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Line up for Gardeners’ Question Time at Mount Stewart revealed

A view across the formal Italian Garden towards the nineteenth century house at Mount Stewart, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Edith, Lady Londonderry created the garden in the 1920s.
A view across the formal Italian Garden towards the nineteenth century house at Mount Stewart, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Edith, Lady Londonderry created the garden in the 1920s.
The garden at Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds, County Down. The gardens at Mount Stewart are world famous for their grandeur and bold planting schemes.

Mount Stewart will host the annual BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time’s (GQT) Summer Garden Party next month.

Fans of the show, garden enthusiasts and families can enjoy a fantastic line-up of events and activities on the shores of Strangford Lough on Saturday, June 8 2019 against the beautiful back-drop of Mount Stewart’s world-class gardens.

The GQT Summer Garden Party is Radio 4’s biggest annual event and will include live recordings of the BBC's flagship gardening radio programme at 11am and 1pm.

Visitors will get the chance to meet GQT panelists, put their questions to them in person and participate in demonstrations and horticultural happenings across the gardens.

GQT presenters in attendance include James Wong, Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, Anne Swithinbank, Pippa Greenwood, and RHS Wisley Curator Matthew Pottage.

Over 14 plant specialists will be participating in a speciality plant fare on the croquet lawn of the historic house.

Gardeners from the National Trust will be joined by BBC Radio Ulster’s Gardeners Corner presenter David Maxwell to answer your gardening questions and Ballyblack beekeepers will be demonstrating the art of bee keeping and providing advice on how to become a bee-keeper.

Traditional music duo the McGinn Sisters will be keeping the atmosphere lively and there will be a selection of tasty food stalls including a BBQ.

Outside of the main marquee there will be a range of free activities and garden themed programming that can be enjoyed by all visitors to Mount Stewart.

Normal admission charges apply. Tickets for the two live recordings of Gardeners’ Question Time cost £11.50 for adults and £5.75 for children (price includes admission) and are available now through the Mount Stewart website.

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