4 Extra Goes Gardening



Made for 4 Extra. Penelope Keith explores our horticultural passions.

The great gardener Gertrude Jekyll once said: "A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." Through her fascination with colour, cottage gardens and experimentation, it has been said she "changed the face of England more than any save the Creator and perhaps Capability Brown".

Penelope Keith explores Miss Jekyll's own 10-acre garden - the enchanting Munstead Wood in Surrey - and along the way unearths some horticultural wisdoms and delights from the BBC sound archive.

Joining Penelope to discuss Gertrude's influence and changing horticultural fashions are broadcaster and author, James Wong, author Catherine Horwood and Munstead Wood's head gardener, Annabel Watts.

Programmes include:

Great Gardens: Gertrude Jekyll, with Chris Serle from 1984

Gardeners' Question Time from 1947

The BBC Home Service's Radio Allotment from 1942

At Home With the Snails, from 2001 starring Geoffrey Palmer and Angela Thorne

An interview with Percy Thrower from 1963 in Beyond the Back Door: That Reminds Me

Desert Island Discs from 2000 when Sue Lawley's castaway was the gardening writer Christopher Lloyd.

Made by Pier Productions for BBC Radio 4 Extra.