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Gardeners' Question Time

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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: No Mow May and Dahlia Decay

5/7/2021
Kathy Clugston hosts the gardening Q&A with a panel of experts. Houseplant queen Anne Swithinbank, plantsman Matt Biggs and award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw answer the questions sent in by listeners on grasses gardens, planting orchards and recovering parterre gardens. Away from the questions, we get an update on Matthew and Jane Wilson's cut flower garden, and Juliet Sargeant sets the GQT listenership a challenge - No Mow May. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer -...

Duration:00:42:19

GQT at Home: Trampled Plots and Forget-me-nots

4/30/2021
Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. This week, she's joined by Matt Biggs, Chris Beardshaw and Anne Swithinbank to answer questions sent in by green-fingered listeners on compost, wildlife ponds and the eternal battle between hoeing and weeding. Away from the questions, Dr Chris Thorogood of the Oxford Botanic Garden tells you what to do in the event of unexpected frost, and garden designer Jacquie Felix Mitchell goes on a walk by the...

Duration:00:42:05

GQT at Home: A Midspring Night's Dream

4/23/2021
Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural programme with a panel of gardening experts. This week's questions from the virtual audience are answered by Christine Walkden, James Wong and Matthew Wilson. The panellists discuss rewilding a garden, wearing gloves while gardening, and the cold hard truth about Bonsai trees. Away from the questions, Alex Young advises on how to prepare houseplants for spring, and award-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant gives the ultimate guide to self-seeding...

Duration:00:41:49

GQT at Home: Perfect Holes and Motivating Goals

4/16/2021
Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural Q&A with experts James Wong, Matthew Wilson and Christine Walkden who answer questions sent in by email and from the virtual audience. This week, the panel tackles questions on pruning trees, a suffering asparagus fern and a curious case of frog spawn in a tree. Away from the questions, historian Advolly Richmond is joined by GQT regular Matt Biggs to unravel the fascinating history of the nation's favourite beverage - tea. Producer - Jemima Rathbone...

Duration:00:41:53

GQT at Home: Wedding Favours and Pungent Neighbours

4/11/2021
Kathy Clugston hosts the gardening panel show, joined by Anne Swithinbank, Matthew Pottage and Humaira Ikram to answer questions sent in by listeners. This week, the panel answers questions on plants they regret in their garden, rare houseplants and the optimistic sounds they look forward to with the coming of Spring. Away from the questions, Ashley Edwards gives us a rundown of how and why we deadhead, and florist Hazel Gardiner discusses her favourite spring flowers for arrangements....

Duration:00:42:15

GQT at Home: Spuds and Citrus Duds

4/4/2021
Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. This week's panellists are Humaira Ikram, Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Pottage, who tackle questions on droopy Calatheas, easily propagated plants for a tropical climate, and troublesome herb plants. Away from the questions, Hafsah Hafeji gives us a potato planting masterclass, and Dr Chris Thorogood returns to explore the fascinating folklore around the Easter Lily. Producer - Rosie Merotra Assistant...

Duration:00:42:05

GQT From The Archives: Edibles Special

3/26/2021
The team look back through the archives for an edible edition of the show. A variety of panellists, old and new, discuss edible flowers for culinary decoration, uncooperative satsuma pips, and troublesome onions. Away from the questions, Matthew Wilson and West Dean Gardens supervisor Sarah Wayne give us a crash course in chili growing, and we are treated to an exclusive look into Bob Flowerdew's polytunnel. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else...

Duration:00:42:37

GQT from the Archives: Houseplant Special

3/19/2021
The team look back through the archives for a houseplant edition of the show. A variety of panellists, old and new, discuss showering with your plants and orchid maintenance, and one lucky listener finally receives an answer to a 60 year-old question. Away from the questions, Peter Gibbs visits RHS Wisley’s Giant Houseplant Takeover exhibit. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer - Millie Chu A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Duration:00:41:55

GQT at Home: Bulbs, Balconies and Bougainvilleas

3/12/2021
Kathy Clugston chairs the gardening Q&A with a panel of experts - Matthew Pottage, Bob Flowerdew and Pippa Greenwood - and a live virtual audience. This week the panellists discuss how best to control earwigs, suggest great hanging indoor plants, and tell stories of plants they've changed their opinions on. Away from the questions, Anne Swithinbank shares her summer bulb shopping list, and Humaira Ikram is on hand with a guide to creating the perfect lawn. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant...

Duration:00:41:55

GQT at Home: Sweet Peas and Rusty Leaves

3/5/2021
Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme with gardening experts. Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Pottage are the panellists answering questions sent in by green-fingered listeners and the live virtual audience. They discuss nurturing asparagus plants, the differences between sweet peas and garden peas, and what their flower characters would be. Away from the questions, historian Advolly Richmond tells the fascinating history of vanilla, while Kirsty Wilson gives us an...

Duration:00:41:55

GQT at Home: Luffa and Ligularia

2/26/2021
Peter Gibbs hosts the gardening panel show. This week he's joined by Matt Biggs, Anne Swithinbank, James Wong and a live virtual audience, to answer questions from listeners about subjects from pomegranate trees to hardy houseplants. Away from the questions, we get an update from Matthew and Jane Wilson on their cut flower border project, and Claire Ratinon champions organic growing. Producer - Dan Cocker Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Duration:00:41:47

GQT at Home: Hibiscus and Houseplants

2/19/2021
Kathy Clugston hosts this week's gardening panel show. Bunny Guinness, Matthew Wilson and Chris Beardshaw answer questions sent in by the virtual audience. They discuss their favourite trees, plants that thrive on neglect and how to accommodate a newly-enthusiastic gardener in your garden. Away from the questions, Hafsah Hafeji tells us how to sow sustainably and on a budget, and gardener Juliet Sargeant gives a mulch masterclass. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone...

Duration:00:42:16

GQT at Home: Sunken Beds and Nostalgic Scents

2/12/2021
Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural Q&A. Matthew Wilson, Chris Beardshaw and Bunny Guinness answer questions from the virtual audience on a variety of subjects, from how best to propagate a rose to salvaging a sunken bed. Away from the questions, Jacquie Felix-Mitchell teaches you how to create your own secret garden from scratch, and Ashley Edwards advises on what to sow now. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Duration:00:41:34

GQT at Home: Begonias and Window Boxes

2/5/2021
Kathy Clugston hosts this week's gardening panel show. Anne Swithinbank, Humaira Ikram and Christin Walkden answer questions sent in by listeners across the country. They tackle the thorny issue of pests targeting newly planted bulbs, as well as resilient houseplants and the best flowers to brighten your window boxes. Away from the questions, Dr Chris Thorogood travels to Lanzarote to teach us about the multi-talented Agave plant, and Matt Biggs speaks to gardener Mo Badat on how he created...

Duration:00:42:17

GQT at Home: Worm Casts and Rainy Day Plants

1/29/2021
Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts, hosted by Peter Gibbs. Joining him on the panel are pests and diseases expert Pippa Greenwood, RHS curator Matthew Pottage, and plantsman Matt Biggs. They answer questions about worm casts, shrubs that look best in rainy climes, and bouquet trends. Away from the questions, Matthew Wilson and his wife, Jane, discuss how to secure blooming success, and Peter Gibbs speaks to Janet Terry and Jo Wenham of the Millennium Seed Bank...

Duration:00:42:13

GQT at Home: Chilean treats and Onion feats

1/22/2021
Peter Gibbs hosts this week's gardening Q&A, with a panel of green fingered experts answering questions sent in by listeners via social media and email. Matt Biggs, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Pottage tackle the queries, from making your garden design coherent, to the best lettuce to grow for your loved one. Away from the questions, Juliet Sargeant pays homage to the unsung hero of gardening, and Alex Young gives a refresher course in re-potting your houseplants. Producer - Daniel Cocker...

Duration:00:42:10

GQT at Home: Witch-hazel and Walnut Trees

1/15/2021
Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew and James Wong answer questions concerning gardening rituals, peculiarly flowering lilacs, and sprucing up a rental garden. Away from the questions, Jacquie Felix-Mitchell gives her top tips for moving to a new house and garden, and Kirsty Wilson celebrates witch-hazel's brightening power in these cold winter months. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Rosie...

Duration:00:42:31

GQT at Home: Growing Greens and Buzzing Bees

1/8/2021
Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. Peter Gibbs is joined by Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness and Matthew Wilson to answer questions sent in by green-fingered listeners. This week the panellists advise on tackling an overgrown garden, flowers to encourage bees and unusual plant hacks. They also help a listener with a berry-less Buckthorn, and discuss their favourite January jobs in the garden. Away from the questions, Anne Swithinbank chats to Gynelle Leon from...

Duration:00:42:34

GQT at Home: Happy New Year

1/1/2021
Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts, hosted by Kathy Clugston. Bob Flowerdew, Christine Walkden and James Wong answer questions from green-fingered listeners. This week, the panellists suggest the best trees to grow for toothbrush handles, discuss why two acorns from the same tree can produce such different plants and identify an interesting looking fungus. Away from the questions, Humaira Ikram is at the Olympic Park finding out about its wildlife legacy since...

Duration:00:42:26

GQT at Home: Merry Christmas

12/25/2020
Kathy Clugston and her team of gardening experts answer your questions. Christine Walkden, James Wong and Bob Flowerdew tackle questions sent in by listeners and the virtual audience. The panellists suggest vegetables to grow for next year's Christmas dinner, advise on caring for a Peace lily and put a confusing conifer under the microscope. They also answer questions from some famous fans of the programme. Away from the questions, Dr Chris Thorogood is talking all things mistletoe, and...

Duration:00:43:42