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A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing. With Andrew O'Brien.

Gardens, weeds and words Andrew O'Brien: gardener, blogger, podcaster

    • Home & Garden
    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings

A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing. With Andrew O'Brien.

    Gratitude, privilege, responsibility. With Ann-Marie Powell

    Gratitude, privilege, responsibility. With Ann-Marie Powell

    I'm joined by multi-award-winning designer Ann-Marie Powell to talk about her lockdown project @myrealgarden, her approach to garden design and making restorative green spaces for children's hopsices with the charity Greenfingers.

    • 53 min
    The Five Minute Garden. With Laetitia Maklouf

    The Five Minute Garden. With Laetitia Maklouf

    Lockdown has brought with it an explosion in garden interest – but it's not always easy to know where to start. Garden writer Laetitia Maklouf has always had a knack for breaking the subject down, and she joins me to explain how she does just that in her new book, The Five Minute Garden.

    • 42 min
    Practical, useful & pretty. With Katie Rushworth

    Practical, useful & pretty. With Katie Rushworth

    A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
     
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    Garden soundtrack
     
    Birdsong, and gardening in the new normal.
     
    Gardening in one place over time. 
     
    Reading 04:00
    Extract from The Garden Log Podcast, episode 74, read by the host, Ben Dark. https://thegardenlog.libsyn.com/
     
     
     
    Interview with the Katie Rushworth 05:51 
     
    06:21 Not the only Yorkshire-born gardener on the telly…
     
    07:00 Katie’s experience of nature and plants growing up
     
    09:29 Chomping for wood!
     
    10:12 The place of the Yorkshire landscape in Katie’s garden design work
     
    11:44 Gardening is about a feeling
     
    12:43 Before gardening…
     
    16:32 Juggling gardening, TV schedules and being a mum
     
    17:43 Transferrable skills – an appreciation of colour, shape, form and texture
     
    19:11 Garden coaching and mentoring
     
    26:35 Domestic gardens
     
    27:21 Practical, useful & pretty
     
    30:42 The biggest obstacles people face in their gardens
     
    32:54 Plants – just pretty window dressing, or more than fluff?
     
    36:25 Productively using our time in the garden
     
     
     
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    Thank you to Katie for joining me on this episode. Katie’s book Plants, Beds & Borders is available here https://amzn.to/3ayCySE
     
    Katie's website: http://katierushworth.com/
    Katie on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thequeenofspades00/
     
     
     
    I’m ever grateful to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
     
     
    Lockdown discounts: A year of garden coaching
    I’ve been very excited about my new venture – even before the lockdown I’d decided that online garden coaching would be a fantastic way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. With the all the uncertainty around our lives just now I’m holding the the introductory price for the full 12 month programme as well as offering a quarterly payment plan, and there’s 50% off an hour’s Skype consultation call. 
    https://www.gardensweedsandwords.com/garden-coaching
     
     
     
    website: gardensweedsandwords.com
    email: gardensweedsandwords@gmail.com
    Instagram: instagram.com/AndrewTimothyOB
    Twitter: twitter.com/AndrewTimothyOB 
     
     
     
     

    • 45 min
    Unearthed. With Claire Ratinon

    Unearthed. With Claire Ratinon

    A fascinating chat with fabulous organic grower Claire Ratinon about urban food growing in New York and London, the delectability of veg, and being a grower of colour.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How to Get Kids Gardening

    How to Get Kids Gardening

    The Skinnyjean Gardener Lee Connelly joins me to talk about his new book, How to Get Kids Gardening, and we ponder what's so special about those early formative memories of plants and gardens.

    • 41 min
    Rootbound. With Alice Vincent

    Rootbound. With Alice Vincent

    Plants or people – few things really enjoy the restrictions of being forced to conform. Journalist and author Alice Vincent joins me to discuss her second book, Rootbound. Rewilding a Life, and how nature helped to knit back together the unravelled strands of her life.

    • 47 min

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