Horticultural Experts to be hosted by University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Posted by pt91 at Oct 02, 2013 12:58 PM |
BBC Radio 4 to record Gardeners’ Question Time at University of Leicester Botanic Garden on Wednesday 16 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 2 October 2013

BBC Radio 4 will be recording Gardeners’ Question Time from the University of Leicester in the Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1 on 16 October from 6:15pm to 7:45pm.

The event, which is organised by the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, invites members of the public to attend and pose questions to the GQT panel.

The panel, which has included seasoned experts Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, Chris Beardshaw, Matthew Biggs, Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Wilson and Christine Walkden, will answer questions from attendees, with Eric Robson or Peter Gibbs in the chair.

The University anticipates a large and passionate crowd to attend the event. The session is suitable for all ages and levels of horticultural experience, from those who are barmy about botany to novices to the nuances of nectar.

Richard Gornall, Director of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, said: “I am delighted that the renowned GQT team has chosen to visit Leicester.

“The Botanic Garden is the most diverse garden in the region, and is well-known and valued by its supporters. Our collections include more than 5000 species from all around the world, used for teaching and research, and displayed in a wide variety of landscape features and glasshouses. This visit by Radio 4’s flagship gardening programme is a great opportunity to bring the University of Leicester Botanic Garden to the attention of a wider public.

“We are anticipating a large and enthusiastic audience to welcome the panel of experts and test their knowledge with an interesting variety of our local horticultural challenges, and we look forward to an entertaining and informative evening.”

The very first Gardeners’ Question Time took a panel of expert gardeners along to answer questions from members of the Smallshaw Allotments Association. It was broadcast on 9 April, 1947.

Over the years it has answered well over 30,000 questions. The panel members have been guests of a diversity of gardening clubs and other groups, including Leyhill Open Prison, the Palace of Westminster and a nudist club in Wales.

The University of Leicester Botanic Garden comprises 16 acres of gardens and greenhouses and is the most diverse garden in the East Midlands, in terms of both its plant collections and its landscape features. The Garden also has a satellite venue, the Attenborough Arboretum, located about a mile away. Admission to both is free of charge.

Attendance is £2.50 per person, including a drink afterwards. Guest should be seated by 6:15pm at the Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1.

Ticket and booking information can be found at: http://bit.ly/16XJPDj

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Notes to Editors:

Richard Gornall, Director of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden can be contacted at: rjg@leicester.ac.uk

For more information on the event, please visit botanicgarden@le.ac.uk or phone the University of Leicester Botanic Garden at 0116 271 2933 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

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