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A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week

Gardeners' Question Time BBC Radio 4

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A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Postbag Edition

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Postbag Edition

    Kathy Clugston is joined by experts Matthew Wilson, Anne Swithinbank and Matt Biggs as they head to this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. To celebrate 75 years of the programme, for the first time ever, Gardeners' Question Time has its very own exhibit at the show.

    The exhibit, designed by Matthew Wilson and planted by the whole team, exemplifies all things GQT - from right plant, right place, to the joys of 'grow your own'. The panellists enjoy the GQT exhibit and answer questions from the postbag.

    They also catch up with Juliet Sargeant and finally see her designs come to life in the new Blue Peter Garden: Discover Soil.

    Meanwhile, roving reporter Peter Gibbs explores the showgrounds. He meets with exhibitors Jane Lyndsey from Tynings Climbers, Joanne Jackson and David Lloyd of Ottershaw Cacti and Chris Potts from Sienna Hosta.

    Producer: Dan Cocker
    Assistant Producer: Bethany Hocken

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 42 min
    Wellcome Collection

    Wellcome Collection

    Kathy Clugston and the panel are in London. Fielding your horticultural queries this week are Anne Swithinbank, Pippa Greenwood and James Wong.

    This week, the team get suitably scientific as they answer questions from a live audience at Wellcome Collection, London, a museum exploring health and the human experience. The panel share their knowledge on vernalisation, chimeral variegation, and the process that makes watermelons from Bulgaria taste so sweet. They'll also be offering up some adventurous recommendations for climbers to grow in total shade and planting on a narrowboat.

    Away from the questions, curator Emily Sargent shows regular panellist James Wong around the Rooted Beings exhibition at Wellcome Collection, an exhibition which asks us to reconsider our relationship to the plants we take for granted in our everyday life.

    Producer: Dominic Tyerman
    Assistant Producer: Bethany Hocken

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 41 min
    Shropshire

    Shropshire

    Kathy Clugston and the panel are in Shropshire. This week, the green-fingered experts answering your questions are Bunny Guinness, Matt Biggs and Matthew Pottage.

    The panel think of some moisture-loving plants and shrubs for around a garden pond, as well as suggesting how we can keep our gardens wildlife-friendly and biodiverse in times of extreme weather.

    Away from the questions, Juliet Sargeant speaks to Blue Peter Editor, Ellen Evans ad RHS Garden Bridgewater's Caroline Williamson about her designs for The New Blue Peter Garden: Discover Soil, and plant historian Advolly Richmond takes us back in time with the history of carnations.

    Producer: Dan Cocker
    Assistant Producer: Aniya Das

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 42 min
    Ludlow

    Ludlow

    Kathy Clugston and the panel are in the village of Ludlow. Fielding gardening questions from the audience this week are Bunny Guinness, Matthew Pottage and Matt Biggs.

    From old wives' tales to No Mow May, the team covers good ground in this week's GQT. Bunny, Matthew and Matt offer their guidance on growing bonsai - which species make for the best results? They also suggest tips for lifting the canopy of a cherry tree and share some spectacular design ideas for planting in alleyways.

    Beyond the questions, and in honour of National Plant Health week 2022, Pippa Greenwood visits the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to view their secret weapon against unwelcome plant pests.

    Producer: Daniel Cocker
    Assistant Producer: Bethany Hocken

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 42 min
    West Maldon, Essex

    West Maldon, Essex

    Peter Gibbs and the panel are in West Maldon, Essex. Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew, and James Wong are answering the horticultural questions.

    This week the panellists puzzle over a mimosa that won't flower and try to diagnose a poorly potted olive tree. They also suggest some brilliant evergreen trees to replace a topiaried conifer.

    Away from the questions, James Wong heads to Kew where he speaks with researcher Dr James Borrell about a banana-like plant that has the potential to feed millions.

    Producer: Jemima Rathbone
    Assistant Producer: Bethany Hocken

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 42 min
    GQT From The Archives: Sustainability Special

    GQT From The Archives: Sustainability Special

    Peter Gibbs takes a look through the GQT archives for top tips on sustainable gardening.

    Over the years the GQT panellists have shared plenty of knowledge on how to be a green gardener. They look at everything from how to make your driveway more environmentally friendly, to efficiently collecting rainwater at home.

    We also hear Hafsah Haferji's "how-to" on companion planting, and head back to RHS Wisley with Matthew Pottage and Environmental Researcher Tijana Blanusa to learn how trees help us with carbon capture.

    Producer - Hannah Newton
    Assistant Producer - Bethany Hocken

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 41 min

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Had to say goodbye

Sorry, but the show’s just gone too far down hill. James Wong’s ridiculous woke comments as reported in the press, about racist gardening terms.....as if. Gardening doesn’t need an “ambassador” like him. Turning off from now

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