BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time  comes to West Dean

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time comes to West Dean

Listed on September 12, 2013 in Member News

Fans of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time are in for a treat as the popular panel show is set to record at West Dean Gardens near Chichester for the first time.

Eric Robson and his panel of horticultural experts will answer audience questions in an hour long recording to be held in the Auditorium, West Dean Gardens on Monday 23 September.  The studio audience will be served refreshments from 17:30, before the recording which begins at 18:30.

Entry is strictly by ticket only, available from 01243 818314 (09:00 – 17:00 hours, 5 days per week) from 09:00 on Friday 13 September.  West Dean anticipates high demand for tickets, which are priced at £2.50 and are limited to two tickets per booking.

The show will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 4 October at 15:00 and repeated on Sunday 6 October at 14:00.

The Friday broadcast will kick off an exciting weekend of gardening activity at West Dean as thousands of visitors descend on the Gardens for its new harvest themed event, Grow! Cook! Eat! being held on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October.

More gardening experts, including West Dean’s own Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, will be on hand to give practical tips and advice, in a series of walks and talks over the weekend.

West Dean’s beautifully tended Grade 11 listed Walled Kitchen Garden will be open during Grow! Cook! Eat!  Visitors will be able to seek inspiration from the garden produce on display and admire the 150 varieties of apples and pears grown in West Dean’s orchard.  The spectacular pear arch and expertly espaliered trees will be at their best, and an impressive display of pumpkins and gourds will be on display in the beautiful Victorian glasshouses.  More information about the event is available at