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Home of Houseplants is presented by Jo Howski, an avid collector of weird and wonderful indoor plants, in particular aroids. Jo interviews all manner of guests that have some nexus to indoor plants, across Australia. This podcast is not about providing advice on practical problems, but seeks to find out more about the interesting characters who play some role in the wonderful world of houseplants, from the hobbyist, the owner of a specialist indoor plant shop or even the owner of a huge private arboretum in tropical far North Queensland, dedicated to aroids.

Join Jo on this audio adventure!

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Home of Houseplants is presented by Jo Howski, an avid collector of weird and wonderful indoor plants, in particular aroids. Jo interviews all manner of guests that have some nexus to indoor plants, across Australia. This podcast is not about providing advice on practical problems, but seeks to find out more about the interesting characters who play some role in the wonderful world of houseplants, from the hobbyist, the owner of a specialist indoor plant shop or even the owner of a huge private arboretum in tropical far North Queensland, dedicated to aroids.

Join Jo on this audio adventure!

    Robyn Ganley

    Robyn Ganley

    Robyn Ganley is one of Australia's most prolific private sellers  of the most in demand, rare and hard to find indoor plants.

    Based just outside of the metro area of Cairns, in Far North Queensland, Australia, Robyn along with her husband Snow, have built a number of very large greenhouses on their acreage, toaccomodate their precious plants, that have been accumulated over a number of years.

    Join Jo and she wanders around Robyn's property and listen to the description of all the treasures that form part of Robyn's stock for sale and personal collection. Jo travelled to Cairns to record this interview with Robyn in late November 2019.

    Apologies in advance about the audio for this one as we were outdoors, with limited recording capabilities.

    • 31 min
    Jules. The Plant Factor.

    Jules. The Plant Factor.

    Happy New Year! January 2020 marks the start of Season 2 of Home of Houseplants. 

    In 2020, Home of Houseplants  is travelling across Australia to meet and interview Australia's most popular and high profile growers and sellers of rare and hard to find indoor plants.

    First cab off the rank is Jules, from The Plant Factor. Jules is based just outside Cairns, in tropical Far North Queensland, Australia.  As many of you know, in partnership with Peter Sargeant,  Jules harvests and sells cuttings from the precious aroids that live inside the Whyanbeel Arboretum, in the Whyanbeel Valley. If you don't know who Peter Sargeant is, check out episode 2 of Season 1 of this Podcast.

    Apologies in advance for the audio quality during this interview. It was recorded in a hotel lobby, next to a waterfall using one microphone.

    Follow Jules on instagram via @the_plant_factor or on FB via The Whyanbeel Collection @theplantfactor

    • 28 min
    Spring Update and Jibber Jabber

    Spring Update and Jibber Jabber

    It has been a longer than usual break between this episode and the last. Jo is joined in this episode by John, Mr Home of Houseplants to explain why.



    Topics in this episode that are discussed are:

    - ugly packaging, why HoH repurposes and recycles boxes for shipping plants;

    -the difficulties with retro fitting vintage glasshouses with spare parts and accessories;

    -iron bark totem poles, why have they been so hard to source in Australia over the last year;

    -changes to plant concierge fees and charges for WA;

    -plans for the podcast in 2020.



    The FB group that sales rare and hard to find plants in Australia that John and Jo were referring to in this episode is Rare, Tropical, and Indoor Plant BSS Australia, a private group.

    • 34 min
    Episode 13 with Clayton, Sproutwell Greenhouses

    Episode 13 with Clayton, Sproutwell Greenhouses

    In this episode, Jo chats with Clayton, co-owner of Melbourne based Sproutwell Greenhouses. 

    Sproutwell Greenhouses was established in 2011 and has grown from strength to strength. Sproutwell greenhouses are a firm  favourite amongst plant collectors and hobbyists alike and they have witnessed a resurgence in their popularity. Sproutwell Greenhouses is a family business that has enjoyed helping gardening enthusiasts and commercial growers achieve their vision. 

    So many interesting aspects of glasshouses and greenhouses were discussed in this interview and if you don't have the space of property to have one of these, this is still worth a listen. Clayton and his wife built the company from scratch in 2011, so it is also wonderful story to listen to about how they did it!

    • 38 min
    B.T.S. Of Podcasting & A Love For Houseplants w/ Jane Perrone

    B.T.S. Of Podcasting & A Love For Houseplants w/ Jane Perrone

    In episode 12, Jo sits down with Jane Perrone, a UK broadcaster, freelance journalist and host of the On The Ledge Podcast. Jo and Jane talk about the behind-the-scenes aspect of podcasting, getting started in the houseplant space and the exciting times ahead in the digital houseplant space.

    • 54 min
    Plant Expeditions, International Quarantine and the Future of Houseplants w/ Greg Ruckert

    Plant Expeditions, International Quarantine and the Future of Houseplants w/ Greg Ruckert

    In this episode, Jo sits down with Greg Ruckert, owner of www.elitebulbs.com.au, former aroid collector/hunter and currently the President of the Lilium and Bulb Society of South Australia, a national committee member of the Garden Clubs of Australia and Vice President of the Horticultural Media Association, to talk about Greg's experiences on expeditions through China and Burma to catalogue and discover new plant species, the process of international  quarantine (importing plants/bulbs into Australia)  and where he thinks houseplants are moving in the future.

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