- BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time (GQT) Summer Garden Party: Saturday, 7th September 2013
BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time (GQT) Summer Garden Party: Saturday, 7th September 2013
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
10 May 2013
make sure you secure your tickets early!