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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
These DVDs were exactly what I was looking for being a new gardener. Geoff Hamilton can inspire anyone to start gardening or go on and explore new species. There are step by step instructions on almost all matters from planting, propagating, pruning, composting, creating a cottage garden, preparing a new garden from scratch. I wish there were more of these DVDs.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2008
Geoff Hamilton was THE architypal gardener. His easy-natured approach and love of traditional gardening methods have stood the test of time, and always will do. The 3 dvd's are beautifully filmed, wonderfully atmospheric and thoroughly informative. Geoff creates some stunning gardens and, along the way, meets several other gardeners (I must mention old George in "Cottage Gardens" - a hero of mine) and this adds to the flavour of the series, and should inspire anyone pick up a fork and get cracking.
Buy it - it's a wonderful way to spend an evening in front of the telly.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2008
This collecion is a must have for all people that loves gardens. I'm in Australia and the climate is different from England but the series is so packed of precious knowledge that I'm finding myself watching the DVD's over and over again.
I'm an horticulturist but still find invaluable knowledge and I find it even more precious because is coming from the heart.
Geoff was a very nice and enthusiastic person, with great love for gardening; and you can feel this watching and hearing him.
I also love the pace of the series, not rushing like many modern programs that are a very fast pace. Geoff takes time to explain things in simple english and showing heaps of examples, historical connections, interviews and beautiful gardens of both pro and amateurs.
This is one of the best DVD's I ever bought, a real pearl!
But if you like modern, cold, garden designs than this series is not for you.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2008
It's great to have these three series available on disc. Geoff inspired so many people to put more thought into their gardening. I was privileged to be hired to do the weaving scene in the Cottage Gardens video and saw at first hand the meticulous work that went into these projects.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2009
If you like gardening but are not sure where to start, this series is ideal. Not only was Geoff Hamilton one of the best presenters of Gardeners World he has a way of explaining things that a novice can easily understand including gardening and simple structural projects. This series is a delight to watch covering many aspects of gardening. Highly recommended for learners and the more experienced alike.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2009
All the above reviews are spot on. Another thing that is very useful is that Geoff also touches on a bit of hard landscaping (basic - but to the point) which I found very helpful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2010
Compulsive viewing. Summer evenings in a box...Geoff Hammilton was a little piece of England and the person we would all have wished for as our next-door neighbour. So great to hear his sensible and down-to-earth approach to gardening again. Pure nostalgia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Warm, informed and with attention to relevant detail, interesting and enthusiastic, professional and concise, these are all qualities required by an expert broadcaster. Geoff Hamilton had them all and more, and he was also a consummate gardener; he is much missed.

In this collection of three of his Gardeners World series the Amazon blurb is to the point. Each is quite different from the other two, and yet they are linked by Geoff's clear professional delivery and warm enthusiasm. Technically speaking all are in old-fashioned 4:3 standard definition and mostly mono sound, and some compression artefacts are sometimes visible from squeezing three hours of video onto each DVD.

My favourite is the earliest series about the Ornamental Kitchen Garden which was obviously filmed for at least three years, yet broadcast over just six weeks around October 1990. The whole of it is linked together with a seamless script that uses great planning and forethought to neatly illustrate how each particular part of the garden was designed, created, and grown through to maturity. The garden is a typical size for behind an average detached house, and so the ideas are feasible, and Geoff shows us how to do it without fuss or drama, while keeping it all simple and economical. It is not quite the same as the VHS we recorded at the time, but there is nothing significantly different except for the DVD generally having better picture quality.

The pair of Cottage Gardens, for a Gentleman and an Artisan, are each slightly smaller and more detailed, such as might be found behind a semi, and make the most of the space. When I visited Barnsdale a few years ago with our Garden Club I was surprised to see how small they are in real life, crowded with the planting and features, when compared with how they appear on the screen. Where these come into their own is the imagination in the structures and choice of planting, and the ability to maintain a good show of colour for such a long time, while still being practical and economical.

The Paradise Gardens approach the topic from yet another angle, and again there are several fresh ideas combined with his usual sound advice and good practice making it interesting from start to finish. But this is my least favourite part of the collection.

In a nostalgic way I think that with their excellent structure these more traditional programmes, despite being made a couple of decades ago, compare very favourably with the more hi-tech modern gardening programmes.

May I suggest you ignore the slightly lower definition (mostly on the earliest DVD) and smaller 4:3 picture, and just enjoy the brilliant gardening.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2007
Superb. Bursting with inspiration for all levels of experience. Simple but practical advice focusing heavily on plants. It's the DVD that gardeners have been waiting for. Either buy it for yourself, or as a gift for someone else. Excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2011
Living in Australia, I haven't seen any of Geoff Hamilton's TV shows but was encouraged to buy this collection of DVDs after reading other reviews. I loved them and would definitely visit his display gardens if I lived in the UK. I am now buying his books that go along with this very entertaining and informative collection. What a lovely man - a great pity he is no longer with us.
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