Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 3 Episode 1

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 1991 on ITV



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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