100 episodes

Do you want to know how to grow plants and get the best out of your outdoor space? Do you find traditional gardening media baffling and/or boring? Then you’re in the right place, because the Roots and All podcast is here to dig deep into how to create a successful garden.

If you want honest information and insider knowledge about how to get results, join irreverent horticulturist Sarah Wilson as she chats to the best people from the world of plants and gardens. Sarah is on a mission to help you create your own beautiful green environment, with a focus on saving resources and working with nature.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to make sure you don’t miss an episode.

Roots and All - Gardening Podcast Sarah Wilson

    • Home & Garden
    • 4.9 • 73 Ratings

Do you want to know how to grow plants and get the best out of your outdoor space? Do you find traditional gardening media baffling and/or boring? Then you’re in the right place, because the Roots and All podcast is here to dig deep into how to create a successful garden.

If you want honest information and insider knowledge about how to get results, join irreverent horticulturist Sarah Wilson as she chats to the best people from the world of plants and gardens. Sarah is on a mission to help you create your own beautiful green environment, with a focus on saving resources and working with nature.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to make sure you don’t miss an episode.

    Sweet Peas with Philip Johnson of Johnson’s Sweet Peas

    Sweet Peas with Philip Johnson of Johnson’s Sweet Peas

    This week I’m speaking to Philip Johnson of Johnson’s Sweet Peas. Philip grows and sells plants and seeds via his website and he sells and exhibits his plants at shows across the country, when they’re on! He judges at major shows and has put in 25 years service as a Sweet Pea judge. He is a former chairman of the National Sweet Pea Society/RHS Sweet Pea trials held at Wisley and is currently serving as a member of the RHS Herbaceous Committee.

    • 30 min
    More Than Weeds and More with Sophie Leguil

    More Than Weeds and More with Sophie Leguil

    This week I’m speaking to biologist and ecologist Sophie Leguil. Sophie is an outspoken and passionate advocate for nature, plants and wildlife and can often be found on social media, helping make sense of complex concepts that affect gardeners and their outdoor spaces. We talk a bit about public spaces, a bit about gardens and urban areas and we touch upon what can happen when you try to stand up for what you believe in.

    • 41 min
    I Want to Like my Garden with Rachel McCartain

    I Want to Like my Garden with Rachel McCartain

    This week I’m speaking to garden designer, writer and podcast host Rachel McCartain. Rachel believes the garden should work for you, that it should suit your lifestyle. If you struggle to reconcile the garden you want with the time you have to spend on it, this is the episode for you. Whether you have your own garden or you create gardens for others, Rachel’s advice will no doubt prove useful.

    Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Tree Bumblebees

    • 36 min
    Botanical Storytelling with Amanda Edmiston

    Botanical Storytelling with Amanda Edmiston

    This week I’m speaking to botanical storyteller Amanda Edmiston. Amanda trained in herbalism and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of historical plants and botanical figures but in this episode, we focus mainly on what Amanda does and her work around Elizabeth Blackwell’s book ‘A Curious Herbal’.

    Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Conopid Flies

    • 35 min
    Wasps with Richard Jones

    Wasps with Richard Jones

    Wasps! HUH! What are they good for? Absolutely…loads, actually. This week I’m speaking to nationally acclaimed entomologist and author of the book ‘Wasp’, Richard Bugman Jones, about a species of wildlife that may not spring to mind as one of your immediate favourites. Richard explains their life cycles and the role they play in ecosystems.
    (FYI This episode was recorded a while ago, so it may sound as if we're talking in late winter.)

    • 32 min
    Mycorrhizhal Fungi Part 2 with Petra Guy

    Mycorrhizhal Fungi Part 2 with Petra Guy

    This episode is somewhat of a follow-up to my interview with Jeff Lowenfels in Episode 51. Following that interview, I found myself asking a few more questions, particularly about how we’re progressing with research into mycorrhizal fungi here in the UK. So here I am talking to Petra Guy, who’s based at Reading University. Petra looks mainly at woodland health from the perspective of mycorrhizal fungi but we cover a lot of garden territory too including proprietary fungi mixes, composts and replant dise

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Lynnelistener ,

Lots of learning

Lots of interesting topics and guests, and I learn something new from every episode.
A big thank you from a happy listener in Scotland.

The vicars daughter ,

Good work !

Sarah thank you for this podcast , I am a full time head gardener on a private estate been in the biz 26 years and but have learnt so much, so great hear the design series and the whole pod cast has just got better and better. I was looking for a decent horticulture podcast and now I found it - thank you 👍

Ems1234abc ,

THE place to learn in depth about horticulture and so much more

Sarah’s interview style gets the best out of her guests. I have learnt so much from these episodes and it has opened my eyes to so many topics. I am really grateful to Sarah for asking the experts questions the rest of us cannot ask!

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