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Are you interested in plants? Do you want to green up your space, inside and out? The Virgin Gardener Podcast will be interviewing guests from all areas of the horticultural world, from flower-farmers and florists to Chelsea medal-winning designers and community gardeners; from Instagram gardener sensations to landscapers, mining them mercilessly for all the practical tips, tricks and advice they can give to newbie and enthusiastic amateur gardeners. Laetitia Maklouf and Andrew O’Brien pledg ...
 
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Hello podcast People! This episode I’m chatting to one of my garden designer heroes, Matthew Wilson. He tells us the story of his life in horticulture, and the many bends in the road along the way. Besides heading up a busy garden design practice, Matthew is a regular on BBC Gardener’s Question Time a speaker, journalist and author as well as findi…
 
Cleve West, by Chaz Oldham Hi Podcast People! In this episode I chat to Cleve West, legendary garden designer, and passionate vegan. We talk about just what it takes to create a winning Chelsea garden, eating vegan and having long enough legs! Do take a look at his website www.clevewest.com for links to all the vegan things we speak about in this e…
 
photo credit: @kent_cloth Hi podcast people! In this episode I’m talking with Fergus Drennan (AKA Fergus the Forager) all about wild food, catkin wiglets and dancing on acorns. Do check out his foraging courses at www.fergustheforager.co.uk, which include London parks workshops on the first Sunday of every month, so you can take part even if you ca…
 
Hello podcast friends! I’m back, after an unforgivably long break while I was writing my book (and doing other things which are not as interesting as writing a book). In this first episode of Series TWO I’m chatting with house plant whisperer and she of the delicious Brooklyn apartment Summer Rayne Oakes, all about her new book: How To Make A Plant…
 
Naomi's Twitter. Naomi's Website Naomi Slade is a freelance journalist with a degree in science and a background in publishing, events and managing rock bands. In this podcast she shares her love of and fascination for the subject of her latest book, Dahlias: Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden. Things we talk about in this episode: Naomi’s bac…
 
Things we talk about in this episode: What's in a name The process of creating a stand at Chelsea Pitching, competing, submitting Creating an outdoor living space Choosing carefully so as not to overload the stand. Making a realistic outdoor space How to choose a grower How the process works Trees and hedging Choosing plants Having a master plan (o…
 
Things we talk about in the episode: Why we love pelargoniums scent of leaves musky stringent smell bad breath tomato foliage the easiness of them Fibrex nurseries The National Collection of Pelargoniums Heather’s growing history Learning about pelargoniums, ferns and ivies The difference between pelargoniums and geraniums Family: Geraneacae Same f…
 
Andrew in the greenhouse why a greenhouse? hardening off cold frames potting on and space considerations overwintered pelargoniums: feeding houseplant murder houseplant care at this time of year whitefly mealybugs feeding houseplants with seaweed extract upping the watering regime vine weevil on pillow nemasys repotting containerised plants vine we…
 
THINGS WE TALK ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE: Incredible Edible Bristol Five minute gardening Knitting theory Using both sides of your brain Killing begonias Ivy and pelargoniums as houseplants Windowsill seed sowing Buying seedlings Not over-sowing Am I a nurseryman? Essential seed-sowing equipment Compost Plants to grow from seed Dividing plants with two…
 
Things we talk about in this episode: Judging at Chelsea Objectivity and how the judging system works James’s gardening journey Sex, death and deliciousness The gardener as referee The recipe for a good garden Making sure that the practical essentials are in the right place James’s own garden The corner of shame Calling in help when life gets in th…
 
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