Gardening programmes

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Scottish gardening programmes have been a staple feature of broadcasting since its earliest days. The Aberdeen station, 2BD, for example, had a regular Thursday afternoon gardening talk from as early as 1925.[1]

From 1935 there was only one gardening talk a month instead of four; the new series being less specialist in character, designed to be of more value to listeners who have just taken up gardening.[2]

After a break during and immediately following the Second World War, regular Scottish gardening talks returned to the BBC Scottish Home Service from 10 March 1946.

The Scottish Garden began as a fortnightly series, with talks given by James Bruce. But due to its increasing popularity, it became a weekly programme from Sunday 28 September 1947.


  1. Mr J. C. Stobart's report on his visit to the Aberdeen station, 6 October 1925, BBC WAC R13/370.
  2. 'On Your Wavelength', Scottish Field, 1 January 1935.