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

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.

Harthill  

Eric Robson presents the show from Harthill in South Yorkshire. Joining Eric this week are Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness and Anne Swithinbank. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Woburn Abbey  

Eric Robson and the panel visit Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire. Answering the horticultural questions this week are James Wong, Pippa Greenwood and Matt Biggs. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Belfast 2  

Eric Robson and the panel are in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Joining Eric this week are Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness and Bob Flowerdew. The panel offers advice on the best plants to grow up a trellis, they give top tips on growing tulips and debate the best plants for a community garden. Also, Pippa Greenwood chats to Berkshire bat expert, James Shipman, to learn how to encourage bats into the garden and why these nocturnal mammals are beneficial to your plot. Produced by Darby Dorras Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

East Ruston Old Vicarage Postbag  

Peter Gibbs hosts a postbag edition of the show from East Ruston Old Vicarage. Joining him this week are Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Wilson, Bob Flowerdew and the Old Vicarage's own Alan Gray. The panellists give advice on how to use a mini greenhouse over the winter, the best way to take care of hydrangeas and how to heal a wound on a plum tree. Also Christine Walkden meets the cyclamen expert, Vic Aspland, at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Birmingham  

Eric Robson and the horticultural panel visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and Christine Walkden answer the audience questions. This week, the panel offers advice on the best way to increase compost temperatures, which winter vegetable crops to plant and when to prune red currants. Also, Bunny Guinness visits the Butterfly House within the Botanical Gardens. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Bath  

Eric Robson and his panel of experts are at the University of Bath. Matt Biggs, Anne Swithinbank and Chris Beardshaw answer the horticultural questions from the audience. This week, the panel discuss rose maintenance and under-planting sunflowers, and recommend the best trees to start an orchard. They also analyse the best direction to plant vegetables and how to keep a large bamboo under control. Matt Biggs investigates the history behind the ivy-covered Admiralty Citadel. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Hester Cant A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Belfast  

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.

Snowdon  

Peter Gibbs presents the horticultural panel programme from Snowdon. James Wong, Chris Beardshaw and Pippa Greenwood answer questions from atop the mountain. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Hannah Newton A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Stonyhurst College  

Eric Robson and the panel visit Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. Chris Beardshaw, Anne Swithinbank and Christine Walkden answer this week's horticultural queries. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

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