Zig Zag: Gardens and Growth

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started29th Apr 1985
ended20th May 1985
last rpt20th May 1992
8 school years
duration20 mins
subject 👨‍🔬ScienceAgriculture
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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Gardens and Growth is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1980s & 1990s, covering Agriculture for Primary pupils.

Programmes about growing plants and flowers told through the context of gardening, including plentiful timelapse film of plants growing, and retellings of stories about gardens including the Bible story of the Garden of Eden and the Greek myth of Persephone.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Seeds #1985-04-29-00-00-0029 Apr 1985
2. Plants #1985-05-08-00-00-008 May 1985
3. Flowers #1985-05-13-00-00-0013 May 1985
4. Fruits #1985-05-20-00-00-0020 May 1985


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1984-85 Summer 1985 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 2:40pm BBC2
1987-88 Summer 1988 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:38pm BBC2
1991-92 Summer 1992 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2


Presenter Sheelagh Gilbey
Paul Coia
Series Producer Tom Stanier
Producer Chris Ellis


There were teacher's notes and a project book (called Gardens) available.

Project book


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