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April 4, 2020
Join David Maxwell for Northern Ireland's weekly gardening programme with ideas and tips for the lockdown and experts on hand to answer questions. This week he's joined by Averil Milligan and Brendan Little.
March 28, 2020
David Maxwell and experts Cherry Townsend and Neil Porteous bring you gardening ideas for children, find out about lunar planting and answer listeners' questions.David interview his 5 year old aughter Seren while they plant peas, Frank McCooke is the man in the know about lunar planting and the team speak to Geroid McDonnell, a 12 year old with a passion for plants.
March 21, 2020
David Maxwell takes calls with gardening experts Ann Fitzsimmons and Reg Maxwell
March 14, 2020
David Maxwell presents the Gardeners’ Corner roadshow from Portaferry. Experts Averil Milligan and Neil Porteous join him at Ballyphilip Parish Church hall where Portaferry Women’s Institute are the hosts. With the club celebrating its 85th year members questions include suggestions for seaside planting, how to move peonies and what to do with a Camellia that won’t flower. Also on the programme, two pupils from St Mary’s Primary school in Portaferry have a question about their school garden.
March 7, 2020
David Maxwell presents Northern Ireland's weekly gardening programme with guests. This week David chats to Amy Kelly about growing loofahs and three new berries for 2020. He visits Ann Fitzsimmons in her greenhouse to find out about starting peas in root trainers and Maeve Bell on a bulb, a perennial and a shrub with an Irish connection. David also takes the Gardeners' Corner post bag to Mount Stewart where Neil Porteous answers listeners' questions.
March 3, 2020
David Maxwell presents the latest Gardeners' Corner phone-in programme with expert guests Anne Fitzsimmons and Brendan Little. On the last day of winter (according to the meteorological calendar) the team tackle a variety of questions including why Nerines aren't flowering and whether or not to cut back shrubs which are already in growth. Also in the programme, David chats to Barbara Pilcher about the virtues of having plants just outside the window.
February 22, 2020
In Gardeners' Corner this week the challenges of gardening on Rathlin Island, early spring colour in the garden and the benefits of growing plants in a polytunnel, how to grow the herb rosemary and a visit to Bangor walled garden. That's Gardeners' Corner this Saturday morning here on BBC Radio Ulster and on BBC Sounds.
February 15, 2020
This week David Maxwell and the Gardeners' Corner roadshow team head to Ballygawley where members of Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society put their questions to Brendan Little and Averil Milligan. Amongst the gardening topics are growing hydrangeas as a hedge, pruning rhododendrons and how to deal with whitefly as well as lots of tips for the week ahead. That's Gardeners' Corner on Saturday morning just after the 9 o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds.
February 8, 2020
In Gardeners' Corner this week a visit to a garden in Co. Laois reveals how gardening can combine growing wonderful fruit and vegetables, looking after wildlife and taking care of the environment. Also in the programme ideas for Valentine's Day from The Secret Florist and making food from the garden for loved ones.
February 1, 2020
In Gardeners' Corner this week plants for under a tree canopy, planting up a window box, creating a pharmacy garden at Queen's University and the beauty of hellebores in the February garden. That's Gardeners' Corner with David Maxwell after the 9 o'clock news on Saturday morning on BBC Radio Ulster and on BBC Sounds.
January 25, 2020
The weekly gardening programme for keen gardeners with the latest advice, news and visits to gardens large and small around the province. Presenter David Maxwell
January 18, 2020
In Gardeners' Corner this week, a makeover for the Italian garden at Mount Stewart, a new allotmenteer gets to grip with her plot at the Minnowburn, a browse through the seed catalogues with spring in mind, how to create the right conditions for plants in a terrarium and herbs for mocktails if dry January is your thing. That's all in Gardeners' Corner with David Maxwell this Saturday morning on BBC Radio Ulster and on BBC Sounds.
January 11, 2020
David Maxwell presents Northern Ireland's weekly gardening programme with advice on the best snowdrops and winter flowering shrubs. He also visits a restored Walled garden at St Columb's Park in Derry which is going to be gardened by the community. Also in the programme, Keith Crawford is in studio to talk about how to put that discarded Christmas tree to good use as well as some winter pruning jobs to do right now.
January 4, 2020
David Maxwell escapes the winter chill and starts the New Year in Belfast's Botanic Gardens with expert guests. Colin Agnew sells the virtues of winter cherries in the cool wing of the Victorian Palm House, Adrienne Armstrong gives David and update on the Tropical Ravine two years after its major renovation and David explores a new medicinal garden with Gardeners' Corner regular Barbara Pilcher. Also in the programme, protecting exotic plants outdoors this winter with Conrad McCormick.
December 28, 2019
David Maxwell looks back over seasonal highlights of the 2019 gardening year including a visit to Kilmacurragh and the Chelsea Flower Show. From winter snowdrops with Maurice Parkinson to high summer in the herbaceous border with Cherry Townsend, David looks back over a year in the garden.
December 21, 2019
David Maxwell is joined by Ann Fitzsimmons and Brendan Little for some festive gardening fun. Herbs for Christmas, using the tree after the big event and top present ideas for gardeners. Also in the programme, David and his guests suggest a Christmas walk to burn off some of those excess calories and the team review some books that would make great stocking fillers for the greenfingered.
December 14, 2019
In Gardeners' Corner this week David Maxwell visits world renowned Kew Gardens in Richmond outside London where he talks to the gardeners who work there including Tony Kirkham, well known writer and broadcaster whose specialist interest is trees, particularly at Kew. Also in the programme Brendan Little shares his thoughts and reminisces about his time as a student there and how it influenced his future life and love of gardening. Gardeners' Corner on Saturday morning on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds.
December 7, 2019
Winter gardening with David Maxwell. This week David meets Sweet Pea legend Sydney Harrod who has spent a lifetime breeding beautiful Sweet Pea in Londonderry. Sydney named between forty and fifty varieties including a series with local place names intended to encourage people to visit Northern Ireland during the Troubles. David also speaks to Jim Bradley about evergreens for structure in the winter garden. Averil Milligan joins him in studio to talk about festive foliage and Helen Mark catches up with Conrad McCormick.
November 30, 2019
The weekly gardening programme for keen gardeners with the latest advice, news and visits to gardens large and small around the province. Presenter David Maxwell
November 23, 2019
In this week's Gardeners' Corner with David Maxwell, Brendan Little and Averil Milligan answer questions from members of the Tully Meadow Community Garden in Augher. Among the gardening questions up for discussion are how to make use of wood ash, advice on growing orchids, gourds and blue berries and suggestions on planting up fruit and veg all year round. That's Gardeners' Corner this Saturday morning just after the 9 o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC sounds.
November 16, 2019
In Gardeners' Corner this week Ann Fitzsimons joins David Maxwell in the studio to talk gardening in November. Also in the programme small shrubs with berries, garlic chives and planting pansies at a local primary school. That's Gardeners' Corner this Saturday morning just after the 9 o'clock news and on BBC Sounds.
November 9, 2019
In Gardeners' Corner this week an autumn walk at Mount Stewart reveals beautiful late autumn colour. Also in the programme a visit to a school garden and a memorial garden and practical tips on planting up tulips and garlic for spring. That's Gardeners' Corner with David Maxwell this Saturday morning just after the 9 o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds.
November 2, 2019
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in with David Maxwell this Saturday morning live from Studio 8. Joining David to answer your gardening problems are Neil Porteous and Ann Fitzsimons and lines are open on 03030 805555 and to text its 81771. Standard network charges apply. Join the team for lots of great gardening advice this Saturday morning just after the 9 o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds.
October 26, 2019
This week the Gardeners' Corner Roadshow heads to the village of Toome, where members of the Duneane Allotment Group put their questions to gardening experts Jim Bradley and Cherry Townsend. Also in the programme, tips for the week ahead in Gardeners Corner with David Maxwell this Saturday morning just after the nine o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds.
October 19, 2019
In this week's Gardeners' Corner Averil Milligan joins David Maxwell in the studio armed with pots, plants and compost to plant up an autumn container. She will also be showing David how best to use fruit, flowers and berries from the garden to make great floral displays for the house. Also in the programme a secret place called Wildflower Alley near Queen's University and the allotmenteers at Vista allotments are still harvesting and working away on their plots. Gardeners' Corner Saturday mornings on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds.
October 12, 2019
In Gardeners' Corner this week, it's harvest time in the autumn garden, a visit to a city allotment shows gardeners reaping the rewards of spring and summer planting, Barbara Pilcher is busy in her seaside garden and reveals her herb of choice for October and also in the programme famous florist, Shane Connolly on how to inspire the younger generation. Gardeners' Corner with David Maxwell Saturdays on BBC Radio Ulster and on BBC Sounds.
October 5, 2019
This week it's the Gardeners' Corner roadshow with gardening experts Ann Fitzsimons and Averil Milligan taking questions from members of the Irish Fuchsia Society at Hillmount Garden Centre. Bees, bulbs and beech hedges are just some of the gardening subjects up for discussion and there's also a how to from Ann on taking fuchsia cuttings.
September 21, 2019
As the seasons change David Maxwell seeks advice on Autumn planting from Gardeners' Corner expert Maurice Parkinson. They explore his impressive garden in Ballyrobert to see what's thriving in the late Summer sun. Also on the programme, a trip to Banbridge brings David to Herbie McCauley's home, where his incredible Chrysanthemums steal the show and Grace Loughrey shows David how to garden without a garden.
September 14, 2019
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in this Saturday morning with David Maxwell. Joining him in the studio are gardening experts Barbara Pilcher and Brendan Little. If you would like to call them or text them with your gardening query , the number is 03030 805555 or to text its 81771 and standard network charges apply. David will also be heading to Helen's Bay to visit John McClean and the private allotment he has made his own.
September 7, 2019
David goes to the home of Victor and Roz Henry in Newtownards to see their award-winning exotic garden full of tender plants. He goes west to Co Donegal with Brendan Little to the 35-acre garden that houses a large selection of rhododendrons. He also visits Ann Collins in Newtownabbey to see how she has adapted her garden to make it accessible for wheelchairs.
August 31, 2019
As we move into late Summer David Maxwell and experts Reg Maxwell and Brendan Little are on hand to give help and advice on keeping those summer flowers and shrubs thriving for as long as possible. Amy Kelly will also be popping back into the studio to chat about introducing your children to gardening and how to help them grow a selection of fruit and vegetables in small areas. If you would like to call them or text with your gardening query, the number is 03030 805555 or text 81771 and standard network charges apply. Lines are open on Saturday morning and the programme starts just after the 9am news.
August 24, 2019
This week David Maxwell takes a trip to North Donegal to visit the unique and quirky garden of expert Brendan Little. Among the treasure trove of stunning summer flowers are wildflower beds and beautiful buddleia buzzing with bumblebees and butterflies. There’ll be handy hints on growing exotic vegetables on raised beds, making the most out of the damp and sheltered parts of your garden and expect the unexpected as Brendan shows David his little trick for feeding his plants and shrubs! Also on the programme, Helen Mark heads to the sunflower field in Co Tyrone that’s raising money for charity and David scales the rooftops as he does a spot of gardening in one of Belfast’s busiest hotels.
August 17, 2019
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in this Saturday morning with David Maxwell and joining him in the studio are gardening experts, Averil Milligan and Ann Fitzsimons. If you would like to contact the team with a query you can send a photo to our email gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk, alternatively call 03030 805555 or text 81771, standard network charges apply. Lines are open from 8am on Saturday morning.
August 10, 2019
This weeks Gardeners' Corner with David Maxwell comes from Kilcoan Gardens in Islandmagee. Owner Cherry Townsend offers advice on planting boarders, enjoying your fragrant roses and a masterclass in growing Astilbe. Reg Maxwell travels to Ballymena to a stunning 5 acre garden owned by Jim and Hilary Rafferty while David heads to Donaghdee to admire the walled garden that has been adopted by a local restaurant. A beautiful balcony in East Belfast, owned by Steven and Joanne Hillocks, is centre stage for a variety of pretty plants and summer fruits and David gets the chance to enjoy the newly opened sensory garden at Aaron House in Dundonald.
August 3, 2019
In this first programme in August, David Maxwell heads to Ballywalter Park, home of Lord and Lady Dunleath, to enjoy a stroll round the Walled Garden. Anna Hudson shows him the fruits of her labour and gives some handy hints on getting the best from your summer fruits. There's a visit to the summer-scented lavender fields in Wexford, and David heads to the north coast, where he meets a family growing an old Irish orchard. Barbara Pilcher is on hand to give tips on planting, and enjoying, your summer herbs, and Dr Rory Mellon tells us where to find the best wild orchids this summer. Take a look at our gallery to see where David has been out and about.
July 27, 2019
David Maxwell is live in studio with his gardening experts Neil Porteous and Ann Fitzsimmons. They'll be taking calls on how to get the best from your Summer garden and giving tips on maintaining plants and shrubs that aren't enjoying the variable weather. Amy Kelly, from Ards Allotments, will also be live in studio to help you get the most out of your fruit and vegetables even after they begin to bolt.
July 20, 2019
Presenter David Maxwell heads to the Irish National Stud and Gardens in County Kildare. He explores the century-old Japanese garden with head gardener Thomas Moore, and he is also joined by Averil Milligan. Also in the programme, Reg Maxwell joins David in the studio to talk about sowing biennials now and summer rose care.
July 6, 2019
David Maxwell hosts the monthly gardening phone-in programme. He is joined in the studio by experts Barbara Pilcher and Jim Bradley. David also visits Adrian Walsh's suburban garden in south Belfast.
June 29, 2019
In this week's Gardeners' Corner Helen Mark and the roadshow team head to the village of Glenavy in Co. Down to the former birthplace of John Ballance, 14th premier of New Zealand. In the beautifully restored Cottage room of the house, Ann Fitzsimons and Neil Porteous answer questions from the audience made up of members and friends of the Ulster New Zealand Trust. Also in the programme tips for the gardening week ahead. That's Gardeners' Corner this Saturday morning just after the 9 o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster.
June 22, 2019
In this week's programme presenter David Maxwell gets all fired up to make pizza in the garden as he explores the art of outdoor living. He also visits a national collection of hostas near the coastal village of Carnlough where Ian Scroggy explains how to keep the slugs off. Also on the programme the kitchen garden at Florencecourt and a cottage garden in County Down opening for the first time under the National Trust's Ulster Garden Scheme.
June 15, 2019
Inner city allotments, cottage garden favourites and Trinity Nursery School David Maxwell visits an inner city allotment packed with veg. He meets up with Maurice Parkinson to find some cottage garden favourites for early summer including Lupins, Irises and hardy geraniums. Also in the programme, how many small hands make light work in the garden at Trinity Nursery School in Bangor and how social media and the Connswater Greenway combined to promote growing wildflowers.
June 8, 2019
This Saturday it's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in with David Maxwell and gardening expert Brendan Little answering your calls and texts. The number to call is 03030 80 5555 and to text its 81771 and standard geographic network charges apply. Also in the programme how to grow herbaceous plants really well and tips for the gardening week ahead. That's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in this Saturday morning just after the nine o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds.
June 1, 2019
This week Gardeners' Corner with Helen Mark and gardening experts Cherry Townsend and Neil Porteous are guests of Glebe Gardening Club who meet regularly in the village of Dunmurry. Roses, rhubarb, vines and frogs are just some of the subjects up for discussion in this week's programme. That's the Gardeners' Corner roadshow this Saturday morning just after the 9 o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds
May 25, 2019
In this week's Gardeners' Corner, David Maxwell goes to the Chelsea Flower Show, where he and Reg Maxwell meet the very best designers and growers in the world of horticulture. Amongst them a number of gardeners from Northern Ireland at the top of their profession delighted to share their gardening expertise along with a liberal sprinkling of keen celebrity gardeners.
May 11, 2019
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in this Saturday morning with Helen Mark. Joining Helen in the studio are gardening experts Neil Porteous and Brendan Little answering your calls and texts. The number to call is 03030 80 55 55 and to text its 81771 (Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply) and also in the programme lots of gardening tips for the week ahead. That's Gardeners' Corner this Saturday morning just after the 9 o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds.
May 4, 2019
Join David Maxwell as the Gardeners' Corner roadshow team head to Banbridge where members of Banbridge Horticultural Society put their questions to gardening experts Averil Milligan and Ann Fitzsimons. Blueberrries, blackcurrants and azaleas are just some of plants under discussion as well as timely tips for the gardening week ahead. That's Gardeners' Corner this Saturday morning just after the nine o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster.
April 27, 2019
David Maxwell presents the weekly gardening programme. This week he meets renowned Daffodil breeder Brian Duncan who has over 400 varieties to his name. He also catches up with the next generation of breeders at Esker Farm where Dave Hardy and his wife Julie have taken on the challenge to breed award winning varieties. Reg Maxwell joins David in studio to talk about jobs in the Spring garden including choosing bedding plants. Also in the programme - Helen Mark finds out all about Alpines from Gordon Toner.
April 20, 2019
In this week's gardening programme David Maxwell visits the rainforest - but he hasn't gone to the southern hemisphere, he's in south west Ireland at Kells Bay Gardens in County Kerry. The gardens boast a forest of mature Tree Ferns which give them a unique Jurassic feeling. David meets the current custodian of the gardens Billy Alexander who explains how he can push the limits of gardening in Ireland due to the mild microclimate. Also in the programme, Helen Mark visits Conrad McCormick who is growing Cannas and Dahlias from seed.
April 13, 2019
In this week's gardening programme, presenter David Maxwell tours the transformed gardens at Hillsborough Castle ahead of the public opening. The new garden manager Claire Woods and her predecessor Stephen Martelli show David the restored four-acre walled garden and the lost garden. Averil Milligan also joins David for the tour providing practical gardening tips on route. Also in the programme, David catches up with Fergus Garrett, head gardener at the world renowned Great Dixter.
April 6, 2019
This week the Gardeners' Corner roadshow comes from the seaside town of Bangor in Co Down. On the panel Brendan Little and Cherry Townsend who answer questions from members of Bangor Horticultural Society. Lots of gardening advice on everything from the perfect plants for seaside gardening to organic sprays for roses and help on how to deal with the dreaded honey fungus and also in the programme tips for the gardening week ahead.
March 30, 2019
David Maxwell presents BBC Radio Ulster's gardening programme which this week’s visits the RSPB's Window on Wildlife in Belfast's Harbour Estate where a new wildlife garden is being created. Maurice Parkinson joins David in studio to talk about the benefits of hedgerows following recent reports of netting by developers. Also in the programme Maeve Bell describes some Irish-bred plants which are filling her spring garden with colour and Helen Mark visits Conrad McCormack who is planting annual climbers to cover a fence. The programme also returns to Annesgrove in County Cork where Neil Porteous is involved in giving a new lease of life of a grand garden gone wild.
March 23, 2019
This week's live Gardeners' Corner phone-in celebrates Spring and the season of new beginnings. David Maxwell and experts Reg Maxwell and Ann Fitzsimmons are on hand to answer any gardening queries and offer advice on getting the best from your patch of land. David heads off to Crumlin to meet Will Hamilton in his six-acre haven 'Holly House' Garden. They take a leisurely stroll through the woodland meadow, picking out their favourites from the herbaceous borders and alpine beds. David takes over the Radio Ulster Facebook page after the show for a live stream, answering more listeners questions and showing a sample of the experts exciting seasonal finds.
March 16, 2019
David Maxwell is joined in the studio to talk about two garden tasks usually done around St Patrick's: pruning roses and planting potatoes. Barbara Pilcher makes her first visit to David's garden to see how he is getting on with starting a new herb garden. David also visits a grand garden gone wild - Annesgrove in County Cork and he finds out about the importance of looking after our soil at Maurice Parkinson's garden in Ballyrobert.
March 9, 2019
Gardeners' Corner takes to the road once more! This time it's at Gilnahirk Horticultural and Civic Society on the edge of east Belfast. Presenter David Maxwell is joined by gardening experts Ann Fitzsimmons and Neil Porteous. The programme hears how to use home grown Quinces and the best way to wrap up an Olive so it survives a cold spell.
March 2, 2019
Gardeners' Corner with David Maxwell considers the potential impact of the early spring on our gardens. With the increasing popularity of houseplants, Ann Fitzsimmons has top tips on looking after them and David makes the first of a series of visits to Blythefield Allotments in south Belfast. Also in the programme, Helen Mark catches up with Brendan Little to find out about making home grown plant supports by coppicing willow.
February 23, 2019
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in this Saturday morning with David Maxwell and joining him in the studio are gardening experts, Barbara Pilcher and Neil Porteous. Call 0303085555 or text 81771 to have that all important gardening problem answered, standard network charges apply. Also in the programme Barbara and Neil will be talking about their favourite spring plants and giving their gardening tips for the week ahead.
February 16, 2019
David Maxwell meets Gordon Finch from east Belfast who has spent years turning his suburban garden hedge into a Titanic topiary tribute. He catches up with Colin Agnew in Belfast's Botanic Gardens to find out about no fuss houseplants. Also in the programme, Cherry Townsend is sowing seeds for summer blooms and David heads to Springhill to see the February snowdrop display.
January 26, 2019
In a packed Gardeners' Corner programme, David Maxwell starts his new herb garden with advice from Barbara Pilcher. He catches up with Averil Milligan at Rowallane where work is going on to tidy up the walled garden and give some plants a winter rest. Also in the programme, Helen Marks finds out from Brendan Little how to make a paradise patio and Claire Barnett from the RSPB joins David in studio with all the information about the 40th annual Big Garden Birdwatch.
January 19, 2019
In Gardeners' Corner this week David Maxwell gets up close and personal with snowdrops and hellebores. He also goes looking for plants with wonderful scent and soft colours and finds out that shady areas can be the perfect spot for a wide variety of plants. Also in the programme Helen Mark and Brendan Little talk about reinventing the patio area and why it should blend in with the style of your house and garden.
January 12, 2019
Join David Maxwell for the January Gardeners' Corner phone-in with experts Averil Milligan and Reg Maxwell. The number to call is 03030 805555 or to text its 81771 (standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and texts will be charged at your standard message rate.) In the programme lots of great gardening advice on offer and also David joins Neil Porteous for a winter walk where they both enjoy the scent from winter flowering plants in particular the beautiful witch hazel.
January 5, 2019
David Maxwell and the Gardeners' Corner team look ahead to a new gardening year. He also visits the Chelsea Physic Garden a place familar to Killyleagh man Sir Hans Sloane.
December 29, 2018
Another chance to hear a special edition of Gardeners’ Corner from the Somme where 15 Gardens of Peace (Jardin de la Paix) have been constructed near sites of the Great War. David Maxwell visits the Irish peace garden in Peronne designed by Peter Donegan. He’ll meet David Richardson, a Northern Ireland native, who is now Head of Horticulture at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to reveal how one of the biggest gardening organisations in the world tends to war graves and memorials at 23,000 locations in 150 countries. He’ll also meet Irish designer Peter Donegan in Peronne and chat to Gardeners’ Corner regular Brendan Little about how gardens help us to remember.
December 22, 2018
In this week's festive Gardeners' Corner David Maxwell is joined in the studio by Cherry Townsend and Brendan Little to talk about what's important to gardeners at Christmas helped along by some blackberry brandy tasting and mince pies. Also in the programme why botanicals and bitters are good for you, what can be discovered on a winter walk along the Lagan and last minute ideas for gardeners this Christmas.
December 15, 2018
The Gardeners' Corner team heads to the ancient site of Navan Fort in County Armagh for the last roadshow of 2018 where the audience is made up of members of Armagh Gardening Club which is celebrating it's 30th anniversary. Presenter David Maxwell hosts the programme, which includes questions on dealing with Ivy, speeding up compost, pruning rambling roses and much, much more. On hand with the answers are experts Averil Milligan and Brendan Little. The team also have some tips for the week for gardeners in the run up to Christmas.
December 1, 2018
In the first Gardeners' Corner of Winter, David Maxwell visits a new community garden on the site of Hydebank Wood College and Women's Prison. He meets the Deputy Governor Tom Ferguson who says the garden helps rehabilitate those reaching the end of their sentence. David also heads to Belvoir Forest to talk to the RSPB about feeding garden birds and he speaks to Maeve Bell from the Irish Garden Plant Society about Mahonias which were born and bred in Northern Ireland. Also in the programme, David goes for a walk at Mount Stewart with Head Gardener Neil Porteous who tells him about the work under way to completely replant the Mairi garden.
November 24, 2018
In this week's Gardeners' Corner, David Maxwell, Neil Porteous and Cherry Townsend head to Carrickfergus with the roadshow where members of Carrickfergus Garden Society put their questions to the panel. Also in the programme, tips for the gardening week ahead.
November 17, 2018
This week, David Maxwell visits a garden for all seasons near Magherafelt which also has its own mini zoo. He heads to Islandmagee where Cherry Townsend is foraging in the garden for plant material that can be dried and used in long lasting autumnal floral displays. Also in the programme, Ann Fitzsimmons pays David a visit to see how his pond is doing at the end of its first season and Reg Maxwell is in studio offering an expert guide of creating a colourful autumn container.
October 27, 2018
In Gardeners' Corner this Halloween weekend David Maxwell is joined in the studio by Barbara Pilcher to talk about apples, nuts and pumpkins, produce all associated with the season. Bob Flowerdew on storing garden produce for use in the dark winter months. Also in the programme David travels to Papervale Trees near Rathfriland to find out why autumn is a great time to plant trees and Brendan Little gives a masterclass on how to make new trees from old by air layering.
October 20, 2018
Join David Maxwell with Gardeners' Corner this week as he walks and talks trees with Averil Milligan and makes the most of autumn colour. Hints on making leaf mould known as gardeners' gold and Helen Mark and Conrad McCormick visit a gardener in Cullybackey with advice on creating an exotic garden. Also in the programme why expert gardener Stephen Barstow created the term edimentals and allotmenteers in Ballysillan enjoy the fruits of their labour.
October 13, 2018
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in this Saturday morning with David Maxwell and joining him in the studio to answer your gardening problems are experts Barbara Pilcher and Brendan Little. Lines are open on 03030 805555 and to text it's 81771 and standard network charges apply.
September 29, 2018
In this week's Gardeners' Corner, David Maxwell meets up with Cherry Townsend to explore prairie-style planting. He heads to Esker Farm Daffodils in County Tyrone where Dave and Julie Hardy have been preparing bulbs all summer. Helen Mark visits Brendan Little in Donegal to find out about layering. Also on the programme, David goes to an eco-therapy centre in County Fermanagh which is offering horticultural therapy for people suffering with anxiety and depression.
September 22, 2018
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in this Saturday morning with David Maxwell and joining him in the studio are gardening experts, Averil Milligan and Reg Maxwell. If you would like to call them or text with your gardening query the number is 03030 805555 or to text its 81771 and standard network charges apply. Averil and Reg will also be talking about the autumn garden and the many jobs that need done as the season progresses. Also on the programme, Mark Maher from the Northern Ireland Local Government Association on Ulster in Bloom at 40 and Helen Boyd from Randalstown on how her home town won the small town category this year.
August 25, 2018
David Maxwell heads to the world famous RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey where he finds out about the important research and plant trials taking place. With curator Matthew Pottage he explores the exotic garden which was established in September 2017 and he heads to the national collection of Heathers where Peter Jones tells him why every garden should have one. Also in the programme, Helen Mark heads to Salthill Gardens near Mountcharles in County Donegal where Elizabeth Temple has created a beautiful walled garden over three decades.
August 4, 2018
In this week's Gardeners' Corner a visit to Rowallane's walled garden reveals majestic artichokes and other plants which love sheltered conditions. Ann Fitzsimmons talks about her summer veg plan, growing melons in her greenhouse and how to harvest seed from early summer flowering plants. Also in the programme, Neil Porteous on the effects of the hot weather on this year's plants, an update from the newly planted rose garden at Mountstewart and Maurice Parkinson joins David in the studio to answer listeners' questions.
July 28, 2018
In this week's programme, David Maxwell seeks out a new wildflower border that is turning heads in Rowallane Garden in Saintfield. He also visits the Tropical Ravine where an army of bugs have been released to help gardeners tackle plant pests. David also explores the large herbaceous borders in Belfast's Botanic Gardens with gardener Adrienne Armstrong. Also in the programme, Helen Mark visits Conrad McCormick's garden where he is experimenting with Asian veg and Reg Maxwell offers advice on summer rose care.
July 21, 2018
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone in this week with David Maxwell. Joining him in the studio are Brendan Little and Ann Fitzsimons, lines are open on 03030 80 5555 and to text its 81771, standard network charges apply. Also in the programme a visit to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, which this week celebrates Rose Week.
July 7, 2018
David Maxwell is joined by Brendan Little and Ann Fitzsimons for seasonal phone-in. They'll be taking calls, texts and offering some seasonal gardening inspiration. You can call on 03030 805555 or text 81771 and standard network charges apply. David also meets a couple who have transformed their garden in Dungannon over three decades and Jo Whatmough describes the array of duneland flowers that can be found at Murlough beach.
June 30, 2018
David Maxwell is joined by Barbara Pilcher and Reg Maxwell for the June phone-in.
June 23, 2018
David Maxwell is joined by Maurice Parkinson and Averil Milligan for the June phone-in. They'll be taking calls, texts and offering some seasonal gardening inspiration. You can call on 03030 805555 or text 81771 and standard network charges apply. David also goes to Kilcoan Gardens in Islandmagee where Cherry Townsend is sorting out roses badly hit by storm Hector.
June 16, 2018
In this week's Gardeners' Corner, Helen Mark, Brendan Little and Jim Bradley take the roadshow to the Garden Shed in beautiful Salthill Gardens, Mountcharles in Co. Donegal. Rhubarb and raspberries, lilies and leaf mould are just some of the questions put to the panel by members of Donegal Garden Society and also in the programme tips for the gardening week ahead.
May 26, 2018
In Gardeners' Corner this week we showcase the most famous gardening show of all, the Chelsea Flower Show. David talks to show designers about their award-winning gardens, plant experts about their favourite plants and how to grow them well, what the celebrity visitors think of Chelsea this year and why Chelsea is so exciting and much loved.
May 19, 2018
David gets a tour of Belfast's new Tropical Ravine. He also catches up with Helen Dillon to find out how things are developing in her new garden south of Dublin. Mark Diacono of River Cottage fame has advice on growing veg and Caroline Marshall from the RSPB offers tips of making our gardens more wildlife friendly. Also on the programme, Helen Mark goes to Munstead Wood, the home of famous Victorian designer Gertrude Jekyll and David heads to CAFRE's Greenmount campus to speak to three floristry students who have made it to the final of the young floristry contest at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
May 12, 2018
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in this Saturday morning with David Maxwell and joining him in the studio are gardening experts, Ann Fitzsimons and Neil Porteous. Ann and Neil will also be talking about their favourite plants for May and giving their gardening tips for the week ahead.
May 5, 2018
This week David Maxwell visits Garden Show Ireland in the grounds of Antrim Castle Gardens. It's the 14th year of the show which features gardens, specialist plant stalls and plenty of gardening advice. David catches up with Chelsea gold medal winner Ian Price who has designed the centrepiece show garden, he also visits a vegetable garden designed by MuckandMore Allotments and he meets up with Gardeners' Corner regulars Ann Fitzsimons and Cherry Townsend who are both involved in the show. Also in the programme, David returns to Glenarm Castle to look at the Tulips which taken centre stage at Bloomfest this weekend.
April 28, 2018
This week's Gardeners' Corner comes from Glenarm Castle gardens where the team answer gardening questions from the audience in the Coach House. Ann Fitzsimons and Cherry Townsend join David Maxwell to provide the gardening know-how and give their tips for the week ahead. Also in the programme, Jane Jenkins and Jordan McWhirter tell David about the forthcoming Tulip Festival happening the following weekend.
April 22, 2018
In Gardeners' Corner this week David Maxwell visits Rowallane where Head Gardener Averil Milligan explains to him why the magnificent rhododendrons and camellias do so well there. Averil also has plenty of advice on how to grow them and what problems to look out for. Also in the programme David is joined by Barbara Pilcher at Glenveagh School where teacher Maire McCaughey and her pupils are very excited about three new raised beds and a soon to be built polytunnel have been created for growing vegetables for the kitchen. Brendan Little and Helen Mark are also in the veg garden planting up garlic and shallots.
April 14, 2018
Gardeners’ Corner phone-in with experts Brendan Little and Averil Milligan.
April 7, 2018
A secret garden, a magical woodland and spring in the cottage garden.
March 31, 2018
Gardeners’ Corner is filled with inspiring ideas for the Easter garden.
March 24, 2018
David Maxwell hosts the latest Gardeners' Corner roadshow which comes from Hillsborough where the local horticultural society is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018. David is joined by experts Cherry Townsend and Brendan Little. Forsythia problems, whitefly, no dig gardening and climate change are just some of the topics covered. The panel also offer some tips for week as spring gets going in the garden.
March 17, 2018
On this week's Gardeners' Corner David Maxwell heads to the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin for a tour with Brendan Sayers. He finds out about a plant hunting expedition from Mount Stewart in County Down to Tasmania. Reg Maxwell joins him in the studio with tips on growing potatoes. Also in the programme David gets a preview of what's coming up in this years Garden Show Ireland.
March 10, 2018
It's the March phone-in and David Maxwell is joined in the studio by gardening experts Ann Fitzsimons and Neil Porteous. Neil and Ann also talk about their favourite plants for March and give gardening tips for the week ahead.
March 3, 2018
In this week's Gardeners' Corner there's lots of work to be done in the garden at the beginning of March. Time to sow seeds, Brendan Little is sowing lettuce, beans and peas and Barbara Pilcher is sowing her favourite tomatoes. Also in the programme help with pruning wisteria and roses for a good summer show and Ann Fitzsimons is on hand with advice on planting up David's new pond. That's Gardeners' Corner with David Maxwell this Saturday morning just after the nine o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster.
February 10, 2018
It's the Gardeners' Corner phone-in this Saturday morning with David Maxwell and joining him in the studio are gardening experts, Barbara Pilcher and Jim Bradley. Jim and Barbara will also be talking about their favourite plants for February and giving their gardening tips for the week ahead.
February 3, 2018
In this week's Gardeners' Corner snowdrops are lighting up gardens around the province and we visit Springhill and Ballyrobert Cottage Gardens to see them growing under trees and shrubs and find out how to propagate them. Also in the programme how to sow chilli seeds successfully, Ann Fitzsimons joins David Maxwell in the studio to talk about sowing sweet pea, and Jim Bradley talks about his favourite winter plants and how to look after them through the winter months.
January 27, 2018
This week in Gardeners' Corner, David Maxwell has a masterclass with Averil Milligan on pruning a pear tree, Barbara Pilcher is busy in her greenhouse sowing seeds for spring and summer, Charles Dowding explains his theory on no-dig gardening and Helen Mark finds out what plans are in place in the small village of Ballyvoy by sowing a wildflower area and planting low-maintenance shrubs. Also in the programme a visit to Castle Espie as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend.
January 20, 2018
In this week's Gardeners' Corner David Maxwell joins Reg Maxwell in his garden to find out which gardening jobs need done before the end of January. David Love Cameron gets baby leeks off to a good start in the walled garden at Helen's Bay, the RSPB visits David's garden to talk about the birdlife there and how we can all get involved in the Big Garden Birdwatch and Keith Crawford is in the studio to talk about the effect of the cold weather on plants and what we can do to brighten up the January garden.
January 13, 2018
This week in Gardeners' Corner in the first roadshow of 2018 David Maxwell is joined by experts Averil Milligan and Reg Maxwell as they answer gardening questions from members of Drumbeg Gardening Club. Amongst the problems dealt with by the panel are how to manage box blight, mare's tail and sooty mould on rhododendrons along with lots of other tips including when is the best time to sow sweet pea. Lots of good gardening advice to start the new year.
January 6, 2018
In the first programme of 2018, David Maxwell looks ahead to a new gardening year and he also looks back at some highlights from last year. David visits Maurice Parkinson to talk about shrubs with winter scent. Cherry Townsend gives advice on getting ahead when it comes to raising home grown cut flowers. Also in the programme, Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin on why it's the perfect place to visit in the winter. And he's joined by Maeve Bell of the Irish Garden Plant Society on why the new year is the perfect time to consider joining a group for those interested in all things gardening.
December 30, 2017
As the new year approaches Gardeners' Corner goes out winter walking. David Maxwell visits Castle Ward and Belfast Castle while Helen Mark heads to Brackfield wood. Gardeners' Corner experts, Neil Porteous, Brendan Little, Barbara Pilcher and Reg Maxwell give their own insights on the varied flora and fauna as well as some seasonal gardening tips.
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