Peter Gibbs, co-chair of the show will be joined by three members from the programme’s list of expert panellists: Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank, James Wong, Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden, Matt Biggs, Bunny Guinness and Chris Beardshaw. Together, they will be tackling questions put to them by local gardening enthusiasts.
Professor Beverley Glover, Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden says: “Gardeners’ Question Time is a gardening institution and we’re very excited and honoured to be hosting the programme at the Garden. We hope many of our Friends, volunteers, keen local gardeners and horticulturalists, will come to the recording armed with their questions to pitch to the Gardeners’ Question Time panel of experts – I can’t wait to see what they ask!”
Supporting leading scientific research and welcoming 300,000 visitors a year, Cambridge University Botanic Garden is one of the largest University-owned botanic gardens in the world. The Garden’s living plant collection of over 8,000 species is spread across 40 acres of landscaped gardens. The collection, which includes iconic and endangered trees and plants, supports University research towards meeting many of the world’s greatest future challenges (such as food security, climate change and medicine). The Garden also inspires schools, the local community and visitors from around the world about the importance of plants and plant science, horticulture and the joy of gardening.
Gardeners’ Question Time attracts 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 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.
The programme will be aired on Friday 27 April at 3pm and repeated on Sunday 29 April at 2pm.
Publication Date 27/03/2018