Gardeners' Question Time



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


  • GQT at Home: Rooftop Trees and Frilly Leaves

    26/11/2021 Duración: 41min

    Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. This week's panellists are the ever-knowledgeable Chris Thorogood, Pippa Greenwood, and Bunny Guinness. The team marks the beginning of National Tree Week by sharing some potted tree ideas for a rooftop terrace, as well as offering advice for a student science project. Meanwhile, Bob Flowerdew has some top tips for looking after fruiting plants over winter, and we head up to Edinburgh as Kirsty Wilson tells us about two rather unusual plants, Dead Man's Fingers and the colourful Beautyberry. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Bethany Hocken A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

  • Becontree Estate: Postbag Edition

    19/11/2021 Duración: 41min

    Peter Gibbs and the panel are at Becontree Estate answering your gardening questions. Joining him this week are regular panellists Matt Biggs, Christine Walkden and Matthew Wilson. To celebrate Becontree's 100th birthday, community gardener Carole Wright shows Peter and the panel what the local community have grown on this otherwise urban estate. As they explore the estate, the panel answer questions from listeners, including how to grow a healthier Photinia and how best to cut back an unruly rose shrub. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer - Aniya Das A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

  • GQT from the Archives: Winter Special

    12/11/2021 Duración: 41min

    Kathy Clugston has a look through the GQT archive for this special winter edition of the show. You'll hear from many of our regular panellists, plus a few friendly voices you may recognise from GQT shows of yore... Pull on your wooly socks and pick up your gardening tools, in true GQT style, we're reminding ourselves of the many jobs at hand through the winter season, including growing pollinators for those late-flying bees, making best use of your water butt, and planting for those spectacular autumn/winter colour shows. Beyond the questions, Juliet Sargeant highlights the enduring joys of populating your green spaces with evergreens, and Matthew Wilson's 2018 trip to the winter garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex, reminds us all of the distinctive delights of the dogwood. Producers - Daniel Cocker and Jemima Rathbone Assistant Producer - Bethany Hocken A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

  • GQT at Home: Sustainable Plots and Salad Pots

    05/11/2021 Duración: 42min

    Kathy Clugston hosts the gardening Q&A, with Anne Swithinbank, Matt Biggs and Chris Beardshaw answering questions sent in by listeners. This week, the panellists share some insect friendly planting ideas and explain how to keep the squirrels away from newly planted spring bulbs. And as we all strive towards a greener planet, they discuss the best carbon-capturing tree planting practices. Meanwhile, with COP26 well underway, Peter Gibbs investigates sustainable gardening around the UK. He speaks with director of The Tangled Bank project in Fife, Harry Watkins, about how the St Andrews Botanic Garden is putting sustainability above all else. Peter also meets with sustainable gardener Sally Nex to discuss what we can all do to make a positive impact from our gardens. Producer - Jemima Rathbone Assistant Producer - Aniya Das A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4