105 episodes

Join professional gardener, podcaster, broadcaster and garden writer, Mike Palmer, for lively discussions with gardening personalities and experts from the fantastic world of gardening.

Look out for Mike's 'Plant Specials' including dahlias, roses & clematis with more to come.

You can see & hear more from Mike in his beautiful garden at his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener.

Mike's podcast is sponsored by Natural Grower the supplier of plant-based products for organic & chemical free gardening and houseplants.

Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast Michael Palmer

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Join professional gardener, podcaster, broadcaster and garden writer, Mike Palmer, for lively discussions with gardening personalities and experts from the fantastic world of gardening.

Look out for Mike's 'Plant Specials' including dahlias, roses & clematis with more to come.

You can see & hear more from Mike in his beautiful garden at his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener.

Mike's podcast is sponsored by Natural Grower the supplier of plant-based products for organic & chemical free gardening and houseplants.

    Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Jekka McVicar

    Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Jekka McVicar

    In this week's episode of the Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast, I chat once again to Jekka McVicar whose new book '100 Herbs to Grow' is published 7 March 2024 by Quadrille Publishing.
    In this fascinating and in-depth chat, we talk about:

    Jekka's new book, '100 Herbs to Grow'.
    How to inspire people to grow
    The future of small and independent specialist nurseries
    How Jekka spends her ‘me-time’
    Her plans for the future, and much more.

    This is truly another great chat with Jekka, and I am re-releasing our first chat alongside this episode as some of our conversations relate back to our first meeting.
    My thanks to Jekka for taking time from her schedule to chat to us today.  You can follow Jekka's Herb Farm by clicking here. And you can follow Jekka's personal account by clicking here.
    And you can follow me on my Instagram account by clicking here.
    Please don't forget to follow/subscribe and if you are able, please leave a review.
    Thank you and see you next week.
    Mike 

    • 45 min
    Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - M.T. O'Donnell

    Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - M.T. O'Donnell

    In this week's episode of the Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast, I chat with Scotland Grows Editor and Podcaster and freelance writer M.T. O’Donnell. 

    Amongst many topics, we discuss:

    MTs, role as Editor and Podcaster for Scotland Grows.

    The Scotland Grows magazine.

    The challenges of gardening in Scotland. 

    The TRELLIS charity - Gardening for Well-Being, and lots more. 

    You can find out more about Scotland Grows by clicking here.

    My thanks to MT for taking time out of her schedule to come and chat to us today. You can follow MT on her Instagram account by clicking here.  

    And you can follow me on my Instagram account by clicking here.   

    My thanks, as always, for listening, and please don't forget to follow/subscribe as there are more great episodes to come.

    See you very soon. 

    Mike

    • 52 min
    Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Salvia Special (Nigel Hewish)

    Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Salvia Special (Nigel Hewish)

    In this week's episode of the Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast, I return to Kingston Maurward, horticultural college, where I learnt my trade many, many years ago.

    Nigel Hewish, the Head Gardener there, is responsible for the national collection of salvias held within the grounds of the college. What Nigel doesn't know about salvias frankly, isn't worth knowing.

    In this informative episode, we chat about:


    Where salvias originate from
    How to grow them
    How to propagate them
    How to get the very best from them
    Planting companions
    Pests and diseases, and much more

    My thanks to Nigel for taking time to come and talk to us today.

    If you want to know more about me and my own garden, you can follow me on my Instagram account, mike_the gardener. 

    My thanks to you for listening, and please don't forget to follow/subscribe as there are more great episodes to come.

    And, if you are able to, please leave a review so that other gardening enthusiasts can find us here.

    Thanks for listening and see you next week.

    • 36 min
    Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Anya Lautenbach (The Garden Fairy)

    Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Anya Lautenbach (The Garden Fairy)

    Hello and welcome to the Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast. In this first episode of Series 7, I'm delighted to be joined by the rather lovely Anya Lautenbach, a.k.a. Anya, The Garden Fairy (Instagram).

    Anya's brand new book, her first, The Money Saving Gardener is published on 8 February by DK books.

    We chat about:


    How the book came about
    The writing process
    Anya's first gardening memories
    How a personal tragedy led to her building a beautiful garden of her own
    How she got into propagation
    Her plans for the future, and lots, lots more.

    You can follow Anya on her Instagram account by clicking here and details of her new book and can be found here.

    You can find out more about me and my garden by following me on my Instagram account.  Click here for more information. 

    Thanks for listening and I'll be back next week.

    Mike

    • 47 min
    Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Head Gardener Nigel Hewish (Kingston Maurward, Dorchester)

    Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Head Gardener Nigel Hewish (Kingston Maurward, Dorchester)

    In this weeks episode, I chat to another Head Gardener, Nigel Hewish of Kingston Maurward college in Dorchester.

    I completed my horticultural training at Kingston Morwood many years ago, and it was a delight to catch up with Nigel to talk about the gardens and his career.

    In this chat, we cover:


    Nigel's career to date
    His love of trees and shrubs
    The plant collections at Kingston Maurward
    The impacts of climate change, and lots more.

    There's also some very handy gardening advice and tips about caring for penstemons and salvias.

    To learn more about Kingston Maurward, click here.

    To learn more about me, click here

    Thanks to you all for listening to this series and I will be back shortly with Series 7.

    Mike

    • 45 min
    Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Charles Carr (Hilliers Nurseries)

    Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Charles Carr (Hilliers Nurseries)

    In this fascinating episode,  I chat to Charles Carr, who is the Head of Wholesale Nurseries at Hillier Nurseries Limited. 

    Charles took me on a tour of the site and it's just incredible to see this massive operation, and the technology thats in use, the skills of the staff all around the site and most importantly, the quality of the plants that are produced.

    I chat to Charles about his role and, as with so many conversations I've had in this series, we talk about the impact of climate change and going peat free and how the industry is responding to these very real challenges. Hilliers Nurseries are pretty much peat free, and they have some fascinating technology to help them learn about this new growing medium. And for all of us, whatever the size of our garden, we too will need to learn about how to grow our plants in a peat, free medium.

    As you might expect, we cover a lot of ground within this discussion, including pests and diseases, what happens during the winter months, the importance of learning and development for staff, new plant development, and Charles own plant passions and of course lots more.

    Thank you all for listening to this series of the Mike The Gardener – Gardening Podcast and I will be back in the New Year with one more episode for this series, before picking up again in spring with Series 7.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy, 2024.

    Mike

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Kurt in NWCT ,

Terrific!

Mike has a real enthusiasm for gardening, and this podcast has something useful to share about all aspects of the garden. Love it!

Beefoxee ,

The Laundry Garden

This interview was simply delightful. Listening to Jenny and Tom was so interesting. They have truly put their hearts into their beautiful garden spaces. And it shows. Definitely follow @thelaundrygarden for almost daily insights into their garden lives. And you, Mic, were perfect in your encouraging way. Great podcast!

Agatha Fan! ,

Fantastic podcast!

This is a wonderful podcast for gardeners, actually anybody!, who enjoys interesting stories, helpful and timely information, and generally a great escape from the daily slog of life! Highly recommend. Can’t wait until the next one drops. 👍🏻💕😊

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