About us

"Gardening is not a rational activity." Margaret Atwood

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Who are we and what do we do?
 We provide high quality quizzes for Gardening Clubs, Horticultural Societies and Allotment Groups. We can build a quiz from our extensive item bank to match your specific requirements. For example, you may want an entertaining, fun quiz to accompany a 'fish and chip supper', or a more serious and challenging quiz for, say, an inter-club challenge.    

We also run a Members' Club which, for a small annual fee, offers Clubs benefits throughout the year. To find out more click on Club Scheme

What do we provide?

We provide all you need to run a successful quiz evening:

  • eclectic sets of questions
  • answer sheets for your players to fill in
  • the correct answers and, where necessary, notes for your Quiz Master.  

Our traditional, 'old-school' quizzes are read out by your Quiz Master - except for table-top rounds which are printed out for teams to ponder. Alternatively, we provide quizzes (and answers) as PowerPoint files for on-screen projection.

What types of questions do we set?

Multiple-choice questions are the most popular. Quizzers find them more fun and if they don’t know the answer they can take a wild guess! Quiz Masters like them because they are easy to score and if, like ours, they are well constructed, there are no arguments over the right answer. Open questions are, in general, a bit more difficult for quizzers but they can be useful for finding worthy winners.

A great solution is to start a round with multiple-choice questions and then move to a few open questions as in the BBC 2 programme Eggheads.

We can also supply ‘table-top’ question rounds. These are questions that can’t be read out by the Quiz Master but are presented to teams on paper for them to tackle. These typically include sets of questions based on pictures and matching questions. Matching questions are a special form of multiple-choice where quizzers try to match elements from two ‘lists’. They can be great fun, but they need to be prepared with care. Have a look at Matchmaking.

What topics do we cover?
All our questions are related in some way to plants and gardening – but sometimes the connection is deliberately - what shall we say - tenuous. This allows us to build sets of questions that cover a range of non-gardening topics. For example, we are often asked to include a round of questions on ‘Sports, Media and Culture’.  Try the examples opposite.

Our most popular topics include:

  • Serious Gardening
  • The culinary garden
  • Tutti Frutti (fruit-related)
  • Pests and diseases
  • Bunch of lilies (lily-related)
  • A dozen roses (rose-related)
  • Culture (film, TV, books, music and the arts)
  • Sports and Culture
  • Mixed bouquet (eclectic mix)
  • Christmas (seasonal)
  • Winter Wonderland (seasonal)

How much does a quiz cost?

The cost depends on your requirements but typical charges are:

  • Standard pub-type quiz: 50 mixed, open questions £25
  • Six themed rounds of multiple-choice and open questions £30
  • Two 'table-top' rounds and four themed rounds (as above) £45

For this you get:

  • The questions to be read out by your Quiz Master or to be projected on a screen.
  • Master copy of answer sheets for teams to fill in.
  • Master copies of picture rounds.
  • Answers (with helpful notes where needed) for the Quiz Master.

Want to enquire about commissioning a Quiz?

Use the Contact Us to request a form by e-mail.

Alternatively, use our online Enquiry Form.


Examples of 'pure' gardening questions

What colour is indicated by the species name argentea?

A gold
B silver
C purple

In an NPK fertiliser, what element does the letter 'K' stand for?

A calcium
B phosphorus
C potassium

Harry Wheatcroft was a renowned breeder of which type of plant?

A dahlias
B fuschias
C roses

 'Ailsa Craig', 'Alicante' and 'Big Boy' are varieties of which fruit?

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Old gardener Adam adds lime before planting his cabbages. What happens to the pH value of his soil? Up or down? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Examples of 'plant-related' general knowledge/fun questions

Who wrote 'The Name of the Rose'?

A Dan Brown
B Umberto Eco
C Alan Titchmarsh

In 1967, which group was singing about 'Pictures of Lily'?

A The Who
B The Beatles
C The Rolling Stones  
Blackpool FC play in orange shirts. Which of the following is one of their nicknames?
A The Mandarines
B The Satsumas
C The Tangerines

Which tree is associated with the actor who played TV's historical actor Edmund Blackadder?

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Which fruity sounding actor starred in ‘Some like it hot’ alongside Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis?

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Which Brummy comedian had a funky moped in 1975?

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