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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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BBC show with all the answers to join gardening extravaganza

ICONIC Radio 4 show Gardeners’ Question Time will be recorded live in Whitehaven next month.

by Andrew Clarke

A panel of gardening experts – Bob Flowerdew, Christine Walkden and Matthew Wilson – will tackle questions put to them by local enthusiasts, with Eric Robson in the chair.

The show, which attracts over two million listeners a week, will be recorded on Friday, May 16 (1pm) on Whitehaven Harbour as part of the first Western Lakes Home and Garden Show (May 16/17), and tickets to be in the audience are on sale today (Thursday).

Gerard Richardson, of event organisers Whitehaven Festival Company, said: “To secure the BBC Gardeners’ Question Time with our first ever garden show just tells me that the reputation Whitehaven has for putting a good show on is growing exponentially. I’m thrilled as it gives us an exciting new dimension for the first day of the show.”

A host of celebrities from the worlds of cookery, gardening and decor will be in Whitehaven to give demonstrations, offer tips and meet fans in 32 shows.

They include wine connoisseur Oz Clarke; Countryfile presenter James Wong; gardeners and TV presenters Toby Buckland and Charlie Dimmock; Anna Ryder Richardson and Linda Barker, of Changing Rooms fame; Britain’s Best Bakery’s Peter Sidwell; celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and former Coronation Street star turned cheese-maker Sean Wilson.

Alongside the celebrities, there will be over 100 stalls from local and national stores.

Tickets for all the shows taking place at various venues in town are £3 (except Oz Clarke’s two wine-tastings which cost £6). All are available from Richardsons of Whitehaven, on Lowther Street, or on 01946 65334.

Have your say

Bob Flowerdew is the top gardener - why no photo of him and his pony-tail?

Posted by John on 10 April 2014 at 21:35

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