Gardeners Question Time returns to Ness Botanic Gardens
Following the outstanding success of last year's event, the BBC
has decided to once again stage the annual Gardeners' Question Time
Summer Garden Party at Ness Botanic Gardens in south Wirral on
Saturday 7th September 2013 from 10am until 6pm.
Last year's party was Radio 4's biggest outdoor audience event
and brought 2,000 guests flocking to our Gardens in radiant
sunshine and leaving with big smiles on their faces. One of the
many happy visitors said: "What a brilliant day it was! So much
going on - all the GQT team were brilliant but so also were the
Ness staff. And didn't the gardens look good!"
Kevin Reid, Director of Ness Botanic Gardens says: "It's great
news that the BBC wish to return and we welcome them
wholeheartedly. Last year's GQT event at Ness was a real coup for
the North West and we were delighted as were the BBC at the
response of garden enthusiasts and the public to attend. We hope
that everyone will return to enjoy a fabulous day out and we'll try
to make the 2013 event bigger and even better than before!"
The GQT team includes a great line up including Eric Robson,
Peter Gibbs, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness,
Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden, Matthew Biggs, Anne Swithinbank,
Carol Baxter and James Wong. As well as the recorded shows for the
programme (broadcast later in September), you can expect gardening
demonstrations and personal advice on your plants and gardening
dilemmas from those BBC gardening presenters so familiar by voice
on the radio.
Howard Shannon, Producer of GQTfor the BBC looks forward to this
year's event: "I was very happy with the result last year and
producing the garden party with Ness Botanic Gardens could not have
gone any better. The team assembled did an outstanding job, not
only taking on board our initial back-of-a-cigarette-packet idea
but then seeing them through to eventual realisation."
On the day you will also be able to take tours on topical
aspects of the Gardens and find out more green-fingered advice from
the Ness team as well as enjoy a specialist plant hunters' fair.
Other treats include cookery demonstrations by Claire Lara, BBC
Masterchef 2010 winner and head chef at The RiverHill in Oxton, who
returns for a second year and also a few surprises to be announced
Tickets are priced at £8.50 each (no concessions) and are
available from early June via the Ness Botanic Gardens website
(www.nessgardens.org.uk) so keep watching to find out the latest
news on content for this year's event and to make sure you secure
your tickets early!
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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