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BBC Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time Summer Garden Party at Mount Stewart

Jun 08 2019
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Mount Stewart Portaferry Road, Newtownards, County Down,
T: (028) 4278 8387

Mount Stewart to Host Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party for the second year running.

BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time (GQT) is returning to the shores of Strangford Lough on Saturday 8th June 2019 to hold their annual Summer Garden Party in the beautiful surrounds of the National Trust’s Mount Stewart.

The gurus of gardening, including Matthew Wilson, Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, James Wong, Pippa Greenwood, Matt Biggs, Matthew Pottage, Anne Swithinbank and GQT chairman Peter Gibbs will be in attendance.

The GQT Summer Garden Party is Radio 4’s biggest annual event – including recordings of the BBC's flagship gardening radio programme. Visitors will get the chance to meet the GQT panellists, put their questions to them in person, and participate in demonstrations and horticultural happenings across the gardens.

In addition to talks, demos and recordings with the Gardeners’ Question Time team, some of the highlights will include: recordings of BBC Ulster’s Gardeners' Corner, illustrated talks by three renowned Irish Gardeners: Helen Dillon, Daphne Levinge-Shackleton and Jimi Blake, guided tours, plant sales and fun for all the family.

The full programme of activities as well as how to take part in the recordings will be announced shortly and tickets will be available by visiting Mount Stewart’s website from Friday 15th February:

Located on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down, Mount Stewart is one of Northern Ireland’s most loved historical houses cared for by the National Trust, the 19th-century house has recently undergone a three year £8 million restoration programme, making it a must-see attraction on the island of Ireland.

Voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world, Mount Stewart reflects a rich tapestry of design and planting artistry bearing the hallmark of its creator. Edith, Lady Londonderry’s passion for bold planting schemes coupled with the mild climate of Strangford Lough allows rare and tender plants from across the globe to thrive in this celebrated garden. Each of the formal gardens exudes a distinct character and appeal.

Further afield visitors can enjoy the beautifully landscaped and informal grounds surrounding the picturesque lake walk. Or for a different view, stroll around miles of new walking trails and discover a landscape lost in time.