Elegies from a Suburban Garden | BBC Radio 4 March 2011

Mon – Fri , 28 March – 1st April

Presenter: Phil Gates
Wildlife sound recordist: Chris Watson
Producer: Sarah Blunt

“If we’re lucky”, says botanist Phil Gates” we gardeners get to experience the seasonal rollercoaster of gardening emotions about 70 times. Just 70 spring, summer, autumn and winters in a lifetime … and with each passing cycle those that remain become even more precious”. This series, recorded over a year, explores the relationship between a gardener and his garden and the emotions evoked by each season. In a modern, high-tech consumer society cultivating a garden remains perhaps the most direct way in which we can maintain an emotional and sensual link with the natural world.