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BBC's Gardeners' Question Time on its way to Ards stately home

By Staff Reporter

The elegant surroundings of Mount Stewart will be transformed into a gardener's paradise on Saturday.

For the National Trust property on the shores of Strangford Lough will play host to the BBC Radio Four Gardeners' Question Time annual summer garden party.

It is Radio Four's biggest annual event and this is the first time it has been held in Northern Ireland.

Enthusiasts will get the chance to meet the Gardeners' Question Time panellists and put their queries to the gardening gurus in person, as well as participating in all sorts of activities in the grounds.

The glittering line-up of green-fingered experts at the event includes: Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, James Wong, Pippa Greenwood, Matt Biggs and GQT chairmen Eric Robson and Peter Gibb.

As well as recordings of BBC Radio 4's GQT and BBC Radio Ulster's Gardeners' Corner, there will be talks from RHS Chelsea gold winners Diarmuid Gavin and Ian Price.

Chefs from The Merchant Hotel, Belfast will be giving a cookery demonstration and there will be garden design workshops, walking tours, plant sales and live music.

Neil Porteous, head of gardens at Mount Stewart, said: "We are counting down the days to the BBC Radio 4's GQT Summer Garden Party and are delighted to welcome such esteemed gardening experts.

"From garden design workshops, drop-in sessions with GQT experts to sampling edible plants and guided walks, there really is something for everyone."

Eric Robson, chairman of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, said: "We're delighted to be bringing our listeners to Mount Stewart, a critically-acclaimed garden and a great setting for our annual horticultural revelries."

A limited number of tickets - priced £10.50 for adults and £5.25 for children - are still available on the National Trust website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

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