'CHINESE FLOWERS IN THE GARDENS OF THE WORLD' FOR CCTV9
Much of 2018 was taken up with a big international production for CCTV’s flagship documentary channel, CCTV9. Focussing on five different Chinese flowers that have changed the gardening landscape across the world, this project took us on a fascinating journey to some of the great gardens of England whose owners had the means and the vision to sponsor intrepid plant hunters in the 19th century to bring back rare plant specimens from China, the Mother of all Gardens. Filming took us to the 200 year old collection of camellias at Chiswick Gardens, to the artist’s palette of rhododendrons laid out across the Rothschild country seat in Exbury, to the home of the first camellia hybrid, the camellia x williamsii, at Caerhays Castle, to the eccentric glory of the Chinese garden at Biddulph Grange and the fields of brilliant meconopsis at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh. Filming also extended to other parts of the world, including the peony farms in Alaska, the Chinese heritage rose gardens at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, LA and many other places.