll. When owner Rosamund first put in an offer on this historic Hampshire home over 25 years ago, she had no idea that it once boasted a garden designed by perhaps Britain’s most-emulated landscape designer. But in the course of buying the property, Rosamund discovered the original plans and realised that the dilapidated grounds had a very special history.

Jekyll, who died in 1932, was a pioneer of landscape design, creating over 400 gardens during her long career. Through her many articles, she explored the importance of structure, proportion and colour in both formal and natural spaces. Once she had discovered her garden’s distinguished lineage, Rosamund felt compelled to embark on the painstaking process of returning it to its original design. The result is one of the most authentically restored Gertrude Jekyll gardens in the country. The plot features an orchard, a formal area with typically Jekyllian drifts, and the only surviving Jekyll-designed wild garden in the country.

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