Small Town Gardens – Winchester

STG James talking to Janet Graham and John Brookes, Winchester STG John Brookes garden Winchester












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These photos are from Small Town Gardens, series 3, 2003, transmitted on 14th Nov on BBC2.

Presenter, James Alexander-Sinclair, on the left, is in conversation with garden designer, John Brookes (largely hidden), and garden owner, Janet Graham. The second photo shows the finished garden, after it had been made-over to John’s design.

Here is the entry from the Radio Times for the programme, from the BBC Genome project:


New series, top garden designers get down and dirty with some of Britain’s smallest gardens as the horticultural show returns for a third six-part series. Designer John Brookes tackles the sloping back garden of a Victorian terrace in Winchester, Hampshire. With James Alexander-Sinclair .
Director David Smith ; Series producer Vanessa Jackson


Designer: John Brookes
Presenter: James Alexander-Sinclair
Director: David Smith
Producer: Vanessa Jackson

Small Town Gardens article

Garden Design Journal, Feb 2005

Garden Design Journal, Feb 2005

Garden Design Journal, Feb 2005


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This article appeared in the Garden Design Journal in February 2005, and considers the question of whether television gardening has trivialised garden design. Bella D’Arcy argues ‘yes’, I argue ‘no’, and Matt James sits on the fence, with a ‘maybe’.

There was a spate of garden design related programmes in the late 1990s and early 2000s, led by Ground Force and HomeFront in the Garden. I was lucky enough to be the series producer of two series of Small Town Gardens, a design show which was a delight to work on!