(October 19th, 2021): In looking to design a new garden for Mel, a care home manager for The Royal British Legion, Alan Titchmarsh drew inspiration from Wiltshire’s Bowood House & Gardens (www.bowood.org) as the October 5th episode of ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ revealed.
Having decided to borrow the view of the Somerset countryside beyond Mel’s Taunton garden fence, he then headed to Bowood (home to the Lansdowne family since 1754) to study how ‘Capability’ Brown had taken on a similar task – while on a far larger scale – back in the Georgian age.
‘This garden is a masterclass in combining nature and formality,’ was how the TV presenter and gardening legend of today described the one at Bowood where he drew ‘…inspiration on a stately scale’. Titchmarsh commented, ‘The real star of this garden is not its statues, or ornaments or even the planting – it’s the way it blends in with and borrows from nature.’
Explaining that the same principles behind the look of Bowood’s garden could be translated for his own brief, Alan Titchmarsh ponders the hills on the other side of Bowood’s lake. Mel’s garden terrace will similarly lead the eye from the house to a country hedge blending in with the landscape ahead. Prompted by Bowood’s tulips, he proposes a cutting garden that will yield, in turn, flowers for all seasons. The patterns in her paving will recall the parterre on Bowood’s Upper Terrace while what he described as the ‘wonkiness’ of Bowood’s distinctive Irish Yews will be recalled by the topiary he feels will make her smile. Further defining elements at Bowood are rethought for the Taunton garden to include borders of flowers, a water feature and seating areas also. To see how the elements of the garden at Bowood played out for Mel’s garden and her joyous reaction once it was unveiled visit: www.itv.com/hub/love-your-garden/2a1173a0082
The glorious variety within Bowood’s setting has attracted many other TV programmes to film on the Estate too, including Poldark, Sanditon, the Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile, Gardeners’ World and The Apprentice, to name a few – and not forgetting 2019’s Downton Abbey film.
While the tulips were out at Bowood in full force for the springtime filming of ‘Love Your Garden’, now the autumn colours are beginning to appear and ready to grab the attention of the visiting public during the remaining days of the autumn 2021 season (ending on Monday 1st November). For tree-huggers and leaf-peepers this is a stellar time to head to Bowood House & Gardens as it will be too for families over half-term. The Adventure Playground (for children up to 12 years old) will continue to thrill while from Thursday 21st October to Sunday 31st October, there’s the added bonus of a Pumpkin Trail with giant ‘pumpkin’ signposts staking out an autumnal-coloured pathway.
Bowood House & Gardens will then re-open for spring 2022 on Friday 1st April. Meanwhile the 43-bedroom Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort – a mile away from the House & Gardens – remains open all year round to offer a Wiltshire staycation choice all of its own.