BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens

via Suzie for Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A panel of the BBC’s top horticultural experts will be on hand to take questions from local garden enthusiasts at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 20 September.

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary next year, will be recorded in the Garden Suite and hosted by gardening A-listers Christine Walkden (The One Show), landscape architect Bunny Guinness and leading organic gardener Bob Flowerdew.

The three panellists will have their gardening expertise put to the test in front of a live 200-strong audience, but they will need to think on their feet as the questions are never revealed to the experts prior to recording.


Since the show’s inception in 1947, panellists have helped to solve over 30,000 gardening gripes, and attracts over two millions listeners each week.

James Wheeler, CEO of Birmingham Botanical Gardens said: “What better way to welcome in the autumn than by inviting three seasoned gardening experts to share their hints and tips in front of a large audience. Some of our visitors will remember when the first ever BBC Gardening Club was filmed here at Birmingham Botanical Gardens back in 1961. It’s great to have the BBC back in our Gardens again and we hope our guests will leave feeling inspired and fully prepared to tackle their own gardens over the winter months.”

Tickets are £4.50 and available on a strictly first-come, first-serve basis. All tickets include a glass of wine or hot drink on arrival and can be purchased at



Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a 15 acre botanical gardens and educational charity situated in the heart of Edgbaston, Birmingham. As well as hosting family-friendly, music and fundraising events, the family-friendly attraction has four glasshouses, an Avery, wildlife trails and a seasonal butterfly house. For more information please visit


Gardeners’ Question Time is a Radio 4 institution, attracting over 2 million listeners a week. Recorded in a different location each week, this long-standing radio programme has answered well over 30,000 questions since its inception in 1947.The panel members have been guests of a diverse range of gardening clubs and other organisations; including recording in the middle of Lake Windemere and broadcasting from Buckingham Palace. The panel NEVER see the questions before the recording.  Their encyclopaedic, seemingly effortless answers are completely spontaneous and reveal their huge experience and depth of gardening knowledge. Being on the GQT panel is not for the faint hearted!

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