DAVID Andersen, one of the UK’s leading garden designers, has teamed up with television star Alan Titchmarsh and his new garden programme ‘Love Your Garden’ to showcase some of his best work.
The new ITV show is set to hit our TV screens in June and features Manchester based families all of whom have a child with special needs. The programme provides them with a complete garden makeover in just four days and features one of Skelmersdale resident Andersen’s designs in Bolton as an example of excellence.
The production company behind the show contacted him after sifting through many designs from the members of the Society of Garden Designers and, the rest they say, is history. Filming took place over a day and included a film crew of four and David and his team working with them to ensure the garden looked just right for the cameras.
The garden in Bolton is a stunning example of a contemporary family garden full of flair yet practical and was completed in two months. The family involved have one child and one ‘on the way’ and wanted to be able to let them play in it but also wanted to showcase their own creativity and create a haven to relax in.
Skelmersdale based David has been involved in garden design for over 25 years and has commissioned work from famous names including Ringo Starr right through to leading UK businessmen and premiership footballers. His background also includes large scale set design projects with some of the UK’s most respected film directors including David Lean and Stanley Kubrick
Commenting on the partnership with ITV and Alan Titchmarsh, David said: “As a garden designer it’s great that there’s such high quality programmes on TV exploring the UK’s gardens and the inspiration behind the design. Working with Alan and the team at ITV was a pleasure and we are delighted that our work has been recognised in this way as he specifically chose our designs for the show.
“The garden in Bolton is a great example of how beautiful a practical garden can be, and what can be achieved balancing so many demands put on it. We always start with evaluating the ‘spirit of the place’ and then build the design around that so that it takes on board the local environment, climatic conditions etc and the results are spectacular.”
Waqas Hashemi, whose garden is featured on the programme, added: “We commissioned David Andersen to create and design a contemporary garden to reflect our mood and personality as he is a paragon of creativity and implementation. Not only did he answer our challenging brief but understood our underlying sentiment for the garden.
“David has a real passion for his craft and it shows. The build was an interactive creative process. The sign of a truly professional designer is one who is not scared or proud to listen to or learn from the client and vice versa. Throughout the design and build process we challenged each other’s perception of how a contemporary garden should look and ended up with a transformation to suit our lifestyle and future requirements. Coupled with an elegant planting scheme of textured and luscious greens and smells that contextualise the furniture, water features and tableware on display.
“I can confidently say that our garden is now like another room to us because we get so much use from it and we are always proud to arrive home to it.”
For further information on David Andersen and to see more of his work please visit www.davidandersen.co.uk.