19 episodes

A peek behind the scenes at The Garden magazine with exclusive interviews, gardening advice and more.

Come behind the scenes with editor Chris Young as we meet the people behind the stories and articles featured in the UK's biggest gardening magazine, The Garden.

Each month we'll be delving a little deeper into a range of horticultural topics, meeting garden designers, wildlife experts, nurserymen and women and other luminaries of the gardening world.
For more information see www.rhs.org.uk/thegardenpodcast

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A peek behind the scenes at The Garden magazine with exclusive interviews, gardening advice and more.

Come behind the scenes with editor Chris Young as we meet the people behind the stories and articles featured in the UK's biggest gardening magazine, The Garden.

Each month we'll be delving a little deeper into a range of horticultural topics, meeting garden designers, wildlife experts, nurserymen and women and other luminaries of the gardening world.
For more information see www.rhs.org.uk/thegardenpodcast

    Gardening for wellbeing, gin botanicals and The Plant Review

    Gardening for wellbeing, gin botanicals and The Plant Review

    Did you know that growing plants can boost your mental health and wellbeing - and even help boost your immunity? Chris talks to Alistair Griffiths, RHS Director of Science, about his new book 'Your Wellbeing Garden', co-authored with award-winning garden designer Matt Keightley.

    Also this month, garden writer Naomi Slade explores the sparklingly fragrant world of home-grown gin botanicals, offering lots of suggestions of how to take your G&T to the next level, with everything from zingy lemon balm to floral cornflowers and many more. Plus an editors' tête à tête with James Armitage who shares a peek inside this month's The Plant Review with delicious yellow snowdrops, tales of garden-making Princesses and plant hunting in far-off lands.

    • 25 min
    The unexpected beauty of spring leaves, high-security gardening at Yarl's Wood, and does anyone love bergen

    The unexpected beauty of spring leaves, high-security gardening at Yarl's Wood, and does anyone love bergen

    Leaves are green, right? Wrong! Curator Matt Pottage shares the reds, oranges, yellows and even shocking pinks to be found among the spring foliage at RHS Garden Wisley. Chris talks to writer and broadcaster Jane Perrone about a life-changing gardening project at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre near Bedford.

    This month's plant rant is the often-maligned bergenia. Garden writer Melissa Mabbitt and Deputy Editor Phil Clayton share the good and the bad, and give suggestions of the best varieties and how to use them.

    • 26 min
    Rachel de Thame on garden making, snowdrop secrets & tackling a new plant disease

    Rachel de Thame on garden making, snowdrop secrets & tackling a new plant disease

    When was the last time you stepped back and took a long hard look at your garden? Television presenter and writer Rachel de Thame talks to Chris about her new column discussing how and why gardeners should tackle making changes to their plots.

    Former RHS Director General and confirmed galanthophile Gordon Rae shares his love of snowdrops and their surprising diversity. Plus Head of Plant Health, Gerard Clover, explores one of the biggest threats facing UK gardens and horticulture today: the bacterial plant disease xylella.

    • 26 min
    January 2020 - Gardening for mental health, houseplants on the rampage and Roy Lancaster's garden

    January 2020 - Gardening for mental health, houseplants on the rampage and Roy Lancaster's garden

    As increasing evidence links exposure to gardens and gardening to improved mental health and wellbeing, Chris talks to The Garden columnist Lia Leendertz about her own experiences in this field. Meanwhile in the Wisley Glasshouse, strange things are afoot as a green army prepares to invade an abandoned Victorian house. Callum Munro-Faure shares advice on some of the stars of the show, the weird and wonderful aroids or Araceae family. And finally, plant-hunter extraordinaire Roy Lancaster takes us on a tour of his Hampshire garden, chock-full of exotic plants from around the globe.

    • 28 min
    December 2019 – Grow your own Christmas dinner, going plastic-free and Christmas tree secrets

    December 2019 – Grow your own Christmas dinner, going plastic-free and Christmas tree secrets

    Have you ever fantasised about growing all the veg for Christmas dinner? This month Chris talks to expert grower Sue Stickland who's been doing just that for years. She shares her hard-won tips on which varieties to choose, how to harvest to beat the weather and more.

    Sally Nex shares the wisdom she's gained over a year spent reducing her use of plastic in the garden – a journey which has been charted in a 10-part column in The Garden. Plus Christmas tree grower Simon Maughan shares the secrets of selecting and growing the perfect festive foliage.

    • 29 min
    Gardening for health and wellbeing, a bounty of British pears and bamboo: beauty or beast? (November 2019)

    Gardening for health and wellbeing, a bounty of British pears and bamboo: beauty or beast? (November 2019)

    Gardeners have long known that being outdoors and surrounded by plants quite simply makes you feel better. Now scientific studies are starting to bear this out – and the NHS is taking notice. We talk to Professor Tim Kendall about how horticulture is making its way into the health service.

    Do you know your 'Swan's Egg' from your 'Autumn Nelis' or 'Bishop's Thumb'? Gerry Edwards, Chair of the RHS Fruit Group, shares his love of heritage pear varieties and offers tips on how to grow them. Plus: bamboo – graceful greenery or rampaging rogue? Garden writer Melissa Mabbitt and Deputy Editor Phil Clayton debate the merits of this divisive plant and give advice how to grow (and control) it.

    • 28 min

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