CROWDS flocked to see Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time recorded at Ness Gardens.

About 2,000 people flocked to a sun-soaked Summer Garden Party on Saturday and the biggest audience attended event that BBC Radio 4 has put on in the UK this year.

BBC Radio 4 gardening experts Eric Robson, Peter Gibbs, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Matthew Wilson, Matthew Biggs, Anne Swithinbank, Paul Peacock, Christine Walkden and latest recruit Alison Pringle took up residence in the gardens for the day offering gardening advice on a variety of subjects.

The resulting Radio 4 shows – a Ness Gardens show and the Summer Garden Party show – will be broadcast during the next two weekends in September (14/16 and 21/23).

Kevin Reid, director of Ness Gardens, said: “The GQT event at Ness was a real coup for the North West and we were delighted as were the BBC at the response of garden enthusiasts and the public to attend.

“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of very positive comments given to staff and posted online via Facebook, Twitter and Tripadvisor and are already looking into the possibility of a garden festival style event for 2013.”