The Autistic Gardener is a brand new television show for Channel 4, set to air Wednesday 8th July at 8pm. It stars garden designer, Alan Gardner, who has won many awards for his work and is in high demand for his skills.
Alan Gardner, who was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, is using his condition to make a difference. The TV show will focus on a group of five people with Autism, who will be mentored by the sought after garden designer.
During the four-part programme, Gardner will find out whether other people with Asperger's can become talented horticulturists too.
It is his belief that it is his condition which has made him into the success that he is. He says “What makes us autists such great gardeners is what goes on in our weirdly wired minds.” This is because, as he explains “"Not a lot of people know that mathematical formulas occur in flowers, stamens, petals, leaves, and from these mathematical sequences you can create patterns to actually construct brilliant gardens."
What are the challenges?
The new recruits have a week to carry out each task and they must adhere to a strict budget. Setting restrictions on finance and time allowance will be a challenge in itself as these are unfamiliar concepts to the participants.
In the team, there is Victoria, a woman in her 20s with a love for colour, as well as Philip who is 30 and has a great knowledge of exotic plants. There is also James who knows his plants, Thomas who is 19 who loves the precision of horticulture but struggles to communicate, and Charles who is passionate about vegetables and growing his own crops.
The team will begin the series by travelling to Derbyshire to tackle a couple’s overgrown back garden. The trainees will have a budget of £3,000 to help Alan Gardner bring the family’s garden back to life.
AVS Play their Part
We are delighted to be donating our railway sleepers to The Autistic Gardener and we look forward to seeing it air tonight. We are sure it will be a thought provoking and inspiring series.
The group of gardeners taking part certainly appear to be up to the challenge but will they be able to deliver on budget, on time and to the brief? We will just have to wait and see!