The TV Gardens
The Television Garden at Kings Heath Park started in August 1972 in partnership between Birmingham City Council and television company ATV (which later became Central Television). The programme, Gardening Today, was originally devised to show viewers how to design and maintain their gardens and the first presenters were Bob Price and Cyril Fletcher. The garden was 1/3 acre and for many years many programmes were made. Today, this section of garden is very mature and is admired by the tens of thousands of visitors each year.
In 1985 it was decided the garden was fully exhausted for ideas to make further programmes and so the garden was extended to its current size.
In 1989, Bob Price passed away and new presenters Howard Drury and Geoff Amoss were brought in. With new presenters came a new name, Garden Time. The development of the site was rapid, with companies like Bradstone, Blooms of Bressingham and Stapley Water Gardens establishing many high profile displays.
In 1995, Central Television decided to pull out and later that year the School of Horticulture established a partnership with Pershore College, a nationally recognised Horticultural College and Bournville College. Students from both colleges used the gardens as a training ground.
In 1996, Gardeners World moved to Kings heath Park. Over the years they have developed many new gardens with top designers like John Brookes, Robin Williams, Dan Pearson and Bonita Bolitis, producing a variety of different designs.
The Television Gardens are usually open to the public twice a month between April and October. For more information please telephone 0121 444 2848.