Despite my misgivings about the whole lifestyle TV phenomenon and the renovation cult, as largely being driven by our good friend consumerism rather than any true aesthetic sense, I have to put in a good word for the women who dig holes on these shows, hoydens one and all. As a keen gardening hoyden myself, it’s an excellent thing to see.
How wonderful it is for women and especially girls to watch these shows and see strong women in comfortable and practical clothing (including the sensiblest of shoes) getting sweaty, dirty, digging holes, pushing lawnmowers, heaving heavy stuff and just generally performing practical concrete tasks with the payoff of a completed project at the end to be admired. So refreshing (even when the shows play up to standard gender roles in other ways).
So here’s to you all, you TV women who dig holes! I’ve only got time to dig up photos of my favourite two from Ground Force, but I know there’s more on other garden makeover shows, so Hoydenizens are invited to wax appreciative about your favourite TV gardening hoydens in comments.
Charlie Dimmock, who is absolutely bonkers about gardening to the exclusion of most other hobbies (she does cook apparently, and do the odd charity driving challenge) and who doesn’t have a TV at home.
Kirsty King from Ground Force: one of her main passions outside gardening is motorbikes, but she also enjoys squash, hockey, and horse riding. She is also a qualified ski instructor.