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BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time returns to Ness

Bbc -radio -4To mark the 70th anniversary of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, their annual Summer Garden Party is returning to Ness in September 2017.

The popular show was first broadcast on 9th April 1947 when a panel of expert gardeners answered questions from members of the Smallshaw Allotments Association. Over the years, it has answered well over 30,000 questions with its mixture of light-hearted banter and good gardening sense.  In addition to the weekly broadcasts from a variety of venues from gardening clubs through to the Palace of Westminster, the show also holds an annual summer garden party.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary, the garden party returns to Ness Botanic Gardens on Saturday 16th September - the location which has drawn the largest crowds in the events history. Over five thousand people attended the summer garden parties held at Ness in 2012 and 2013!

As ever, the party will feature the pick of the crop of gardening gurus, including Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, Anne Swithinbank, James Wong, Matthew Biggs, Pippa Greenwood, Roy Lancaster, and Gardeners' Question Time chairmen Eric Robson and Peter Gibbs.

Zoe Chapman, on behalf of Ness Gardens, said: "The Summer Garden Party is a unique event - including two huge recordings of the BBC's flagship gardening radio programme. This is your chance to meet the GQT team face-to-face, watch demonstrations and take part in a whole range of activities across the Garden. It promises to be a fantastic day out!"

The full programme, including how to take part in the recordings will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the Anniversary Summer Garden Party cost £10.50 and can be booked online or by contacting us on 0151 795 6300 (daily 10-4pm).

Click here to listen to the original show and more recent episodes of the show including the 70th Anniversary Special where Eric Robson, Pippa Greenwood, Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew delve into the archives in a special edition.

GQT Summer Party


07 April 2017