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Directors

The freelance directors who work on The Beechgrove Garden take the ideas of the presenters and production team and turn them into visual extravaganzas. Equally important, they are great at knowing when to break for tea, coffee or lunch.


Nicki Young
Q: What is your role on BG?
A: Freelance Director

Q: What do you like best about working on BG or how did you come to work on BG?
A: I love the people we meet, the places we visit and the wonderful plants we get to film – I often find myself thinking how lucky I am to be doing this for a living. Of course there are days when we’re filming in freezing, driving rain, soaked to the skin and my mind wanders for a moment to imagine what it might be like to have a normal job in a cosy office perhaps.

Q: If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A: I’d be a sunflower - tall and strong, likes the heat of the sun, makes people smile, continues to be useful after flowering as food for birds

Q: Has BG ever inspired you to do something in your own garden? Successes/failures of that?
A: I’m planning a revamp of my tiny garden at the moment – most of my inspiration has come from working on BG – I’m going to cram it all in, flowers, vegetables, fruit, plants for wildlife, feeders for birds, a compost heap – and even a hammock for down time!

Q: Any words of wisdom about BG or gardening in general?
A: Gardening is the new rock and roll!

Q: What is the most unusal place you've had to film for BG/most unusual request?
A: I was asked to film a beautiful orchid which the owner said flowered all the time – only on very close inspection did it turn out to be a very well made imitation plant! I was never sure if the owner was having a joke or if they truly thought their plant was everlasting.

 

Shiona McCubbinQ: What is your role on Beechgrove?
A: Location director. I get to visit lovely gardens with the lovely presenters and lovely crews. A joy. 

Q: What do you like best about working on BG or how did you come to work on BG?
A: Getting to show beautiful gardens that not many people get to see, to their best. The chance to harass some of the best presenters out there, about my own garden.  The Beechgrove Bake Off in the edit suite with our spectacular editor Mairead.

Q: If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A: A daisy. Small, cheery and just won't give up. 

Q: Has BG ever inspired you to do something in your own garden? Successes/failures of that?
A: After three seasons with Beechgrove, I am finally feeling brave enough to dig over some raised beds and start from scratch, now that I know what plants I like and what they will do. Also grew potatoes for the first time last year, in a pot, inspired by visits to Scone Palace last year. Enough for at least two meals...

Q: Words of wisdom about BG or gardening in general
A: If you don't like something in your garden, get rid of it. And weeds are just plants in the wrong place.