79 episodes

The Garden Log is an award winning podcast from Ben Dark, Head Gardener at an English country estate. Episodes begin with a review of events in the flowerbeds, meadows and woodland, before moving on to discuss horticultural matters more generally.

Ben is an ever-curious host who does not take himself, his job or gardening too seriously. A half-hour spent in his company is a half-hour spent far away from the myriad concerns of modern life.

The Garden Log Ben Dark

    • Home & Garden
    • 4.8, 71 Ratings

The Garden Log is an award winning podcast from Ben Dark, Head Gardener at an English country estate. Episodes begin with a review of events in the flowerbeds, meadows and woodland, before moving on to discuss horticultural matters more generally.

Ben is an ever-curious host who does not take himself, his job or gardening too seriously. A half-hour spent in his company is a half-hour spent far away from the myriad concerns of modern life.

    #79 The economy of beauty: tree ferns, aconites, thermopsis and frost

    #79 The economy of beauty: tree ferns, aconites, thermopsis and frost

    In this daring episode of Britain’s favourite gardening podcast Ben comes up the wrong side of the weather, explains how to divide dahlias and encounters an exciting new plant.

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    • 31 min
    #78 Creative weeding, lily beetles and impossibly clashing shades of tulip

    #78 Creative weeding, lily beetles and impossibly clashing shades of tulip

    In this episode of the Garden Log Ben returns after three weeks in lockdown to find the grounds more beautiful than ever. Also: aphids, cleomes and the hart’s tongue fern.
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    • 31 min
    #77 How to argue about tulips, judge front gardens and appreciate euphorbia

    #77 How to argue about tulips, judge front gardens and appreciate euphorbia

    In this locked-down edition of the Garden Log Ben takes a horticultural stroll, makes a case for blowsy tulips and reconsiders the London amelanchier.

    Soothing noises for troubled times

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    • 32 min
    #76 How to make a very new tree look old and beautiful, plant a heather canyon and measure a life in rosebuds

    #76 How to make a very new tree look old and beautiful, plant a heather canyon and measure a life in rosebuds

    Ben modifies a large pinus sylvestris, plants green mondo grass and develops a nostalgic new form of gardening. All this and more in horticultures most discursive podcast.

    • 32 min
    #75 How to select hardy geraniums, fake the wild look and survive two storms in a week

    #75 How to select hardy geraniums, fake the wild look and survive two storms in a week

    In this blustery episode of the Garden Log Ben and the team carry out some subterranean demolition, find a tree corpse, and plant 458 herbaceous perennials

    • 32 min
    #74 Training figs, burying barns under clematis montana, and cutting back hybrid hellebores: A gardening podcast

    #74 Training figs, burying barns under clematis montana, and cutting back hybrid hellebores: A gardening podcast

    In this January episode of The Garden Log Ben ties in fruit trees, makes a bet on a daffodil and rescues some asters from a heap of dumped clay. Also, musings on the season to come, general plant chat and very nice sunrise. All this and more on England’s finest horticultural podcast!

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Jennilovesnature ,

Highly recommended horticultural listening

I love this podcast. It is like having a window into a secret world. I feel like I am looking through the keyhole, watching Ben and his team go about their daily struggles and triumphs in the garden that they care for. The garden history research is really fun too. I particularly enjoyed the tale of the rogue Victorian park keeper. Highly recommend listening.

Smithy047 ,

Best podcast I’ve listened to

Just gone through entire back catalogue while feeling pretty poorly for a couple of weeks. Interesting, informative, amusing & Ben’s beautifully soothing voice so easy to listen to. Eagerly awaiting the next episode .....

Daisy789234 ,

The best voice EVER

Why haven’t I written this before now? Ben’s gentle deep soothing voice is just the easiest to listen to, instantly brushing away all the worries of the day and transporting you to join him in his week in the garden. Absolutely one of my fave podcasts. He also has a wonderful way of describing things and his gentle meandering conversation is like listening to a friend.

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