Gardeners' Question Time

Gardeners' Question Time

United Kingdom

On air since 1947, this broadcasting institution features a panel of the best brains in horticulture answering questions from amateur gardeners across Britain.

Episodes

Kent  

Eric Robson and his panel answer the horticultural questions from Kent. Joining him this week are Anne Swithinbank, Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew. In the programme they tackle the necessity of crocks in pots, what to grow to engage young children with gardening, and how to decorate a large brick wall with climbers. For the feature, Matthew Wilson investigates the positive impact of plants in the workplace. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett.

Fife  

Eric Robson and the panel are in Fife. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

North Hampshire  

Eric Robson and the panel present the show from North Hampshire. Joining Eric to answer the questions are Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and Chris Beardshaw. This week, the panel recommend outdoor tomato varieties, solve the mystery of a non-fruiting grapevine, and offer advice on deadheading Hydrangeas. They also suggest a whole host of wildlife-friendly hedging plants. And Pippa Greenwood visits Peter Greenwood, a pioneering plant breeder who's been breeding innovative plant varieties for the best part of 70 years. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Natural History Museum  

Peter Gibbs and the team are at the Natural History Museum. Matt Biggs, Pippa Greenwood and Chris Beardshaw take questions on an array of horticultural conundrums. The panel discuss how to encourage moss into a garden, designs for a community planting project and showing house plants some tender loving care. Matt Biggs goes behind the scenes at the museum in search of some horticultural treasures. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Tittensor  

Eric and the team are in Tittensor, Staffordshire. Bunny Guinness, Christine Walkden and Matthew Wilson answer questions from local gardeners. The panel help out a questioner afraid to prune her hydrangea, reveal that your amaryllis may not be an amaryllis, and go in search of winter stem colour. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Faversham  

The panel of horticultural experts is in Faversham, Kent. Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and Anne Swithinbank answer the questions from local gardeners. The panellists advise on getting sweet potatoes started and how to propagate Agapanthus, and they debate whether or not one can grow tomatoes in a hallway. They also attempt to bring a Kaffir Lime back from the brink and help one listener attempt to cure Daffodil blindness. Also, Bob Flowerdew visits the National Fruit Collection at nearby Brogdale Farm. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

St Monans, Scotland  

Eric Robson and the panel are in St Monans in Scotland. Anne Swithinbank, Bunny Guinness and Matthew Wilson answer the questions. This week, the panel help out with suggestions for growing plants in wellington boots, and discuss when to prune roses and what to do with a non-flowering Kiwi. They also offer advice on aiding ailing Yews and debate whether or not a Giant Redwood could be grown in Scotland. And Anne Swithinbank visits the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh to admire the snowdrops. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Whitefield, Manchester  

Eric Robson and his panel visit Whitefield, Manchester. Joining Eric to answer the questions this week are Christine Walkden, Chris Beardshaw and Matt Biggs. The experts offer advice on growing Saskatoon berries and debate the efficacy of salt and vinegar as weedkillers. Also, Chris offers a masterclass on propagating Bougainvilleas, while Matt explores the fascinating world of Bonsai with expert Peter Chan. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Hull - City of Culture 2017  

Eric Robson and the panel visit Hull, the UK's City of Culture 2017. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Hannah Newton A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Aldershot and District Allotment Association  

Eric Robson and his panel are guests of the Aldershot and District Allotment Association. Chris Beardshaw, Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew answer the audience questions. This week the panel offer advice on combating Equisetum and how to harvest skirret, and they debate the myth behind placing rhubarb in a hole ahead of a seed. Also, Chris Beardshaw visits Jane Austen's house in Chawton and discovers her deep love of gardening. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Correspondence Edition  

Peter Gibbs hosts a correspondence edition of the horticultural panel programme. Christine Walkden, James Wong and Pippa Greenwood join him to delve into the GQT postbag. The panel discusses growing annuals from seed, how best to reduce a large clump of bananas and what to do if your snowbells are covered in leaves. They also advise on making your own compost and debate the advantages and disadvantages of privacy in the garden. And Matthew Wilson visits Peter Murray at his place of work, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Somerset  

Eric Robson is in Somerset with this week's panellists - Chris Beardshaw, Anne Swithinbank and Bunny Guinness. The panel trades theses on a mysterious case of missing slugs, offer up reasons for the continual use of classical nomenclature in horticulture, and lay out the best way to prune a wild wisteria. Also, Chris and Anne enjoy a trip to the beach in order to discuss the best uses for seaweed in the garden. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Hannah Newton A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Berkshire  

Eric Robson and the panel are in Berkshire. Anne Swithinbank, Matthew Wilson and James Wong answer this week's horticultural questions. The panel debates the benefits of marinating seeds in cinnamon and aspirin, offer advice on how to grow bigger celeriac, and suggest a plethora of plants fit for planting beneath an ornamental pear tree. Also, Matt Biggs enjoys a sensory winter walk at Anglesey Abbey. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Number 10 Downing Street  

Eric Robson chairs a special, festive edition recorded in The State Dining Room of the Prime Minister's House, Number 10 Downing Street. The programme includes an exclusive interview with Head Gardener Paul Schooling - who's gardened at Number 10 for more than a quarter of a century. GQT chairman Eric Robson says, "As GQT enters its 70th anniversary year, it's a delight to be taking our audience for a unique trip through that famous black door to explore the lesser-known garden beyond it." Regular panellists Christine Walkden, Matthew Wilson and Pippa Greenwood take questions from an audience of Radio 4 listeners who are also inside Number 10. Produced by Darby Dorras Assistant Producer: Hannah Newton A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

South Yorkshire  

Eric Robson and the horticultural panel are in South Yorkshire. Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness and Anne Swithinbank answer this week's gardening queries. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Fowlmere  

Eric Robson and the panel are in Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire. Matt Biggs, Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew answer the horticultural questions from the audience. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Burnham-on-Sea  

Eric Robson and the panel are in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. Chris Beardshaw, Anne Swithinbank and Bunny Guinness answer this week's questions from the audience. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Hannah Newton A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Tower of London  

Eric Robson and the panel visit the Tower of London. Pippa Greenwood, Matt Biggs and Chris Beardshaw answer this week's horticultural questions. They discuss easy-to-grow edibles, how best to defend against a Thrip infestation and what to plant to reduce air pollution. Matt Biggs delves into the horticultural history of the Tower, discovering the planting habits of a very famous prisoner along the way. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant producer: Hannah Newton A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Pangbourne College  

Peter Gibbs and the panel visit Pangbourne College in Berkshire. Joining Peter to answer the horticultural questions are James Wong, Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Wilson Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

West Midlands  

Eric Robson and the panel are in the West Midlands. Answering the questions this week are Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and Christine Walkden. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant producer: Hester Cant A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

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