Blackburn Garden Rescue


Blackburn

Garden renovation series with Charlie Dimmock and garden designers the Rich brothers. A young couple longing for a Japanese garden get a zen space with a teahouse.


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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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-That was nice.

-We went to a place in Tokyo, it was like a temple,

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where they just grew peonies. So the whole thing was just peonies.

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-They all had little umbrellas.

-And it only opens for, like, a couple of weeks

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when the peonies are in season.

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And then it'll be shut for the rest of year.

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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.

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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 both of our grans passed away, sadly, last year.

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So they left us a little bit towards it.

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And I think that would be nice, to sort of say, you know,

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part of this is because of them.

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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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This garden has a great budget.

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But Charlie and the Rich brothers are well out of their comfort zone.

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They'll need to do their homework if their garden is going to match Kath and Nic's expectations.

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And their starting point is a trip to Blackburn,

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to see the garden for themselves.

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Don't remember it being quite as big as this!

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That's a lot of hard standing.

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It is, isn't it? That's a lot of concrete.

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-Crikey!

-Yeah, this could be a bit complicated, I think.

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Pond's seen better days.

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It attracts wildlife at least - that's important!

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Yeah, that one doesn't fly off, does he?

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Lots of peonies.

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-Yes.

-Tree peonies?

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Tree peonies, yes, very nice.

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-Quite Japanese, isn't it?

-Very.

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And look at that view!

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Yes, that is stunning.

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-Quite exciting to have a bit of Tokyo here, isn't it?

-Yes.

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The boys want to see if the couple's love for Japan

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extends to the inside of the house,

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while Charlie is keen to find out more about how Nic and

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Kath see the garden.

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Tell me about your love of Japan.

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I think we both really like the sort of, um...

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the way that the gardens in Japan have, like, a journey around them.

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-OK.

-So, for you, it's more about the design rather than the plants?

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-Yes.

-We saw a lot of plants there that were similar to what we have here.

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We more like the concept of the Japanese garden,

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but done in an English way.

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-Like a fusion.

-Yeah.

-OK.

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So keeping the Lancashire feel, because the view is fabulous!

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Yes.

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This is interesting.

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So the new garden could have some English elements to it.

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Inside, though, it's a different story.

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There's loads of wood. This dresser here, then you've got that down there.

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-There's loads of wooden structures.

-Yet, very Japanesey.

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'There's nothing Lancastrian about this house.'

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That's something they obviously love in the house, so why not have it outside?

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What do you envisage the garden looking like?

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The idea we were initially trying to go for is like a journey,

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if you will, because, at the moment, it doesn't really go anywhere.

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There's paths that just vanish into the fence.

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Water is a really big part of the Japanese garden as well.

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-So that would be nice.

-It's a big focal point for them.

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I did spot this table, absolutely love it.

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I love the way they've also put black and green together.

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It's got that kind of bamboo kind of feel.

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Definitely, I've never really seen that before, it's lovely.

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So you want a teahouse, a journey, you want a pond or a water feature...

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-Quite a lot, really!

-We're greedy!

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When you ring it up like that, it's not a lot to ask for!

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I'm sure, between the three of us, we can come up with something.

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Exciting!

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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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Here we go!

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Neither of our two designers have been to Japan.

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So can either of them win over Kath and Nic?

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-Hey, guys.

-Hello!

-Right!

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'It's time for the big pitch.'

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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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So, I hope you like it and it's not too twee!

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I think it captures everything Japanese.

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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 difficult, isn't it? I really like...

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I love the teahouse.

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I like the stones around this area.

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So, the other design,

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with the chilled-out teahouse with the water.

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Both of them, it's nice with the sort of reflection.

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Quite nice as well, because the teahouse faces...

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That way out of the garden, the rocks as well.

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It's hard, isn't it?

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All this couple want is a bit of Oriental Zen outside the back door.

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But which of the designs delivers 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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Knowing how much Nic loves his Japanese rocks,

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the Rich brothers are off-site sourcing them...

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..leaving Paul and the landscaping team to start clearing out

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the existing garden.

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The only thing that will remain is that area of grass there.

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Everything else will be... It will look like a bomb's hit it.

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So the first thing that has to come out is the old pond.

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That's it, it's all coming off in one huge blanket.

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Before they can get rid of the old, preformed pond liner,

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any existing wildlife has to be carefully scooped out.

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More sludge, vicar. More sludge!

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Japanese gardens are full of symbolism, and use elements like 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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Rocks are essential elements in a Japanese garden.

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

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And so too is water,

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

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In the boys' design, the pond is an irregular shape,

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and much larger than the one it's replacing.

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Is it tickling?

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So, with the team all cleared up...

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Now to the serious stuff!

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..it's down to Andy and the digger to do the heavy lifting

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and pull the rest of the pond up and then expand and reshape the hole.

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It kind of looks like someone dropped a bomb in it and it's just...

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Let's go!

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The next thing that has to come in is the base for the teahouse

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that will sit on stilts overlooking the pond.

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OK, I'm dropping it.

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Before any posts can go in,

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it needs to be correctly cited.

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It's bang on.

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That's never happened before.

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Meanwhile, the Rich brothers and Charlie have arrived out front.

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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.

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I have to say, you do look like bosses today.

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Paint!

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-Too right!

-Look at these pins!

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I'll be distracted all day.

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I'll hoist them up extra high, then.

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Don't, don't!

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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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Which one's the little one? Oh, this one here.

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When you see the size of them...

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But what they'll do to the garden, I think they'll bring so much to it.

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Like depth, height.

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They will create an mini landscape with all these.

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It'll look like it's always been there. It gives kind of gravity to the space.

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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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Out the back, Charlie's in 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, aren'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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So, that's all we're sort of going for.

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Because a pond will naturally silt up.

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So you don't really want to fill it up with lots and lots of soil.

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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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Whereabouts is the water level going to be, exactly?

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Well, we reckon it's going to be about there.

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-OK.

-So...

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Push him in down to about there, then he'll be well in, won't he?

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Yeah, so about here is the end of your point.

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At that point there would be lovely if it's there.

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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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If you just filled it with a hose whooshing in,

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it would stir all the soil up and it would look like a mud bath.

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If you want to reduce that effect,

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a bit like when you fill an aquarium when you've put the gravel in,

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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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So exciting, isn't it?

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It is, isn't it? 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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Kind of.

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Twist it that way a bit.

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Little bit too much. Too much.

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Yeah, try that, try that, try that. It looks cool from here, anyway.

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Because you kind of pick up and pick up.

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But now they're here,

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the boulders are giving the brothers a different kind of headache.

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The cost of transporting them has meant

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that, if they were to include all the other elements of the design,

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the build will be over budget.

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So, to keep the costs on track,

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the boys have a suggestion for Kath and Nic.

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-Hello!

-Hey, guys.

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-Hello!

-How are we doing?

-All right, yeah. Not too bad, not too bad!

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I have but one thing to say.

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Yeah. We have gone a tiny smidgen over the budget.

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-OK.

-Which means that we haven't got enough money to buy the lintels,

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-the nice kind of contemporary concrete lintels.

-OK.

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There are two options we've got.

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One of them would be to put in an extra £259 of your own money to buy the lintels.

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But we completely understand that's more money,

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-and you might not want to do that.

-OK.

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In the boys' design, the lintels are used like stepping stones,

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but there's a cheaper alternative.

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We did find a lot of natural stone when we were digging out the pond,

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and so another idea would be we recycle the stone,

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which would fit in with the boulders and fit in with that natural look.

0:24:530:24:56

But yeah. So it's weighing up those two.

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We've always liked the idea of the concrete lintels.

0:25:000:25:03

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

0:25:030:25:05

Brilliant, lintels.

0:25:050:25:07

Nice, guys. Great decision, and we can crack on now.

0:25:070:25:11

-See you.

-Thank you very much.

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'Nic doesn't look entirely happy with the extra spend.

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'The boys will have to hope he considers it a worthwhile investment

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'when he sees the finished garden.

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'Now they've got the go-ahead,

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'they get straight on with marking out where the lintels will go.'

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And that's where the gravel is going to go in,

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so it sits level with the soil.

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-Very Zen.

-How wide is that?

0:25:350:25:37

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

0:25:370:25:42

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?

0:25:460:25:48

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

0:25:480:25:51

Nice, Harry. That's good work.

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'Meanwhile, Andy and Lee have got the subframe for the teahouse 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.'

0:26:080:26:10

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

0:26:130:26:17

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

0:26:170:26:19

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.

0:26:300:26:31

'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

0:26:400:26:42

these huge bits of stone.

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So it will be a nice day tomorrow of 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, although the sun has momentarily deserted the team,

0:27:030:27:07

the next phase of hard landscaping is in full swing.

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Lee is assembling the uprights on the teahouse.

0:27:110:27:13

And Andy's back on the digger.

0:27:150:27:17

Andy! Put it by here.

0:27:170:27:19

In the boys' design,

0:27:200:27:22

a series of meandering paths will take Kath and Nic to different parts of their Oriental garden.

0:27:220:27:27

These will be created from seven tonnes of fine gravel.

0:27:270:27:31

I'm concerned.

0:27:330:27:35

-Why?

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

0:27:350:27:38

you've got seven tonnes of gravel.

0:27:380:27:41

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

0:27:410:27:45

Don't worry, Charlie.

0:27:450:27:47

The boys have got it covered.

0:27:470:27:49

Another big delivery has just arrived.

0:27:490:27:51

Wowee!

0:27:510:27:53

Lots of trees.

0:27:530:27:55

That's good.

0:27:550:27:57

I'll go and get the muscle.

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Wow!

0:28:020:28:04

Beautiful.

0:28:040:28:05

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,

0:28:130:28:17

with a smaller number of impact trees and shrubs.

0:28:170:28:20

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

0:28:200:28:25

I think the wheel might need topping up a bit, don't you, with air?

0:28:270:28:31

And stop!

0:28:310:28:33

Japanese maple.

0:28:330:28:34

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

0:28:340:28:39

Gorgeous. I love the bark on it.

0:28:390:28:40

It looks like bamboo, doesn't it?

0:28:400:28:42

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

0:28:420:28:45

I am just about to start chopping my liner.

0:28:450:28:47

That was a bit more controlled than we were expecting!

0:28:510:28:55

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

0:28:550:28:59

Charlie needs to neaten the edge of the pond liner

0:28:590:29:01

by cutting off the excess.

0:29:010:29:03

When it comes to trimming the liner back,

0:29:030:29:06

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

0:29:060:29:08

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

0:29:080:29:12

That's plenty to anchor the liner in place.

0:29:120:29:16

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

0:29:160:29:19

Meanwhile, the boys are placing the other trees,

0:29:240:29:27

and they have decided to make some changes.

0:29:270:29:29

In their design, cherry trees were dotted throughout,

0:29:290:29:33

but to create a stronger link with the surrounding landscape,

0:29:330:29:36

they have decided to go for more variety.

0:29:360:29:38

Unfortunately, when the three cherry trees came, they were single stem

0:29:410:29:45

and, in the design, we wanted to have a more natural look,

0:29:450:29:48

and we don't want them to grow too large, so we opted for a multi-stem,

0:29:480:29:51

so unfortunately we have decided to keep one of them, but the other two,

0:29:510:29:56

we are going to send back.

0:29:560:29:57

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

0:29:570:30:00

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

0:30:000:30:02

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

0:30:020:30:05

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

0:30:050:30:08

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

0:30:080:30:12

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

0:30:120:30:14

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

0:30:170:30:21

trees play a key role in Japanese garden design.

0:30:210:30:24

In Blackburn, the brothers are carefully placing the trees

0:30:260:30:29

to create a Zen-like feeling of calm in Nic and Kath's new garden.

0:30:290:30:33

-There, have a look at that.

-Yeah, I like that, because we have like a one, two, three.

0:30:340:30:39

One of the best-known Japanese gardening styles

0:30:400:30:43

is the cultivation of teeny, tiny trees known as bonsai.

0:30:430:30:47

Richard Reah grows, buys and sells Japanese bonsai trees from

0:30:490:30:54

his nursery - North of England Bonsai - in Yorkshire.

0:30:540:30:58

The word bonsai means tree in a pot.

0:30:580:31:01

It can be any tree, but preferably small leaved,

0:31:010:31:04

so it's all kept in proportion.

0:31:040:31:07

There's no point in having something like a chestnut tree

0:31:070:31:10

with a great big leaf the size of your hand,

0:31:100:31:13

and five leaves will cover the whole tree.

0:31:130:31:16

Bonsais are created from young seedlings.

0:31:160:31:19

As they mature, their roots are restricted and pruned, and growth is reduced.

0:31:190:31:24

The aim is to produce a small tree that mimics the shape and style of a full-sized tree.

0:31:240:31:30

They come with a reputation for being extremely high maintenance,

0:31:320:31:36

which Richard feels is undeserved.

0:31:360:31:38

Bonsais, in my opinion, are fairly easy, because they live outside.

0:31:390:31:43

Here we have got windbreak around, because it is a very windy site,

0:31:450:31:48

but a back garden would be ideal because it would be more sheltered.

0:31:480:31:52

They are not as hard as people think.

0:31:520:31:53

It is because people who have had them in the past have kept them indoors.

0:31:530:31:57

They are not house plants.

0:31:570:31:59

When it comes to pruning, Richard doesn't reach for the secateurs,

0:31:590:32:03

but for smaller scissors instead.

0:32:030:32:05

Anything growing up, you cut back,

0:32:050:32:09

so you have got one, two.

0:32:090:32:11

You cut that off there and it brings it back down to a reasonable height,

0:32:110:32:16

so you have one bud there, one bud there, cut back.

0:32:160:32:21

One, two, cut off.

0:32:210:32:23

And as you can see, it brings it down into a nice shape.

0:32:230:32:28

Anything hanging down, you remove it, so it is nice and neat underneath.

0:32:280:32:32

So that opens it up so that light can get in there,

0:32:320:32:36

and, the more light you have, the healthier the tree is.

0:32:360:32:39

And if you fancy having a go, you had better be patient,

0:32:410:32:45

as bonsai is no quick fix.

0:32:450:32:48

Richard's mature bonsais are up to 80 years old.

0:32:480:32:51

'In Blackburn, the brothers are carefully placing the trees

0:32:560:32:59

'to create a Zen-like feeling of calm in Nic and Kath's new garden.'

0:32:590:33:03

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

0:33:050:33:09

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

0:33:090:33:12

and this big one here is a bit fuller,

0:33:120:33:14

it is going to block out the view nicely,

0:33:140:33:16

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

0:33:160:33:19

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

0:33:190:33:22

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

0:33:220:33:25

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

0:33:250:33:29

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

0:33:290:33:32

'While the boys play around with the trees,

0:33:320:33:34

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

0:33:340:33:38

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

0:33:390:33:42

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

0:33:450:33:48

Just a little planting.

0:33:480:33:50

About 600 plants!

0:33:500:33:53

It'll look great. It might be dark, but it will look great.

0:33:530:33:57

-Oh, that is perfect, isn't it? Stunning.

-Yeah.

0:34:040:34:06

'With so many plants to find a home for,

0:34:100:34:13

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

0:34:130:34:16

When it comes to your pond,

0:34:170:34:19

you want it to stay clear by just using plants,

0:34:190:34:22

you need three different types.

0:34:220:34:24

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

0:34:240:34:29

You need oxygenators, which aren't overly pretty,

0:34:290:34:32

but they do a really good job,

0:34:320:34:34

and then you need something to shade the water surface,

0:34:340:34:37

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

0:34:370:34:40

to plant. There you go!

0:34:410:34:43

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

0:34:440:34:48

so this is the oxygenator.

0:34:480:34:50

You want half the base eventually covered with oxygenators,

0:34:500:34:53

and about half the surface covered with lily pad leaves.

0:34:530:34:57

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

0:34:570:35:02

Nic and Kath's garden is finally coming together.

0:35:040:35:08

The rocks are all in place.

0:35:080:35:09

The trees are in.

0:35:090:35:11

Charlie's pond is taking shape,

0:35:110:35:13

and Lee is busy constructing the walls of the new teahouse.

0:35:130:35:17

-That's the bottom, is it?

-Yeah.

0:35:180:35:21

And the concrete lintels that Kath and Nic paid extra for are starting to be laid.

0:35:220:35:28

To me. Ten mill, five mill.

0:35:280:35:30

Stepping stones are often used in Japanese gardens,

0:35:330:35:36

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

0:35:360:35:40

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

0:35:420:35:45

That is bang on.

0:35:450:35:46

The boys are trying a bit of Yin and Yang of their own,

0:35:460:35:50

using the rectangular shape of the lintels

0:35:500:35:52

to contrast with the curves of the path.

0:35:520:35:55

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

0:35:570:36:00

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

0:36:000:36:03

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

0:36:060:36:09

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

0:36:090:36:13

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

0:36:130:36:17

First, she gets a hessian square,

0:36:170:36:19

adds pebbles to weigh the sack down,

0:36:190:36:21

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

0:36:210:36:26

Then ties it all up in a parcel.

0:36:260:36:27

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

0:36:330:36:35

They will sink to the bottom,

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and then the plants themselves can root down in the soil

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that we have put on the bottom of the pond.

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It is then a case

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of gently placing them in the deepest bit of the pond.

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And the one last thing I've got to do is put some of the wildlife

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back in the pond that we saved.

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All the frogs left, but there's one or two tadpoles in here.

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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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Not one of them in the pond.

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Mind you, they would have been in so much trouble, I tell you now!

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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 all because, in nature, you'd find that 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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'Meanwhile, now the main structure's in place,

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'Lee's cracking on with the sides of the teahouse.

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'He and the brothers have come up with an easy way to give it an Oriental feel,

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'using simple wooden batons, but there's plenty of them, so Harry and David give him a hand.'

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Nice and tight.

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With a final 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 trees and plants have added to the Japanese theme,

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and will provide screening and colour all year round.

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The boys went for an instant impact with mature varieties,

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at a combined cost of £2,700.

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And the piece de resistance of 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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Definitely like the rocks.

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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, as well.

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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 from 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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I think Kath and Nic are really going to enjoy the journey from the

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teahouse, the water, they've got their gravel spaces where they can dine,

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they have got the large planting beds, they've got the boulders.

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It's just that whole concept that you can't see it all at once,

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and that you can enjoy the details on the journey.

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For me, the best bit of the garden is the tea pavilion,

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the tranquil setting overhanging the pond

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with the sunset and the view.

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I think it's perfect.

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I love it. Love it.

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Absolutely love it.

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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 east Asian style to Blackburn, turning the couple's mismatched garden into an area of tranquillity and serenity. There's a teahouse, enormous rocks and a pond. It's a big build and not one for the faint hearted.