The Great Garden Detectives (2007)

Chris Beardshaw standing in front of a garden and The Great Garden Detectives logo

Chris Beardshaw and The Great Garden Detectives advert © Tiger Aspect – Photographer Peter Dadds

Production Company: Tiger Aspect Productions

Kent Locations: Pluckley

The Detectives are focusing their hunt on looking into Britain’s gardens made famous by their appearance in film and television series. Chris Beardshaw, TV presenter and renowned Chelsea Gold medal winner, guides the viewers through the locations capturing their historical interest and giving coveted gardening tips.

In the third episode of this series, Chris visits ‘Home Farm’ the fictional home of the Larkin’s in the Yorkshire TV Series  ‘The Darling Buds of May’, which is located near Pluckley in Kent.

Hop farming is a great tradition in Kent. In the Victorian era, workers from all over England would travel to Kent and pick hops for 6 weeks and many regarded this as their annual holiday, returning year after year. The hop industry at the time was the biggest industry in the county.

Hop picking has now declined in Kent. However there are still some farms that continue to grow the crop. Cobtree Museum of Kent Life still holds an annual hop picking festival in September, where visitors can pick their own bushels and see the only working coal fired Oast house in operation.

Every year there is a Darling Buds of May car show held at the Farm that provided the principal location for the Larkin family home.

Pluckley is a historic village in Ashford  situated close to the picturesque North Downs. Pluckley has previously welcomed filmed from This Morning (2012) and The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993).

The series visits Kent on Sunday 4th November 2007 on ITV3 at 20.00


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