BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time Summer Garden Party
"I had a wonderful time diagnosing plant problems. It was my
idea of heaven - a long queue of people armed with bags containing
all manner of sickly plants."
...So Pippa Greenwood wrote happily in her blog in Gardeners'
World Online last September about the BBC Radio 4 Gardener's
Question Time (GQT) Summer Garden Party! Now that may not exactly
be your idea of heaven but Ness Gardens certainly has a lot to
offer the gardening and food lover at this year's repeat
performance of the Summer Garden Party and we are aiming to beat
the record attendance of 2,000 guests which was Radio 4's biggest
outdoor audience event last year.
All the usual suspects will be here including Bob Flowerdew,
Eric Robson, Matthew Biggs, Christine Walkden, Peter Gibbs, Matthew
Wilson, Bunny Guinness and Pippa Greenwood plus new faces James
Wong and Carol Baxter. As well as the two recordings for the
popular programme, our own Ness expert gardeners and those from GQT
will be on hand to provide demonstrations and give personal advice
on your gardening dilemmas. Come and see cookery demonstrations
from Claire Lara, Masterchef winner 2010, Anju Chandna, North
Indian culinary specialist, Yasmin Limbert who was WI 'Cook of the
Year' for 2011 and a quarter finalist in the BBC Great British Bake
Off and Malcolm Williams, local artisan baker; all will be using
produce grown by us at Ness this year.
As Kevin Reid, Director at Ness Gardens put it "We are planning
more demonstrations, activities and stands than before and if early
ticket sales are anything to go by, it promises to be a huge
success once more". The fabulous specialist growers of the popular
Plant Hunters' Fair are back so you can get going straight away
with your newly acquired knowledge on what to grow in your garden.
You can meet our chickens and bees, take tours of our splendid
Gardens and enjoy Ness flavoured ice cream...now that's more like
heaven isn't it?
Tickets are priced at £8.50 each (no concessions) and are
available now via the Ness Botanic Gardens website
(www.nessgardens.org.uk) so keep watching our website to find out
the latest news for this year's event. Tickets are limited so book
now to avoid disappointment.
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About Gardeners´ Question Time: The very first
Gardeners´ Question Time took a panel of expert gardeners along to
answer questions from members of the Smallshaw Allotments
Association, it was broadcast by the BBC on 9th April 1947.
Strictly speaking it wasn't called Gardeners´ Question Time at the
time but How Does your Garden Grow?, however, it wasn't long till
the name was changed - at least not long in the context of its
close on 60 years of history. Over the years it has answered well
over 30,000 questions. The panel members have been guests of a
diversity of gardening clubs and other groups, including Leyhill
Open Prison, the Palace of Westminster and a nudist club in
About Ness Gardens: The Gardens were created in 1898 by
Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a wealthy cotton broker from Liverpool.
Passionate about plants, he funded various plant hunting
expeditions to the Far East for hunters such as George Forrest
whose huge Pieris formosa 'Forrestii' from China, can
still be seen today. Bulley created a garden of the unusual and the
rare and shared it freely with his village neighbours. He also
established the renowned Bees Seeds company. The Gardens were
donated to the University of Liverpool in 1948 by Bulley's
daughter. They now attract over 60,000 visitors a year; there are
in excess of 7,000 Friends of Ness Gardens who have provided
financial support for over fifty years and more than 200 volunteers
work across the Gardens.
Memebership of the Friends of Ness is open to anyone. For
more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit Friends of Ness Gardens