140 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.

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.

    Ep. 121 - The seed sowing season is almost here - have you made your seed orders yet? In this episode, Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul discuss what prestigious varieties are lucky enough to make it onto their respective order lists.

    Ep. 121 - The seed sowing season is almost here - have you made your seed orders yet? In this episode, Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul discuss what prestigious varieties are lucky enough to make it onto their respective order lists.

    We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.

    The thought of cracking open the first seed packets of the year whets any gardeners appetite, but what varieties make their way onto Saul and Lucy's order list? In this episode the duo explain what parameters persuade them to order specific seeds. Large estates have the luxury of space allowing us to run our own trials, plus estate owners have their own benchmark 'must-grow' crops. But influences such as RHS AGM varieties, improvements in disease resistance - and even the lure of a catchy name - all help Lucy and Saul whittle down and fine-tune their orders.


    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/) 

    • 35 min
    Ep. 120 - It's the start of a new year, so the two Head Gardener hosts, Lucy and Saul, catch up after the festive break and discuss what's been happening in their horticultural lives

    Ep. 120 - It's the start of a new year, so the two Head Gardener hosts, Lucy and Saul, catch up after the festive break and discuss what's been happening in their horticultural lives

    We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.

    It's the New Year, so Saul and Lucy are feeling well rested after their Christmas break. Both received gifts that any green-fingered person would enjoy, and both admit to putting on a little festive weight. So, with intentions to crack on with their gardening teams, Saul tells Lucy what he's been up to at Stonelands this week, and Lucy reveals what's been keeping her busy at her keyboard these past few months. This Head Gardening duo are certainly not resting on their laurels - it's still a busy and exciting world that they live in!


    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/) 

    • 31 min
    Ep. 119 - As the end of 2021 beckons, Saul and Lucy become reflective and begin to think about the gardening resolutions they wish to make for the coming year.

    Ep. 119 - As the end of 2021 beckons, Saul and Lucy become reflective and begin to think about the gardening resolutions they wish to make for the coming year.

    The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!

    The year is almost out as Christmas and the New Year celebrations begin! A perfect time for Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul to have a ponder about the last year (or the last two years really!) and define how the wish to approach their gardening practice for the coming season and those resolutions that will stoke some energy and joy into the horticultural spaces where the love to linger. This is the last episode of this year, so to all our listeners we both wish you a very Happy Christmas and look forward to talking (waffling!) to you all again in 2022.

    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/) 

    • 34 min
    Ep. 118 - With no particular subject for this episode Lucy and Saul chat, debate and discuss their way through all sorts of gardening topics with storms, decimated carrots, nuisance bamboo and spineless holly all on the menu.

    Ep. 118 - With no particular subject for this episode Lucy and Saul chat, debate and discuss their way through all sorts of gardening topics with storms, decimated carrots, nuisance bamboo and spineless holly all on the menu.

    The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!

    Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul realised they had no topic for this podcast and instead of taking a few minutes to figure one out, they just pressed recorded and start what came naturally to both of them - horticultural waffle! So the pair discuss what is going on in their gardens and their lives - Bamboo, Holly, Carrots, Trees and Laurel all find their way onto the podcast.

    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/) 

    • 31 min
    Ep. 117 - Dust off your finest (virtual) togs - it's the 2021 Garden Media Guild Awards! Saul and Lucy sing the praises of some of the finest horticultural communicators our industry has to offer.

    Ep. 117 - Dust off your finest (virtual) togs - it's the 2021 Garden Media Guild Awards! Saul and Lucy sing the praises of some of the finest horticultural communicators our industry has to offer.

    The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!

    The gardening sector is jam packed with writers, bloggers, radio broadcasters, TV personalities, authors, photographers, influencers - and, we add humbly - podcasters such as yours truly. So, we were on the edge of our seats when the winners of the 2021 Garden Media Guild Awards were announced recently. Did Lucy and Saul bag a gong? Were we both dancing on our respective potting benches? This year, as finalists, we were the bridesmaids - but who were the brides?! Listen in to find out.

    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/) 

    • 31 min
    Ep. 116 - Hedges are important! When it comes to choosing, planting and pruning Lucy and Saul know that planning and preparation is key. In this episode, they discuss their respective hedging masterplans.

    Ep. 116 - Hedges are important! When it comes to choosing, planting and pruning Lucy and Saul know that planning and preparation is key. In this episode, they discuss their respective hedging masterplans.

    The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!

    Whether you love formal or informal, evergreen or deciduous, large or small - hedges play an intrinsic role in our gardens. There is a hedging plant to suit all gardens, tastes and budgets but it's crucial to put some thought into exactly what and how you want to plant, to ensure the hedge meets your specific needs. Saul and Lucy muse on what would be their hedging masterclass.

    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/) 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

oo em ,

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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