On Wednesday 4 April, keen gardeners and horticulturalists embraced the opportunity to put the experts to the test during a recording of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time at Cranfield University.

The celebrated panel of gardening experts comprised Matthew Pottage, James Wong and Pippa Greenwood and was chaired by Peter Gibbs.

Questions from the audience, which included over 140 students, staff and local gardeners, covered topics including edible vines, box plants and even the possibility of growing bamboo in space!

Professor David Cullen, Professor of Astrobiology and Space Biotechnology at Cranfield, attended the recording and proposed his question to the panel. He said: ““It was a fantastic opportunity take part in a much-loved national institution and even better when my question was selected for broadcast … although I am not sure how many questions in the programme’s long history have been asked about gardening on the surface of the planet Mars!”

Gardeners’ Question Time is a Radio 4 institution, attracting over two million listeners a week. Recorded in a different location each week, this long-standing radio programme has answered well over 30,000 questions since its inception in 1947.

The recording will be aired on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 13 April at 3pm and repeated on Sunday 15 April at 2pm.

The audience and presenters at GQT
Gardeners' Question Time audience and presenters

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