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Bringing the experts together at Rheged

Bringing the experts together at Rheged

I love the Gardeners’ Question Time panel at the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show. Lots of our visitors comment on it and seem to thoroughly enjoy it too.

It’s particularly special when the former “real” BBC Radio 4 GQT chairman is managing the questions and answers for our event and that’ll be the case in 2020. Gardeners’ Question Time will be at 2pm on the Saturday of the Show (14 March) and Eric Robson will be our Chairman. His is the voice that you somehow expect to hear with this sort of format and we’re delighted that he’s agreed to be involved.

Eric will be joined by James Smith from Growing Well, Sheila Todd who leads the horticulture courses at Newton Rigg, Martin Ogle (Head Gardener at Lowther Castle) and Chris Collins. Chris used to be the Blue Peter gardener down at Salford Quays and he’s also an ambassador for Garden Organic.

Admission to the GQT discussion is included in admission tickets for the Home and Garden Show and we just ask for a donation if people are able to contribute with all proceeds going to Growing Well and its work at Sizergh in South Lakeland.

Part of the reason for this blog is to encourage you to be thinking about your questions for the panel – from tree suggestions to planting ideas, from organic pest control to recommendations for a flower cutting garden and everything in between.

There’ll be question submission forms on Reception as you come into the Show and, although we can’t promise that the panel will have time to answer them all, past experience shows they’ll give it a try! Hope to see you there.