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Garden Rescue.

I watched it yesterday (Wednesday 12/9).  There have been plenty where there were elements I liked and elements I didn't like, but I don't think I've ever seen so much timber used anywhere outside a wood yard!  Then 'finished off' with what was claimed to be a gravel garden but looked more like somebody had laid the sub-base for a patio and then run out of money.


  • I sometimes think the gardens on that programme need rescuing afterwards rather than before  ;)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • sometimes its very difficult to see where the budget has been spent
  • IMO the gardens are planted for speed and what looks good on the telly. There brash and full of novelty but no real enduring style, taste or craft. Lots of the plants look straight out of the garden centre. I can imagine them going round with a trolley looking for a quick bit of colour. It's a bit like Ikea furniture, good for a first glance but no real quality or endurance
  • IMO the instant gardener was worse
  • I would hate A.T. to come and "Do" my garden,he's far too OTT. Everything but the kitchen sink goes in.......and sometimes even that!
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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,440
    I hadn't realised this had started again. I watch it by 1. Bit about the customer and the budget. Fast forward to 2. Whose design is chosen. Fast forward to 3. What it looks like at the end.
    Funnily enough my dad was talking about this programme this morning, and he wondered if the budget included all the labour. If it does, they must be on a pittance. Anybody know ?
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,154
    Have to assume the landscapers and labourers are provided as the budget summary only ever includes plants and materials.

    I've given up watching it.
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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,049
    I sometimes think the gardens on that programme need rescuing afterwards rather than before  ;)
    I couldn't agree more.  It's like a cross between Changing Rooms and 60 Minute Makeover.
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489
    That's a cross made in hell >:)
    SW Scotland
  • the money goes on materials only, the labour costs are paid by the BBC.

    its giving people the wrong idea of how much landscaping costs, as the fact that labours not included isn't really mentioned, so if they get people in to do work in their own gardens you can triple the costs easily!
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