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Waddell Media’s new gardening series for BBC One NI and RTÉ

July 20, 2020

Gardening Together with Diarmuid Gavin is a new six part series by leading independent production company Waddell Media for RTÉ and BBC NI which sees Diarmuid Gavin tap into this explosion of interest in all things green, sharing his passion for gardening with people across the island of Ireland direct from his own garden sanctuary.

Jannine Waddell, Managing Director, Waddell Media says: “The idea for this series was born out of lockdown, not only were people spending more time in their gardens, but it was also a series that I knew we could film and deliver safely at this time, creating much needed work for our amazing team when so many other productions had to be put into hiatus.

“I’m delighted that RTÉ and BBC NI loved the concept and agreed to this co-production which has been challenging to turnaround in just six weeks.  Garden projects need a little time to complete before we can reveal, so we’ll be filming and editing right up to transmission each week. Diarmuid is an amazing garden designer as well as a talented broadcaster who brings his own special style to this Gardening Together and we’ve selected enthusiastic gardeners from across Ireland to take part.

Of his new series, Diarmuid Gavin says: “It’s been so rewarding to join with gardening friends to get the country growing again. From city plots to rural plains, we have cajoled and encouraged a new band of gardeners to come together to inspire and delight.”

Lee Salisbury, Series Producer, says: “This new series will be inspirational, encouraging us to get up and out into the garden for the rest of the weekend as Diarmuid helps you get your garden fit this summer. From novices who rarely set foot in their back yard to seasoned gardeners, Diarmuid will be offering advice to green fingered viewers all across the island of Ireland. There will be planting suggestions, gorgeous flowers and practical tips. He’ll call on the help of other experts in the horticultural field and follow the fortunes of some fellow gardeners tackling ambitious projects in their own back gardens.”

Diarmuid has been using lockdown as an opportunity to get stuck into his own garden. By getting outside for a couple of hours every day, even to do the most menial of tasks, he has found that there are enormous mental health benefits to be had.

Gardening Together with Diarmuid Gavin is showing on BBC ONE Northern Ireland Mondays at 7.30pm and on RTÉ One Fridays @ 8pm.

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