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

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.

Moving House Special  

Eric Robson hosts a Moving House edition of the horticultural panel programme from Matthew Wilson's house in Rutland. Anne Swithinbank and Pippa Greenwood join Eric and Matthew to answer the questions. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Nottinghamshire  

Eric Robson and the panel are in Nottinghamshire. Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank and Pippa Greenwood provide the answers to this week's horticultural queries. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

The Olympic Park  

Eric Robson hosts the horticultural panel programme in Essex, four years on from the London Olympics. Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden and Pippa Greenwood answer the audience questions. Matthew Wilson also takes a tour of the Olympic Park to see how things have grown over the past four years. Produced by Darby Dorras Assistant producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

West Dean Chilli Fiesta  

Peter Gibbs and the panel visit the West Dean Chilli Fiesta near Chichester. Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness and Matthew Wilson answer the horticultural questions this week.Produced by Dan CockerAssistant Producer: Hannah NewtonA Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Potting Shed Edition  

The panel answer horticultural questions from listeners at this year's Summer Garden Party Potting Shed sessions from Edinburgh Botanic Gardens. Regular panellists Bob Flowerdew, Matthew Wilson, Anne Swithinbank, Bunny Guinness and Matt Biggs offer one-to-one advice to visitors at the Garden Party. Beechgrove's Jim McColl also joins in to discuss peas and ailing Acers. Christine Walkden suggests Topical Tips. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Hannah Newton A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

The Lake District  

Eric Robson hosts the horticultural panel programme from the Lake District. Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and Anne Swithinbank answer questions from local gardeners. This week, the panel offers advice on shallow-rooted trees and shrubs, how to move Box, and the best plants to grow to provide mid-height cover. They also discuss tending to an ailing Acer as well as offering up tips on how to create a sensory rock garden. And Eric Robson visits nearby Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

Summer garden party, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh  

Peter Gibbs presents the horticultural panel programme from the GQT Summer Garden Party at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Matthew Wilson, Matt Biggs, Anne Swithinbank and Jim McColl answer the questions. This week the panel share their favourite horticultural scents, rescue some mistreated kale, and advise a Shetland gardener on how to grow magnolia. Also Peter forecasts the weather from the top of the glasshouses, Matt Biggs goes in search of his plant-hunting hero, and Anne finds out how edible planting can encourage new gardeners. Produced by Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

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