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Mount Stewart to host Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party 2018


The garden at Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds, County Down.

The garden at Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds, County Down.

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The garden at Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds, County Down.

BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time is coming to the shores of Strangford Lough.

The annual Summer Garden Party will be held in the beautiful surrounds of the National Trust’s Mount Stewart on  on Saturday, June 9.

The gurus of gardening, including Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, James Wong, Pippa Greenwood, Matt Biggs, and GQT chairmen Eric Robson and Peter Gibbs will all be in attendance.

The GQT Summer Garden Party is Radio 4’s biggest annual event – including huge recordings of the BBC's flagship gardening radio programme.

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

In addition to talks, demos and recordings with the Gardeners’ Question Time team, some of the highlights will include:

  • recordings of BBC Ulster’s Gardeners' Corner
  • talks from RHS Chelsea gold winners Diarmuid Gavin and Ian Price
  • cookery demos from Belfast’s The Merchant and The Great Room
  • walking tours
  • plant sales
  • fun for all the family

Neil Porteous, Head of Gardens at Mount Stewart said: “We are very excited that Gardeners’ Question Time have chosen to come to Mount Stewart for their Summer Garden Party.

"It’s fitting that for the National Trust’s first time as host the Garden Party will take place at one of its best known and most loved gardens.”

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

"In past years, the event has attracted listeners in their thousands, and we hope that in partnership with the National Trust, this year will be even bigger still.”

Access to BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time Summer Garden Party recordings and activities will be ticketed: Adult £10.50 & Child £5.25.

Tickets will be available by visiting Mount Stewart’s website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart.

Belfast Telegraph