Garden 3 – South London, Eloise and Zak
Alan Gardner is an award-winning garden designer, winning silver at Chelsea this year. But he’s no ordinary gardener. Alan credits his success to what he calls ‘his gift’ – the fact that he has autism.
In this episode, Alan and his team of autists take on their biggest garden yet: a 95-foot jungle in south London owned by Zak, a budding artist who works in advertising and Eloise, a marketing director.
They have lived in the house with their two children for a year and have yet to tackle the overgrown plot. There is some good news for the team – they’ve got £10,000 to spend on the transformation.
What strikes Alan and the gardeners most about the space are the many sounds, from rustling leaves to passing trains, aircraft overhead and the crunchy gravel. They decide to create a sound garden for the family – but will the clients get what the ambitious gardeners are trying to achieve?
The finished garden : click on images to see
Planting List Eloise and Zak
Cercis (Forest Pansy)
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Variegatum’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’
Pieris ‘Forest Flame’
Cotinus coggrygia ‘Grace’
Cotinus coggrygia ‘Golden Spirit’
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’
Cornus ‘Magic Flame’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’
Hellebore ‘Christmas Carol’
Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’
Euphorbia characias ‘Humpty Dumpty’
Miscanthus ‘Ferner Osten’
Miscanthus ‘ Silberspinne’