16 episodes

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

    • Leisure
    • 4.2 • 33 Ratings

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

    From The Archive: Grasses and Lawns

    From The Archive: Grasses and Lawns

    Kathy Clugston sows the seeds of knowledge on the topics of lawn care and grasses, with help from the extensive GQT Archive.
    Now that we’re well into the summer season, grass maintenance and lawn care have become top priority for most gardeners.
    GQT’s various horticultural experts from over the years share their tips and knowledge on how to restore patchy lawns, what variety of bamboo would thrive in small gardens, and how to get rid of moss without damaging the healthy plants around it.
    Later, we listen back to when Anne Swithinbank met with ornamental grass guru Neil Lucas, to discuss if there’s truly a variety for everyone.
    Producer: Dan Cocker

    Assistant Producer: Rahnee Prescod

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 42 min
    Postbag: Raby Castle

    Postbag: Raby Castle

    Is it worth using arborist mulch in the garden? Please could you advise on how to maintain large camellias? My wisteria has barely flowered this year, what’s gone wrong?
    Peter Gibbs and his team of horticultural experts have packed up their windbreakers and travelled to Raby Castle, Park and Gardens in County Durham for a postbag edition of GQT. While head gardener Tim Marshall leads Peter and the panel around the gardens, they also dig through the GQT inbox to answer your gardening queries. On the panel this week are passionate garden designers Matthew Wilson and Bunny Guinness, and house plant expert Anne Swithinbank.
    Later in the programme, the panellists discuss the benefits of encouraging birds into the garden to tackle box blight and other garden pests. They also share useful tips on how to prevent box tree caterpillars from spreading.
    Senior Producer: Dan Cocker
    Assistant Producer: Rahnee Prescod

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 41 min
    Exeter, Devon

    Exeter, Devon

    What’s causing the leaves of my Fatsia Japonica to turn yellow and die? How can I make my five year old goji berry shrub look pretty? How do I encourage my fig tree to grow sweet tasting and nice sized figs?
    Kathy Clugston and her team of horticultural heroes are in Exeter for this week's episode of Gardeners' Question Time.
    Joining her to prune the audience's horticultural dilemmas are passionate plantswoman Christine Walkden, garden designer Chris Beardshaw, and "grow your own" guru Bob Flowerdew.
    Later in the programme, we go back to basics with Dr Chris Thorogood as he educates us on plant roots and how we can best protect them.
    Producer: Bethany Hocken
    Assistant Producer: Rahnee Prescod
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 42 min
    Chelsea Flower Show 2024 - Potting Shed Part 1

    Chelsea Flower Show 2024 - Potting Shed Part 1

    Kathy Clugston presents a special potting shed edition of the programme, with GQT's panel of experts taking questions from visitors at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
    The panel answer questions on everything from how to maintain a bonsai tree to the best way to encourage a tomato plant to flower.
    Later in the programme James Wong re-visits The Glasshouse Project’s show garden where he speaks to commercial director Katie Whittingham and volunteer Reba about using horticultural therapy to help rehabilitate former prisoners.
    Producer: Dominic Tyerman
    Assistant Producer: Rahnee Prescod
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 41 min
    Hexham Abbey

    Hexham Abbey

    Can you suggest some plants that could withstand being in strong winds? What can I do to encourage more wildlife into my garden without it looking too wild? What gardening activity would you like to do on your 100th birthday?
    Peter Gibbs and his team of gardening experts answer the questions from the audience in Hexham Abbey.
    Joining Peter to unearth the horticultural dilemmas are passionate garden designers Matthew Wilson and Bunny Guinness, and house plant expert Anne Swithinbank.
    Later in the programme, Matthew Wilson is joined by local horticulturists Rachel Ryver and Kay Owen as they visit what remains of the Sycamore Gap and discuss what's being done to regrow the iconic tree.
    Senior Producer: Dan Cocker
    Assistant Producer: Rahnee Prescod
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 42 min
    Cheshire West

    Cheshire West

    My Fatsia plants had their stems nibbled by deer – will they recover, or should I buy new ones? Any tips on how I can get my eucalyptus plants to produce juvenile flowers? If you were building a scarecrow in your garden, what would you suggest dressing it in?
    Kathy Clugston and a panel of experts are in Cheshire West to answer queries from an audience of keen gardeners. On the panel are garden designer Bunny Guinness, houseplant expert Anne Swithinbank, and curator of RHS Bridgewater Marcus Chilton-Jones.
    Later, James Wong and head gardener of the Castlefield Viaduct Nancy Scheerhout discuss how the 'garden in the sky' was created, as well as how it's maintained.
    Producer: Bethany Hocken
    Assistant Producer: Rahnee Prescod
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Dunneps ,

Superb!

Easy listening full of nuggets of advice and good humour. I often listen to a couple of episodes while pricking out seedlings in the greenhouse!

App rever ,

Funny gardening

This is one of my favourite podcasts. I am keen Gardner and I enjoy the questions. I love that they don’t take it all too seriously but can also be very informative. Definitely worth listening to.

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