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Garden renovation series. Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers compete to design a zen space for a young couple longing for a Japanese garden.


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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens and decades of experience...

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Hello! ..Charlie Dimmock is one of Britain's best-loved gardeners.

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Looking good, boys!

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But the new kids on the gardening block are the Rich brothers.

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We want to be the brothers that change people's perceptions of gardens.

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Winners of multiple medals at the Chelsea Flower Show...

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Amazing, isn't it?

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..the boys have become known for their dramatic outdoor spaces.

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Now these two different generations of gardening are going head-to-head.

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I know they've got a gold medal, but I can come up with a few ideas!

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They're meeting frustrated garden owners across the country...

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The photos made it look tiny. It is, isn't it?

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I'm sure you've seen larger! I don't know what to do with it.

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..and will each pitch them a design based on their needs...

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Wow! ..and budget.

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It looks really exciting.

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This doesn't look like it could be our garden!

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The winner... Hey!

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Woo! ..brings their design to life.

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Hold on, hold on! Sweet as a nut!

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And the loser has to help them build it.

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I'm getting irritated now with faffing around!

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This is what happens...

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Does he ever get irritating? All the time!

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..when different styles collide...

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Who chose these? One, two, three...

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This looks like your design!

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Yeah!

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..to turn garden dreams into reality.

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Wow!

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Open your eyes. Wow!

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It's amazing.

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It's beautiful.

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It's time for Charlie and the Rich brothers to reveal today's challenge.

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What are our feelings on Japanese gardens?

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Oh, I love them.

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Yeah? Yeah, done in the right way.

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Well, Nic and Kath went on their honeymoon to Japan and just fell in love with it.

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They've since been back on holiday,

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which has just reinforced they want a Japanese garden.

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Graphic designer Kath and aeronautical engineer Nic moved into their home

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in Blackburn 18 months ago,

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and absolutely love everything Japanese,

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especially the gardens.

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I don't know what it is, but when you walk into them,

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it's so tranquil and calming.

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Yeah, and the first time round, we went in spring, so...

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We were so lucky, we got a load of cherry blossom.

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And there's one feature that's a staple of the Japanese garden that Nic has a real passion for.

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We like rocks. I think I love rocks. You love rocks!

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I like rocks too. Yeah, big rocks.

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The bigger the better!

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They may have a taste for the Orient, but as it stands,

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there's nothing Zen about their garden.

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It's nice, it's just not us.

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Yeah. At the moment. There's not really anywhere to go in it.

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You just kind of, like, stand at the edges and look in.

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It's a mess.

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But the eagle-eyed designers have spotted some existing features

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that might help them with the brief.

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So, I mean, the birch sort of says Japanese.

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Yeah. And it looks like there's a few

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kind of Japanese-style rocks as well.

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In some ways, it's great there's ponds there.

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I mean, it might mean... Because Japanese gardens,

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it screams out for water, doesn't it?

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Yes. And they would love a Japanese teahouse!

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Oh! That sounds very nice. Very cool idea, I like that.

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With a baby on the way,

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Kath and Nic won't be jetting back to the Land of the Rising Sun any time soon.

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So they want something authentically Japanese on their doorstep to tide them over.

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And they're prepared to spend to get what they want.

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Well, we've been saving up for a while and we've put 7,000 down, haven't we, for it.

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It is a big space as well. It's a massive space.

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I hope we don't end up with a six-grand rock!

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And then just a few plants!

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I'd be happy with that! I wouldn't!

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So we're combining rural Lancashire with Japan.

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I am a little nervous, you know, because they've been twice to Japan.

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I've never been. Have you been?

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No. Have you been?

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No. I'm glad they've come to us for the design, then!

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?7,000 is a serious budget for this project.

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But the elegant manicured look of an authentic Japanese garden

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is extremely difficult to carry off.

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Especially in rural Lancashire.

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So it's time for Charlie and the boys to do their homework.

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They each have to come up with a garden design and pitch it to Kath and Nic,

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who will choose which one gets built.

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But it isn't over for the loser,

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as they have to get their hands dirty helping the winner build their garden.

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It's the day of the pitch, and the designers have travelled to Blackburn to present their ideas.

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Here we go!

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None of the designers have been to Japan.

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So can they win over Kath and Nic?

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Hey, guys. Hello! Right!

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'It's time to unveil their plans.'

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Oh, wow! This is our design.

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We really needed to create a garden

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that had a lovely balance between the natural landscape in which you live,

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but also the Japanese landscape which you're inspired by.

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So we've given you this journey,

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but we wanted to give you a destination at the end of the garden.

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The final destination is this teahouse,

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and what we've done here is we've created a kind of solid back with just an open door here.

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So, you know, you can't really see what's there,

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and it's about kind of obscuring the views of the beautiful landscape.

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So when you get there, it opens up.

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So this is like

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a walkway of timbers that are quite narrow,

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leading round and into your pavilion.

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OK. Something simple.

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It's going to look something like this.

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So off the pavilion we've got stepping stones

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that lead you on a journey around the garden,

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to this moon gate.

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Which is going to frame the view

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of maybe an Oriental lantern, or it could be a cloud-clipped holly.

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And then we'll have a teahouse here

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which'll be a shed that we've modified so the doors slide back like that.

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Wow.

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The boys are using their teahouse

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to frame the view of the surrounding countryside.

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But Charlie's offering two separate buildings.

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Will that impact on the other features she can provide?

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What's nice about this building as well is that

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we've done it so that it overhangs slightly on the pond.

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So, when you're sitting there, you feel that connection with the water.

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Yeah. The pond is bigger than you have now.

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So, you will lose some of the lawn.

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Yeah.

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Water is a crucial element in a Japanese garden.

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And both designers are planning to cantilever their teahouses

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over the pond.

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The next challenge was to give Nic some serious rocks to play with.

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We want to play around with this area and have these lovely, like,

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sculptural boulders that kind of sit within the spaces.

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We've got some large, sort of,

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really attractive rocks that then we just rake the gravel round.

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Both designs have boulders, but the boys have gone for bigger and better.

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But what about the Oriental planting?

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I want to show the seasons.

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So, cherry for the spring, peonies for the summer.

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Some evergreens as well.

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Cloud clip.

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Surrounding these individual areas,

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we've got these planting beds.

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We're having this modern take on the Japanese stepping stones.

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Then, within the planting,

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we wanted to pick out some ornamental cherry blossom trees, of course.

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It's such a massive thing in Japanese gardens, isn't it? It is, yeah.

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I'll leave you to think on it.

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OK.

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The couple are giving nothing away, and rightly so.

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With seven grand to spend,

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they need to choose a design that gives them everything they want.

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It's hard, isn't it?

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Will it be Charlie, with her twisting path to two separate buildings and a moon gate?

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Or the Rich brothers,

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with their giant boulders and dramatic cherry trees?

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The decision is theirs.

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It's been a really tough decision,

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because you both kind of hit the nail on the head, really.

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That's good.

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But we've made a decision. And...

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BROTHERS: Yay!

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Perfect decision.

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It was the cherry trees that swung it!

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Awesome. Great news!

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What made you decide...

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Because this was probably something we wouldn't have done.

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There was quite a lot in it that we thought oh, gosh.

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But actually... It just feels like something that we'd just never be able to do ourselves.

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I hope we've made the right decision!

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Yeah, you have! It's good, it's good. We're professionals!

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So, it's sayonara to Charlie's design,

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and down to the Rich brothers to deliver

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Kath and Nic's dream Oriental garden.

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But this is going to have to be a team effort,

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because not one of them has even set foot in Japan.

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Go on, crack on, then!

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It's a sunny start on day one of the build in Blackburn.

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and the boys have set the landscaping team to work, clearing out

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the old pond.

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More sludge, vicar. More sludge!

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Including carefully removing any resident wildlife.

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Before the hole can be expanded with the help of a digger, to make a much larger pond.

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Meanwhile, the Rich brothers are briefing Charlie on their plan.

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So, this has given me quite an interesting one today.

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Got some really big elements to put into this garden.

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And, you know, these boulders are going to take some moving.

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So, it's going to be about logistics.

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It's mega-logistics, this, isn't it?

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There was already a little pond and kind of boulders in there.

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We've taken them out, but we're putting a pond

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and we're putting bigger boulders in, so...

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But we're doing it really well.

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Yeah, so on the pond, please.

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Yeah, that's OK, then.

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Yeah. And then also salvaging lots of plants that are existing in the garden.

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Is that because you've spent all the money on the rocks?

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Well...

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Yes. Yeah, budget is definitely tight on this one.

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OK. Right, get on. Let's get on.

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Come on.

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Oh, that's...

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While Charlie considers the bomb crater Andy has created,

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the brothers are getting excited.

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The boulders that are crucial to their design are on their way.

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So, the boulders we've got coming.

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Andy knew a farmer in the Peak District,

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so a beautiful place in the country.

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And these rocks were in a middle of a field, overgrown, naturalised.

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Exactly what we wanted for this garden.

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We don't clearly know what they look like,

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because we've only seen them in pictures.

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So, you know, they were loaded up late last night and they're on their way now, so...

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Hopefully, hopefully, they will be what we imagined.

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Meanwhile, all the way from the Peak District, the rocks are here.

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And they are massive.

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They're amazing! Look at them!

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Have we got enough garden to fit those rocks in? Yes.

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You wait till you see them all together!

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Stunning. Put them on top of each other, they'll be fine.

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They are amazing. Big old boys, aren't they? They are.

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I reckon Nic and Kath are going to be really kind of excited about seeing these.

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I think they don't really have an idea either, do they?

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I didn't have an idea they were this big, not even from the pictures,

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so I think they're going to be shocked!

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Beautiful as they are,

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waxing lyrical about them all day isn't going to get them into the garden.

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And with each one weighing over a tonne,

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the boys have to decide exactly where to put them before they can be moved.

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Him, by the pond. He'd look amazing by the pond.

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Yeah. Yeah.

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Rocks are essential in Japanese garden design.

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They represent mountains, and are revered by some as sacred spirits.

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Japanese gardens are full of symbolism, and use elements like rocks, ponds,

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bridges and paths to create miniature reproductions of natural scenery.

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Bridges to islands symbolise health and longevity.

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Paths are important too,

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as they lead visitors traditionally to different areas of the garden

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for quiet contemplation.

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And water symbolises cleanliness and is normally found in the form of natural ponds.

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And for Charlie, ponds are familiar territory.

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So, it's pretty obvious this is the pond.

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So it's a lovely, simple shape.

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And I know the boys want to get some of those glorious rocks sort of

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touching the water.

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Yes! So, what's going on here, then?

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Show me the... That's where I've been, I've been out with my plan,

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doodling. Putting names to boulders.

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Have you? What do you mean, giving them names?

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What? George, Sharon...

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Trapeze. Trapeze!

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Peg Tooth. Peg Tooth.

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Cow Poo. Cow Poo?

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Big Round.

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So, we've got Trapeze.

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Here. Yeah, we just thought it would be nice actually bringing it into the water.

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So the level of the water will be about here,

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which is just beneath the deck.

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And then we're going to sink this boulder in so you don't

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really see the end of it. I think that'll be perfect.

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It's going to be glorious, isn't it? So this is going to be a really natural pond, isn't it? Yes.

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'It's a good job Andy's got his digger.'

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You're just going to hit the tree there, Andy.

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Just go down as soon as possible.

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That's all right. That's OK, it's only the weeping bits.

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Whilst the boys play with their rocks,

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Charlie's commandeered Paul to help her line the pond.

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To start with, she's lining the hole with bonded fibre fleece.

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So, this material is synthetic.

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So it won't rot away.

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It's meshed so tightly together that roots and stones can't pierce through it.

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So it will really protect the rubber.

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The pond has been dug to a depth of 70 centimetres.

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Deep enough that the water won't freeze in the winter,

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so any wildlife will be protected.

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Right.

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Are we just going to do another layer with this, then?

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The first layer of fleece is topped with a rubber pond liner,

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and then another layer of fleece will be added on top of that.

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It gives the liner further protection.

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Would you rather do that bit first, over there?

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No, do that bit there. OK.

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Organising boys, it's like herding cats!

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There's quite a few cats on this job, in't there, Charlie?

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Yeah, it is a bit...

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So, the next thing is get soil in.

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Adding soil back into the pond gives any plants something to root into.

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Good for the pond, not so good for Charlie's laundry bill.

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Now the pond's prepped,

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the boulder that will sit on its banks can be manoeuvred into place.

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It is as clean as a whistle.

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It's so exciting!

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That's the one! Well done.

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Boulder in place, now it's time to fill the pond with water.

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We're going to put the hose on,

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but weight it down in the bucket so the bucket will slowly fill up and

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gently overflow.

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And hopefully it won't disturb too much of the soil.

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That's the theory, anyhow.

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OK, do you want to pop the hose on?

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Here it comes.

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Filling the pond will take a while,

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so the team crack on with the enormous job of placing the remaining boulders.

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This boulder coming in now, we've nicknamed the sleeping crocodile.

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Because, if you kind of get it at the right angle, it looks like a crocodile head.

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With no eyes! Well, they're closed, you know!

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The boys have to get these stones in the ground and make it snappy,

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as there's plenty more still to do -

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including marking out where their concrete lintels will go

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to create a path of stepping stones.

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How wide is that?

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We are going to have two, four, 600, plus 300 is 900.

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So if you measure 900 off the deck.

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Then we've got the start.

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What are you laughing at?

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Your maths. I was just saying how impressed I was.

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'Meanwhile, the subframe for the teahouse has been put in place.

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'The plan is for it to sit six inches over the edge of the pond.

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'But to get the perfect finish,

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'it's critical that none of the liner is visible.'

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All we are doing here is putting a bit of soil over the membranes.

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That is just a bit wide. And from over that side of the pond,

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you can just see underneath.

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The water level is going to raise a bit, but just to be sure,

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we want to cover it with a bit of mud, and then you won't notice it.

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Yeah, that's it.

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Oh, perfect.

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'This garden is slowly coming together, stone by stone.'

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So we've got the last boulder coming in now.

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It's been a really long day of bringing in

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these huge bits of stone.

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So it will be a nice day tomorrow, having all this in place,

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and we can start bringing the trees and plants in,

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and start creating different spaces.

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It's the next morning,

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and the first task is to offload seven tonnes of fine gravel

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to create the meandering path that will take Kath and Nic

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to different parts of their Oriental garden.

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I'm concerned.

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Why? You've got 20-plus tonnes of rocks,

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you've got seven tonnes of gravel.

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We've got loads of concrete lintels, and not a plant to be seen.

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Don't worry, Charlie.

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The boys have got it covered.

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Another big delivery has just arrived.

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Wow!

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Beautiful.

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With a ?7,000 budget, the boys have invested in mature plants.

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In a Japanese garden, the planting is often very architectural,

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with a smaller number of impact trees and shrubs.

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As its name suggests, the Japanese maple, or acer, is a stalwart.

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It gets to two metres, so it is basically at full height.

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Gorgeous. I love the bark on it.

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It looks like bamboo, doesn't it?

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It does. So, where is it going, boys?

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I am just about to start chopping my liner.

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Before the acer can be planted, since the pond is now full of water,

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Charlie needs to neaten the edge of the pond liner

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by cutting off the excess.

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When it comes to trimming the liner back,

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people get a bit concerned about how much they need to leave.

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You really only need to leave four inches, five inches.

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That's plenty to anchor the liner in place.

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And it allows you to be able to plant right up to the pond edge.

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Meanwhile, the boys are placing the other trees,

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and they have decided to make some changes.

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In their design, cherry trees were dotted throughout the garden,

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but now they've arrived, the boys can see they're too big,

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and have changed tack.

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We have got the one cherry, which will give them the blossom,

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but we've got two smaller amelanchier, which blossoms,

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beautiful autumn colour, and links with the natural as well.

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And it is definitely a point of right tree or right plant for the right place.

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Those cherries were too tall, they were going to grow too large,

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so it is the right decision to just keep one of them.

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Whether as focal points, or for creating a journey in the garden,

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trees play a key role in Japanese garden design.

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Just like the boulders, the trees have all got an individual character,

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so what we are trying to do is fit them best in the garden,

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and this big one here is a bit fuller,

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it's going to block out the view nicely,

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so what we are going to do is we are going to put him in here.

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I will grab him. So we are going to put him in his space here,

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and he will really block off the pond area, especially the acer,

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so you will have to walk the whole garden, move in to the teahouse,

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and then you will be able to see it, all will be revealed.

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'While the boys play around with the trees,

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'Charlie is finishing the pond to prepare it for planting.'

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It is a bit of a faff, but it's worth taking your time.

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Cos, of course, we've got lots of time. We haven't got much to do(!)

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Just a little planting.

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About 600 plants!

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'With so many plants to find a home for,

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'Charlie starts with the aquatic ones for the pond.'

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When it comes to your pond,

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you want it to stay clear by just using plants,

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you need three different types.

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You need marginals, so we've got the water mint, we've got the irises.

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You need oxygenators, which aren't overly pretty,

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but they do a really good job,

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and then you need something to shade the water surface,

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and these have got to be the easiest plants in the world...

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..to plant. There you go!

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They will sink down and root into the soil that we put over there,

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so this is the oxygenator.

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You want half the base eventually covered with oxygenators,

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and about half the surface covered with lily pad leaves.

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And, that way, the pond will stay clear and balanced and support wildlife quite happily.

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Nic and Kath's garden is finally coming together.

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The rocks are all in place.

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The trees are in.

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Charlie's pond is taking shape,

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and the concrete lintels are starting to be laid.

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Ten mill, five mill.

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Stepping stones are often used in Japanese gardens,

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as they slow down movement around the space, and encourage contemplation.

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Once you get this sorted, it goes down really quickly.

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That is bang on.

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Meanwhile, Charlie is on to the last stage of her pond planting,

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and she has got a neat trick for submerging her water lilies.

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Normally, you would plant water lilies up in containers like this,

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baskets, but because we want this to look as natural as possible,

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I am going to plant them up in a piece of hessian.

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First, she gets a hessian square,

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adds pebbles to weigh the sack down,

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then adds soil, and the plant itself, with the crown poking out.

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Then ties it all up in a parcel.

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And then it's just a case of throwing them in.

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Meanwhile, Lee has finished the component parts of the teahouse,

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so they are ready to be fixed into place.

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But this is a sturdy structure, so all the lads, including our director, Rich,

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are needed to get the roof on.

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My armpit!

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It seemed a really good idea to build it outside and then carry it in!

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I'm sure someone is going to end up straight in there!

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It don't fit! Take it back!

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Oh!

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Yeah! All right!

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'But there's no time to let the muscles recover.

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'It's all hands on deck to get the remaining plants in the ground.

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'The boys have designed beds to flank the sinuous path around the garden...

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'and are now focusing on shrubs like this rhododendron.'

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What I have done is I have placed it here next to the boulder,

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and that is because, in nature, you'd find they are quite shallow rooted,

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and they grow over rocks and, in a Japanese garden,

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it's all about replicating the larger landscape,

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but putting it into your own garden.

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'As well as the shrubs,

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'the brothers have chosen a mix of grasses and flowers

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'that will add texture to Nic and Kath's garden across the seasons.

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'Charlie's making good use of all the salvaged plants

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'from around the old pond by creating a border behind the new one.

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'The brothers are giving the sides of the teahouse an Oriental feel,

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'using simple wooden batons.'

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Then, with a last push from the team on the planting,

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and a last whack from the whacker plate,

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this garden is done.

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In a previous life,

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Kath and Nic's garden was a mishmash of tired, old features.

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Now it's had a ?7,000 transformation.

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And Harry and David's design has turned it into a Japanese-inspired oasis.

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Harry and David have created a path

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using a modern take on Japanese stepping stones

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in the form of these concrete lintels.

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With the gravel, they cost ?535,

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and create a journey around the space.

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The teahouse is delicate and elegant...

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and cost ?650.

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From here, Kath and Nic can watch the sun go down on their new garden.

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The pond is a beautiful link to the landscape beyond the garden,

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and cost ?600 for the liner and the plants.

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In no time at all, it will look like it has been there forever.

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The boys went for an instant impact with mature trees,

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at a combined cost of ?2,700.

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And the pieces de resistance are the huge rocks.

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They add drama and structure to this space,

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but that drama doesn't come cheap,

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and the rocks put a ?2,500 dent in the budget.

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But the real test is what the clients think.

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Here they come.

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Please open your eyes and have a look.

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Whoa!

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Wow.

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What do you think? It's not our garden!

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It's completely different.

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Wow.

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And the boulders? What do you think about the boulders?

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Oh, they're amazing.

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Yeah, they're big enough.

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They have got moss on and everything.

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Oh, wow.

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Wowzers.

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And you enter the teahouse, and here's the new pond.

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Can you imagine spending some time here?

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Absolutely, yes. The pond looks so natural as well.

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It's gorgeous.

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It's quite tranquil here, isn't it?

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Do you feel Zen?

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This is very much like some of the rooms in Japan.

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It's perfect.

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Does it bring back fond memories of when you were in Japan?

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It does, yeah.

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Definitely. There is a little route around that we haven't explored yet.

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So it is quite a big budget, guys,

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so are you happy that we spent the money well?

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Absolutely, yes. I think it's the best money we've spent.

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It's like getting another room for the house, really, isn't it?

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When it's sunny!

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We would never have done this ourselves, ever.

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We would have never got to this.

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It's brilliant.

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Dip into the BBC Proms.

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Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers compete to design a zen space for a young couple longing for a Japanese garden. With a £7,000 budget, our designers bring a taste of the orient to Blackburn, turning the couple's mismatched garden into an area of tranquillity and serenity. There is a teahouse, enormous rocks and a pond. It is a big build and not one for the faint hearted.