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

Jurassic Coast  

Eric Robson hosts this week's programme from the Jurassic Coast, with Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew and Bunny Guinness. The panel of experts offer horticultural advice to audience members struggling with growing sweet potatoes and miserable-looking Monkey Puzzle trees, and they suggest evergreen hedging plants. They also discuss winter-flowing Hawthorns, what to do about a Chafer grub infestation and how to eradicate Jerusalem Artichokes. Chris Beardshaw makes a very special visit to the home and garden of national treasure Mary Berry. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Correspondence Edition: Anne Swithinbank's House  

Eric Robson hosts a correspondence edition from Anne Swithinbank's Devonshire home. Helping Anne to answer the questions are Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew. The questions cover trees and shrubs that can withstand salty winds, what to do with an infestation of Mare's Tail and why Sweet Peas are suffering this year. The panellists also offer advice on moving a Myrtle, badger prevention and what to do with a surprise Walnut tree. And Matt Biggs turns detective as he joins up with a forensic botanist to find out what role plants can have in solving crimes. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Upwell  

Peter Gibbs and the panel visit Upwell in Norfolk. Helping answer the audience questions this week are Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and Christine Walkden. The panellists offer advice on sowing a wild-flower garden on rich soil and how to stop spinach quickly running to seed, and they suggest the best trees to grow in pots. Peter Gibbs noses around the Cambridge Botanical Gardens to find out how best to incorporate scent into your garden at home. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Folkestone  

Eric Robson and his panel of experts visit Folkestone. Pippa Greenwood, Matt Biggs and Bob Flowerdew answer the horticultural questions from the audience. This week the panellists discuss lemon/lime varieties to grow in an orangery, the best homemade feeds for flowering plants, and ways to rid your greenhouse of ants. Also, Matt Biggs buzzes off to the RSPB Dungeness to investigate all things bees. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Phil Barrett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

County Fermanagh  

Eric Robson chairs the horticultural panel programme from County Fermanagh. Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew and Neil Porteus take questions from an audience of local gardeners. The panel explain an irishman's cutting, take the weight off an overloaded plum tree, and share their topical tips. Also this week, Neil Porteus goes in search of a yew tree that is mother to millions of offspring across the world. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else Production for BBC Radio 4.

Scottish Borders  

Peter Gibbs and his panel of horticultural experts are in the Scottish Borders. Matt Biggs, Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew answer the questions from local gardeners. Matthew Wilson pays a visit to the Oxfordshire home of Academy Award winning actor and keen gardener Jeremy Irons. Jeremy gives Matthew an exclusive look around his gardens, takes huge pride in his fruit and veg patch and reveals how gardening on this side of the pond has kept him from ever moving away from Britain and Ireland. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Lyme Regis  

Eric Robson and his panel of experts are in Lyme Regis. Anne Swithinbank, Bunny Guinness and Bob Flowerdew answer the horticultural questions. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Suffolk  

Eric Robson and the panel visit Suffolk. James Wong, Bob Flowerdew and Bunny Guinness answer the horticultural questions from the audience of local gardeners. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Chelsea Physic Garden Postbag Edition  

Eric Robson presents a postbag edition of the show from the Chelsea Physic Garden. Matthew Wilson, Matt Biggs and Pippa Greenwood answer the horticultural questions. This week the questions come from listeners' correspondence on topics such as aiding an ailing Gunnera, planting a bog garden, and controlling a wandering Tayberry. They panel also offers advice on tending to a mammoth Magnolia and managing the suckers on a plum tree. Matthew Wilson takes a tour around Chelsea Flower Show in order to sniff out some useful tips for the home gardener. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Southport  

Eric Robson and the panel are in Southport. Pippa Greenwood, Christine Walkden and Bob Flowerdew answer this week's questions. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant producer: Laurence Basset A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Paxton, Berwick-upon-Tweed  

Peter Gibbs and the panel travel to Paxton near Berwick-upon-Tweed. Matt Biggs, Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew answer the audience questions. This week, the panellists help out with the local Onion Club's white rot problem, tackle early-seeding rhubarb and debate the pros and cons to mist-spraying fruit trees. Also, Verity Sharp investigates the colourful world of dying clothes with plants. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Snape, Suffolk  

Peter Gibbs and his panel of experts visit Snape in Suffolk. James Wong, Bob Flowerdew and Bunny Guinness answer this week's horticultural questions. The panellists offer advice on growing berries in sandy soil and the cause of fleshless lemons, and they suggest the perfect plants for a dinosaur-themed garden. Also, Anne Swithinbank visits the RHS Potted exhibition. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Cirencester  

This week, the team are answering questions from the audience in Cirencester. Joining Eric Robson on the panel are Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank and Chris Beardshaw. The panellists offer their thoughts on growing stronger Delphiniums, the best Autumn bulbs and how to deal with Lesser Celandine. They also analyse the efficacy of human hair as a rabbit deterrent. And Peter Gibbs dissects the new RHS guide on climate change. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park - Correspondence Edition  

Peter Gibbs and the panel answer listener correspondence from The Savill Garden, Windsor. Anne Swithinbank, Pippa Greenwood and Bunny Guinness delve into the postbag. The panellists offer advice on what could be eating a Szechuan Pepper, suggest alternatives to Foxgloves and provide tips on what to grow in an unheated greenhouse. Also, Peter Gibbs visits Ascension Island in the Atlantic to investigate hydroponic gardening. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Ullswater  

Eric Robson and the panel are in Ullswater. Joining him this Easter Sunday are Pippa Greenwood, Bob Flowerdew and Matt Biggs. Produced by Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production fro BBC Radio 4.

70th Anniversary Special  

Eric Robson, Pippa Greenwood, Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew delve into the archives to celebrate GQT's 70th Birthday in this very special edition. As Gardeners' Question Time moves into its 8th decade, Eric and the panel revisit some of the finest moments in the programme's history. From humble beginnings with gardeners at the Broadoak Hotel, Ashton-under-lyne in April 1947, we hear how GQT grew to become a staple for amateur gardeners lasting 70 years. There's a visit to a nudist colony, a mash-up with The Archers, and questions from a young Esther Rantzen and John Humphries. Eric and the team examine the ebb and flow of horticultural trends and challenges throughout the programme's history - and announce the location for a special Anniversary Garden Party later this year. You can also find the first-ever episode of GQT from 1947 to listen to in full on the GQT pages of the BBC Radio 4 website. Produced by Dan Cocker A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Audley End  

Eric Robson and the panel are at Audley End in Essex. Alongside Eric this week are James Wong, Christine Walkden and Bob Flowerdew. The panel answer questions on the best plants to grow underneath a Walnut tree and how to get hedgerows flowering, and offer advice on the best long-keeping apples. They also reminisce about their favourite plant sale purchases and advise on what to do to keep Daphnes alive. James Wong investigates the local history of the elite spice Saffron. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Hester Cant A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

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.

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