Former student of Kew's School of Horticulture, Alan Titchmarsh, narrates this story of a year behind-the-scenes at the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew. This UNESCO World Heritage site attracts over a million visitors each year, all eager to enjoy the beautiful gardens and magnificent glasshouses.
This second series also visits Kew's country estate, Wakehurst Place, where rare creatures and plants make their home in protected woodlands and ventures as far afield as Burkino Faso and Mali where the seed collectors from the Millennium Seedbank are keen to catalogue existing plants and find new species.
Back in the gardens there is a royal visit to prepare for when Her Majesty the Queen helps the gardens celebrate their World Heritage Site status, although disaster strikes before the visit of Prince Charles and Prince Turki of Saudi Arabia when bad weather forces the gardens to close for the first time in 15 years.
There is also a unique insight into the pioneering work which is carried out in the laboratories.
Each episode introduces some of the garden's monthly highlights and problems which fall within the daily duties of Kew's dedicated team of experts. These include preparing for the controversial Chihuly exhibition, creating an authentic Zen garden, a marathon pruning session and feeding the carnivorous plants.