12:00am Saturday 21st July 2012
Ness Botanic Gardens is delighted to announce that they will be hosting the BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time annual Summer Garden Partyin September which they say is a fabulous opportunity for them to showcase the delights of the Gardens.
Ness Gardens will be the first ever BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party hosted in the North West and a wide ranging audience from across the region is expected to attend.
This year’s bumper crop of celebrity TV and radio gardener presenters includes: Eric Robson, Peter Gibbs, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Matthew Wilson, Matthew Biggs, Anne Swithinbank and Christine Walkden.
A selection of these well-known gardeners will be delivering a series of gardening demonstrations and drop-in clinics around the Gardens to the audience at Ness on the day. So if you are one of those keen home gardeners who fancy meeting some of these experts up close, this is your big chance!
Two recording sessions for the popular show will take place where the audience will be able to ask their questions and get some sound gardening solutions and advice from the panel of expert gardeners. The resulting two programmes will be broadcast on 14th and 21st September (repeated Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd September) so the audience may be able to hear themselves on the radio!
Kevin Reid, Director of Ness Gardens comments, ‘We are delighted to be able to showcase Ness Gardens in all its glory this September and I would urge garden enthusiasts from across the North West to come along for what will be a very special event. Apart from the splendid turnout of experts, we are planning our own home-grown activities including a variety of interesting Garden tours and demonstrations which will provide a fantastic and memorable show for everyone.’ The request to host the programme was originally put together in recognition of the support of the 200 or so volunteer team who over the years, come rain or shine, are so generous with their time and energy. These volunteers have supplemented the work of Ness staff to help build the Garden into what it is today whether working in horticulture, botany or other support functions. The timing also coincides with the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Friends of Ness Gardens taking place this year and is one of many events this year put on for the public to enjoy.
Tickets priced at £6.50 (no concessions) may be purchased online, by phone and at the Visitor Centre desk at the Gardens from 20th July so don’t delay as there is limited availability! For more details please visit our brand new website at www.nessgardens.org.uk or call 0845 030 4063 (local rate charges apply).
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