An out-of-the-ordinary highlight was Gardeners Question time, being recorded at St Andrews Church, Roman Rd , Lowestoft. The team are visiting the 4 points of the compass and we are naturally the most easterly point. There was a good turnout and we were given tea/coffee and biscuits while we waited to go into the hall. The evening was introduced by our host Peter Gibb who was also speaking to Ireland as part of the recording. We were given our instructions such as making plenty of noise at his jokes and cheering for Lowestoft. A lucky eight people had their questions chosen and sat in the front row and were asked to say ‘Good Afternoon’ ( it was evening ) as it will be broadcast in the afternoon.
The panel consisted of Christine Walkden, Matthew Wilson and Bunny Guinness. There was a wide range of questions: protecting bananas, pruning cherries, growing a chamomile lawn, planting a hedge for wildlife, using chemicals or not for show vegetables (our president’s question), how to grow streptocarpus, growing a camellia for tea, when to water and how and when not to, the advantage of rain water versus our hard water. The panel tackled each question in an informed but amusing way never running out of things to say. It was a thoroughly entertaining evening that went all too quickly and we look forward to listening to the recording in early August.