Gardens, weeds and words

By Andrew O'Brien: gardener, blogger, podcaster

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A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing. With Andrew O'Brien.

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S03 Episode 4: Ready for the weather. With Hannah McDonald
52:23
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
The last days of autumn, winter blowing in on the back of Storm Arwen.
 
Coping with post-COP26 despair and overwhelm.
 
 
Reading, 'Sudden Shower', by John Clare 03:22
Read by Lulu Peddar
 
 
Interview with Hannah McDonald, Illustrator 6:47
I chat to Hannah about her nature inspired illustration practice from her home and studio in Amsterdam, how life there compares to life in London, and whether the Dutch or the English are better at coping with what the weather has to throw at them. Work/life balance, slow living, and having a garden room on the Dutch equivalent of an allotment are all covered, together with how Hannah decides exactly what to draw, and the character of her own particular lines and dots.
 
We get through all of this without mentioning Hygge once, though we're deeply in cosy, homely territory throughout, while always bearing in mind the importance of our connection to the natural world outside, both for our own mental health, and that of the planet. I hope you enjoy listening!
 
 
***
 
Thank you to Hannah McDonald for giving up her time to talk to me about her creative nature-inspired practice.
You can find Hannah on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/hannah.mcdonald.illustration/
 
And bouquets of gratitude due to Lulu Peddar for providing the reading from John Clare's poetry. I particularly loved the bit about "patted on my hat" – thanks Lulu, please come again!
 
 
I’m ever appreciative of all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
A year of garden coaching
If you'd like to find out more about my my 12 month online garden coaching programme, please visit the website, where you can read more details. There will be a few spaces opening up early in the new year, so do sign up to be the first to hear when you can book.
 
 
 
Nov 29, 2021
S03 Episode 3: Writing with trees. With Jackee Holder
01:07:18

A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.

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Garden soundtrack

Dawn breaking in the garden

Trees in the landscape

Reading from Wildwood, A Journey Through Trees, by Roger Deakin  2:25

https://amzn.to/3r6geIJ

Read by Richard Chivers

 

Interview with Jackee Holder 4:54

05:13 'Coach and author and cultural creative' – the scope of Jackee's work, and how it came about

7:57 The path to being a cultural creative – Jackee's career choices, and the common thread

8:43 What is a cultural creative?

10:52 Jackee's South London background

11:26 Avoiding restrictive labels

12:49 'Jack of all trades'. Ouch.

14:25 Drawing influences widely

15:49 A deep connection with nature

17:45 Something bigger. The wonder of it all.

19:24 The parks of London

19:54 The loneliness of the long distance runner

21:05 Making friends with trees

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

"I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did." Alice Walker

22:33 Jackee's tamarind tree in Barbados

24:14 Dressing the trees at Christmas in the Carribean

27:54 Tree books. Tree Wisdom by Jacqueline Memory Paterson https://amzn.to/3csqx5Z

32:07 Jackee's connection to to the elder tree

39:35 The trees in Jackee's city garden

41:30 Listening to nature, mindfulness and being in 'receive mode'.

46:59 Solitude

48:33 Joy in the context of 2021. COVID, BLM.

49:26 Unapologetically celebrating nature.

Charlotte Delbo, Auschwitz and After

50:55 Sorrow and joy interwoven

An account of Milton Erickson and the African Violet Lady

https://danielkarim.com/the-african-violet-a-teaching-tale-of-milton-h-erickson/

55:24 "Nature was our first mother" Tina Welling

"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." Gary Snyder

55:36 Being rooted.

57:46 Trees and writing.

Jackee's writing map "Writing with Fabulous Trees"

http://www.jackeeholder.com/tree/writing-with-fabulous-trees-writing-map-for-parks-gardens-and-green-spaces/

59:22 Journal writing (and being a stationery addict!)

101:30 The practice of writing. Using the 'Morning Pages' technique from Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way https://amzn.to/3pErewE

103:00 Making space for mindful practices

104:32 Jackee's mission to connect people with the urban forest

***

 

Thank you to Jackee Holder for giving up her time to talk to me about her creative plant-inspired practice.

You can find Jackee on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/jackeeholderinspires/ – please note Jackee's Instagram handle has changed since the interview in this episode!

Or on her website: http://www.jackeeholder.com/

Grateful wotnots to Richard Chivers for stepping forward with his usual patient and willing response to my last-minute plea for a reading!

I’m ever appreciative of all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 

A year of garden coaching

If you'd like to find out more about my my 12 month online garden coaching programme, please visit the website, where you can read more details. Enrolment will open towards the middle of February for one last time at the introductory price, so do sign up to be the first to hear when you can book.

https://www.gardensweedsandwords.com/garden-coaching

 

website: gardensweedsandwords.com

email: gardensweedsandwords@gmail.com

Instagram: instagram.com/AndrewTimothyOB

Twitter: twitter.com/AndrewTimothyOB 

Jan 31, 2021
S03 Episode 2: a plant-inspired practice. With Katie Robbins
54:54
 
A plant-inspired practice. With Katie Robbins

A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.

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Garden soundtrack
 
 
Pondering the onset of winter, with twinkling lights and fried potatoes.
 
Seasonal markers, and The Almanac from Lia Leendertz.
 
Catching up with Lia Leendertz. What's new in the 2021 edition? 03:44
 
 
Reading from The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2021  10:28
https://amzn.to/36LqUFH
Read by Milli Proust
 
 
The independent plant-inspired businesses bringing cheer and lightening our darkness.
 
 
Interview with Katie Robbins 13:22
 
14:50 A love of the natural world and of ceramics
 
16:02 The formative planty encounter -- sunflowers, a flat cap and a fag
 
18:40 Potter... or ceramic artist?
 
19:52 If not a potter, would Katie have worked with plants in some other way?
Bex Partridge (Botanical Tales): https://www.botanicaltales.com/
 
21:50 The power of a good parcel, and delighting your customer
Beautiful and sustainable packaging
 
24:49 A journey to the potter's wheel
 
26:43 The shortest commute -- working from home. Pluses and minuses of the WfH life
 
29:12 A tour of the garden studio
 
34:57 Katie's creative process
 
40:17 Inspiration from peers
 
41:48 The inevitabilities of creative cross-fertilisation
 
44:23 Working in porcelain
 
46:49 Clay from the ground
 
50:00 Inspirations
 
 
 
***
 
Thank you to Katie Robbins for giving up her time to talk to me about her creative plant-inspired practice.
You can find Katie on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/ceramicmagpie/
Or on her website: https://www.ktrobbinsceramics.com/
 
 
Thanks also to Lia Leendertz for joining me to talk about The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2021  
 
 
I'm immensely grateful to Milli Proust for lending us her mellifluous tones for the reading.
 
 
And of course, I'm ever appreciative of all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
A year of garden coaching
If you'd like to find out more about my my 12 month online garden coaching programme, please visit the website, where you can read more details and add your name to the waiting list to be the first to hear when enrolment opens up again.
 
 
 
Dec 04, 2020
S03 Episode 01: Home. With Jennie Spears of Lemon Tree Trust
52:28
Home. With Jennie Spears of the Lemon Tree Trust
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Why do we build gardens? Looking back to the very first episode of the podcast and Tim Massey's garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the Lemon Tree Trust
 
 
Reading  05:21
Extract from How to grow your dinner without leaving the house by Claire Ratinon, published by Laurence King in 2020, read by the author. https://amzn.to/2QrpPtD
 
A quick catch up with Claire since the release of her book, my review of which you can find here
 
 
Interview with Jennie Spears 09:42
 
09:42 Bristol community gardens
"Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries." Ron Finley https://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerrilla_gardener_in_south_central_la?language=en
 
10:24 Sara Venn and Incredible Edible Bristol
 
11:29 Jennie's background in horticulture
 
13:09 Childhood plant memories
Border Alpines, her parents' nursery
 
Black viola, Viola 'Molly Sanderson'
 
16:13 The work of the Lemon Tree Trust, and how Jennie became involved
 
19:10 Bringing plants from home to the camps
 
25:36 How gardening happens in the camps
 
30:59 What to do with plant surpluses - a working economy?
 
35:01 Food and gardening
 
37:13 Plumbing in the camps
 
38:49 "At some point, people want to LIVE". The joy of plants
 
40:27 The impact of COVID on the work of the Lemon Tree Trust in Kurdistan
 
44:08 Upcoming projects and the best way to support the Lemon Tree Trust
 
46:49 A call from Jennie to get in touch if you know of any UK based refugee or migrant based gardening projects that would benefit from seeds from the Lemon Tree Trust (see below for contact details
 
 
***
 
 
Thank you to Jennie for joining me on this episode to talk about the Lemon Tree Trust. You can find the charity's website here with more details of their work, their campaigns and the gardeners in the camps in Iraq. https://lemontreetrust.org/about/
 
You can find Jennie's work for Bloom PR  here:
Bloom PR website: http://www.bloom-pr.co.uk/
 
 
Thanks also to Claire Ratinon for joining me to talk about her book, How to grow your dinner without leaving the house
 
I’m ever grateful to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
A year of garden coaching
If you'd like to find out more about my my 12 month online garden coaching programme, please visit the website, where you can read more details and add your name to the waiting list to be the first to hear when enrolment opens up again.
 
 
 
Oct 23, 2020
S02 Episode 11: Gratitude, privilege, responsibility. With Ann-Marie Powell
53:59
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Back after a break for the last episode in the series
 
Dogs and gardening
 
Lockdown and #BlackLivesMatter – did these change how you felt about your garden?
 
Privilege in the gardening world
 
Telling the stories of plants
 
Reading 05:30
Extract from 'Science and Colonial Expansion. The role of the British Royal Botanical Gardens' by Lucile H. Brockway in American Ethnologist, Journal of the American Ethnological Society, Volume 6 Issue 3, 1979, read by Sui Searle. https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1525/ae.1979.6.3.02a00030
 
The book of the same name, available here: https://amzn.to/2PbSC4z
 
Gardening should be political – more of this in series three.
 
Gratitude, privilege and responsibility  – what that's meant to me in lockdown
 
 
Interview with the Ann Marie Powell 11:20 
 
11:48 What's behind @myrealgarden?
 
15:22 Plants, People, Place
 
18:37 Living in a horticultural household, and how it effects domestic gardening
 
22:12 How Ann-Marie became a garden designer
 
23:16 Horticulture within the education system – being given the choice
 
25:18 Andrew talking absolute rubbish about "gardening with your ears"
 
27:10 Ann-Marie Powell Gardens – the vital importance of a great team
 
31:17 The effect of the Hampshire landscape on AMPG's design work
 
33:47 Is there anything the RHS needs to learn when it comes to reaching new people with shows like Chelsea?
 
38:56 Ann-Marie's gardens at RHS Wisley in Surrey
 
42:43 Pro-bono work for Greenfingers charity https://www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk/
 
46:03 Quickfire EITHER/OR questions!
 
Crûg Farm Nursery https://www.crug-farm.co.uk/
 
 
***
 
Gratitude, privilege and responsibility vs Plants, People, Place. Pick your mantra!
 
 
 
Thank you to Ann-Marie for joining me on this episode. You can find Ann-Marie online here:
The @myrealgarden instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/myrealgarden/
 
And also to Sui Searle for reading from the Lucile H. Brockway paper. You can find Sui on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/thetemperategardener/ and here https://www.instagram.com/decolonisethegarden/
 
I’m ever grateful to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
A year of garden coaching
If you'd like to find out more about my my 12 month online garden coaching programme, please visit the website, where you can read more details and add your name to the waiting list to be the first to hear when enrolment opens up again.
 
 
 
Jul 31, 2020
S02 Episode 10: The Five Minute Garden. With Laetitia Maklouf
42:11
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Gardening without Chelsea.
 
The RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/virtual-chelsea
 
Lockdown gardening interest
 
The Independent Plant Nursery Guide http://independentplantnurseriesguide.uk/
 
Should we look for a silver lining?
 
 
Reading 03:20
Extract from The Five Minute Garden by Laetitia Maklouf, read by Emma Jo Real Davies. https://amzn.to/36l871Z
 
 
 
Interview with the Laetitia Maklouf 05:15 
 
05:44 Standard Laetitia Lore and the Sweet Pea Seeds
 
07:29 Sharing online
 
08:44 How Laetitia has changed as a gardener
 
09:28 Gardening in small spaces – the benefits of limits
 
10:03 Moving to real earth – option paralysis
 
10:36 Prescriptive approach vs you do you
 
11:08 Trust in your gardening instinct
 
12:13 Being ruthless. Or… not…! (Hotbin Darling)
 
13:10 Lockdown sourdough progress
 
14:24 Teaching the children through gardening 
 
20:34 Being politely steely
 
22:00 Gardening overwhelm
 
26:10 The Five Minute Gardener
 
31:37 Gardening as a transactional relationship
 
33:25 On the decision not to have photographs in the new book 
 
36:44 What is Laetitia going to do when she grows up?
 
 
***
 
Lockdown gardening communicators on Instagram
Just some of the folk who have really taken the opportunity to bring people into their own gardens (particularly encouraging and inspiring when some of them are multi award-winning designers) over the past couple of months. Don’t miss Ann-Marie Powell’s lunchtime talks at https://www.instagram.com/myrealgarden/, or Jo Thompson’s daily morning dog rambles through the Sussex countryside in the company of birds and her lovely labrador Rush https://www.instagram.com/jothompsongarden/. And of course, past friends of the podcast Alice Vincent https://www.instagram.com/noughticulture/ and Caro Langton at RoCo https://www.instagram.com/studio.roco/, teaching us about small space gardening and houseplants in their stories. All incredibly generous, and remarkably accessible. 
 
 
 
Thank you to Laetitia for joining me on this episode. Laetitia's book The Five Minute Garden, published by National Trust Books, 2020, is available here https://amzn.to/36l871Z
 
Laetitia's website: https://laetitiamaklouf.com/
 
And to Emma Jo Real Davies for reading from Laetitia’s book. Emma Jo’s brilliant podcast, The Female Struggle is Real is here https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-female-struggle-is-real/id1215423183 or you can find her on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/emjorealdavies/, or on the airwaves here https://www.kmfm.co.uk/on-air/the-hit-list-with-emma-jo/
 
 
I’m ever grateful to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
 
PLEASE VOTE FOR THE GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS PODCAST IN THE BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS LISTENER CHOICE CATEGORY
 
 
Lockdown discounts: A year of garden coaching
I’ve been very excited about my new venture – even before the lockdown I’d decided that online garden coaching would be a fantastic way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. With the all the uncertainty around our lives just now I’m holding the the introductory price for the full 12 month programme as well as offering a quarterly payment plan, and there’s 50% off an hour’s Skype consultation call. 
 
 
 
 
May 21, 2020
S02 Episode 9: Practical, useful & pretty. With Katie Rushworth
45:31
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Birdsong, and gardening in the new normal.
 
Gardening in one place over time. 
 
Reading 04:00
Extract from The Garden Log Podcast, episode 74, read by the host, Ben Dark. https://thegardenlog.libsyn.com/
 
 
 
Interview with the Katie Rushworth 05:51 
 
06:21 Not the only Yorkshire-born gardener on the telly…
 
07:00 Katie’s experience of nature and plants growing up
 
09:29 Chomping for wood!
 
10:12 The place of the Yorkshire landscape in Katie’s garden design work
 
11:44 Gardening is about a feeling
 
12:43 Before gardening…
 
16:32 Juggling gardening, TV schedules and being a mum
 
17:43 Transferrable skills – an appreciation of colour, shape, form and texture
 
19:11 Garden coaching and mentoring
 
26:35 Domestic gardens
 
27:21 Practical, useful & pretty
 
30:42 The biggest obstacles people face in their gardens
 
32:54 Plants – just pretty window dressing, or more than fluff?
 
36:25 Productively using our time in the garden
 
 
 
***
 
 
Thank you to Katie for joining me on this episode. Katie’s book Plants, Beds & Borders is available here https://amzn.to/3ayCySE
 
Katie's website: http://katierushworth.com/
 
 
 
I’m ever grateful to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
 
Lockdown discounts: A year of garden coaching
I’ve been very excited about my new venture – even before the lockdown I’d decided that online garden coaching would be a fantastic way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. With the all the uncertainty around our lives just now I’m holding the the introductory price for the full 12 month programme as well as offering a quarterly payment plan, and there’s 50% off an hour’s Skype consultation call. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apr 23, 2020
S02 Episode 8: Unearthed. With Claire Ratinon
01:04:04
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Poem 00:53
 
Digging by Seamus Heaney
 
Read by Jemma Mullholland
 
from Death of a Naturalist, Seamus Heaney, Faber & Faber 1966 (new edition 2006) https://amzn.to/3bwuPpk
 
 
A feeling of connection to the land. Taken for granted.
 
 
Interview with the Claire Ratinon 03:39 
 
4:50 TV Production in New York: Claire’s Eureka Moment
 
8:14 Career change gardeners
 
11:15 Early plant memories. Or not!
 
16:47 Formative food memories.
 
18:42 Living and growing in Hackney
 
20:33 Claire’s organic growing training
 
 
 
25:14 The importance of urban growing
 
27:58 A taste of what’s possible. The role of a growing educator.
 
30:32 Organic. Urban. Mindful.
 
37:39 The representatino of People of Colour within gardening and growing. Tokenism, racial passing. Having to aggressively assimilate.
 
44:58 Burden, responsibility or privilege?
 
51:09 The party played by Claire’s relationship to the land in her identity. 
 
58:09 After Hackney
 
60:56 What’s next for Claire?
 
***
 
 
Thank you to Claire for joining me on this episode. You can preorder Claire’s book How to grow your dinner without leaving the house, to be published by Laurence King in September 2020, here https://amzn.to/2xx6O2p
 
 
Claire’s website: https://www.claireratinon.com/
 
 
Thanks too to Jemma Mulholland for reading for us. You can find Jemma on social media here https://www.instagram.com/popcorn_for_lunch/
 
I’m ever grateful to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
 
One-to-one online garden coaching
I’m very excited about my new venture – it’s a way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. A few limited places left on introductory prices!
 
 
 
 
Mar 27, 2020
S02 Episode 7: How to Get Kids Gardening. With Lee Connelly
41:42
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Almost March. 
 
Children in the garden…
 
…a gardener’s perspective
 
The gardener in the garden…
 
…a child's perspective
 
 
Poem 03:04
 
The Gardener by Robert Louis Stevenson
 
Read by Peta Cootes
 
 
Early experiences of plants and gardens – a minor obsession
 
How do you get kid’s gardening?
 
 
Interview with the Skinny Jean Gardener, Lee Connelly 09:21 
 
10:14 What’s this about Skinny Jeans?
 
12:07 The Skinny Jean Gardener podcast and Monty Don
 
14:40 Being the Blue Peter gardener
 
16:58 Lee’s early plant and garden memories
 
21:11 Time for gardening as a family
 
22:53 The importance of getting children interested in gardening
 
25:00 The role of schools and parents 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
27:40 Schools allotment project with Marks & Spencer
 
30:55 Ornamentals or veg? What has the most educational value for children?
 
34:53 The new book, How to Get Kids Gardening
 
 
***
 
 
Thank you to Lee for joining me on this episode. Lee's book is How to Get Kids Gardening https://amzn.to/2wQYUkc
 
The Skinny Jean Gardener Podcast is here http://skinnyjeangardener.co.uk/podcast
 
 
Thanks too to Peta Coote for reading for us. You can find Peta and her work here instagram.com/nourishingsoulfully 
 
With thanks to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
 
One-to-one online garden coaching
I’m very excited about my new venture – it’s a way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. A few limited places left on introductory prices!
 
 
 
 
Feb 28, 2020
S02 Episode 6: Rootbound. With Alice Vincent
47:48
Rootbound. With Alice Vincent
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
These notes may contain affiliate links. 
 
 
 
Garden soundtrack
 
More winter behind than before us
 
The cold and damp – joys of a good fire at the end of the day.
 
 
Micro book review 02:02
Roger Deakin’s Notes from Walnut Tree Farm https://amzn.to/2uRIWVU
 
Published by Hamish Hamilton, 2008
 
Extracts read by Rose White
 
 
Winter - a challenge for the indoor gardener
 
Being rootbound – a problem for houseplants…
 
…and also for plants in nurseries
 
…though a very few plants respond well to having their roots restricted. At least in terms of flowering.
 
A rootbound person? Some restrictions might be beneficial, but no-one likes to feel bound...
 
 
 
Interview with Alice Vincent 09:26 
 
10:40 Alice describes her new book
 
11:47 Three ways in which gardening gets us
 
17:25 Writing a nature memoir
 
24:14 The experiences of women as represented in the book
 
26:35 Gendered questions that keeps coming up around nature
 
30:33 What’s the draw of Japan?
 
36:53 Gardening now on the Treehouse Balcony
 
42:25 What’s next for Alice
 
***
 
 
Thank you to Alice for joining me on this episode. Alice’s first book is How to Grow Stuff https://amzn.to/2PM28OP. You can read my review of Rootbound. Rewilding a Life on the blog here https://gardensweedsandwords.com/gwwblog/rootbound-alice-vincent
 
Find out more about the Noughticulture talks at the Garden Museum https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/event_location/the-garden-museum/
 
Alice on Instagram instagram.com/noughticulture
 
 
Thanks too to Rose White for reading for us once again, this time from Roger Deakin’s Notes from Walnut Tree Farm. You can find Rose here instagram.com/liveawelllife
 
With thanks to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
 
One-to-one online garden coaching
I’m very excited about my new venture – it’s a way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. A few limited places left on introductory prices!
 
 
 
 
Jan 31, 2020
S02 Episode 5: healing nature. With Alys Fowler
01:05:22
Healing nature. With Alys Fowler
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
These notes may contain affiliate links. 
 
 
 
Garden soundtrack
 
January, getting back out into the garden.
 
Rains and flooding.
 
A sign that not all’s ok with our relationship with nature
 
 
Micro book review 03:30
 
from The Garden Jungle or Gardening to Save the Planet by Dave Goulson.
Published by Jonathan Cape July 2019 https://amzn.to/2ZRfueo
 
Extract read by Rachel Coldbreath
 
Insect declines and why they matter, Dave Goulson, FRES, 2019. Dorset Wildlife Trust https://www.flipsnack.com/devonwildlifetrust/insect-declines/full-view.html
 
 
Interview with Alys Fowler 06:04 
 
07:05 Urban vs. country – where were Alys’s skills for observing the natural world honed?
 
09:03 Nature under your feet. Being detail orientated. 
 
09:55 Plant blind 
 
Plant blindness
 
Wandersee, J. H., & Schussler, E. E. (1999). Preventing plant blindness. The American Biology Teacher, 61, 82–86.
 
 
Article on Plant Blindness by Sandy Knapp of the Natural History Museum (London) https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ppp3.36
 
12:20 The way we garden and how it interacts with the wider landscape
 
14:43 How well is the rewilding message being communicated?
 
15:20 A generational shift to a more sympathetic relationship with nature
 
16:35 Countering late stage capitalism
 
17:25 How long change takes
 
18:36 Caring in spite of it all
 
19:43 Mindfulness vs. paying attention
 
22:42 Vested interests and inertia
 
24:52 How our gardens help us to make sense of it all  
 
26:29 Finding meaning and hope in a relationship with plants
 
27:25 What’s the definition of a gardner?
 
28:32 Thrifty gardening – recycling
 
31:37 Style vs. meaning in the garden
 
34:20 A multi-faceted job description
 
36:55 The relationship of the garden to the house – pushing the boundaries
 
39:10 Approaches to making gardens
 
42:20 Japanese gardens – listening to nature
 
44:45 Control, dominion – human relationships to nature and the garden. Patriarchy, religion, feminism.
 
48:46 A Modern Herbal – Alys’s take on herbs and herbals. 
 
52:49 Gender roles in the transmission of herb lore
 
55:29 Herbal medicine and conventional medicine. 
 
Gayla Trail 
 
 
56:40 Can we garden our way out of this,  Alys?!
 
 
***
 
New Year, New You. 
 
A new relationship with nature.
 
Paying it back.
 
 
 
Thank you to Alys for joining me on this episode. You can find Alys on Instagram here instagram.com/alysf and on the Guardian pages here https://www.theguardian.com/profile/alys-fowler. In the interview we talked about Alys’s latest book, A Modern Herbal, published by Michael Joseph in 2019. You can find that here https://amzn.to/39DaVc4
 
Of course, as she says in the interview, the best way to get hold of her is by phone!
 
Thanks too to Rachel Coldbreath for a cracking reading from Dave Goulson’s book . 
 
With thanks to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
 
One-to-one online garden coaching
I’m very excited about my new venture – it’s a way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. A few limited places left on introductory prices!
 
 
 
 
Jan 03, 2020
S02 Episode 4: Nature in a virtual space. With Sara Tasker
53:43
Nature in a virtual space. With Sara Tasker
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Gardening in the rain
 
Most used garden tools
 
An argument for including a smart phone
 
Social media and gardening community
 
 
Micro book review 05:09
 
from Rootbound. Rewilding a Life by Alice Vincent
Published by Canongate Books January 2020. Preorder here https://amzn.to/2splqOU
 
Extract read by Rose White
 
 
The role of Instagram in disseminating an awareness of plants, flowers and the natural world.
 
 
Interview with Sara Tasker 09:42
 
 
10:58 Sara’s social media beginnings
 
12:46 The role of nature in Sara’s photography, and the move from Manchester to Yorkshire
 
16:58 Autumn in the city and the countryside
 
18:00 Gardens or wider landscape?
 
19:38 Nature getting her way
 
20:21 The mood of the pictures – escapism, or freedom?
 
24:07 The common theme in a multi-hyphenated career
 
25:39 Communicating  ideas with Instagram
 
26:18 Insta cliches, meaning and language
 
28:27 The effect of social media on mental health
 
31:39 A female space?
 
36:03 The algorithm. Female-male dynamic – tensions between creativity and control. 
 
39:43 Natural creativity winning out.
 
41:03 Sara’s favourite plant…
 
44:41 Online courses to help express ideas through using flowers  and natural elements in photography
 
46:45 15 Minute Magic
 
 
 
Thank you to Sara for joining me on the podcast. You can find out all about Sara’s work and her courses on her website here www.meandorla.co.uk, dive into her Instagram grid here https://www.instagram.com/me_and_orla/, or chat to her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/meandorla. Her podcast Hashtag Authentic is here https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/hashtag-authentic-for-small-businesses-bloggers-online/id1200930280, and of her book of the same name, subtitled Finding creativity and building a community on Instagram and beyondhttps://amzn.to/34yy0K1, is definitely worth reading. 
 
 
 
49:20 A mutually beneficial relationship between nature and technology? 
 
 
Thanks too to Rose White for her wonderful reading from Rootbound. Rewinding a Life by Alice Vincent
https://amzn.to/2splqOU. You can find Rose on Instagram at www.instagram.com/liveawelllife, and with her professional nutritionist hat on here. www.liveawelllife.co.uk
 
With thanks to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
 
One-to-one online garden coaching
I’m very excited about my new venture – it’s a way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. If you’d like to find out more, please leave me your email address on the following link. I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as soon as this launches!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nov 30, 2019
S02 Episode 3: Garden outlaws and weedy rebels. With Jack Wallington
40:05
Garden outlaws and weedy rebels. With Jack Wallington
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Distracted by leaves
 
What happens when the landscape meets a garden fence?
 
The benefits of cultivated plants
 
Where weeds come in
 
 
Reading 04:48
 
from Weeds. The Story of Outlaw Plants by Richard Mabey
 
Read by Milli Proust.
 
 
What do we mean by the word “weed”?
 
Native wildflowers and non-native invasive intruders
 
Stinking Bob and Squinterpip.
 
 
 
Interview with Jack Wallington 10:50
 
11:15 What Jack was doing before he became a garden designer.
 
The Royal Horticultural Society qualifications Levels 2 and 3
 
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
 
15:41 Jack’s earliest experience of plants and gardens within the landscape
 
20:16 Is there a plant nearer to Jack’s heart that the dahlia he’s so often associated with?
 
21:46 Sustainability in Jack’s work
 
24:44 The tension between how nature behaves, and how we want her to behave in the garden
 
27:50 Jack’s new book, Wild about weeds. Garden design with rebel plants. 
 
33:01 Responses to the idea of purposefully incorporating weeds into the garden.
 
 
Thanks so much to Jack for coming along to talk about his new book, Wild about weeds. Garden design with rebel plants, published by Laurence King. https://amzn.to/2CHHiH4. The best place to find out more about Jack, his garden design practice and his personal gardening journey, is on his website at www.jackwallington.com. 
 
I’m also enormously indebted to Milli Proust for lending her wonderful voice skills to the podcast with the reading from Richard Mabey’s book. You really should check out Milli’s instagram page https://www.instagram.com/milliproust/ to see the amazing things she does with flowers – I don’t think there can be a grower who works harder. For a fully rounded picture of everything that she gets up to, check out Milli’s website at https://milliproust.com/.
 
 
With thanks to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
 
One-to-one online garden coaching
I’m very excited about my new venture – it’s a way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. If you’d like to find out more, please leave me your email address on the following link. I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as soon as this launches!
 
 
 
Nov 14, 2019
S02EP02: Unknown ground. With Grant Simon Rogers
33:36
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Soggy October.
 
Knowing a place, season to season.
 
The idea of UNKNOWN GROUND (Terra Incognita)
 
 
Reading 04:48
 
from Landmarks by Robert MacFarlane
 
Read by Rachel Coldbreath.
 
 
 
Interview with Grant Simon Rogers 06:46
 
07:14 "Keep sharing the beauty”
 
10:46 An introduction to Grant’s work
 
13:16 The importance of walking through the landscape – immersion or escape? 
 
15:14 The process of taking (or making) a photograph
 
17:00 A cinematic quality
 
17:44 The representation of the human element 
 
18:19 The reaction of the public during photography
 
19:14 London: Brockwell Park – Daphne and the Bad Wildlife
 
20:00 Learning trees
 
20:39 Favourite plants to photograph – individuals, or types?
 
22:14 Berlin: Tempelhof – grasses and birds of prey in the city
 
23:26 Documenting the wildlife, or passing through?
 
24:24 ‘Terra Incognita’ – always new ground? How well do we know the ground under our feet?
 
The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the younger. 
 
27:19 A subtle approach to storytelling 
 
 
 
I’m so grateful to Grant for making time to talk to us about how he works in and sees the landscape around him. You can find out more about Grant and see examples of his photographs on the following links: 
 
Online
 
 
 
Exhibitions
 
The Last Supper, 
42 Webb’s Road, SW11 6SF, London, +44 (0)742 763 6306 or +44 (0)207 223 8900
 
La Camera Chiara, Pestalozzistraße 13 / Berlin / 10625
 
 
 
With thanks to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
I'm grateful, once again, to Rachel for helping me out with the reading. You can find Rachel here: twitter.com/agildedeye. 
 
 
One-to-one online garden coaching
I’m very excited about my new venture – it’s a way for me to work with more people than I can physically get around to, helping them to make the very best of their gardens in a way that suits the life they lead. If you’d like to find out more, please leave me your email address on the following link. I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as soon as this launches!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oct 24, 2019
S02 Episode 1: Nature all around. With Caro Langton
36:31
S02 Episode 1: Nature all around. With Caro Langton
 
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Autumn is here
 
Nature all around us
 
 
Reading 03:40
 
To Autumn by John Keats
 
 
Read by Rose White, Richard Chivers and Rachel Coldbreath.
 
 
05:55 Nature Unnoticed
 
07:28 The pot of basil
 
 
Interview with Caro Langton 08:46
 
09:25  House of Plants
 
10:09 Where did the journey into plant obsession begin for Caro?
 
13:41 What’s going on in the plant:person equation?
 
The Moth Snowstorm: nature and joy by Michael McCarthy
 
17:23 Plant tribes and communities
 
The Houseplant Festival at the London Garden Museum, 21 September 2019
 
21:04 Plant installations
 
23:42 What makes a garden?
 
26:15 A deep connection with plants in a short space of time.
 
31:34 What’s next in the RoCo story?
 
 
Huge thanks to Caro for making time to talk to me about her work and her life with plants. You can find out more about Caro and the work she does with Rose Ray as RoCo here:
 
House of Plants: living with succulents, air plants and cacti
by Rose Ray and Caro Langton, published by Frances Lincoln 2016
 
 
Root, Nurture, Grow: the essential guide to propagating and sharing houseplants
by Caro Langton and Rose Ray, published by Quadrille 2018
 
You can read my review of Root, Nurture, Grow here
 
 
 
The effect of plants in the workplace on productivity…
 
Nieuwenhuis, M., Knight, C., Postmes, T., & Haslam, S. A. (2014). The relative benefits of green versus lean office space: Three field experiments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 20(3), 199-214.
 
Do plants increase workplace productivity?
https://www.goget.com.au/blog/plants-in-the-office/
 
 
 
 
With thanks to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
 
 
Sep 26, 2019
S01 Episode 15: Absolute beginners. With Lucy Lucraft
38:13
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Peak productivity in the garden. 
 
Does nature need our help?
 
The joy of growing things, but where to start?
 
 
Micro book review
 
How to Grow Stuff by Alice Vincent, published by Ebury Press, 2017
 
Extract read by the author
 
 
 
Interview with Lucy Lucraft 07:39 
 
07:52 Earliest memory of plants and gardens
 
08:48 The attraction of a house with a garden
 
10:17 What kind of plants Lucy’s growing right now. Edibles. 
 
13:00 The perils of gardening jargon
 
13:37 Finding gardening intimidating
 
14:00 the shed of doom, and pots of dead stuff
 
15:15 “I don’t really understand weeding"
 
16:00 Catching the weeding bug, and some garden tool geekery
 
17:23 Keeping houseplants alive
 
20:00 Gardening with small children
 
23:37 Veganism and gardening, growing your own and eating seasonally
 
26:34 What one thing Lucy would change to make gardening more approachable for beginners
 
 
 
 
A huge thank you to Lucy for joining me on this episode. You can find her here:
 
Thank you also to Alice Vincent for reading from her book, How to Grow Stuff. You can find Alice on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/noughticulture/. Details for the House Plant Festival, which Alice is hosting on Sunday 29 September 2019 at London’s Garden Museum, are available here: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/houseplant-festival/
 
 
With thanks to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
 
The music towards the end was Gift Horse, a track from the album Proverbs, by Les Hayden, reproduced under the Creative Commons Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aug 22, 2019
S01 Episode 14: Affirmations, arguments, and alstroemerias
08:12
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Preparing for the visit of gardening friends, with the help of 
 
Dear Friend and Gardener: Letters on Life and Gardening by Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto, published by Frances Lincoln 1998
 
In Your Garden by Vita Sackville-West, published by Frances Lincoln, reissued 2004
 
I’m getting mightily bored of saying that things are out of print, but both of these are, which seems… daft. There’s a Kindle version of the Christo/Beth Chatto book, and second hand copies about. Used copies of the Vita book are crazy prices, so your local library may well be the best bet.
 
 
The affirmation that comes from reading a passage written by one of your gardening heroes who agrees with you…
 
 
… until they go and spoil it by banging on about a flower you can’t stand!
 
 
Alstroemerias, how I don’t like them, but you probably should. The wonderful work done by British flower grower Ben Cross as seen on his Instagram feed https://www.instagram.com/alstroemeriaben/
 
 
A trail for the next full episode, featuring writer and podcaster Lucy Lucraft, kicking off an occasional series where I’ll be talking to new gardeners about their experiences getting to grips with plants, garden centres and, let’s face it, other gardeners. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jul 28, 2019
S01 Episode 13: Joined-up gardens. With Jo Thompson
45:08
S01 Episode 13: Joined-up gardens. With Jo Thompson
 
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
The fox who ate my socks.
 
Joined-up gardens
 
 
Micro book review
 
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury, published by Bloomsbury 2018 
 
 
Extract read by Rachel Coldbreath
 
 
 
Interview with Jo Thompson 07:46
 
08:27 The BBC Springwatch garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower show
 
17:05 Talking to the neighbours
 
17:44 Does a wildlife garden have to look messy?
 
21:45 Letting nature find its balance
 
22:46 A conversation with nature – a cooperative way to garden
 
26:12 An ongoing relationship between a designer and her gardens
 
30:42 The concept of “rewinding” in garden design
 
34:08 Jo’s planting style
 
38:21 Jo’s love for roses: what’s the attraction of roses?
 
 
Arne Maynard’s head gardener Steve Lannin on roses 
 
An article by Sarah Raven in the Telegraph on growing roses at Sissinghurst
 
 
Light touch gardening – a winning situation for all
 
 
 
A huge thank you to Jo for joining me on this episode. You can find her here:
 
 
Thanks also to Rachel Coldbreath for reading the extract from The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. You can find Rachel on Twitter at https://twitter.com/chiller.
 
And I’m indebted as ever to Richard Chivers, for giving voice to the Garden Jargon Buster. You can find Richard’s blog here http://sharpenyourspades.co.uk/, or seek him out on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sharpenyourspades/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/spadesharp.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jul 03, 2019
S01 Episode 12: Midsummer rain. A weedling
12:07
S01 Episode 12: Midsummer rain. A weedling
 
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
What is a "weedling"?
 
Rain in June
 
Petrichor
 
 
Flooding
 
 
Oberon's speech, A Midsummer Night's Dream,
ACT II SCENE I...
 
Enter Puck.
 
Oberon: Hast though the flower there? Welcome, wanderer.
 
Puck: Ay, there it is.
 
Oberon: I pray thee, give it me.
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlip and the nodding violet grows,
Quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk roses, and with eglantine.
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamelled skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in...
 
***
 
 
Midsummer, so soon. But plenty of long, lazy summer evenings to go. 
 
Next episode: Jo Thompson
 
Book recommendation: Weeds: the story of outlaw plants by Richard Mabey. https://amzn.to/2Ncavly
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jun 25, 2019
S01 Episode 11: Gardens and food. With Victoria Wade
31:20
S01 Episode 11: Gardens and food. With Victoria Wade
 
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Bees on the fishbone cotoneaster
 
Gardens and food
 
 
Micro book review
 
Tender, Vol 1. A cook and his vegetable patch by Nigel Slater, published by Fourth Estate 2009
https://amzn.to/30RYt3T
 
Extract read by Richard Chivers
 
 
In discussion with Richard about Nigel Slater’s books, and why you should bother growing your own food. 
 
 
Interview with Victoria Wade 14:10
 
14:40 The importance of food in Vic and Joe’s garden designs
 
15:12 Cooking over fire
 
16:33 Design making outdoor cooking easy
 
17:56 Primal nature of fire, role of fire in the home
 
18:49 Relax and soften
 
19:10 Incorporating edibles into planting designs
 
20:59 Planting style
 
23:33 Underlying structure and stone
 
25:12 Foraging – bringing outdoor eating and gardening in the landscape together.
 
 
A huge thank you to Vic for joining me on this episode. You can find her here:
website: https://www.victoriawade.co.uk
 
Thank you to Richard Chivers, both for the reading and for chatting to me about his Nigel Slater habit, and the effect vegetables are having on his marriage. You can find Richard’s blog here http://sharpenyourspades.co.uk/, or seek him out on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sharpenyourspades/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/spadesharp.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 30, 2019
S01 Episode 10: Someone else's garden. With Marian Boswall
36:52
S01 Episode 10: Somone else’s garden. With Marian Boswall
 
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
The cuckoo.
 
Someone else’s garden
 
Micro book review
 
Sweet Peas for Summer by Laetitia Maklouf, published by Bloomsbury 2012
 
Extract read by Laetitia
 
 
Turning someone else’s garden into your own – the client-designer relationship.
 
Who really is the client?
 
Interview with Marian Boswall. 08:34
 
08:35 The client is the planet 
 
10:19 Using Instagram to engage people about their gardens
 
12:00 The difference between landscape architect and garden designer
 
14:14 A spiritual side of gardening
 
17:00 The Blackthorn Trust https://www.blackthorn.org.uk/?page_id=6
 
17:46 Biodynamic gardening 
 
19:30 Domestic gardens and the landscape
 
 
22:52 Planning nature back in to our towns 
 
23:50 Gardening across society
 
25:00 Gardening in the city
 
 
26:32 INTENTION and PURPOSE in the garden
 
28:00 The ‘Bossy Garden’
 
29:40 Big ticket garden design – how does it trickle down?
 
A huge thank you to Marian for joining me on this episode. You can find her here:
 
Thanks also to Laetitia Maklouf for reading from her book, Sweet Peas for Summer. You can find Laetitia online on her website here https://laetitiamaklouf.com/, where you can sign up for her regular newsletter. 
 
 
May 10, 2019
S01 Episode 09: Who is gardening for? With Sara Venn
42:51
S01 Episode 09: Who is gardening for? With Sara Venn
 
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
April in the garden
 
Bees on the goat willow.
 
 
Micro book review
 
Letters to a Beekeeper by Alys Fowler and Steve Benbow, published by Unbound 2017
 
Extract read by Rose White
 
 
How accessible is gardening to everyone? Or…Who is gardening for?
 
Interview with Sara Venn
 
07:45 Why should people care about gardening?
 
11:37 Gardening helping people to reclaim agency
 
16:30 Access to gardening – can the industry and the media get in the way?
 
20:46 Entry points to gardening – the problem with garden centres...
 
22:35 The Independent Plant Nursery Guide 
 
The Hardy Plant Society
 
The Herb Society
 
The Alpine Garden Society
 
26:41 How is gardening doing as regards representation?
 
29:30 How about gardening jargon as a barrier?
 
34:08 Who is gardening for?
 
36:50 Three reasons to get involved with gardening
 
A huge thank you to Sara for joining me on this episode. You can find Sara here:
instagram: instagram.com/saralimback
twitter: twitter.com/saralimback
 
Thank you to Rose White and Richard Chivers for contributing their warm and wonderful tones to this episodes with the readings. Rose is an intuitive eating coach, and you can find her on instagram at instagram.com/liveawelllife, or on her website at liveawelllife.co.uk. Richard is the man behind the highly acclaimed Grow Your Own blog at sharpenyourspades.com, also hanging out in the tiny squares at instagram.com/sharpenyourspades. 
 
 
 
Apr 11, 2019
S01 Episode 08: Words and gardens. With Sean Swallow
41:02
S01 Episode 08: Words and gardens. With Sean Swallow
 
 
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
Is there anything left to write about gardens?
 
The garden as a place of ideas
 
The garden as a place of activity – where ideas can flow.
 
Words as containers for thoughts and ideas
 
 
Interview with Sean Swallow
 
07:38 intro
 
07:56 from garden designer to poet
 
16:38 the garden at Scatterford
 
20:17 are gardens ineffable? Why do we bother trying to capture then in words
 
22:46 strong gardens
 
22:30 disruptive poets
 
23:40 thieving bumblebees. Carpenter bees stealing nectar by drilling through flowers https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=14120
 
24:56 Death in the garden, Poussin’s Et in arcadia ego https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_in_Arcadia_ego
 
29:40 Poems ‘strong enough to help’.
Seamus Heaney, The Redress of Poetry https://www.seamusheaney.com/the-redress-of-poetry
 
30:42 gardens reflecting the shape of thoughts
 
 
A short film of Sean, his work, and his garden
 
Sean’s garden at Scatterford on the NGS website
 
 
You can find Sean on the web at http://www.seanswallow.net and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sean_swallow/
 
 
 
Further reading on writers and gardens:
 
The Writer’s Garden: how Gardens inspired our best-loved authors
Jackie Bennett
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mar 15, 2019
S01 Episode 07: On the threshold. With Lia Leendertz
41:30
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
Birdsong, growing by the day
 
One more week of winter
 
Meteorological and astronomical calendars
 
Somewhere on the threshold between two seasons
 
#thatwinterspringthing hashtag
 
Great Comp Garden
Comp Lane
Platt, Nr Sevenoaks
Kent
TN15 8QS
 
 
Micro book review
 
‘Galanthus’ from Bulb, by Anna Pavord
 
Published by Mitchell Beazley 2009
 
 
Interview with Lia Leendertz
 
07:06  Plant memories
 
11:04   What Lia’s garden says about her
 
16:43   Lia’s cookbook Petal, Leaf, Seed – taking flavours from the garden
 
17:44   How the Almanac came about
 
22:15   The benefits of living in tune with the seasons
 
27:16   What if the stories run out?
 
30:42   Hope for the future
 
Stephen Blackmore https://twitter.com/SteveBlackm0re, British botanist,  former Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and chair of Botanic Gardens Conservation International http://www.bgci.org/
 
33:48   Lia’s favourite season
 
36:53   The Instagram hashtag #myalmanacmoment: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/myalmanacmoment/
 
 
 
Seasonal signs – are the seasons merging?
 
Help The Woodland Trust track the effects of weather and climate change with Nature’s Calendar
 
 
 
You can find Lia on on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lialeendertz and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lia_leendertz/
 
 
The Almanac, a seasonal guide to 2019 is available at your local indy book stores, or you can buy it from Amazon here https://amzn.to/2VcP82D
 
 
 
With thanks to Lia for being my guest this episode, and to Charles Budd for his wonderful reading. You can find Charlie here: Twitter https://twitter.com/charliebudd Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thetallphotographer/
 
 
 
Feb 21, 2019
S01 Episode 06: To stand and stare. With Laura Ellen Bacon
47:10
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
January, and standing about in the cold.
 
Winter readings.
 
Lines from Alexander Pope’s Epistle IV, to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlingtonhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_loci
 
Leisure, by William Henry Davies 
 
 
Interview with Laura Ellen Bacon
 
05:39  Plant memories
 
10:00  Laura’s materials
 
12:05  Describing Laura’s work
 
14:08  Creative process
 
15:10  Finding a sense of place
 
18:10  Characteristics of a space
 
18:46  Laura’s own garden
 
22:38  Working with a softer, more organic backdrop of the garden
 
31:05  Movement in Laura’s work
 
33:16  How being a mother has changed things
 
38:52  Creating intimate garden spaces
 
 
 
Laura’s website is http://lauraellenbacon.com
 
You can find her on on Twitter at http://twiter.com/lauraellenbacon and Instagram http://instagram.com/lauraellenbacon 
 
 
 
With thanks to Laura for being my guest this episode, and again to Beth Pinkerton for providing her smooth tones for the reading, once more at absurdly short notice. You can find Beth here: Twitter https://twitter.com/MissPinks Instagram instagram.com/misspinks 
 
 
 
Jan 24, 2019
S01 Episode 05: Gardening for wildlife. With Kate Bradbury
41:53
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
 
Winter reading, micro reviews.
 
The Well-Tempered Garden, by Christopher Lloyd, paperback edition published 2014 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson https://amzn.to/2UVFJNX
 
Home Ground, by Dan Pearson, published 2011 by Conran Octopus
 
 
Using #betwixtmas to plan the garden for the coming year – a chance to think about making provision for wildlife.
 
 
Interview with Kate Bradbury
 
08:42 Plant memories
 
11:16 What are gardens for?
 
16:05 The buddleia incident
 
22:21 Planning wildlife into built environments
 
24:15 The Bumblebee Flies Anyway – what's in a name?
 
26:09 Lawns, are they really so bad?
 
 
NHS Insect bites and stings advice
 
33:08 Placing an economic cost on "environment services"
 
34:06 What hope going forward?
 
 
 
 
Review of Kate’s latest book, The Bumblebee Flies Anyway: a year of gardening and (wild)life https://amzn.to/2K9wF2U, on the Gardens, Weeds & Words blog, here:
 
Kate’s previous book, The Wildlife Gardener, available here: https://amzn.to/2zY1cvH
 
 
 
Hydrangeas with better wildlife value
It’s true, the ubiquitous mophead Hydrangea macrophylla has a flower head packed with sterile florets, which offer no food for pollinating insects. But those with the flower structure known as “lacecap”, where small, tightly furled fertile florets are surrounded by a thing ring of their sterile counterparts, are much richer in nectar. These include varieties of paniculate hydrangea, such as Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ or ‘Limelight', the climbing hydrangea Hydrangea anomoloa subsp. petiolaris, and the impressive oakleaved hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, with its wonderful autumn colouration. Varieties of Hydrangea arborescens, including the popular ‘Annabelle’, are also worth including in your pollinator-friendly plantings.
 
 
With thanks to Richard Chivers for providing his Welsh tones for the reading. You can find Richard’s acclaimed blog at sharpenyourspades.com, and the gent himself lurks on social media here: 
 
 
That’s it for 2018! Thank you for all your support and lovely messages. Looking forward to bringing you more slow gardening radio and conversations with creatives and plant-inspired makers next year.
 
 
 
Dec 20, 2018
S01 Episode 04: Call yourself a gardener? Gardening without a garden, with Alice Vincent
25:01
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Call yourself a gardener? Gardening without a garden, with Alice Vincent.
 
Garden soundtrack
 
Autumn ending.
 
A micro review of The Thrifty Gardner, by Alys Fowler https://amzn.to/2zlYlgG, with an extract read by Beth Pinkerton. 
 
Do you need a garden to consider yourself a gardener?
 
 
Interview with Alice Vincent, journalist and author of How to Grow Stuff https://amzn.to/2PM28OP, host of the Noughticutlurep talks at the Garden Museum https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/event_location/the-garden-museum/, and tap dancer extraordinaire.
 
Alice on Instagram instagram.com/noughticulture
 
LED growlights from Modern Sprout https://www.modsprout.com/
 
Jack Wallington, garden blogger, designer, and Telegraph Gardening columnist  https://www.jackwallington.com/ 
 
 
 
With thanks to Beth Pinkerton for providing her smooth tones for the reading, at criminally short notice. You can find Beth here:
 
 
 
Nov 22, 2018
S01 Episode 03: "More light", with Ros Atkinson of @her_dark_materials
25:01
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
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Garden soundtrack
 
 
The end of British Summertime, and what the sun has been getting up to.
 
 
 
 
 
A micro review of American Primitive by Mary Oliver https://amzn.to/2P3lAGf,
including ‘Fall Song’, read by Ben Dark of the Garden Log podcast 
 
 
Replacing the light we’ve lost…
 
 
Interview with Ros Atkinson, food and lifestyle photographer
 
The pea that caused the problems – ‘Kelvedon Wonder’ https://www.thompson-morgan.com/p/pea-kelvedon-wonder/107TM
Tutu, Ros’s own.
 
Ros’s veg shopping shopping: 
Daylesford Organic Farm https://www.daylesford.com/
Oxford covered market http://oxford-coveredmarket.co.uk/
 
 
“More light” – a little bit about Goethe
 
 
 
 
Nov 01, 2018
S01 Episode 02: Gardening in the landscape with Celia Hart
25:02
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
 
Garden soundtrack
 
 
October reflections
 
 
A micro review of Monty Don's The Ivington Diaries, published 2009 by Bloomsbury. Criminally, this now appears to be out of print, but I’m sure you can track a second hand copy down. https://amzn.to/2yd3SFE
 
 
 
Gardening in the landscape. How we impose ourselves on the landscape with our gardens (as well as our towns and cities and all the built infrastructure of modern life) – which might sound a little overcooked but, really – hear me out here. 
 
 
An interview with the splendid Celia Hart, whose illustrations you may well know from Gardens Illustrated Magazine and now the new Almanac for 2019. Celia's website is here. www.celiahart.co.uk
 
Gardens Illustrated Magazine. https://www.gardensillustrated.com/
 
A review of The Almanac: a seasonal guide for 2019 by Lia Leendertz with illustrations by Celia Hart on the blog at http://www.gardensweedsandwords.com/gwwblog/almanac-2019
 
An interesting article on green corridors for wildlife in urban environments. The role of green corridors for wildlife conservation in urban landscape: a literature review. H A Aziz and M H Rasidi, 2014
 
 
Derek Jarman at Prospect Cottage.
 
Modern Nature: The journals of Derek Jarman 1989-1990, which details the creation of the garden at Prospect Cottage https://amzn.to/2yz3Nvk
 
Derek Jarman’s Garden, a hardback volume dedicated to the garden, including Jarman’s own handwritten notes.  https://amzn.to/2NDs4pE
 
 
Dungeness links
 
Dungeness Old Lighthouse https://dungenesslighthouse.com/
 
 
Dungeness page of the Romney Marsh website https://theromneymarsh.net/dungeness
 
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway http://www.rhdr.org.uk/
 
 
Beth Pinkerton, our charming reader for this episode's book review. Twitter https://twitter.com/MissPinks Instagram instagram.com/misspinks 
 
 
Oct 12, 2018
S01 Episode 01: September. Wondering why we make gardens, and chatting with Jane Perrone.
24:59
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
 
 

Garden soundtrack.

 

September. 

 

A micro review of The Almanac – a seasonal guide to 2018, by Lia Leendertz, and a trail for the 2019 version, just published.

 

Question: why do we make gardens?

 
Tom Massey’s garden for the Lemon Tree Trust at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018
 
The impulse to create a home with plants, and what to do when you don’t have a garden?
 
Houseplants. 
 
A chat with Jane Perrone www.janeperrone.com of the On The Ledge Podcast 
 
Plants Jane mentions:
Burning bush Kochia scoparia var. trichophylla 
Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’, Philodendron ‘Prince of Orange’, Philodendron ‘Xanadu’
Monstera deliciosa, Monstera borsigiana (Monstera deliciosa var. borsigiana)
 
Do plants clean the air?
 
A couple of links to back up our random allusions to “various ... studies” with regard to the beneficial effects of greenery on our mental wellbeing.
Gardens and health: implications for policy and practice. Kings Fund report commissioned by the National Garden’s Scheme in 2016.
 
The Therapeutic Landscapes Network – the resource for gardens and landscapes that promote health and well-being http://www.healinglandscapes.org/about/mission.html
 
 
With thanks to Jane for coming along to chat about her life with plants, and for Ben Dark for lending his voice for the reading. You can find Ben’s podcast here: Ben Dark, The Garden Log podcast 
 
Sep 16, 2018
Trailer for the new Gardens, Weeds & Words podcast
01:25

A new gardening podcast is coming, from Andrew O'Brien, gardener and blogger at Gardens, Weeds & Words. It's a blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, as well as readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.

 

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