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

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

Location:

London, United Kingdom

Networks:

BBC

Description:

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

Language:

English


Episodes

GQT At Home: Episode Nine

5/29/2020
Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural panel show. Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and Matthew Pottage join from home to answer questions from green-fingered listeners. This week, the team debates how to get the best spinach crop, offers options for a low maintenance patch of lawn, and discusses the best plants to put in an old toilet. Head Gardeners' Neil Porteus, Chris Thorogood and Michelle Cain give us a sneak peak into what is going on in gardens across the UK while they are shut to the...

Duration:00:42:11

GQT At Home: Episode Eight

5/22/2020
Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel show. He is joined from their own homes by James Wong, Anne Swithinbank and Chris Beardshaw. This week, the panel takes a virtual wander around the Chelsea garden show, and answers questions on Chelsea favourite, Alliums, how to know if a potato is ready to be picked, and perennial suggestions for a sloping bank. The team also discusses memorable Chelsea plants from across the years. Aside from the questions, Matt Biggs has a potted history of the...

Duration:00:42:00

GQT At Home: Episode Seven

5/15/2020
Kathy Clugston is joined by Bob Flowerdew, Matthew Pottage and Christine Walkden to answer questions sent in via email and social media. This week, the panellists tackle questions from gardening enthusiasts on whether you can cut the top off a cactus, planting runner-beans upside-down and options for low-growing plants. Matt Biggs also advises on the best way to keep your lawn looking tip-top, and Bunny Guinness has this week's Gardening Glossary Producer: Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer:...

Duration:00:42:17

GQT At Home: Episode Six

5/8/2020
Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural panel show with Matthew Pottage, Matt Biggs and Christine Walkden, all in their own homes answering questions sent in via email and social media by green-fingered listeners. The panellists suggest palms and exotic plants to grow at home - in lieu of seeing them on holiday this year. They also explain pruning roses for beginners, advise on moving outdoor plants inside and give tips on gardening at night for key workers unable to get out in the garden...

Duration:00:42:26

GQT At Home: Episode 5

5/1/2020
Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural panel show from home. This week, Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness and Bob Flowerdew are on hand to answer questions which have been sent in by budding gardeners on email and social media. The panellists tackle questions on growing sweetcorn in pots , pruning Lavender, and growing the perfect Rhubard. Away from the questions, Matthew Pottage has some tips and tricks for keeping houseplants looking healthy and happy while you are at home, and Anne...

Duration:00:41:59

GQT At Home: Episode Four

4/24/2020
Kathy Clugston is joined by Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and James Wong from the comfort of their own homes, answering questions sent in by the audience. This week, the panellists go back to basics to give a refresher on how a seed pops up into a plant. They also identify a plant growing from a skirting board and come up with recommendations for creating a fairy garden with and for children. Away from the questions, Bob Flowerdew holds a compost clinic, discussing how best to make compost...

Duration:00:42:25

GQT At Home: Episode Three

4/17/2020
Peter Gibbs is joined by Chris Beardshaw, Anne Swithenbank and Matthew Pottage from the comfort of their own homes, answering questions sent in by the audience. This week, the panellists discuss the best methods for pruning a Rosemary bush, ideas for a small window box, and - most importantly - the best way to open seed packets. Away from the questions, Matthew Wilson invites us into his greenhouse to show creative ways for involving children in the garden, and Bunny Guinness gives her top...

Duration:00:42:14

GQT At Home: Episode Two

4/14/2020
Kathy Clugston is joined by Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and James Wong from the comfort of their own homes, answering horticultural questions sent in by the audience. This week the panel tackles questions on how to grow seeds in an old grow bag if you don't have access to a garden, and ideas to get teenagers outside and involved in gardening. They also recommend ways to make your last remaining supply of compost go far, and advise on office plants that may not be seeing so much water...

Duration:00:42:15

GQT At Home: Episode One

4/3/2020
Kathy Clugston is joined by Matthew Wilson, Anne Swithenbank and Matthew Pottage to host GQT from the comfort of their own homes, answering questions sent in by the audience. This week, the panellists suggest ways to entertain children in the garden, advise on re-planting a terrarium, and discuss the best vegetables to grow in a garden. Away from the questions - and before the current coronavirus restrictions came into being - Peter Gibbs went to meet Lawrence Shaw, Archeological Officer for...

Duration:00:42:03

North Guildford

3/27/2020
Peter Gibbs is joined by Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Pottage and Matt Biggs in North Guildford, Surrey, in a programme recorded before the current situation with the coronavirus.. The panellists answer questions on getting Strelitzia to flower, how frequently to change the soil in large containers and planting suggestions for a narrow, shady passage by a house. They also identify some garden pests and recommend how to deal with them. Away from the questions, Matt Biggs meets Geoff Simmons in...

Duration:00:42:14

Wrest Park: Postbag Edition

3/20/2020
Peter Gibbs and the team answer horticultural questions sent in by listeners. Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and Christine Walkden advise on reviving an ailing Camellia, what to grow in a difficult patch of a garden, and the best time to replant a Cherry Tree. Andrew Luke, the Head Gardener at Wrest Park, shows the team around the garden. Producer: Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Duration:00:42:21

Over Allotments, Cheshire

3/13/2020
Kathy Clugston and the team are visiting the Over Allotments in Cheshire. Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness and Bob Flowerdew are on hand to answer the green-fingered audience's questions. The panellists discuss greening-up a town centre, the best vegetables to grow, and struggling Euphorbias. Matt Biggs visits Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticulture at Kew Gardens, to look at the Turner Oak tree and the discuss the fascinating recent history of the tree which has helped shape...

Duration:00:42:19

Spring Archive Edition

3/6/2020
Peter Gibbs looks through the GQT archive for a spring edition of the show. Featuring some questions and answers from across the years, as well as some old recognisable voices, there's advice on some of the best plants for a spring garden, options for different strawberry varieties, and tips for starting an allotment. Bob Flowerdew visits James Wong's garden and Matt Biggs visits Val le May Neville-Parry at the National Collection of Clematis Montana. Producer: Hannah Newton Assistant...

Duration:00:41:46

Worplesdon

2/28/2020
Peter Gibbs and his panel of gardening experts are in Worplesdon, Surrey. Matthew Pottage, Pippa Greenwood and Matt Biggs answer the audience questions. The panellists discuss the best way to revive soggy lawns, advise on the best time to prune an acer, and recommend flowering shrubs for an area which is dry in the summer but water-logged in the winter. Pippa Greenwood meets Gerard Clover, Head of Plant Health at the RHS, to find out the latest on the olive tree killer Xylella fastidiosa....

Duration:00:42:35

Hidcote: Postbag Edition

2/21/2020
Kathy Clugston and the team are at Hidcote Manor Gardens answering questions sent in by post or online. Matt Biggs, Anne Swithinbank and Bunny Guinness join Kathy for a tour around the beautiful gardens by head gardener, Lottie Allen. As they go, they dig into the GQT postbag and answer questions - including how to save an indoor Gingko tree, planting suggestions for a small patio garden and why a Cherry blossom is flowering early. Producer: Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra A...

Duration:00:42:04

Winsford

2/14/2020
Kathy Clugston is in Winsford, Cheshire. She's joined by Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness and Matthew Wilson to answer the audience's horticultural queries. This week, the panellists consider the best way to prune a grapevine and a variety of spring bulbs to grow on clay soil, and advise on growing hydrangeas in pots. Garden Manager Emma Allen meets Peter Gibbs at RHS Wisley. She shows Peter round the new Giant Houseplant Takeover exhibition and discusses the growing houseplant trend. Producer:...

Duration:00:42:39

Dumfries & Galloway

2/7/2020
Kathy Clugston and the panel are in Dumfries and Galloway. James Wong, Matthew Wilson and Christine Walkden answer questions from the audience. This week, the panellists discuss encouraging plants to grow in a stone garden wall. They also advise on over-wintering a fig tree and consider the best plant varieties for a garden with low drainage. Matt Biggs meets GQT listener Sarah Davison, who is blind. She guides Matt round her garden and shows him how sight isn't essential to gardening....

Duration:00:42:46

The Cotswolds

1/31/2020
Peter Gibbs and the team are in the Cotswolds. Pippa Greenwood, Chris Beardshaw and Chris Thorogood are on hand to answer questions from the green-fingered audience. This week, the panellists recommend what to plant in steep beds, solve a few pest-related mysteries and discuss what they'd like their gardening legacies to be. Aside from the questions, Matthew Pottage is at RHS Wisley chatting to Environmental Scientist Tijana Blanusa about the virtues of deciduous and evergreen trees when it...

Duration:00:42:26

Peter's Garden: Correspondence Edition

1/24/2020
The panel joins Peter Gibbs in his garden for a correspondence edition. Christine Walkden, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Pottage answer questions sent in by listeners via post, email and social media. As the panellists inspect Peter's garden, they discuss moving Peonies, getting wayward Wisteria to behave and green manure. They also come up with suggestions for butterfly friendly climbers and what to grow on Cotswold stone, and debate the best places in the UK for gardening. Producer: Dan...

Duration:00:42:51

Nailsworth, Cotswolds

1/17/2020
Peter Gibbs and the team are in Nailsworth, Cotswolds. Pippa Greenwood, Chris Beardshaw and Chris Thorogood answer the questoins. This week, te panellists offer ideas for a GP surgery garden, discuss the merits of a composting toilet and recommend winter flowers for bumblebees. Peter also visits neighbouring football team Forest Green Rovers to chat to Head Groundsman, Adam Witchell. Away from the questions, Peter and Pippa go for a walk to talk about winter wildlife. Producer: Dan Cocker...

Duration:00:42:09