Alan Titchmarsh reveals Buckingham Palace garden

Titchmarch reveals Buckingham Palace garden

Buckingham Palace's garden will be revealed in a new ITV show.

Alan Titchmarsh has gone behind the walls of Buckingham Palace for the new show about its rarely-seen gardens.

The broadcaster spent a year at the palace exploring the 39 acres in the heart of London.

The two-part ITV show, called The Queen's Garden, uses technology to follow its progress through the seasons and meet the staff who work there. Words: PA

Historian Lucy Worsley will delve into its origins as a hunting ground for King Henry VIII and examine archive footage showing the part it has played in royal family life.

Richard Klein, director of factual commissioning at ITV, said: "There is something magical about a garden hidden behind high walls, and no more so than here, at Buckingham Palace. Guided by Alan
Titchmarsh and the four seasons, The Queen's Garden is a delightful and charming exploration of that magical world, with a light dusting of royal history."

Titchmarsh, a former Gardener's World presenter, hosted the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for many years and also had his own chatshow on ITV.

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A hotspot for sunbathing and picnics, Kensington Gardens also boasts "elegant avenues and architecture". The garden paths are popular amongst joggers, runners, cyclists and those who enjoy a healthy commute to work. To find out more, visit www.royalparks.org.uk

Situated above the River Conwy, Bodant Garden spans 80 acres and plays host to a variety of plants from around the globe. The garden is split into two sections, the upper garden consisting of terraced gardens and lawns, and the lower garden, otherwise known as 'the Dell', contains the wild garden. Members of the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society are admitted free on presentation of a valid membership card. To find out more visit www.bodnantgarden.co.uk

After a £2.3 million redevelopment, the 16.5 acre gardens will reopen to the public on 31 May 2012. New features include a Gardens Pavilion, a newly restored bandstand, and diverse wildlife activities such as pond dipping and fungi walks.

At the RHS Garden you’ll find ‘richly planted borders‘, ‘luscious’ rose gardens, and a ‘state-of-the-art’ glasshouse. The trials fields contain an array of flowers and vegetables, and  Battleston Hill is covered with carpets of bluebells at this time of year. To find out more, visit www.rhs.org.uk

Deemed ‘the world’s most famous garden’, at Kew Gardens you’ll find glasshouses, landscapes, treetops and even rainforest! The gardens also contain an exciting range of plants, from ancient trees to the world’s oldest pot plant. To find out more, visit www.kew.org

An important part of Belfast’s Victorian heritage, the Botanic Gardens boasts an assortment of tropical plants, trees and flower beds. Belfast Gardens also plays host to concerts and opera performances. To find out more, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk

Renowned for its horticultural excellence, the Royal Botanic Garden spans over 70 acres and is situated just one mile from the city centre. To find out more, visit www.rbge.org.uk

Here you'll find an array of gardens and glasshouses featuring a vast collection of diverse plants; from tropical climbers to towering palms. For more information, visit www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk

Located near Hove seafront, St Ann's Well features a range of native and exotic trees. St. Ann's also features a pond, a scented garden for the visually impaired, and a large population of  of Grey Squirrels. For more information, visit www.stannswellgardens.co.uk

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Surrounding the former summer palace of the King of Prussia, Frederik the Great, the Sanssouci grounds are splayed out in an intimate Rococo style, and were counted as a rival to the French Versailles. 

Often featuring sculpture and artwork from a variety of famous artists, Dumbarton Oaks blends stunning natural landscaping with contemporary touches of modern design. 

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Along with one the finest collections of wild collected Japanese plants in Northern Europe, the greenhouses at Gothenburg Botanical are home to about 4,000 species, including 1,500 orchids

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