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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
It was a fantastic day. Well done to all concerned. I
hope the BBC will come back frequently.
Mike -Friend of Ness Gardens member
Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the day and sitting
in for the first recording of GQT. I also became a
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
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.
Brilliant day on Saturday, everyone I spoke to, both
customers and exhibitors, gave only positive
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
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
Michele from Outside Influence