The Garden

Four portraits exploring changes in the garden landscape wrought by the passage of the seasons and the relationship between the garden and gardeners.

Episodes

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20100722 (BBC7)

After the sound portrait of his ancient farmhouse, Roger Deakin presents a tour of his garden with its moat and animal friends.

Roger Deakin presents a tour of his garden with its moat and animal friends.

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20100710 (BBC7)

as a tribute to writer and conservationist Roger Deakin who died recently, an evocative and personal portrait of the changing character of the land surrounding his timber-framed farmhouse - as the seasons unfold.

'The Garden' is a wild untamed place; a patch of ancient Suffolk extending into four meadows, a moat, two ponds and a small wood.

After the sound portrait of his ancient farmhouse, Roger Deakin presents a tour of his garden with its moat and animal friends.

Roger Deakin presents a tour of his garden with its moat and animal friends.

Walnut Tree Farm is a 450 year old wooden farmhouse, buried under a blanket of ivy and wild honeysuckle in Suffolk.

The owner, writer and conservationist Roger Deakin introduced us to his home in The House last year.

In this evocative and personal portrait, Roger presents an intimate record of the changing soundscape of his garden as the seasons unfold; including the crackle of an autumn bonfire as leaves curl like question marks, the gentle melt of snow into the moat, the rumble of the tractor, the squeal of a dock ripped from the earth, and the low, haunting drone of a organ pipe in the garden's HQ.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971210]

The first of four programmes exploring the changing nature of the garden landscape with the passage of the seasons.

Producer Sarah Blunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971210]

Producer: Sarah Blunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971217]

The second of four programmes exploring the changing nature of the garden landscape. Producer Sarah Blunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971217]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971224]

The third of four programmes exploring the changing nature of the garden landscape with the passage Of the seasons.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971231]

The last of four programmes exploring the changing nature of the garden landscape with the Passage of the seasons and the relationship between the garden and the gardeners. Producer Sarah Blunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971231]
01*20091116

An evocative series telling the story of an Oxfordshire garden through time and the seasons, from its earliest creation to the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

This is a fictional tale based on fact, set against a backdrop of specially recorded sounds.

Throughout the winter, robins have been singing to hold their territory, but now, in early spring, they are joined by the explosive song of the wren, the beautiful sounds of the blackbird and the sharp percussive notes of the great tit.

Narrated by Peter France

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson.

Evocative series telling the story of an Oxfordshire garden through time and the seasons.

01Spring1997121019980710
02*20091117

An evocative series telling the story of an Oxfordshire garden through time and the seasons, from its earliest creation to the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

This is a fictional tale based on fact, set against a backdrop of specially recorded sounds.

It's late spring and the summer migrants return - the swallows, swifts and house martins.

A hungry heron preys on frogs in the garden pond, and in March a queen bumble bee is spotted moving among the flower beds, hunting for nectar.

Narrated by Peter France

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson.

It is late spring and the swallows return to the garden.

02Summer1997121719980717
0320091118

An evocative series telling the story of an Oxfordshire garden through time and the seasons, from its earliest creation to the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

This is a fictional tale based on fact, set against a backdrop of specially recorded sounds.

In summer, the air is filled with sounds of hoverflies, bees, butterflies, beetles and dragonflies.

The appearance of so many insects also provides food for other creatures, including hungry nestlings.

Narrated by Peter France

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson.

It is summer and the garden hums with the sounds of insects.

03Autumn1997122419980724
04*20091119

An evocative series telling the story of an Oxfordshire garden through time and the seasons, from its earliest creation to the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

This is a fictional tale based on fact, set against a backdrop of specially recorded sounds.

When autumn arrives, the bright colours of summer fade.

The garden is now a quieter place, although not silent, as a robin sings to mark its territory.

Swallows, swifts and house martins leave the garden and migrate south, while the frogs and toads search for a suitable place to hibernate for the winter.

Narrated by Peter France

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson.

Autumn arrives, and with it flocks of redwings and fieldfares.

04 LASTWinter1997123119980731
05 LAST*20091120

An evocative series telling the story of an Oxfordshire garden through time and the seasons, from its earliest creation to the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

This is a fictional tale based on fact, set against a backdrop of specially recorded sounds.

The story reaches the present day.

Winter arrives, and for many creatures the garden is a sanctuary offering food and shelter, which may be difficult to find in the surrounding landscape.

Narrated by Peter France

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson.

Winter arrives, and the garden becomes a sanctuary for many species.