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.
#93 The surprising speed of Arum italicum: featuring Proust’s Asparagus, Mahonia x media and the Aucuba fertilisation frenzy of 1865
Celebrate the return of the Garden Log with some of your favourite shrubs!
Plus mulch shovelling, cotinus and some dodgey but lovable carex
Life in the Ruins: Mutant brambles and runaway figs in the deserted village of Campo di Brenzone
In this starling-squalled episode of the Garden Log Ben is turned away from the botanic garden and makes his way to the mountains of Italy to talk about vegetables, olives and the Villa Cimbrone
Kitchen Garden Confidential
Ben tours the fruit trees of Bernstorff Slotshave, discovers a nuttery and uses it to muse on pruning, ivy, bees, wasps, dogs, figs, cliffs and trees.
Bernstorff Slotshave 1: A good walk foiled
In Ben's first ever outdoor recording for the Garden Log he is driven from a historic kitchen garden to wander in search of euonymus, yew trees and friendly dogs.
#89 Copenhagen: city of roses (A gardening podcast)
In this northerly episode of The Garden Log Ben discusses lime trees, hollyhocks, hedge heights and salsify and is refreshed by the Scandinavian approach to Japanese Knotweed.
#88 Goodbye to all that
In the last episode of the Garden Log’s three-and-half-year ‘season 1’ Ben reflects on the garden and looks forward a new chapter…
Greatest gardening podcast
What a find! I’ve spent the last month listening to every episode and now unfortunately I have to have great patience and wait for another.