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BBC under fire over Great British Garden Revival

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Gardeners have criticised the BBC for taking the Great British Garden Revival off air after one episode – to make way for Mandela coverage before Christmas. 
The 14-episode gardening extravaganza was booted off BBC2 for two nights last month, so the Beeb could air tributes to the former South African president.
Most gardeners agreed that the Mandela memorial should be broadcast, but…

Monty Don says garden centres have ‘no excuse’ for selling peat

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Garden centres have “no excuse” for selling peat, claims Britain’s head gardener.
Monty Don, the Gardeners’ World presenter, became embroiled in a row on Twitter after he told his 24,000 fans: “If you cannot find peat-free compost, make a fuss. Garden centres care only about the money – tell them they are losing a sale.”
But a representative of Stratford Garden Centre…

Gardeners’ World criticised by nurseries

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BBC Two’s flagship gardening show is failing to inspire the nation’s plant enthusiasts, claim growers.
Nurserymen at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show attacked Gardeners’ World, headed by Monty Don, saying the series has lost its way.
“I never watch Gardeners’ World any more because of the presenters,” said David Matthewman, of Matthewman’s Sweet Peas.
“They are not professional gardeners. Sometimes their advice is…

Monty Don’s anger at no ban on neonicotinoids

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Gardeners’ Worldpresenter Monty Don has slammed an EU decision not to ban garden sprays that campaigners have linked with bee decline.
“I am incandescent about the government’s shameful decision not to ban neonicotinoid insecticides,” Monty wrote on his blog.
“The fact that there is any doubt at all about their safety to the bee population should give them long pause for thought until…

Obituary: classic rose expert Peter Beales

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Influential gardeners have paid their respects to world-famous rose breeder Peter Beales, who died on 26 January aged 76, following a long illness.
Peter, chairman of Peter Beales Roses of Norfolk, founded the company in 1968 and developed a range of over 1,000 roses.
Over 300 are unique to Peter’s collection. Last year, he unveiled the ‘Queen’s Jubilee Rose’ for the Diamond…

Gardening TV review of the year

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Amateur Gardening’s garden experts have turned into television critics to scrutinise 2012′s offerings on the box. But do you agree with our writers’ personal opinions?
 
The Flowerpot Gang
BBC1, August to September 
Presenters: Joe Swift, Anneka Rice and Phil Tufnell
Reviewed by: AG gardening editor Kris Collins: verdict – 2.5 / 5
Television viewers have been crying out for a new makeover show since the…

Gardeners deny spreading potato blight

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The Potato Council has accused amateur gardeners of spreading potato blight – leading to poor harvests and price rises.
Commercial growers say amateur gardeners often fail to identify blight outbreaks quickly, and don’t know how to control it. This, they say, led to rapid spread of late-blight across the UK. 
But gardening groups leapt to defend Britain’s growing band of allotment and…

Organic Monty Don slams critics in BBC chemical spat

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Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don has vowed to defy a BBC statement that pledged he will offer a balance of organic and non-organic advice on TV.
Product firms had criticised Monty for saying the only way to control lily beetle was to hand-pick. But organic and chemical sprays are available (AG, 12 May issue).
In response, the BBC had told AG: “Monty often…

Red alert over Monty Don’s lily beetle tip

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Plant protection firms have accused Gardeners’ Worldpresenter Monty Don of issuing biased advice on how to control a troublesome plant pest.
On BBC2’s flagship show last Month, Monty told how he’d found lily beetle on a fritillary at Longmeadow, his Herefordshire plot.
“They’re bright red, so thankfully they’re easy to see, because the only way to get rid of them is to…

Vote for your favourite TV gardener

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The AG team delivers its verdict on 2011′s gardening TV. Do you agree? Have your say at the end of this article:
BBC GARDENERS’ WORLD – reviewed by AG editor Tim Rumball
ANY GARDENING programme on telly is a good thing, and I like Monty Don, so I watch Gardeners’ World regularly.
He’s intelligent, thoughtful and enjoys growing crops and ornamental plants. Monty…