Mocktails, terrariums and a new allotmenteer

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardeners' Corner -

In Gardeners' Corner this week, a makeover for the Italian garden at Mount Stewart, a new allotmenteer gets to grip with her plot at the Minnowburn, a browse through the seed catalogues with spring in mind, how to create the right conditions for plants in a terrarium and herbs for mocktails if dry January is your thing. That's all in Gardeners' Corner with David Maxwell this Saturday morning on BBC Radio Ulster and on BBC Sounds.

Nailsworth, Cotswolds

Gardeners' Question Time | BBC -

Peter Gibbs and the team are in Nailsworth, Cotswolds. Pippa Greenwood, Chris Beardshaw and Chris Thorogood answer the questoins. This week, te panellists offer ideas for a GP surgery garden, discuss the merits of a composting toilet and recommend winter flowers for bumblebees. Peter also visits neighbouring football team Forest Green Rovers to chat to Head Groundsman, Adam Witchell. Away from the questions, Peter and Pippa go for a walk to talk about winter wildlife. Producer: Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Snowdrops, scented shrubs and St Columb's Park Walled Garden

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardeners' Corner -

David Maxwell presents Northern Ireland's weekly gardening programme with advice on the best snowdrops and winter flowering shrubs. He also visits a restored Walled garden at St Columb's Park in Derry which is going to be gardened by the community. Also in the programme, Keith Crawford is in studio to talk about how to put that discarded Christmas tree to good use as well as some winter pruning jobs to do right now.

Langholm

Gardeners' Question Time | BBC -

Kathy Clugston and the team are in Langholm, Scotland. Christine Walkden, James Wong and Matthew Wilson answer the horticultural questions from the audience. The panellists field questions on Kiwi vines, Bottlebrushes and Box trees. They also recommend grass alternatives for a lawn, advise on covering a hole in a Conifer and discuss how to graft multiple chillis onto a single root. Away from the questions, Matthew Wilson meets Mark Hodgson of the Langholm Chilli Club to find out how this town on the Scottish borders is producing over 200 varieties of chilli. Producer: Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

The sap is rising

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardening with Tim and Joe -

This week with BBC Radio Leeds’ Tim and Graham – The plants of the week are the harbingers of spring, the job of the week is to whip ‘em out and whack a few; and finally Graham brings us the week’s top tip, which is how to dispose of your Christmas tree properly. The very best advice from West Yorkshire’s gardening gurus; Tim Crowther and Graham Porter on BBC Radio Leeds, Sundays from 9 – 92.4FM

New Year in Belfast's Botanic Gardens

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardeners' Corner -

David Maxwell escapes the winter chill and starts the New Year in Belfast's Botanic Gardens with expert guests. Colin Agnew sells the virtues of winter cherries in the cool wing of the Victorian Palm House, Adrienne Armstrong gives David and update on the Tropical Ravine two years after its major renovation and David explores a new medicinal garden with Gardeners' Corner regular Barbara Pilcher. Also in the programme, protecting exotic plants outdoors this winter with Conrad McCormick.

Nottinghamshire

Gardeners' Question Time | BBC -

Kathy Clugston and the team are in Nottinghamshire. James Wong, Bunny Guinness and Bob Flowerdew answer the audience's questions. This week, the panellists discuss new year's resolutions and guilty gardening habits. They also answer questions on a Summer Clematis and spotting wireworm, and come up with suggestions for a small gardening space with a tropical theme. Aside from the questions, Peter Gibbs examines the use of peat in the horticultural industry. Producer: Laurence Bassett Assistant Producer: Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Sow What!

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardening with Tim and Joe -

This week with BBC Radio Leeds’ Tim and Graham – The plant of the week is the handsome hamamelis and the job of the week is sow what? Finally Graham brings us the week’s top tip, force yourself. The very best advice from West Yorkshire’s gardening gurus; Tim Crowther and Graham Porter on BBC Radio Leeds, Sundays from 9 – 92.4FM

Black Country Living Museum

Gardeners' Question Time | BBC -

Kathy Clugston and the panel visit the Black Country Living Museum. Matthew Pottage, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Wilson answer the green-fingered audience's questions. The panellists discuss how to prune a golden alder, give tips on encouraging a fig tree to produce fruit and offer recommendations for exotic plants with winter interest. They also consider what to do with a Christmas tree after the festivities and whether a poinsettia can be kept beyond the twelve days of Christmas. Away from the questions, Pippa Greenwood explores the Museum to have a look round the gardens with researcher Nadia Awal and Pete Alexander. Producer: Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Gardeners' Corner at Christmas

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardeners' Corner -

David Maxwell is joined by Ann Fitzsimmons and Brendan Little for some festive gardening fun. Herbs for Christmas, using the tree after the big event and top present ideas for gardeners. Also in the programme, David and his guests suggest a Christmas walk to burn off some of those excess calories and the team review some books that would make great stocking fillers for the greenfingered.

Levens Hall: Correspondence Edition

Gardeners' Question Time | BBC -

Kathy Clugston and the team are at Levens Hall in the Lake District for a correspondence edition. Matthew Wilson, James Wong and Christine Walkden are riffling through the GQT postbag and in box to answer questions sent in by listeners. This week, the panellists discuss saving a Crown of Thorns, keeping an ornamental pear tree from overgrowing, and the best fruit trees for a Christmas present. The team are joined by Head Gardener of Levens Hall, Chris Crowder, who shows them the impressive 300-year-old topiary. Producer: Dan Cocker Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Gardeners' Corner from Kew Gardens in London

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardeners' Corner -

In Gardeners' Corner this week David Maxwell visits world renowned Kew Gardens in Richmond outside London where he talks to the gardeners who work there including Tony Kirkham, well known writer and broadcaster whose specialist interest is trees, particularly at Kew. Also in the programme Brendan Little shares his thoughts and reminisces about his time as a student there and how it influenced his future life and love of gardening. Gardeners' Corner on Saturday morning on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds.

Houseplant Edition

Gardeners' Question Time | BBC -

Kathy Clugston looks through the GQT archives for a special house plant edition. With questions and answers from across the years, featuring the whole panel as well as a few old voices, the team tackle questions on cutting back an orchid, caring for supermarket bought herbs and plants for dark corners of the house. Away from the questions, James Wong visits Anne Swithinbank's house, while Matthew Pottage pops by James's, to get a behind the scenes look at how our experts keep plants in their homes. Producer: Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Oh Christmas tree

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardening with Tim and Joe -

This week with BBC Radio Leeds’ Tim and Graham – The plant of the week is the Christmas tree, the job of the week is to give the birds a treat and Graham brings us his top tip is; never mind the quality, feel the width! The very best advice from West Yorkshire’s gardening gurus; Tim Crowther and Graham Porter on BBC Radio Leeds, Sundays from 9 – 92.4FM

Festive foliage, Sweet Pea breeding and winter protection

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardeners' Corner -

Winter gardening with David Maxwell. This week David meets Sweet Pea legend Sydney Harrod who has spent a lifetime breeding beautiful Sweet Pea in Londonderry. Sydney named between forty and fifty varieties including a series with local place names intended to encourage people to visit Northern Ireland during the Troubles. David also speaks to Jim Bradley about evergreens for structure in the winter garden. Averil Milligan joins him in studio to talk about festive foliage and Helen Mark catches up with Conrad McCormick.

Dudley

Gardeners' Question Time | BBC -

Kathy Clugston and the panel are in Dudley. Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Wilson and Matthew Pottage answer the audience's horticultural queries. This week, the panellists chat about their favourite Christmas plants, establishing a healthy hedge and caring for hedgehogs. They also answer questions on pruning a Smoke Bush, low maintenance Wisteria alternatives, and whether heavy rainfall will have affected spring bulbs. Away from the questions, Claire Ratinon visits the Wildlife gardeners of Haggerston, East London, to chat with founders, Gideon Corby and Esther Adelman. Producer: Hannah Newton Assistant Producer: Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Deck up your door

BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Gardening with Tim and Joe -

This week with BBC Radio Leeds’ Tim and Graham – in the plant of the week we’re decking up the door, the job of the week is to get ready to sow your onions on Boxing Day and Graham brings us his top tip, have you had a pigeon plague? The very best advice from West Yorkshire’s gardening gurus; Tim Crowther and Graham Porter on BBC Radio Leeds, Sundays from 9 – 92.4FM

St Ann's Allotments, Nottingham

Gardeners' Question Time | BBC -

Kathy Clugston and the team visit the St Ann's Allotments in Nottigham. Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and James Wong answer the audience's questions. The panellists discuss what to grow in a polytunnel during winter, their favourite seasonal flowering plants and how to recover garden space after flooding. They also consider the best trees to give as gifts. Away from the questions, James Wong visits the Camellia House in nearby Wollaton Park to meet Pete Forster and find out more about this winter flowering beauty. Producer: Laurence Bassett Assistant Producer: Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Pages