The Beechgrove Garden

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The Beechgrove Garden is a television programme originally broadcast from 1978 on BBC Two Scotland and, since 10 April 2007, on BBC One Scotland. It is a gardening programme. 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.

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

The original presenters on the programme included Jim McColl, Dick Gardiner, Bob Weir and George Barron. Barron retired in the 1980s and was replaced by Carole Baxter.[1] As of 2010 McColl and Baxter still present the show, joined by Carolyn Spray and Lesley Watson. Other regular contributors include George Anderson, and the BBC Scotland weather presenters Heather Reid, Gail McGrane and Peter Sloss, who present forecasts on the show.

The theme tune for the show is the jig "Miss Tara MacAdam".[2]

The show was once parodied in the BBC Scotland comedy sketch show Scotch and Wry, with Rikki Fulton as Bill Barron and Gregor Fisher as Jim McColl (dubbed the sunshine boyos) "growing" whisky.[2]

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,[3] usually early on a Sunday morning slot.

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.[4]


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

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