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Gardener's Question Time Summer Party Review

On behalf of the entire GQT team and the BBC may I formally say a massive thank you for your amazing help in staging the garden party. Once again it proved to be a massive success and I cannot say too often how this was down to your unstinting hard work and willingness to go the extra mile.

And I hope you enjoy the two radio programmes. Just editing now and they sound great!

Howard (Producer of GQT)


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That was yet another fabulous event. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it a memorable day. Please, please can it become an annual event. It is seldom something so good comes to the North.

We had a great day out on Saturday and we are really impressed with Ness Gardens and intend to revisit in the spring.  Special thanks to your volunteers, especially the lads who transported us to and from the car park. Thank you.

Sue, Birmingham


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As a spectator on the day, I can't find the words to say how wonderful it was!  I've never been to such a large,
high profile event where everything has felt so beautifully organised but totally informal and relaxed.  The helpers were plentiful and wonderful, and a real credit to the organisers.  The gardens looked fantastic too - what a backdrop to the event.

I liked the fact that all the stalls there were true to the gardening / local food / local environment theme - no stalls with people selling holiday homes & food mixers etc.

The cookery demos seemed to run smoothly, and were obviously very popular.  It was really fun to see these BBC gardeners placed in an informal setting outside their normal sphere of activity.  You're right about the chemistry - both cooks and gardeners rose to the challenge, I thought, and bounced off each other in such an easy way. Great event. 
Well done to you and all the team.

Margaret, West Kirby


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I wanted to congratulate you all for a wonderful day yesterday.  Gardeners Question Time was even better than last year and I was one of the fortunate few to have a question accepted!

The gardens looked magnificent, brought to perfection for the day, all your staff and volunteers were so helpful, please thank them.  Also so nice having a selection of plant nurseries and other stands as well as the cookery etc.  The catering and all other details such as loos was excellent.

Very many thanks and congratulations once again.



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Just wanted to thank you and all the Team for a very enjoyable day at Ness on Saturday. Thank you for all the effort that went into the event.

Liz and Lou, Southport


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It was a fantastic day.  Well done to all concerned. I hope the BBC will come back frequently.
Mike -Friend of Ness Gardens member

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Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the day and sitting in for the first recording of GQT.  I also became a "Friend"!



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Thank you for a great day! Absolutely delighted with the Summer Garden Party & experience of a live recording! Organisation was superb with lots of smiling, helpful 'stewards'. Good value;reasonably priced refreshments. Spoilt for choice with demos, 'master-classes', presentations, etc. Gardens looked splendid! Enjoyed 'GQT' no end; nice to see genuine celebs! Your helpful info. lived up to its description BUT travelling by train or bus not included*. We got
a service bus (no.487) from Liverpool city centre to the very gates! Congrats to all at Ness - fantastic venue & lovely day. 

George & Angela, Maghull

*Info is available on the website, but we will endevour to include ALL 'getting here' information next time - thanks to George and Angela for letting us know.


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Brilliant day on Saturday, everyone I spoke to, both customers and exhibitors, gave only positive comments. 
Let's hope the BBC want to return in 2014. Plenty to see and lots to listen to. Not over commercialised. By last night I had already received grateful thanks from three of the exhibitors and one commented "The organisation was great - easy arrival and departure, plus an excellent location"

Judy - Plant Hunters' Fairs


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The whole event was by and for real gardeners. I came on my own and felt so welcome from the first hello from the volunteers in the car parks to the last good bye from them as I left.

Michele from Outside Influence


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