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

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.

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.

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