Gardeners' Question Time

By BBC Radio 4

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Description

A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week

Episode Date
Summer Garden Party at Mount Stewart: Part Two
2515
Peter Gibbs presents the second of two programmes from the GQT annual Summer Garden Party at National Trust Mount Stewart in County Down, Northern Ireland. Christine Walkden, Matt Biggs, Pippa Greenwood and James Wong answer the audience's horticultural questions. The panellists advise on moss, getting rid of a hard-to-reach hop, and restoring an overgrown allotment. They also give odds on the likelihood of growing tomatoes outdoors on a patio in Coleraine. Throughout the programme, each panellist picks their favourite plants from the gardens at Mount Stewart and Matthew Wilson goes on a tour with Head Gardener Neil Porteus, discovering the history of the gardens and the pioneering work of Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Lady Londonderry. Also, Christine Walkden and Bob Flowerdew get in and among the crowds to suggest some useful Take Home Tips. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.
Jun 22, 2018
Summer Garden Party at Mount Stewart: Part One
2502
Eric Robson hosts a very special edition as GQT takes its annual Summer Garden Party to National Trust Mount Stewart in County Down, Northern Ireland. Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and Mount Stewart's Neil Porteous answer the audience's horticultural questions. The programme features highlights from the garden party as Matthew Pottage weaves his way around the site, dropping in on various stalls and areas of the gardens. He also bumps into a number of special guests including Diarmuid Gavin and Kilcoan Gardens' Seamus O' Brien. The panellists will be answering questions on topics such as whether to love or hate dandelions and the best botanicals for flavouring gin. They also give planting suggestions for a variety of different growing conditions, and Neil Porteus helps explain the story behind a number of plants in Mount Stewart's grounds. Produced by Hannah Newton and Darby Dorras Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.
Jun 15, 2018
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
2504
Eric Robson and the panel are at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and Matt Biggs answer the horticultural questions. The panellists offer suggestions to fill a large gap in an old hedge, advise on the best way to take cuttings from a friend's plant and assist with a struggling blueberry bush. They also help to plan a new, small wood and explain how to spot Ash dieback. Pippa Greenwood visits Rebecca Robinson at the GQT Bloomin' healthy garden featured at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Hester Cant A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.
Jun 08, 2018
Bristol
2525
Peter Gibbs and the panel are in Bristol. Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank and Pippa Greenwood answer this week's questions. The panellists assist a fire performer with an ailing aloe vera, encourage a struggling chilli grower, and advise on getting the best out of a young pineapple. They also offer up ideas for improving air circulation in a cramped garden and have fun with their most amusing plant names. Anne Swithinbank visits Nick Ray from Seeds of Change to unearth the fascinating story of Bristol's ballast plants. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Hester Cant A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.
Jun 01, 2018
Chelsea Flower Show: Correspondence Edition
2508
Peter Gibbs hosts a correspondence edition from the Chelsea Flower Show. Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and Bunny Guinness answer the questions from the postbag. The panellists are granted exclusive access to the greatest flower show in the world and, as they look around the show gardens at the Grand Pavilion, answer listeners' questions on layering and ailing orchids - among other matters. Peter Gibbs chats to GQT panellist and Gold Medal winner Chris Beardshaw about his award-winning garden and his inspiration for this year's design. And garden designer (and Chelsea Gold Medal winner from last year) Charlotte Harris takes a look at this year's show gardens, chatting through the "take home tips" that can be applied to a garden at home. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.
May 25, 2018
Belfast
2494
Eric Robson and the horticultural panel visit the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum near Belfast. Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness and Matthew Wilson answer the questions from the audience. This week, the panel offers advice on the prevention of onion rot after harvest and sweetcorn varieties for the best crop, and suggest the best flowers to plant in a cutting garden. Also, Neil Porteous discovers plants to maximise autumn colour in your garden. Produced by Darby Dorras Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.
Sep 23, 2016