Agatha Christie's Poirot

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 1/6/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Poirot becomes the centre of attention at the Chelsea Flower Show, where a new rose named after him is on display. There, an old lady gives him a packet of seeds. On his return home, he receives a letter from Miss Barrowby, who feels threatened, and he realizes he has just met her at the Flower Show. He decides to call on her. The same evening, Miss Barrowby dies, poisoned by strychnine, and when Poirot calls at her house the next morning he meets the penniless Delafontaines, Miss Barrowby's only living relations, who were living with her, and Katrina Reiger, Miss Barrowby's young Russian nurse-companion. A bottle of the poison is found in Katrina's effects, and she disappears. Poirot discovers that Miss Barrowby has left her all her property, and this seems to remove suspicion from the Delafontaines. Or does it? Meanwhile, Hastings is suffering from hay fever... or is he?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Hugh Fraser (II)

    Captain Hastings

  • Philip Jackson

    Chief Inspector Japp

  • Pauline Moran

    Miss Lemon

  • David Suchet

    Hercule Poirot

  • Andrew Marshall

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Poirot: What was it Marx called "the opiate of the masses"? Nicholai: Popular fiction.

    • Miss Barrowby: You have a garden of your own? Poirot: One day, I hope to retire to grow the vegetable marrows, but until then I have only a window box.

    • Hastings: (suffering from hay fever) You don't have a handkerchief I can borrow, do you, Poirot? This one is getting quite damp. Poirot: (glances at silk handkerchief in his breast pocket) Unfortunately not.

    Notes (1)

    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's short story How Does Your Garden Grow, which was part of a collection called The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (1939). The story was first published in The Ladies Home Journal in June, 1935.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of the episode alludes to the nursery rhyme beginning Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? On his first visit to Miss Barrowby's, Poirot finds her silver bell buried in a flower bed which is edged with oyster shells and he quotes the line "With silver bells and cockle shells all in a row." The bell proves to have been buried by Mary Delafontaine, who poisoned her aunt with the help of the oysters.

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