David Maxwell and the experts visit gardens, talk to gardeners and offer topical advice
Christmas Trees, Winter Harvests and Lighting Up the Garden
David Maxwell gets into the festive spirit with Christmas trees as well as finding out how to brighten up the winter garden with some strategically placed lights. David will also find out why it’s not a good idea to ignore the winter harvest.
Growing saffron, winter bird care and Bunny Guinness
David Maxwell brings you more gardening inspiration for autumn. This week he’s joined by Averil Milligan who is planting some fruit trees and bushes, Ann Fitzsimons is considering a tree for winter interest and Bunny Guinness has tips on bottomless pots and blight-free box. Also on the programme, Amy Kelly on growing your own saffron and Phil Carson chats to David about what gardeners can do for birds this autumn and winter.
Seeds of hope from Hiroshima, Monty Don and compost worms
This week, presenter David Maxwell speaks to Monty Don about his life and garden. He also finds out why seeds from the survivor trees of Hiroshima are being brought to Northern Ireland 75 years after the atomic bomb. David will also be joined by expert guests Cherry Townsend and Brendan Little who will have plenty of autumn gardening inspiration and will answer listeners questions live. The team will also be talking about options for wind proof hedging and how to get worms in your compost heap.
Tulips with Sarah Raven, air plants and lawn care
In the first gardening programme of November, presenter David Maxwell talks to his guests about planting tulips and he interviews to the queen of cut flowers Sarah Raven. With plenty still to do in the garden before winter, David gets some lawn care tips from Neil Porteous at Mount Stewart. Also on the programme, Conrad McCormack profiles air plants or Tillandsia – just how do you grow plants that don’t require any soil? And David’s expert guests Ann Fitzsimons and Reg Maxwell will be answering listeners’ questions on everything from pineapple lilies to snakeskin maples.
Winter potting in Ardboe, tackling vigorous bamboo at Mount Stewart and a mediterranean haven in East Belfast
Helen Mark, sitting in for David Maxwell this week, is joined by experts Brendan Little and Jim Bradley. Not only are they fielding calls on everything from yellowing holly to making the best mulch they'll also be offering advice and tips on how to get the best of your garden on these darkening days.
Helen chats to Stephen McKenna, an A&E nurse, who has found his garden to be a haven after stressful shifts on the front line while Mary Doris gives a masterclass in potting Winter plants from her garden in Ardboe. Neil Porteous digs deep in Mount Stewart to tackle bamboo seedlings and Frank 'Spooky' McCooke has a tall tale about bees for Halloween.
BBC Radio Ulster Gardeners’ Corner team revisit some Autumn Garden Visits.
David Maxwell looks back at some wonderful Autumn Garden Visits over the years. David takes in the splendour of Kew Garden, talks trees in Rathfriland, tries his hand at composting and Helen Mark goes potty with gardening expert Brendan Little.
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Just the right tone
This outstanding gardening programme from BBC Radio Ulster is a weekly treat for me, despite living many miles away in south east Scotland! Chaired with warmth, support and reassurance, this programme has a homely feel and a plethora of real experts from the very best of Northern Ireland’s beautiful gardens. We don’t have a programme like this in Scotland, so delighted to have found this horticultural gem across the water!
The sound of home
I love to listen to this podcast as it reminds me of home (NI) and there’s always useful advice and interesting discussion.
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