Gardeners' Question Time

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20190104

Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel show from Chelmsford, Essex. Christine Walkden, James Wong and Matthew Wilson are ready to answer this week’s questions from keen gardeners.

The panellists discuss the best way to use horse manure, how to look after a Senecio during winter, and the best aquatic plant for a small pond. They also talk about getting rid of scale insects, why some plants become variegated and keeping a cherry tree alive.

Garden designers Manoj Malde and Caro Sanders talk about turning a front garden into something environmentally friendly - instead of just leaving it as an off-road parking space.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Chelmsford20190104

Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel show from Chelmsford, Essex. Christine Walkden, James Wong and Matthew Wilson are ready to answer this week’s questions from keen gardeners.

The panellists discuss the best way to use horse manure, how to look after a Senecio during winter, and the best aquatic plant for a small pond. They also talk about getting rid of scale insects, why some plants become variegated and keeping a cherry tree alive.

Garden designers Manoj Malde and Caro Sanders talk about turning a front garden into something environmentally friendly - instead of just leaving it as an off-road parking space.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel show from Chelmsford, Essex.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Chelmsford2019010420190106 (R4)

Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel show from Chelmsford, Essex. Christine Walkden, James Wong and Matthew Wilson are ready to answer this week’s questions from keen gardeners.

The panellists discuss the best way to use horse manure, how to look after a Senecio during winter, and the best aquatic plant for a small pond. They also talk about getting rid of scale insects, why some plants become variegated and keeping a cherry tree alive.

Garden designers Manoj Malde and Caro Sanders talk about turning a front garden into something environmentally friendly - instead of just leaving it as an off-road parking space.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel show from Chelmsford, Essex.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Correspondence Edition: Barbican20190125

Peter Gibbs hosts a correspondence edition of the show from the Barbican Centre, London

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Correspondence Edition: Barbican2019012520190127 (R4)

Peter Gibbs hosts a correspondence edition of the show from the Barbican Centre, London

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

East Meon20190329

Eric Robson and his panel of experts are in East Meon, Hampshire. Chris Beardshaw, Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew answer the horticultural questions.

The panellists discuss the best radishes, care tips for a sedum roof and Buddleia pruning. They also suggest ways to grow the best blueberries, offer advice for preventing ash dieback, and suggest ways to downsize a vegetable plot.

Away from the questions, Chris Beardshaw visits the nearby Leydene Estate. He speaks to local historian Michael Blakstad to learn all about the eccentric East Meon gardener, Eleanor, Countess Peel.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Hester Cant

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and his panel of experts are in East Meon, Hampshire.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

East Meon2019032920190331 (R4)

Eric Robson and his panel of experts are in East Meon, Hampshire. Chris Beardshaw, Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew answer the horticultural questions.

The panellists discuss the best radishes, care tips for a sedum roof and Buddleia pruning. They also suggest ways to grow the best blueberries, offer advice for preventing ash dieback, and suggest ways to downsize a vegetable plot.

Away from the questions, Chris Beardshaw visits the nearby Leydene Estate. He speaks to local historian Michael Blakstad to learn all about the eccentric East Meon gardener, Eleanor, Countess Peel.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Hester Cant

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and his panel of experts are in East Meon, Hampshire.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Glasgow20190201

Eric Robson hosts the show from Glasgow.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Glasgow2019020120190203 (R4)

Eric Robson hosts the show from Glasgow.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Godmersham20181130

Eric Robson and the team are in Godmersham, Kent. Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden, and Pippa Greenwood are on-hand to answer the questions from enthusiastic gardeners this week.

The panellists offer advice on saving vegetable seeds, how to overwinter agapanthus, and how to prevent bitter pit in apples. They also help gardeners who are despairing over mealybugs and discuss how to overwinter banana trees.

Also, Matthew Pottage visits James Wong’s apartment and they explore how you can be green-fingered in a flat without a garden.

Produced by Laurence Bassett
Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra

A Somethin’ Else Production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and the panel are in Godmersham, Kent.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Godmersham2018113020181202 (R4)

Eric Robson and the team are in Godmersham, Kent. Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden, and Pippa Greenwood are on-hand to answer the questions from enthusiastic gardeners this week.

The panellists offer advice on saving vegetable seeds, how to overwinter agapanthus, and how to prevent bitter pit in apples. They also help gardeners who are despairing over mealybugs and discuss how to overwinter banana trees.

Also, Matthew Pottage visits James Wong’s apartment and they explore how you can be green-fingered in a flat without a garden.

Produced by Laurence Bassett
Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra

A Somethin’ Else Production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and the panel are in Godmersham, Kent.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Gower Peninsula20190322

Eric Robson and his panel pay a visit to the Gower Peninsula. Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew and Anne Swithinbank answer this week's questions from the audience.

The panellists discuss grow lights, good climbers for pergolas and Magnolia stellata propagation. They also suggest ways to eradicate wild garlic, offer advice for mossy lawns, and suggest ways to get a Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’ to flower.

Away from the questions, Matt Biggs is at Kew, in the Marianne North gallery, speaking to the galleries and exhibition leader Maria Devaney about Marianne North, the botanical artist.

Produced by Laurence Bassett
Assistant Producer: Hester Cant

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and his panel pay a visit to the Gower Peninsula.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Gower Peninsula2019032220190324 (R4)

Eric Robson and his panel pay a visit to the Gower Peninsula. Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew and Anne Swithinbank answer this week's questions from the audience.

The panellists discuss grow lights, good climbers for pergolas and Magnolia stellata propagation. They also suggest ways to eradicate wild garlic, offer advice for mossy lawns, and suggest ways to get a Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’ to flower.

Away from the questions, Matt Biggs is at Kew, in the Marianne North gallery, speaking to the galleries and exhibition leader Maria Devaney about Marianne North, the botanical artist.

Produced by Laurence Bassett
Assistant Producer: Hester Cant

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and his panel pay a visit to the Gower Peninsula.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Horsham District20181214

Eric Robson and the team are in the Horsham District, West Sussex. Matt Biggs, Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew are on hand to answer the questions from keen gardeners.

This week, they discuss using seaweed as a mulch, what to plant in a large pot, and how to deal with large quantities of compost. They also help gardeners with saving plants from vine weevils and dealing with damage to a tree from hornets, and consider what flowers they would visualise after a yoga class.

James Wong heads to Kew Gardens in London to speak to Orchid expert Bala Kompalli and finds out more about this exotic plant family which has over 28,000 species.

Produced by Darby Dorras
Assistant Producer: Hester Cant

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and the panel answer questions in the Horsham District, West Sussex.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Horsham District2018121420181216 (R4)

Eric Robson and the team are in the Horsham District, West Sussex. Matt Biggs, Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew are on hand to answer the questions from keen gardeners.

This week, they discuss using seaweed as a mulch, what to plant in a large pot, and how to deal with large quantities of compost. They also help gardeners with saving plants from vine weevils and dealing with damage to a tree from hornets, and consider what flowers they would visualise after a yoga class.

James Wong heads to Kew Gardens in London to speak to Orchid expert Bala Kompalli and finds out more about this exotic plant family which has over 28,000 species.

Produced by Darby Dorras
Assistant Producer: Hester Cant

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and the panel answer questions in the Horsham District, West Sussex.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

North Downs20181228

Eric Robson hosts the programme from the Kentish North Downs. Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and Christine Walkden answer the questions.

The panellists discuss plants that rabbits won't devour, planting alliums, and replacing a columnar juniper.

They also make suggestions for climbers and hedges, and native plants, and consider which heritage tree they would pass onto future generations.

Peter Gibbs chats to BBC technology correspondent Jane Wakefield and puts gardening apps to the test.

Produced by Laurence Bassett
Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson hosts the show from the Kentish North Downs

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

North Downs2018122820181230 (R4)

Eric Robson hosts the programme from the Kentish North Downs. Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and Christine Walkden answer the questions.

The panellists discuss plants that rabbits won't devour, planting alliums, and replacing a columnar juniper.

They also make suggestions for climbers and hedges, and native plants, and consider which heritage tree they would pass onto future generations.

Peter Gibbs chats to BBC technology correspondent Jane Wakefield and puts gardening apps to the test.

Produced by Laurence Bassett
Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson hosts the show from the Kentish North Downs

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

RHS Garden Hyde Hall20181207

Peter Gibbs hosts the show from RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

RHS Garden Hyde Hall2018120720181209 (R4)

Peter Gibbs hosts the show from RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Rutland20190208

Eric Robson and his panel are answering questions in Rutland.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Stoke-on-Trent2019031520190317 (R4)

Eric Robson and his panel are in Stoke-on-Trent. Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and Chris Beardshaw answer the audience's questions.

This week, the panellists discuss veg growing in frost pockets, growing lavender from seed, and planting onions to ensure a good crop.

They also suggest low-growing evergreen shrubs, advise on making Willow arches, and nominate plants for a hot, dry indoor space.

Away from the questions, Matt Biggs visits RHS Lindley Library to find out about their upcoming Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning.

Produced by Hannah Newton
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and his panel are in Stoke-on-Trent.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Eric Robson and his panel are in Stoke-on-Trent. Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and Chris Beardshaw answer the audience's questions.

This week, the panellists discuss veg growing in frost pockets, growing lavender from seed, and planting onions to ensure a good crop.

They also suggest low-growing evergreen shrubs, advise on making Willow arches, and nominate plants for a hot, dry indoor space.

Away from the questions, Matt Biggs visits RHS Lindley Library to find out about their upcoming Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning.

Produced by Hannah Newton
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and his panel are in Stoke-on-Trent.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Uppingham20190118

Eric Robson and the panel are in Uppingham, Rutland. Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden and James Wong answer the questions.

This week, the panellists discuss plants they don't like, dealing with a plot covered in bindweed, and preparing an allotment to attract bees.

They also diagnose an ailing Horse Chestnut tree, discuss the success of straightening an Acacia, and debate what they would do if they let a friend's plant die while looking after it for them!

Outside of the hall, Matthew Wilson visits Ric Ellis of Uppingham Grows to see how he is using gardening to encourage wellbeing and life progression.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and the panel are in Uppingham, Rutland.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Uppingham2019011820190120 (R4)

Eric Robson and the panel are in Uppingham, Rutland. Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden and James Wong answer the questions.

This week, the panellists discuss plants they don't like, dealing with a plot covered in bindweed, and preparing an allotment to attract bees.

They also diagnose an ailing Horse Chestnut tree, discuss the success of straightening an Acacia, and debate what they would do if they let a friend's plant die while looking after it for them!

Outside of the hall, Matthew Wilson visits Ric Ellis of Uppingham Grows to see how he is using gardening to encourage wellbeing and life progression.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and the panel are in Uppingham, Rutland.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Wells, Somerset20190111

Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel programme from the Bishop's Palace in Wells. Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank and Matt Biggs answer the questions.

This week, the panellists offer their top three pieces of advice for a novice gardener, advise on how best to level out an uneven lawn, and compare notes on their favourite winter shrubs.

Also, they help a questioner battling with greedy house sparrows, try to coax an old Begonia into flowering, and offer tips on how to make heavy clay soil more manageable to garden on.

Claire Ratinon takes a different view of weeds. Should we just learn to love them?

Produced by Hannah Newton
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel programme from the Bishop's Palace in Wells.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

Wells, Somerset2019011120190113 (R4)

Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel programme from the Bishop's Palace in Wells. Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank and Matt Biggs answer the questions.

This week, the panellists offer their top three pieces of advice for a novice gardener, advise on how best to level out an uneven lawn, and compare notes on their favourite winter shrubs.

Also, they help a questioner battling with greedy house sparrows, try to coax an old Begonia into flowering, and offer tips on how to make heavy clay soil more manageable to garden on.

Claire Ratinon takes a different view of weeds. Should we just learn to love them?

Produced by Hannah Newton
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural panel programme from the Bishop's Palace in Wells.

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

West Yorkshire20181221

Eric Robson and the panel are in West Yorkshire. Neil Porteus, Bunny Guinness and Matthew Wilson answer the horticultural questions.

The panellists discuss how best to fill a raised bed with, growing roses over an archway, and caring for Willows. They also advise on how to dig a pond on a slope, caring for Jacarandas, and what to plant in a sensory garden.

Matt Biggs visits the largest living Christmas tree in the UK.

Produced by Hannah Newton
Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and the panel are in West Yorkshire

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts

West Yorkshire2018122120181223 (R4)

Eric Robson and the panel are in West Yorkshire. Neil Porteus, Bunny Guinness and Matthew Wilson answer the horticultural questions.

The panellists discuss how best to fill a raised bed with, growing roses over an archway, and caring for Willows. They also advise on how to dig a pond on a slope, caring for Jacarandas, and what to plant in a sensory garden.

Matt Biggs visits the largest living Christmas tree in the UK.

Produced by Hannah Newton
Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Eric Robson and the panel are in West Yorkshire

Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts