Gardeners' Question Time visited Cranfield University Credit: Cranfield University

Gardeners’ Question Time recorded in Cranfield

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

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

A garden on Mars

Professor David Cullen, Professor of Bioanalytical Technology 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. It attracts over two million listeners a week. It is recorded in a different location each week, the long-standing radio programme has answered 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.