The Beechgrove Garden

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The Beechgrove Garden
Producer(s) BBC
Running time 29 minutes
Original network BBC Two
BBC One Scotland
Original release 14 April 1978

The Beechgrove Garden is a television programme broadcast since 1978 on BBC Scotland, over the years it has been broadcast on both BBC One Scotland and BBC Two Scotland.


The Beechgrove Garden is a gardening programme, which started on 14 April 1978. The original plot of land used was the small area of garden attached to the BBC studios in Beechgrove Terrace, Aberdeen. Due to its small size, the programme's popularity and the fact the garden had been transformed several times over, a new area of ground to the west of Aberdeen was acquired for the programme by Tern Television who have produced the series since 1992.

The show was once parodied in the BBC Scotland comedy sketch show Scotch and Wry, with Rikki Fulton as George Barron and Gregor Fisher as Jim McColl (dubbed the sunshine boyos) "growing" whisky.[1]

Since the 1980s The Beechgrove Garden has been shown intermittently on the BBC in England usually in non-prime time slots during the day.[citation needed] Since 2013 The Beechgrove Garden has been broadcast in the rest of the UK,[2] usually early on a Sunday morning slot.


The theme tune for the show is the jig "Miss Tara MacAdam".[1]


Beechgrove presenter and team working on the Vale View Garden project in Barrmill, North Ayrshire.

The presenters on the programme included:

Other regular contributors include the BBC Scotland weather presenters Heather Reid, Gail McGrane and Peter Sloss, who present forecasts on the show.

The Beechgrove Potting Shed[edit]

A sister programme, The Beechgrove Potting Shed, was broadcast weekly on BBC Radio Scotland between 1978 and 2012. Presented in its latter years by Theresa Talbot, it was axed as part of a cost-cutting measure by the station.[8]


  1. ^ a b Docherty, Gavin (6 February 2013). "Beechgrove Garden's Jim is a TV perennial". Daily Express. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Beechgrove and Beardshaw - a winning combination for gardening TV?". The Guardian. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Beechgrove Garden: Jim McColl". Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  4. ^ Stewart, Helen (22 June 2008). "The two of us: Jim McColl and Carole Baxter". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Beechgrove Garden: Carole Baxter". Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  6. ^ "The Beechgrove Garden: Chris Beardshaw". Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  7. ^ "The Beechgrove Garden: George Anderson". Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  8. ^ "Beechgrove's McColl angry as radio show axed", The Herald, 4 October 2012

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