A day’s filming with Richard Jackson

A day’s filming with Richard Jackson

I live in Bournemouth which is quite a mild gardening climate, although of course we have had some really bad winters over the last three years with well below temperatures and snow – not usually associated with the south of England. I am just celebrating my 75th birthday and have been gardening for 65 years, first as a child on my Dad’s allotment in Norfolk and then I gradually took over from my Mum in the garden where we lived. For the past year have been recovering from a broken hip, with a lot of help from my husband Alan. Since I retired have spent a lot more time gardening.

A day's filming with Richard Jackson

I usually use multi-purpose compost and have fed all my plants with Richard Jackson’s Flower Power over the last few years, of course unless ericaeous compost is needed. I live in the middle of three terrace houses with a front and back garden. The front now has decking because the space was originally needed for a caravan and I always use different sized containers, some low, others on a stand. Last year I am thrilled to say I won the Gold Award for the Bournemouth in Bloom Container Garden. Several years ago Thompson & Morgan had a garden photo competition, so I sent a photo in of my container garden and was rewarded with some vouchers and also asked if I would like to trial some Thompson & Morgan plants, which I have been doing ever since.

Richard Jackson has been showing some of my garden photos on QVC gardening for a few years and has been in contact. In January 2013 I was visiting my sister in San Diego, California when I received an email from Richard saying they had been discussing my garden and were talking about coming down to film it if I was agreeable. On the spur of the moment I agreed and then wondered if my garden would be what they were looking for.

Rob the producer contacted me with possible dates, but as the spring was so cold decided that it might be better to delay it until 3rd September. Then of course, we had some hot weather and everything just about caught up. The only preparation I really did was to make sure the plants were deadheaded and the decking kept clear of dropped flower heads and prayed that we didn’t get torrential rain or a gale!!!

Rob and his crew arrived on the afternoon of Monday 2nd September to have a look at the gardens and see where they could set up the camera.  At 8 am on 3rd September, a gloriously sunny morning (thank goodness), the crew turned up and set up their camera in the front garden. Richard came in and introduced himself, Alan made them all a cup of tea while everything was sorted. Alan also took lots of photos through the day so I could look back on them later. I have now made the photos into a photobook.

A day's filming with Richard Jackson

The day involved filming Richard interviewing me about the garden and the flowers I had planted, how they were planted, which were my favourites etc. I can`t say I was nervous, which is unlike me, but I think they all put me at ease and nothing was too much trouble. Not even when a neighbour decided to get the hose out and wash his van, which of course was picked up by the sound engineer but taken in good humour. It was being filmed for a new QVC gardening programme with Richard Jackson called Gardening Inspirations, which is due to go out in May 2014.

A day's filming with Richard Jackson

Rob went to buy sandwiches, cream cakes, ice creams and drinks for lunch and as it had turned out a very hot day we all ate lunch in the lounge where it was cooler.

A day's filming with Richard Jackson

During the afternoon we were filmed on a bench in the back garden talking about hints and tips and they filmed me deadheading a hanging basket and feeding another, also Richard and me walking down the path.

A day's filming with Richard Jackson

Richard and the crew left around 2:30 pm after what I can honestly say was a great experience… and lots of laughs which certainly made for a different sort of a day.

A day's filming with Richard Jackson

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  1. Robin says:

    Hello Jean and Alan,
    These pictures show shots of an outstanding garden display that does you great credit. I lived in Devon and moved here to the borders three years ago, if Brenda and I do half as well we will be delighted Lovely lovely garden!!!

    • Jean says:

      Thank you Robin for your very kind words, as you have probably guessed I really love my garden and now preparing for the new season.

  2. Jean says:

    Thank you so much Julia for your very kind words.

  3. Julia Carter says:

    Dear Jean, how wonderful your garden looks, so colourful and vibrant – I am very proud of you – you are an inspiration to us all. One forgets that nature in its glory can give us a peace that today’s highly competitive world does not. I’m looking forward to seeing the programme.

  4. Jenny Moran. says:

    What a wonderful display yet again. Having lived in the road for over 40 years I have seen so many of your beautiful shows. Long may you continue to be able to enrich the area. Very many congratulations.

  5. lesley says:

    well done Jean look forward to seeing the Programme, your knowledge on plants and flowers is amazing and ive seen over the years how clever you are at nurturing little shoots into beautiful blooms .Also how much the colour from your house brightened up the Road ,clever lady .

  6. Jean Willis says:

    Pleased to hear you enjoyed Bournemouth and thank you for your comments

  7. mary hanney says:

    So interesting to read this look forward to QVC programes .I feel I must mention as well as taking great interest in her own garden Jean has for a very long time and without reward kept an elderly neighbours front garden in wonderful order with an ever changing variety of flowers with the seasons . A very Special talented garden lady indeed. Thank you Jean.

  8. Thomas Mickey says:

    I visited Bournemouth this past June, late in the month. Loved the area, and was impressed with the gardens I saw.
    Congratulations to you and all yoiur gardening. The photos above speak to your hard work over the years.

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