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Posts Tagged ‘Gardeners Question Time’


Celebrity gardener Chris Beardshaw to design longest border

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Award-winning TV garden designer Chris Beardshaw is to provide a new design for London’s longest herbaceous border.
The popular presenter of Beechgrove Garden, and a regular panellist on radio’s Gardeners’ Question Time, is to tackle the project, fresh from winning the ‘People’s Choice Award for Show Garden’ at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The border, situated in front of the Queen’s…

Bob Flowerdew stokes the peat debate

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Green groups have lashed out after an influential organic gardener demanded the right to use peat.
Writing in AG, Bob Flowerdew, the BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, made the ultimate organic taboo: he confessed to using a small amount of peat in loam-based sowing compost.

Bob argued that peat was a renewable resource and suggested: “Why not let us have…

A smarter way to shop

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A technology revolution will change the way gardeners shop for plants and products.
Hi-tech barcodes, called ‘QR’ codes (quick response), are appearing on items from plant pots to fertiliser and compost.
When shoppers scan the codes with a mobile phone, they are directed to websites or videos explaining how to use the product.
Editor of trade magazine Garden Retail, Matthew Appleby, said: “QR codes…

Ex-presenter Stefan Buczacki savages Gardeners’ Question Time

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The BBC has defended Gardeners’ Question Time after it was savaged by a former panellist.
Professor Stefan Buczacki slammed Radio 4’s GQT as a “pathetic shadow of its former self” and claimed: “The magical chemistry between broadcasters has been lost.”
Stefan, who took part in 600 episodes “without a break” from 1981 to 1994, said: “The rot set in some years ago…

New National Gardening Week for 2012

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A new National Gardening Week aims to get Brits sowing, hoeing and mowing in 2012.
Set to take place on 16 to 22 April, nurseries, garden centres, garden clubs, charities, schools and the media are all being urged to get involved.
The initiative was devised by the Royal Horticultural Society, which will give away 20,000 gardening starter packs with free seeds.
Gardeners will…

Gardeners’ Question Time takes to the road

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Britain’s longest-running gardening show on the wireless, BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, is set to take to the road.
So far, 28 dates have been set for GQT’s inaugural Live Tour, which kicks off in Norfolk on 20 October.
GQT chairman Eric Robson will travel the UK with experts, including Chris Beardshaw, Matthew Biggs, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Christine…

Upbeat mood at first Grow Your Own Show

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The inaugural Grow Your Own Show threw open its gates at Loseley Park in Surrey on 1 May – hoping to cash in on the nation’s love affair with veg.
Director of the two-day edibles extravaganza Dianne Clifford said the show had “probably met” its target of 3,500 visitors even though official figures were not yet available.
Last month, AG reported that rival…