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Grower, garden retailer, journalist, QVC presenter and founder of the Garden Press Event and horticultural charity, Greenfingers Richard Jackson guests on this episode of the Horticulture Week Podcast. Jackson, of Richard Jackson Garden founded the Greenfingers Charity and the Garden Press Event and has worked for some of the biggest names in the h…
 
With more than half a century of plantsman's knowledge and a VMH in 1986, legendary plantsman Adrian Bloom has reissued his book Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses 10 years after its first publication. He chooses 400 perennials and grasses and makes 64 timeless selections and 12 top plants, narrowed down to plants including a hellebore, bergenia, …
 
After working and playing hard in noughties London, Perrywood Garden Centre's communications & HR director Hannah Powell turned to nature to heal after suffering from a "functional neurological disorder". She tells the Horticulture Week podcast how "using nature to fix a faulty brain" and how "getting out into nature" was instrumental in her recove…
 
We Too Built Britain's Zehra Zaidi and Harkness Roses' David White have launched the John Ystumllyn rose, named after the first well-recorded black Welsh gardener and believed to be the first rose named after an ethnic minority Briton. Horticulture Week editor Matthew Appleby interviews the pair about the new rose and it's potential impact. Zaidi’s…
 
As demand for sustainable growing media rockets, ICL technical sales manager Sam Rivers discusses peat-free composts and what growing media products are available for production horticulture. They explore who is asking for what, the raw materials available, differences in nutrition, and other products which may need to be added to help boost plant …
 
The YPHA was founded in 2020 for under 35s in the industry to better facilitate collaboration, education and innovation and to consider how the industry might evolve to appeal to a younger demographic than has previously been the case. Giving their views are YPHA members: Chris Wiley, founder of Sow Successful, Virginia Colquhoun González, nursery …
 
Horatio’s Garden is a national charity creating and nurturing beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Leading landscape designers such as Cleve West, Tom Stuart-Smith, Bunny Guinness and Sarah Price are among those who have lent their talents to design the gardens. In this podcast, Dr Olivia Chapple discusses the mission and value of the ch…
 
Peat-reduction is a big issue and with Defra's Peat Strategy consultation around the corner, demand for compost higher than ever, horticulture is facing a tricky transition to be peat-free by 2024. Southern Trident's Steve Harper talks about the challenge of creating products fit for the horticultural production market and persuading retail consume…
 
GE Current offers a range of professional LED lighting fixtures and hybrid solutions for indoor and greenhouse horticultural applications, from propagation and microgreens production through to lighting for large indoor farms and commercial greenhouses. Horticulture business development manager Malcolm Yare and commercial operations manager Sally T…
 
Online sales doubled during the pandemic says owner Chris Smith, but changes in regulations are making some imports, such as seed potatoes, onion sets and garlic from France and Holland, impossible and could lead to significant pressures come the autumn. Shifting demographics of nursery owners and customers mean horticultural shows could decline as…
 
"Our aim ...is to have an apprentice on every contract that we maintain", says Countrywide Grounds Maintenance managing director Paul McKeown. Having worked in horticulture his entire working life, a desire to give back to the 46 local communities where the firm has a presence led to 'community first' - an initiative which aims to train and recruit…
 
Adrian Wickham, Glendale corporate development director, and Tessa Johnstone, Johnstones Landscapes' director, give a fascinating insight into their work on promoting greater diversity in the industry for the British Association of Landscape Industries. They discuss routes into the industry, how to break through cultural conservatism in recruitment…
 
A fixture of the turf management sector calendar, and after a year's hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, GMA Saltex show is back. Saltex operations manager Derek "Mr Saltex" Walder and Grounds Management Association CEO Geoff Webb join Horticulture Week technical editor Sally Drury to discuss Saltex's long and eventful past, present and future.…
 
Jekka has gone from playing at the first Glastonbury Festival to hosting her own "Herbfest", a celebration of her passion for growing herbs and a major achievement after a year of pandemic trials and Brexit tribulations. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.By Horticulture Week
 
Burton is candid about recent, current and future challenges including cost pressures hitting the grower 'from all angles' import and export constraints, the move to peat-free and labour issues affecting the Love Orchids grower. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.By Horticulture Week
 
The Hugh Lowe Farms owner also discusses current labour challenges and how she is embracing new technologies such as LED growing, solar energy and the future of horticultural R&D. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.By Horticulture Week
 
Horticultural plant specialists at leading LED technologists Signify - Erik Stappers and Peer Hermans - speak about how to optimise horticultural lighting for production of strawberries, latest developments and predictions for the future. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.By Horticulture Week
 
Bunker gives us the lowdown on plant supply issues, how imports have helped out the trade, reserves for 2022, plant price Inflation, how the weather and foreign holidays could decided whether the season extends, changes in restaurant offer and the vexed question of peat and whether customers are asking for more peat-free. He finishes by giving us h…
 
Speaking to editor Matthew Appleby as part of Hortweek's 180th anniversary celebrations, Harnett details the unique challenges of the last year including difficulties in getting exporting restarted during the coronavirus crisis and post-Brexit and meeting huge domestic demand in 2021. Harnett talks about how Kernock is negotiating peat reduction, t…
 
Developing a jig to bend hoops, and early use of polytunnels and containerisation, to the rise and fall of council contracts and now servicing the amenity sector, surviving storms and devastating plant diseases, Richardson reflects on the successes and challenges of the past and into the future. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informa…
 
Ken Cox's family firm, Glendoick Nursery and Garden Centre in Perthshire has been supplying plants and gardening advice to gardeners since 1953. It is renowned around the world as a breeder of rhododendrons and aside from writing award-winning gardening books, the latest of which - Gardening Made Simple - which aims to take the mystery out of growi…
 
Sargent examines ways and methods of surviving the minefield of rules regulating the garden design profession. He speaks about the importance of getting the correct insurance, contract management and dealing with clients among other issues outlined in his latest publication, 'The Garden Designer’s Survival Manual', as well as the challenges current…
 
Hear CEO Jan Willem Wieringa, marketing director Wouter Zieck and UK and Ireland sales director Phil Griffiths talk candidly about the evolution of the market for plastic recycling and the challenges of the current season. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.By Horticulture Week
 
Restoring higher level horticultural qualifications are high on Susan Nicholas's to-do list during her tenure at the Chartered Institute of Horticulture as she discusses how horticulture can attract new entrants and the progress of women with HW's Sally Drury. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
TV gardener David Domoney and Evergreen UK and Ireland MD Mark Portman discuss potential, plant power, products and projects for 2021 as the UK tentatively contemplates emerging from the COVID-19 crisis - produced in association with Evergreen Garden Care. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
HW editor Matthew Appleby interviews ICL technical manager UK & Ireland Andrew Wilson and Essex & home counties technical area sales manager Sam Rivers about how Integrated Pest Management and new, alternative products can help horticultural growers adapt to changes in chemical controls. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In the latest Horticulture Week podcast, HW editor Matthew Appleby speaks to Guernsey Clematis specialist Raymond Evison and Fairweather's Nursery director, Patrick Fairweather, about prospects for plant exports post-Brexit. They discuss hurdles posed by Brexit red-tape, international client relationships, the added impact of the coronavirus pandem…
 
With Brexit nearly upon us Horticulture Week editor Matthew Appleby speaks to Jacob Kolff from Kolff Plants and Matt Edwards of The Plant Yard for the HW podcast about how they are managing the uncertainty of import/export regulations between Britain and the European Union after 1 January. They discuss their concerns, preparations and predictions o…
 
The Responsible Sourcing Scheme for Growing Media chairman tells HW editor Matthew Appleby how Southern Trident plans to build its UK market on the back of moves towards peat-free growing media with its new coir range and discusses developments in the UK growing media market in general. In association with Southern Trident. See acast.com/privacy fo…
 
Matt and Graeme discuss how this year's poinsettia market is shaping up and Graeme explains why poinsettias have retained their traditional popularity and why he thinks Stars for Europe poinsettias offer good value as the quintessential Christmas plant. He offers insight into the challenges of growing the plant and looks at the prospects for 2021. …
 
The centre is being transformed into a contemporary and eco-friendly garden retail village with a food hall, farm shop, cafe-restaurant, courtyard garden and lighting and furniture showroom. It will be renamed the Berkshire Gardener when it reopens in March 2021. Burke discusses the challenges of redeveloping the site during the coronavirus crisis …
 
As part of the Spirit of Four Oaks 2020, Fargro MD and West Sussex Growers Growers Association chairman Richard Hopkins speaks to Horticulture Week editor Matthew Appleby about his role in the industry's recovery from the coronavirus crisis, the future of trade shows, the role of AHDB, supermarkets' interest in growers, new product development, Bre…
 
After almost four months Matthew Appleby conducts his first face-to-face interview with Ball Colegrave's perennial business unit manager Steve Austin and marketing manager Stuart Lowen to discuss the nursery's current trials, how it tackled the coronavirus crisis and how it has informed the firm's plans for the future. See acast.com/privacy for pri…
 
Horticulture Week editor Matthew Appleby interviews Peter Seabrook about the construction of the Floral Fantasia Display created to celebrate the Sun's 50th Anniversary which was to have featured at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and how he helped reconstruct it at RHS Hyde Hall. He speaks in depth about the plants, the joy of bedding and his latest tips …
 
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