Kate Garraway grows her own herbal remedies to help husband Derek Draper

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Watch: Kate Garraway show her wellness garden to husband Derek Draper

Kate Garraway has made her own herbal teas to help husband Derek Draper, after taking on a challenge to grow her own medicinal plants.

The Good Morning Britain presenter - whose husband requires round-the-clock care as a result of his long battle with the coronavirus - featured in ITV's Love Your Garden: Grow Your Own Special, revealing how she had turned her back garden into a wellness space for her family.

Garraway, 54, explained: "The garden needs to be more than a space to go into. I really want to grow some plants to improve our health and wellbeing."

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LOVE YOUR GARDEN: GROW YOUR OWN SPECIAL
Tuesday 15th March 2022 on ITV 

Pictured: Kate Garraway, creating her first health and well-being garden to suit the changing needs of her family.

Alan Titchmarsh is taking on his biggest garden project yet. For 4 months heÕs challenging himself to grow more food in his own garden than heÕs ever done before. Inspired by the nations newfound love of growing your own, Alan is letting the cameras follow him across the seasons as he transforms his bare backyard into a stunning kitchen garden, filled with over 60 varieties of delicious produce.  Joining Alan in his grow your own challenge is Kate Garraway, creating her first health and well-being garden to suit the changing needs of her family. And to prove that even a small space in a challenging location can become a stunning fruit and veg garden, Love Your Garden presenter Frances Tophill will attempt to create a stunning kitchen garden just meters from the Devon coast. Filmed across the seasons from spring until harvest time, we will see Alan, Kate and Frances battling terrible weather and failing crops as they attempt to design, plant and nurture three very different fruit and veg gardens. AlanÕs garden is all about fresh produce and we will see him grow classic crops like new potatoes and carrots from seed into juicy, delicious produce bursting out of the ground. Alan will also try out unusual new crops like yard longs beans, watermelon radishes and pear-shaped tomatoes with varying degrees of success. In London, Kate visits Kew gardens where she learns about the medicinal benefits of plants, inspired in her own garden to create a border of plants filled with antioxidant benefits, a separate tea garden and an aromatherapy garden. Growing 4 types of mint and swathes of lavender sheÕs inspired to create her own herbal teas and room spray Can Kate deliver a stunning scented garden for husband Derek? 

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Kate Garraway has transformed her back garden into a wellness space to help husband Derek. (ITV)

She added: "I love the idea that there's plants that look good, smell good and do good. I hope it works.

Read more: Kate Garraway reveals Derek Draper's secret trip to Mexico for COVID treatment

"If you look past the initial beauty of the plants, it can give you so much more. I haven’t quite proved you can grow yourself well but I think I’ve definitely learnt you can grow yourself happier."

After visiting Kew Gardens to learn about the medicinal benefits of plants, the TV presenter was inspired to grow three separate beds of herbal teas, aromatherapy plants, and those strong in antioxidants.

After growing four different varieties of mint and an abundance of lavender, she and 12-year-old son Billy were shown harvesting the fruits of her labour and making their own herbal teas and room spray to help boost wellness.

Appearing on a new episode of Love Your Garden, Kate Garraway was shown sharing her new garden area with husband Derek Draper who remains wheelchair bound after his well-publicised battle with COVID-19.
Kate Garraway was shown sharing her new garden area with husband Derek Draper. (ITV)

Draper, 54, was shown smiling as Garraway wheeled him out to see the results of her gardening.

She said: "This is going to be so much more than I thought it was going to be. I’ve taken the garden that’s a place of family fun and turned it into something that’s the way our family has to live now."

One of the aromatherapy plants Garraway planted was Cotton Lavender, to bring the smell of fresh laundry into her home.

From Spun Gold TV 

LOVE YOUR GARDEN: GROW YOUR OWN SPECIAL
Tuesday 15th March 2022 on ITV 

Pictured: Home grown produce from Alan Titchmarsh 
Kitchen garden

Alan Titchmarsh is taking on his biggest garden project yet. For 4 months he’s challenging himself to grow more food in his own garden than he’s ever done before. Inspired by the nations newfound love of growing your own, Alan is letting the cameras follow him across the seasons as he transforms his bare backyard into a stunning kitchen garden, filled with over 60 varieties of delicious produce.  Joining Alan in his grow your own challenge is Kate Garraway, creating her first health and well-being garden to suit the changing needs of her family. And to prove that even a small space in a challenging location can become a stunning fruit and veg garden, Love Your Garden presenter Frances Tophill will attempt to create a stunning kitchen garden just meters from the Devon coast. Filmed across the seasons from spring until harvest time, we will see Alan, Kate and Frances battling terrible weather and failing crops as they attempt to design, plant and nurture three very different fruit and veg gardens. Alan’s garden is all about fresh produce and we will see him grow classic crops like new potatoes and carrots from seed into juicy, delicious produce bursting out of the ground. Alan will also try out unusual new crops like yard longs beans, watermelon radishes and pear-shaped tomatoes with varying degrees of success. In London, Kate visits Kew gardens where she learns about the medicinal benefits of plants, inspired in her own garden to create a border of plants filled with antioxidant benefits, a separate tea garden and an aromatherapy garden. Growing 4 types of mint and swathes of lavender she’s inspired to create her own herbal teas and room spray Can Kate deliver a stunning scented garden for husband Derek? 

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For further information please contact Peter Gray
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'Love Your Garden: Grown Your Own Special' featured plants you can grow packed with antioxidents. (ITV)

The TV presenter recently shared an update on her husband’s health in ITV documentary Caring For Derek.

Revealing the day-to-day reality of being a carer, she showed her home piled with mountains of laundry from seven bed changes a day.

Garraway also revealed Draper last year travelled to Mexico to take part in a new medical trial.

Draper is bed-bound after contracting coronavirus in March 2020 and has been left with significant brain injuries.

<p>Kate Garraway shares the enormous amount of work involved in being a carer for her husband Derek Draper.</p>
Kate Garraway shares the enormous amount of work involved in being a carer for her husband Derek Draper. (ITV)

He returned to the family home — where he lives with Garraway and daughter Darcey, 15, and Billy — in April 2021 and requires round-the-clock care.

Read more: Kate Garraway says she didn't receive an MBE for looking after Derek

Caring For Derek is the follow-up to Garraway's award-winning ITV documentary about Finding Derek charting his return home and the whole family's adjustment to his round-the-clock care.

Watch: Kate Garraway's has shared the reality of being a carer in Caring For Derek