157 episodes

Follow head gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain as they reveal exactly what it’s like to be professional horticulturists leading busy teams on large, private estates. Lucy and Saul have a decade of Head Gardening experience and it soon became clear to them both that life as a Head Gardener can be incredibly diverse, occasionally challenging and hugely rewarding and so they regularly discuss horticultural topics close to their hearts and give you an insight into their lives as gardeners. If you wish to support the podcast you can via our BuyMeACoffee page - just click the link at the end of the podcast description or the donate button found at the top right of this page.

Talking Heads - a Gardening Podcast Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain

    • Leisure
    • 4.6 • 16 Ratings

Follow head gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain as they reveal exactly what it’s like to be professional horticulturists leading busy teams on large, private estates. Lucy and Saul have a decade of Head Gardening experience and it soon became clear to them both that life as a Head Gardener can be incredibly diverse, occasionally challenging and hugely rewarding and so they regularly discuss horticultural topics close to their hearts and give you an insight into their lives as gardeners. If you wish to support the podcast you can via our BuyMeACoffee page - just click the link at the end of the podcast description or the donate button found at the top right of this page.

    Ep. 136 - Learning on the job is so rewarding, and that's exactly what Lucy's done this week as she tells Saul how she's had help to solved three mysteries in the Hall's gardens

    Ep. 136 - Learning on the job is so rewarding, and that's exactly what Lucy's done this week as she tells Saul how she's had help to solved three mysteries in the Hall's gardens

    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!

    Unusual yew hedge dieback, bluebell conundrums and box moth developments - it's all in a week's work for the modern Head Gardener! Saul listens on as Lucy tells him how, with a little help from her friends, she's solved three mysteries at the Hall this week. As experienced as we might be,  it still gives us a buzz to research and discover the latest findings in the horticultural world. Talking of worlds, Saul and Lucy are also incredibly excited to be visiting the world famous Chelsea Flower Show early next week - it's time to scrub down and spruce up!

    Twitter links:
    Saul @GardeningSaul
    Lucy @HeadGardenerLC

    Intro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
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    • 30 min
    Ep. 135 - Join Saul for five days at Stonelands, as he leads you through a typical week of gardening at Stonelands House, expect highs and lows as he manages flowers, vegetables, garden tours and a rather annoying tyre!

    Ep. 135 - Join Saul for five days at Stonelands, as he leads you through a typical week of gardening at Stonelands House, expect highs and lows as he manages flowers, vegetables, garden tours and a rather annoying tyre!

    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!

    Join Saul for a week in the life of a Head Gardener. Lucy is having a rest this week after our latest hectic schedule of shows and some overdue holiday, so Saul takes you on a five day look at how his week at Stonelands goes, including the highs of a beautifully flowering Spring to the lows of tyre punctures! For the week Saul gives you a little insight into what working as a Head Gardener is all about, and why its a career both Lucy and him love so very much.

    Twitter links:
    Saul @GardeningSaul
    Lucy @HeadGardenerLC

    Intro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
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    • 35 min
    Ep.134 - Saul and Lucy have been let loose in Beaulieu, Hampshire at BBC Gardeners World Spring Fair - leading tours of the Victorian Flower Gardens and the Vegetable Gardens.

    Ep.134 - Saul and Lucy have been let loose in Beaulieu, Hampshire at BBC Gardeners World Spring Fair - leading tours of the Victorian Flower Gardens and the Vegetable Gardens.

    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!

    Head Gardeners Saul and Lucy have left the relative comfort of their own gardens to travel to Hampshire to spend three days at Beaulieu, not only the venue for the National Motor Museum but also venue of BBC Gardeners World Spring Fair and the permanent setting for both the Victorian Flower Gardens and a beautiful Walled Vegetable Garden. The pair have been leading tours of the gardens all week with Kelvin and Dan from the gardening staff, and have enjoyed chatting away to the visiting public and giving them all sorts of gardening advice.

    Twitter links:
    Saul @GardeningSaul
    Lucy @HeadGardenerLC

    Intro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    • 30 min
    Ep.133 - The Highs vs. The Lows of Gardening - Saul and Lucy talk the wonderful Easter Break and Adoring Garden Owners vs. Box Moth and falling Hanging Baskets - there's always an emotional rollercoaster in the garden!

    Ep.133 - The Highs vs. The Lows of Gardening - Saul and Lucy talk the wonderful Easter Break and Adoring Garden Owners vs. Box Moth and falling Hanging Baskets - there's always an emotional rollercoaster in the garden!

    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!

    We've all had triumphs and tragedy in our personal gardening adventures, and professional Head Gardeners Saul and Lucy are no different. Over Easter there have been some wonderful moments for the pair including saving the Easter Bunny and the generosity of Gardening peers when deliveries of Plants and Horti-books. But as with all the natural world disasters to occur that can send even the most hardened Head Gardener into a world of despair. So buckle up as we explore the highs and lows of our gardening lives!

    Twitter links:
    Saul @GardeningSaul
    Lucy @HeadGardenerLC

    Intro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    • 31 min
    Ep. 132 - Get yourselves outside! With this Easter weekend's glorious weather, Lucy and Saul discuss the technicalities of sowing directly into the earth. Plus, there's exciting flame gun news!

    Ep. 132 - Get yourselves outside! With this Easter weekend's glorious weather, Lucy and Saul discuss the technicalities of sowing directly into the earth. Plus, there's exciting flame gun news!

    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!

    Sowing directly into the soil is a forgotten skill, so Saul and Lucy jog the memories of their podcast audience to remind them of the different way to get this technique right. Plus, discover why Saul is relying on the stimulatory effects of wild garlic, after a tour around Hampshire. Lucy reveals how the first firing up of her Sheen x300 flame gun went, and the duo also launch the second of their exciting prize draws.

    Twitter links:
    Saul @GardeningSaul
    Lucy @HeadGardenerLC

    Intro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    • 38 min
    Ep. 131 - Saul's back has healed, which, along with Lucy, makes them appreciate how important their bodies are to their careers. The pair also take a look at the recent frosty weather and bring some of the delights from their meadows.

    Ep. 131 - Saul's back has healed, which, along with Lucy, makes them appreciate how important their bodies are to their careers. The pair also take a look at the recent frosty weather and bring some of the delights from their meadows.

    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!

    With Saul 'back' upright and in the garden, Lucy and him have a small chat on how important looking after your body is when it comes to having a long and healthy horticultural career. The pair also talk about the sudden, and in most cases damaging, frost that the whole country experienced - trying to control temperatures in the Greenhouse is an especially challenging task. We also see how our meadows are progressing with some timely intervention by Lucy to remove a thuggish problem. So tune in for more gardening waffle!

    Twitter links:
    Saul @GardeningSaul
    Lucy @HeadGardenerLC

    Intro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Well Done!

I’m a Colorado gardener and love your show. Just found this and was led to Talking Dirty and Martin Fish (Pots and Trowles). Thank you for great information and a fun show!

Dr. JoyMama ,

Travel to another place with knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides

I live in Minnesota US, where the famous native son Prince warned gardeners, “sometimes it snows in April.” We snowshoe in February instead of seeing snowdrops. Hearing about professional estate gardens helps me travel to another place and imagine other lives and human tended landscapes. I listen to visit with my ears and soothe my nerves. A friend in lonely times.

Agatha Fan! ,

Fantastic info!

I’m just head gardener of my own garden but absolutely love all the tricks and tips that I can use. The latest 50 things to do to over-winter your garden was amazing. So much to do! Can’t wait for the next episode. Presenters are very knowledgable and fun to listen to as well. 🌟

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