Horticulturalist Christine Walkden takes us GÇ£up, up and awayGÇ¥ in a hot air balloon for a birdGÇÖs eye view over a chosen county, flying over some of the finest gardens in the world. Her thrilling airborne adventure takes in some of the glories of the countryside as Christine gently floats above, exploring the rich social, horticultural and - most importantly - human history of a treasured garden gem, discovering how it was created, how itGÇÖs maintained and how itGÇÖs an inspiration to others. Along the way weGÇÖll get a fascinating insight into each countyGÇÖs history and geography, and meet the people who form the beating heart of any garden. In this first collection, Christine's airborne adventures take us to eight regions including Cornwall, Essex, Mid-Wales, Yorkshire, Sussex, Oxfordshire and Northumberland and North Wales. Warm in tone, rich in factual content and spectacular to watch, aerial photography from the balloon, from BBC archive and from aerial film drones provide a fresh perspective on some of Britain's most magnificent and best-loved gardens. CORNWALL Christine WalkdenGÇÖs airborne adventure takes her to Cornwall. At the tropical paradise that is Trebah Garden sheGÇÖs transported back to childhood by the giant Brazilian gunnera; and meets Marcus whose own childhood was spent playing in the garden. Her nerves are tested at St MichaelGÇÖs Mount when she comes face to face with GÇ£gardening on the edgeGÇ¥. And we meet the oldest member of one of CornwallGÇÖs oldest male voice choirs. ESSEX At the Beth Chatto Gardens, Christine experiments with triangular planting and shares tea and cake with a gardening legend. At RHS Hyde Hall, she shifts rocks with a former student; and itGÇÖs all aboard a vintage Thames sailing barge for a trip on the Blackwater Estuary. MID-WALES At Powis Castle Garden, she learns how to brace an ancient yew; and meets David, generations of whose family worked there. At the Dingle Garden she helps restore an obscured view. And we hear the story of Mona Holloway, a wartime Land Girl, who found love on a neighbouring farm. YORKSHIRE At Scampston Hall we discover two superstar garden designers and meet young gardener Nathan, who is just starting out. At York Gate Garden Christine catches up with an old friend; and we discover the Yorkshireman who was the father of aviation. SUSSEX Christine drops in at West Dean Garden to see the fruits of a 20-year labour of love; and meets Laura who found a new lease on life there. At Arundel Castle Gardens, she is astonished by the transformation of a former car-park into a spectacular Italian garden. And we discover what the Romans did for British gardens. OXFORDSHIRE Christine Walkden takes to the skies above Oxfordshire to explore the countyGÇÖs gardens. She visits Waterperry, where the gardeners are the custodians of a formidable legacy; and chats with Mary, the first woman to present GardenersGÇÖ World. At Kingston Bagpuize, she meets the third generation owner of a remarkable garden. And we discover the roots of the Henley Regatta. NORTHUMBERLAND The gardens of EnglandGÇÖs northernmost county are the destination for Christine Walkden today. At Cragside she helps with some tree-planting and meets GÇ£fern queenGÇ¥ Jennifer; and at Lindisfarne she hears how some over-exuberant Edwardian planting is undermining the castle foundations. And we hear the story of BritainGÇÖs forgotten genius, engineer William Armstrong. NORTH WALES Christine Walkden visits Bodnant Garden in Snowdonia, to explore a Himalayan valley amid the mountains of North Wales. She meets Phyllis, who is treading in her grandfatherGÇÖs footsteps; and, at nearby Bodysgallen Hall, an unexpected view takes her back to childhood holidays. And we hear the story of the building of the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Glorious Gardens from Above: Volume 1 - Cornwall to North Wales