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.
#87 Acer griseum, Crocus chrysanthus, frost reports and water fountains: a gardening podcast
Spring breezes blow the daffodils as Ben reports on the damage that winter hath wrought and the beauty of new growth
#86 New discoveries, old adversaries and very strong coffee: A gardening podcast
In this midwinter episode of the Garden Log Ben plays dice with the Gods of Winter, prunes ground cover roses and discusses the newty beauty of psuedopanax
#85 Russian sage, British mud, almond puddings: A gardening podcast
Ben discusses snowdrop planting, creates a forget-me-not dream screen and warns of the dangers of the plum bun.
#85 How to rehabilitate an olive, revive a flowerbed and restore a rockery: A gardening podcast
Hello! Ben here. It’s wet. The garden is half-flooded and really only good for eels and starfish. But never mind! We’re planting bright yellow achillea to cheer everybody up. All aboard for another voyage on H.M.S Horticulture.
#83 Hard edges, cold winds and twelve thousand little droplets of hope: A gardening podcast
In this season-straddling episode of the Garden Log Ben discusses the art of horticultural gossip, rides a new machine, names many beetles and get the business of bulb planting under way.
#82 Scything for beginners, rose pruning for experts and lawn mowing for everyone
n this hot and humid episode of Britain’s Best Gardening Podcast Ben deals with a rambling rose, learns a new technique and tries to hide the damage of midsummer heat.
So tired of the vapid wittering of most podcasts - this one is heaven. Low key, serious, funny, like entering another world. I do wonder where Ben is riding his bike to work....Hampstead? St John’s Wood? I think we need a map please, Ben.
Fabulous! Please keep it up!
Glad it’s back 😁
As a fellow estate gardener I can completely emphasise with Ben!
The seasons, planting, pruning and harvesting, the weather hot, sun, rain, frosts how wonderful to hear someone who is completing the same tasks as me at the same time to the same age old rhythm of the seasons!
All told with humour, wit and complete joy in being able to work in what must be a fabulous garden, with the descriptions of the flora and fauna I can visualise it all in my minds eye.
The podcast is obviously from the heart, please don’t stop Ben I look forward to every episode!!
Best Gardening Podcast
Erudite, informative and very funny . Ben Dark has been a ray of light during this difficult last 12 months. Keep the podcasts coming Ben, the people need you.