Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party at Mount Stewart 2018

Gardeners Question Time

BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time (GQT) came to the shores of Strangford Lough on Saturday 9th June 2018 to hold their annual Summer Garden Party in the beautiful surrounds of the National Trust’s Mount Stewart.

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

Visitors had the opportunity to meet the GQT panellists including Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, James Wong, Pippa Greenwood, Matt Biggs, Neil Porteous (Head of Gardens at Mount Stewart) and put their questions to them in person.

In addition to talks, demos and recordings with the Gardeners’ Question Time team, some of the highlights were: 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 and fun for all the family.

Neil Porteous, Head of Gardens at Mount Stewart said;

“BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party was held for the first time at National Trust’s Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland. The garden was looking great, full of colour and scent and the weather showed the garden off beautifully. We had over 2000 guests and all the feed-back has been really positive! A memorable day!”

Upcoming events

Tastings at the Temple: Gin

Sat 21 Jul 2018
19:30-22:30
Following on from the success of last year, Tastings at the Temple returns.

A stroll in a Summer Garden

Sun 22 Jul 2018
11:00-13:00
The gardens at Mount Stewart were recently described as one of the Top 10 Gardens in the World. Enjoy a tour of the gardens with our gardening experts. Booking Essential : Please contact Reception 028 42 788387

Wildlife Trackers

Wed 25 Jul 2018
13:30-15:30
Through games and interactive activities, learn tracking skills and how to look for wildlife around the grounds of Mount Stewart.You may even spot some red squirrels.Booking Essential : Please contact Reception 028 42 788387

Jazz in the Gardens

Sun 29 Jul 2018
14:00-16:30
Bring your picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart.

Car Bazaar

Sat 04 Aug 2018
09:00-12:00
Come along and sell your unwanted items or browse around the many stalls and pick up a few treasures.

Wildlife Trackers

Wed 15 Aug 2018
13:30-15:30
Through games and interactive activities, learn tracking skills and how to look for wildlife around the grounds of Mount Stewart.You may even spot some red squirrels.Booking Essential : Please contact Reception 028 42 788387
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