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The Great Garden Challenge

A new garden series made by Crackit Productions started on channel 5 that challenges some of the nations best professional garden designers to compete against each other. They are given just 48 hours to build a garden designed to a budget and fulfilling the brief a worthy recipient, ranging from care homes for veterans to dementia sufferers.

The show is presented by Nicki Chapman and Diarmuid Gavin, with garden designs judged by gardening expert Carol Klein and landscaper and designer Mark Gregory.

Thorndown Wood Paint was featured in episode 3 transmitted on Tuesday 16th July in the garden of designers Manoj and Mark. The two professional teams were challenged to design and build two gardens for the Care for Veterans Home in Worthing. The brief asked for the gardens to be wheelchair accessible, low maintenance, relaxing, fragrant, and with a nod to the veterans.

Award winning garden designer Manoj Malde, selected Thorndown Wood Paint in RAL Design 230 30 20 Sapphire Blue. Manoj commented that the paint was “going on quickly” and said that he chose the teal blue colour as it reminded him of the army uniforms the veterans once wore.

They painted the boundary picket fences in this teal blue and presenter Diarmuid Gavin said that the “teal blue will create a dramatic backdrop for their planting”. Manoj is renowned for his vibrant colourful gardens and injecting colour with wood paint is a great way to compliment and enhance planting schemes.

Judge Carol Klein said the warm blue of the fencing is a lovely contrast to the yellows and oranges in the planting, which mostly consisted of bright salvias, echinaceas and rosemary.

The Great Garden Challenge is on channel 5 every Tuesday night at 8pm from 2/7 for 6 weeks and can be viewed on My5.