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Garden for the Games, Olympic Park, Stratford

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 29 June 2012

Eric Robson and the panel meet a London audience at the Olympic Aquatic Centre, Stratford.
We revisit the Olympic Park one final time before the doors are thrown open to the public.

Questions answered in the programme:
How can we encourage people to grow plants in their front gardens instead of concreting them over?
What manure should I use for the best homegrown tomatoes?
What tree will establish quickly and resist the harsh conditions on the west coast of Ireland?
Suggestions included: Fir, Native Hawthorn, Birch, Rowan, Poplar

I've got a dwarf spruce, dying from the inside out, what can I do?
How can I maximise the crop yield of vegetables from a 6 meter square plot?
Suggestions included: French beans, courgettes, cut and come again lettuce, parsley, fruit trees, rhubarb, sweetcorn.

Planting suggestions for large tubs, brick planters, and baskets to along a seaside town high street. Suggestions included: Perennial seed mixes, grasses, Steeper Arundinacio, Wolvalarian, Sentranthus, Eupatorium Chocolate, Calendula,

Suggestions for plants that can be planted now to flower in the Olympic colours in a month's time.
Suggestions included: Annual poppies - 'Ladybird', Nigella, Pelargonium (cuttings)
In the Olympic year, what could I plant in 9.85 seconds?

Produced by Howard Shannon
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

  • GQT's team in the Aquatic Centre

    GQT's team in the Aquatic Centre

    Our home for the recording of the show is the spectacular Aquatic Centre (pictured L-R Bunny Guinness, Eric Robson and Matthew Wilson - alas Chris Beardshaw was stuck in traffic!)

  • Our exclusive behind-the-scenes tour

    Our exclusive behind-the-scenes tour

    The GQT audience were given a rare opportunity to take a first peek at the Olympic Park and its themed gardens (garden designer Sarah Price is pictured centre).

  • Flower heads waft in the wind

    Flower heads waft in the wind

    There are five themed gardens - Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australasia and The Great British Garden. Each have a collection of plants unique to their region of the world.

  • More flower heads

    More flower heads

  • The panel in action!

    The panel in action!

    With Chris Beardshaw struck in traffic, the show opened with guest panellist Des Smith (left) joining Bunny and Matthew.



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