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Ken has now been giving gardening advice on BBC Essex for over 20 years, and has had his own programme since 1992. He has broadcast from all the major gardening events across the country including Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Flower Show and Gardeners World Live, as well as attending local gardening events in Essex. His two hour Saturday programme includes discussion about gardening where he and his experts answer the listeners gardening problems. If you want help and advice, tune into BBC Essex on Saturday mornings from 9am to 11am.

photograph by Dave Sellens,

Why not ring into Ken's Saturday programme with your gardening problems and you could find yourself talking to such guests as Steve Bradley (The Sun), Christine Walkden (BBC TV's Christine's Garden), Geoff Hodge (RHS website manager), Tom Cole (Head of Horticulture at Writtle Agricultural College) and John Clowes (Scott's Miracle Grow).
Ken's Monday programme is a mix of guests and music where you can tune in to hear about locally grown food, the environment and recycling, all subjects very close to his heart.

Take a look at what's coming up on this week's show by 'clicking here' and also leave comments and discuss with other listeners.

Tune into BBC Essex on Saturday mornings from 9am to 11am and Monday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm on 95.3FM, 103.5 FM, and 765MW.

November 2011 - Hyde Hall Open Day

Ken Crowther presenting from Chelsea this year for his popular show "Gardening Plus" with Designer Bunny Guiness on the M&G Investments Garden (May 2011)

Ken Crowther presenting from Chelsea this year for his popular show "Gardening Plus" with Designer and Landscaper Diarmuid Gavin on the Irish Sky Garden (May 2011)

Ken Crowther presenting from Chelsea this year for his popular show "Gardening Plus" with Designer and Landscaper Diarmuid Gavin flying in the planted pod (May 2011)

Charlie Dimmock joins Ken for his programme - February 2011

Local Radio Broadcast of the Year
Winner: Gardening Plus presented by Ken Crowther on BBC Essex.

Judges' comments: The judges felt Ken has an infectious approach to gardening, inspiring and challenging his listeners to develop their skills. The entry demonstrated Ken is equally at home in the studio discussing rhubarb with young gardeners, or out and about in the community.

Ken joins Pudsey Bear for a money-raising 'Ready Steak Cook' for Children In Need 2010

Ken interviewing Lady Salisbury in her garden at Hatfield House - July 2010 (photograph by Michael Warren)

Chelsea Flower Show opened to the press on Monday 24th May and Ken was there to see what's on offer this year, also catching Piers Morgan for his opinion as he browsed.

Ken and Tom Cole (right of photo) a frequent guest on Ken's Gardening Plus Saturday programme, talked to Ben Wincott who designed "The John Joseph Mechi Garden," with its strawberries and champagne theme, that was built by Writtle Students and sponsored by RABI and Wilkin & Sons Ltd.

You can usually escape politics in the gardening world, but not always, as Ken found when he came across Michael Heseltine visiting RHS Hyde Hall.

Ken catches up with Alan Titchmarsh at RHS Hyde Hall in Rettendon where he was officially opening their new Visitor Centre on Thursday 11th March.

'Fake That' comprising of Tim Gillett, Weekend Editor; Phil Meachum, Presenter; Ken Crowther, Presenter; Steve Scruton, Presenter, performing at Maldon Primary School singing 'Shine' where they came first in the Shame Academy competition for Children in Need. As the winning act they went on to perform in front of thousands of people in Chelmsford Town Centre at the Christmas lights switch on.

The Presenters have to clean up their act
Left to right: Steve Scruton, Ian Wyatt, Tim Gillett, Ken Crowther

Ken and his guest expert John Clowes at the Colchester Food and Drink Festival and Colchester Rose Show in Castle Park where they hosted a lively question and answer session at Ken's Plant Surgery.

Ken talking to Ian Wyatt of BBC Essex in the back of a limousine. Ken was thinking of buying it to live in as it's for sale at just £27,000.

Ken had a recent visitor to his programme ....

Ken working with Joe Swift from Gardeners World TV programme where he joined BBC Essex on a question time session.

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