BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Podcast

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Join the team from BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine as we share lively conversation about all things gardening. We’ll be exploring growing for health and for wildlife, success with homegrown food and flowers, making a thriving garden for you and your family to enjoy, plus how to green up your indoors, and much more. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or are just setting out on your growing journey, we promise you an enjoyable – and useful – escape into gardening with every episode.

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Gardening for wildlife - with Deborah Meaden
21:09

Do you strive to do more for wildlife in your garden? Are you cheered by the birds visiting your feeders or the frogs that spawn in your pond? Here, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Wildlife Editor Kate Bradbury, is in conversation with entrepreneur and star of BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Deborah Meaden, about why the rhythm of the garden and nature is so important to her.


As well as supporting climate-friendly businesses, Deborah has been slowly returning her countryside garden and surrounding land back to its former glory, encouraging nature in at every turn. Now, swallows, swifts, barn owls and badgers are just some of the creatures visiting and there’s even an otter regularly stopping in to eat the fish in her pond.


She confesses she’s not green-fingered, but will have a go, and is a great believer of ‘right plant, right place’. Plus, Deborah shares her love of weeding, and tells us why she starts every day - rain, snow or shine - wandering around the garden, cup of tea in hand.

From being self-sufficient by growing her own organic vegetables, to the rescue and rerelease into the wild of Pebble, the baby hare, listen now as Deborah and Kate discuss why everyone should be inviting wildlife into their gardens.



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May 19, 2022
Sowalong: Nigella damascena with Emma Crawforth
6:38

This time on Sowalong, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine Gardening Editor, Emma Crawforth, shares her favourite flower to grow from seed. With all the advice and guidance you need to start sowing and growing Nigella damascena, including how to use it in a flower border to fill gaps and why it’s perfect for the vase. 

 

A hardy annual with beautiful, upright flowers and a wave of feathery foliage, here, Emma walks your through her love of Nigella damascena. Popular with honey and bumble bees too, love-in-a-mist, as it’s more commonly known, comes in many different cultivars. There’s everything from sky blue ‘Miss Jekyll’ to the multi-coloured hues of ‘Persian Jewels’, so it’s easy to find one to suit every garden style. 


Listen now, as Emma covers sowing instructions, growing tips and how, after a year, this cottage garden favourite rewards you, shedding seeds that’ll grow into more flowers the next summer. Not forgetting those utterly irresistible, decorative seed heads. Here’s why Nigella damascena is one to add to the must-sow list now. 

 



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May 17, 2022
Saving our trees - with Adam Frost, Tony Kirkham and Geraint Richards
51:16

Beautiful trees and the UK landscape go hand-in-hand, but did you know that many of our beloved trees are under threat, becoming ravaged by pests and diseases? As part of National Plant Health Week, here, Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost chats to former Head of Arboretum at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Tony Kirkham, and Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall, Geraint Richards, about the state of our nation’s trees.


Delving into which UK trees are currently under threat, from the caterpillar attacking popular parkland horse chestnuts, to ash dieback and acute oak decline, just how bad is it? Are we gardeners on the front line and more importantly, what, if anything, can we do to steer some of our most important native trees away from a possible point of extinction?


Whether ancient specimens in native woodlands, or prize examples in our parks and gardens, trees have always been adored and celebrated by gardeners and nature lovers alike. So, listen now, as Adam, Tony and Geraint explain why we need to start taking tree health seriously and how to ensure we don’t see some of them disappearing from our treescapes entirely.


Plus, advice on what you should be planting into your garden, what to look for when buying a tree, how to spot a healthy one and best gardening hygiene practice for tackling biosecurity.



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May 12, 2022
Sowalong: Salad Leaves with Kevin Smith
10:17

Having something fresh on your plate, that you’ve grown yourself from seed, is magic. From speedy mixes and little gem lettuces to mustards and pak choi, this low-fuss lunchbox and dinner table staple will quickly reward you with a delicious crop, filled with variety.


Salad leaves are easy to grow in veg beds, balcony containers, or even into a couple of handy pots kept by the kitchen doorstep. Nothing beats having access to beautiful fresh leaves that can be snipped, cut and washed before being added straight to the plate.


So, listen on for everything you need to know about growing an array of cut and come again salad leaves from seed. Including Kevin’s tips for successional sowing and harvesting. Why not have a go at growing some this season? Once you’ve picked that first leafy medley for the table, there’ll be no going back.



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May 10, 2022
Gardening to boost your wellbeing - with Dr Amir Khan
32:12

How does your garden make you feel? We gardeners know the huge benefits gardening has on our mental health and wellbeing. Here, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Wildlife Editor Kate Bradbury, talks to Dr Amir Khan, NHS GP, TV doctor and devoted gardener, about the wonderful ways gardens and gardening can heal us. 

 

Whether we notice our blood pressure lowering or not, we all have those moments when the strains of the day, including anger and stress, melt away after an hour or two, digging the soil, sowing seeds, or even weeding. In fact, the moment Amir returns from a shift at the surgery, he heads straight into the garden. Gardening is so good for us, that doctors are now prescribing it to some patients as part of their journey to feeling better.  

 

From encouraging frogs, hedgehogs and wildlife into the garden, to the physiological changes going on inside of us when we’re outdoors nurturing our plants, listen now as Kate and Amir dive into all things feel-good gardening. 



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May 05, 2022
Sowalong: Tithonia with Monty Don
6:52

Step inside the Gardeners’ World presenter’s seed library, as he shares his passion for Tithonia flowers, and how to grow them from seed. Monty is here with heaps of advice, to ensure healthy plants and a bounty of blooms, every time.

 

Plus, the seed-sowing champion lets us all know why he grows Tithonia, the Mexican Sunflower, every year, without fail. As well as, how to ensure successful germination and plush petals, all season long.    

 

Let Monty Don persuade you to give Tithonia a try, with a few pointers along the way, as we Sowalong together.



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May 03, 2022
Fresh food from the garden - with Marcus Wareing
33:16
Is growing and cooking fresh food from the garden high on your wish list? Do you want to whip up dishes using homegrown ingredients but don’t know which fruits, vegetables and herbs to try first? We chat to Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, about why he’s swapped his chef’s whites for life in the kitchen garden. As he spends more time expanding his smallholding in the East Sussex countryside, Marcus is the first to admit getting to grips with growing food has been one heck of a learning curve.

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Apr 28, 2022
Gardeners' World season 4 trailer - Spring
0:44
The joys of spring are here, our gardens are bursting into life and the brand-new season of the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine podcast is back, full or inspiration and lively conversation – what better way to start the gardening year? From wildlife lovers to foodie growers, don’t miss that nation’s favourite gardeners as they share their love, advice and expert wisdom for all things gardening.

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Apr 21, 2022
Gardening for health
43:23

Arit explores ways to garden that will help restore our natural balance – with leading psychiatrist and psychologist, Dr Sue Stuart-Smith. Sue believes that tending to our gardens is a good way to tend to our minds, and reveals how a dose of nature is good medecine for us all. LONGER DESCRIPTION: Our heart rate slows, our mood enhancing hormones rise, and our blood pressure lowers.


These are just some of the scientific facts that tell us being in nature is good for our health. So Arit explores ways to garden that will help restore our natural balance – with leading psychiatrist and psychologist Dr Sue Stuart-Smith, who is also a great gardener. She shares a fascinating insight into how therapeutic horticulture has helped war veterans, prisoners, patients and herself – and how a dose of nature is good medicine for all of us.


Dr Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and author of the Sunday Times best-seller, The Well-Gardened Mind (2020) about the wellbeing and psychological significance of gardening. Partly inspired by working alongside her landscape designer husband, Tom Stuart-Smith, in creating their Barn Garden in Hertfordshire, she has been exploring the benefits of nature in creating a positive frame of mind.



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Apr 14, 2022
Trees for gardens
43:09

Trees are the life givers on planet earth, providing the oxygen we breathe, habitats to thousands of species, while creating beauty in our landscapes too. Yet these giants of nature are at risk. Arit talks to world-renowned tree expert Tony Kirkham, to discover why there’s a tree crisis and why we cannot – and must not – live without them.


What role do trees play in helping to improve our gardens and the environment? How do trees support wildlife and biodiversity? Just how important is it to balance increased tree planting with the environmental risks? Today’s guest started as a forestry apprentice aged 16, before embarking on a 40-year career as Kew’s Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticultural Services. Managing 14,000 trees and sharing his passion with his team and visitors, here, he explores how trees can help everything from our mental wellbeing to noise pollution. Plus, how to choose the right trees for our gardens, whatever the size, and the vital changes we should all make now in our approach to trees.


Dr Tony Kirkham was the Head of Arboretum, Gardens & Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew until his retirement in 2021. He is the author of many award-winning and popular books on trees, including pruning and training guides and his celebration of their glory in Remarkable Trees (Thames & Hudson).



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Apr 07, 2022
Growing in the city
44:03

We investigate how plants can give city-dwellers vital protection against future climate change including extreme weather conditions and declining air quality, with our guest, scientist Dr Tijana Blanusa


With fluctuating weather systems and increasing populations, our towns and cities are on the frontline of rising temperatures, flash flooding and degraded air quality. So just how can some of our common garden plants help?

Arit is joined by Dr Tijana Blanusa, RHS environmental scientist and specialist in plant physiology, whose extensive research into the benefits of greening our cities reveals how plant function could give us vital protection against the future of a changing climate – and how you can use this information to make the right choices in your garden


Dr Tijana Blanusa leads the RHS Ecosystem Services Research Programme, identifying the structural and functional traits of plants that can be isolated, optimised and employed to benefit the wider environment


She tells us: “Most of the UK population nowadays lives in towns and cities. Domestic gardens form a large proportion of UK urban areas (up to 30%!) so what we grow in them and how we manage them can have a significant environmental impact. My research contributes to the understanding what structural and functional traits plants need to provide environmental benefits (like cooling, rainfall capture and air quality improvement) well. In my role as a scientist for the RHS I am able to pass this knowledge on so that our gardeners can make planting choices that not only look and feel good but which benefit the environment.



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Mar 31, 2022
Sustainable garden design
50:24

What are the key elements of a sustainable garden? Can any landscaping materials really be considered sustainable and what essentials help to make a small space sustainable? Today’s guest explores how we can all move towards designing and building sustainably and how to adapt your existing garden with sustainability - and the planet - in mind.


She believes that thoughtful design creates kindness – to our surroundings, to the wildlife we share our gardens with, and to each other.

In this episode, she shares with Arit her belief that we must listen to the land on which we garden – however small that space. Taking time to sit, look around and listen – is there life in the soil, birdsong in the air? And she offers a practical approach to this that everyone can try.


She also shares ways to ensure the materials and plants you select for your garden are the kindest for the planet. But above all, she says, your choices must start with the biggest question of all: how do you want to live?



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Mar 24, 2022
Water-wise gardening
35:36

Could you garden without an outdoor tap – and keep your plants healthy and thriving? That’s the challenge set by today’s podcast guest – as she shares HOW we need to all learn to live without water always on demand.


In the UK one of the topics we talk about the most is the weather – and we feel like we get our fair share of rain. But our rainfall patterns are changing, bringing either a heavy deluge that we can’t cope with, or a struggle with drought. But what we do expect is water to pour from our outdoor taps whenever we need it. With global water shortages and demands, is it time to rethink our reliance on this increasingly precious resource? Our guest in this episode thinks so – Janet Manning is a water expert, scientist and experienced gardener who has answers that could challenge us all…



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Mar 17, 2022
Harnessing the Power of Plants
47:59
Diversity is a hot topic for us all right now – as we figure out how to create a more diverse society for 21st century living. And it’s clear, says today’s guest, that diversity also holds the key to how we should garden in the future – because diversity lies at the heart of the healthiest plant communities. Professor Nigel Dunnett has been studying plants and creating landscapes for decades and is convinced that the future of gardening is not just about us working with nature, rather than against it, but that observation of the plant world points the way.

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Mar 10, 2022
Down to Earth
37:28
a healthy garden starts with healthy soil, so we explore how to mimic nature in creating the best conditions, with Professor Duncan Cameron – a world expert in plant and soil biology, who lifts the lid on the mysterious world under our feet

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Mar 03, 2022
Growing food sustainably
42:12
From cutting air miles to boosting biodiversity and soil health, nurturing our own fruit and veg garden gives us so much more than just a tasty harvest – so we talk to food policy guru Professor Tim Lang, who’s also a gardener, President of Garden Organic and a one-time hill farmer, and has experienced food growing from all sides. He’s passionate about the contribution gardeners can make to a better future for food, our soil and our health.

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Feb 24, 2022
GROWING GREENER with Arit Anderson Trailer
0:51
Spending time gardening or enjoying others’ gardens opens our eyes to the environment around us and the realities of climate change. But can individuals make a difference by gardening more sustainably, when the solutions seem so huge? In this new podcast series, we’ll be talking to the experts in planet-friendly gardening, to share practical solutions that anyone can try and reveal how to make a genuine impact when we all act together. From growing food and pollution-busting plants at our back door, or finding alternatives to tap water, peat and plastics, tune into the podcast series to hear us reveal how even small steps can bring big results. None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something.

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Feb 22, 2022
Growing Veg in a small space
40:38
Gardener, author and You Tube content creator, Huw Richards reveals how small space veg growing doesn’t need to be restrictive. He shares how to get around the challenges of growing in a tight space as well as some of the opportunities it offers. He shares which plants will do best, how to make you own feed, as well as some less traditional approaches to gardening.

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Dec 14, 2021
New ways to grow more veg - with Frances Tophill
47:39

Frances Tophill, Gardeners’ World presenter and horticulturist, is passionate about growing delicious vegetables and herbs in an organic, sustainable way, but that also saves her time and produces maximum harvests. Alongside the everyday varieties, she also grows unusual and perennial vegetables for easy results – and even makes the most of the weeds that grow on her plot.


Whether you’re taking on an allotment, or just have a few pots at home, you’ll discover her advice on how to make your own organic plant feed, deal with pests and diseases, manage your time if you can’t tend the plot daily – and all you need to know to achieve success with veg, growing in a modern, sustainable way.



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Dec 07, 2021
Gardening for wellbeing with JJ Chalmers
30:50

JJ Chalmers, former Royal Marine, multi-medal-winning Invictus Games athlete and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, reveals how gardening has been part of his healing process after life-changing injuries, suffered while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011.


He shares how it helps him and his family connect with nature, how he overcomes physical challenges that are the lasting legacy of his injuries, and why he thinks gardening can benefit us all. JJ discusses the mental health benefits of gardening and how, after working as a teacher in some deprived areas, he’s observed that it could help more young men and women through their own tough times. Above all, he shares the joy that his garden gives him, sharing it with his young family and passing on to them his lifelong love of being outdoors.


This podcast touches on mental health issues, so if you are affected by any of the content, you can find good resources to support you at NHS Every Mind Matters (www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/). And you can contact the Samaritans on 0116 123 for free in the UK, or visit www.samaritans.org



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Nov 30, 2021
Wreath-making made easy
36:01

A traditional Christmas door wreath is just the thing to give visitors a hearty festive welcome. And even better if it’s homemade with materials foraged from the garden – it’s the perfect way to keep costs down, while making something totally individual to you.


Hello, I’m Kevin and I’m joined by florist and gardener, Shilpa Reddy. Shilpa created the beautiful Christmas wreath that features on the front cover of our December issue, and we’re going to recreate it in the studio right now as we record this podcast. Apparently it’s simple and easy enough for even me to have a go at



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Nov 24, 2021
Gardening for your health
34:56
Can we boost our immune systems and wellbeing through gardening? We hear from TV medic Michael Mosley how gardeners can benefit their health every time we’re in the garden

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Nov 16, 2021
Wildlife gardening at Great Dixter
53:20

How do you create a wildlife garden? Fergus Garrett takes me on a walk around Great Dixter, where we discuss the habitats he and his team have created to help wild species.


As we walk around the gardens he points out various habitats that work for different species, including the pond in the Barn Garden where great crested live, the wonderful meadows home to rare orchids and even rarer long-horned bees, and the giant piles of garden waste that serve as nesting and hibernation habitats for all sorts of species, from birds to hedgehogs to snakes.


We discuss the trials and tribulations of wildlife gardening, what it means as a wildlife gardener to open your garden to the public, and how we can all take a piece of Great Dixter home with us, and recreate these habitats in our own spaces.



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Nov 09, 2021
Trevor Nelson on making a garden for sharing
41:30
Trevor Nelson MBE, BBC Radio 2 DJ reveals how he unsuspectingly became a gardener. He shares his first steps in the gardening world and advice for those looking into getting started themselves. He explains how a garden can be designed for wildlife, as well as entertaining family and friends – plus why short of a holiday (or playing golf), he wouldn’t now want to be anywhere else.

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Nov 02, 2021
Growing your own food - with Monty Don
52:19

What’s the secret to success with veg growing? Monty Don shares his tips for great tasting, healthy fruit and veg – and why your best-ever veg year starts not in the new year, but here in autumn. With just a little planning, you can look forward to year-round fresh and healthy harvests


We caught up with Monty as he was in peak harvest season at Longmeadow – and heard how his veg plot is at the heart of family cooking.

He shares why growing food gives him so much pleasure, the tricks he uses to ensure a steady flow of harvests, and why his sowing choices start at the kitchen table.


He also reveals why things still go wrong on his plot – and how learning from mistakes rather than striving for perfection are often the best way to improve your veg growing, and tackles the common mistakes that most beginner gardeners make when starting out growing veg.



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Oct 26, 2021
Success with houseplants – from Hilton Carter
39:43
Hilton Carter – author, interior stylist, house plant expert and Instagram star reveals what you need to know to start a house plant collection or take your’s to the next level. He shares the fundamentals of plant care alongside some styling tips to make your house a calmer, greener home.

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Oct 19, 2021
Family gardening - with Alan Titchmarsh
29:41
Alan Titchmarsh reflects on gardening as a child, how it shaped his life to come and the impact it’s had on his own children and grandchildren. Discover why he believes all children should be given the chance to connect with the natural world – even if that is just a small patch outside a back door – and why it’s the responsibility of schools and parents to make gardening exciting for our young people

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Oct 11, 2021
Beginner gardening with Joe Lycett
40:24
Comedian Joe Lycett explains his less conventional view of the plant world, what about it makes him laugh, plus his own recipe for perfect compost. He shares recipes for easy to grow veg, gardening tips, and how both he and you can get growing from scratch.

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Oct 05, 2021
Adam Frost – welcome to my garden
52:44
We visit Gardeners’ World presenter, Adam Frost, at home to take a private tour of his garden. Soak up the atmosphere as he guides Kevin Smith around the place we’ve become so used to seeing on TV and in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. From the veg and gravel gardens to the woodland, meadow and more…

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Sep 28, 2021
The BBC Gardeners' World Season 3 Trailer
0:38
Are you looking for ways to get your gardening fixed this autumn? Don't miss the BBC Garden as World magazine podcast. Perfect for everyone who's got the gardening bug. We'll be sharing lively conversation and expert tips as we explore all things gardening from simple ways to benefit your health as your garden to the wildlife that's visiting your plot. So join us on the podcast as we help you tune into gardening and discover the power of nature at your back door. Subscribe now on iTunes, Spotify or Acast to never miss an episode.

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Sep 27, 2021
Sustainable gardening – with Arit Anderson
44:02
Can any one of us really make a difference in a world where climate change is reaching into every part of our lives? Arit Anderson, designer and Gardeners' World presenter, passionately believes that sustainable gardening is a force for good – and that if each of gardens with the planet in mind, we can change the world for the better

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Jun 09, 2021
Making a garden – with Alan Titchmarsh
43:03

What’s the secret to making a beautiful garden? How do you turn the patch at your backdoor into a space that’s not just a collection of plants but one that suits your personality – and makes you happy?

Alan Titchmarsh, who’s made more gardens than most from his time as presenter of Gardeners’ World, Groundforce and Love Your Garden, reveals the steps that everyone can take to turn dreams into reality.

Discover the key steps he always takes when creating a garden, however small, plus how to know when it’s time for change, and the mistakes he’s made along the way. And through it all, he reveals how he has created his own private sanctuary away from the TV cameras, shared with family and wildlife, where he’s turned a lifetime of ideas into his own piece of paradise



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Jun 03, 2021
Monty Don on organic gardening
49:17
As millions turn to gardening, to switch off from the pressures of city life and connect with nature, Monty Don reveals why growing organically is the natural choice – for now and the sake of future generations

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May 27, 2021
Raymond Blanc on growing for flavour
30:43
Food is at the heart of chef Raymond Blanc's world – and it's never fresher, healthier nor more flavoursome than when grown and picked just moments from the kitchens at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. He recalls his earliest gardening memories – and reveals the secrets to growing for flavour.

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May 20, 2021
The power of birdsong - with David Lindo
33:14
Why do birds sing – and why do we find it so calming? Bird expert David Lindo reveals what's behind the power of birdsong - and how it's not just good for birds but for our health, too

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May 13, 2021
Garden design made easy - with Ann-Marie Powell
43:58
Unsure how to turn the dream of a perfect garden into reality in your back garden? We turn to one of the most creative designers at work today, Ann-Marie Powell, to demystify garden design and share the steps we can all take to making our gardens beautiful and personal.

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May 06, 2021
Success with cacti
32:03
The plant that's launched a million Instagram posts is a must-have accessory on every well-dressed shelf – but cacti aren't always as easy to grow as you think. Our expert Gynelle Leon shares her flair for cacti and houseplant hacks so you'll have picture-perfect plants every time.

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Apr 29, 2021
Gardening for wildlife with Alan Titchmarsh
25:29
Gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh reveals his lifelong fascination for wildlife – and the small steps everyone can take to make their garden a haven for wildlife

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Apr 22, 2021
Adam Frost – my gardening life
49:14
Gardeners’ World presenter, Adam Frost, reveals how gardening has impacted his life – after dropping out of school, just how did he get where he is today?

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Apr 15, 2021
Success with veg – with Pippa Greenwood
46:03
Homegrown food is fresher, healthier and tastier than anything you buy at the supermarket – so veg expert Pippa Greenwood shares how to get started now

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Apr 08, 2021
Chris Packham on gardening for wildlife
33:15
More of us than ever want to help wildlife in our gardens but are unsure of the practical steps to take, so we call on Chris Packham – naturalist and Springwatch TV presenter – to share how he's turning his garden into a backdoor nature reserve

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Apr 01, 2021
The Gardeners' World Podcast - Season 2 Trailer
0:43

Are you looking for ways to get your gardening fix this spring? Do you love to escape into the garden? Don't miss the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine podcast - perfect for everyone who's got the gardening bug.


We’ll be sharing lively conversation and expert tips as we explore all things gardening – from simple ways to benefit your health as you garden to the wildlife that’s visiting your plot.

  

So join us on the podcast – as we help you tune in to gardening AND discover the power of nature at your back door. 



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Mar 31, 2021
Growing your own food
37:49
Claire Ratinon, food grower and author of How to Grow Dinner Without Leaving the House, shares her tips for raising your own veg, with plenty of tips for those with just a limited space. She reveals how volunteering on a roof top farm in New York got her hooked on veg growing and changed her life for the better. She examines the effect of growing veg on our wellbeing and why it matters that we play a part in managing where our food comes from.  

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Jan 28, 2021
Gardening in schools
21:22
Wicor Primary School puts gardening at the heart of everything it does – lessons happen outside, natural history is discovered for real on-site and homegrown produce is sold to boost school profits. But exactly how does all this work with the National Curriculum, and how could your kids benefit from the joys of gardening in their school? Louise Moreton has run the teaching gardens at Wicor for more than 12 years and explains all…

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Jan 21, 2021
Mark Lane on gardening with a disability
35:29
Mark Lane, BBC Gardeners’ World first presenter in a wheelchair looks back at how a car accident changed his life, forcing him into using a wheelchair. He reveals how he has overcome the difficulties this has given him, and finds ways to adapt gardening techniques and tools so he can keep on doing what he loves. He shares what he’s learned about gardening with a disability and the practical solutions that have enabled him to create not only a lovely garden but also a thriving career.

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Jan 14, 2021
Gardening against the odds
36:34

Sue Kent has delighted viewers of Gardeners’ World during lockdown, as she demonstrated creative ways to overcome the challenges of gardening with an upper limb difference. She reveals how she created her Welsh coastal garden using, mostly, her feet and – following her appearance on the TV show – the questions most frequently asked by viewers.

Sonal Sumaria has found ways to garden with hearing and visual impairment. She shares how she uses her other senses to help her identify what’s around her in the garden – and what she would like to see improve in colleges and workplaces to encourage more young people with disabilities become professional gardeners



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Jan 07, 2021
Gardening for a healthier life, with Rangan Chatterjee
38:51
Dr Rangan Chatterjee, best-selling author and BBC One’s Doctor in the house talks about the many health benefits of gardening; how it affects our sleep, the nutrition we get, and how it can help us lose those extra pounds. He reveals how those with busy schedules can build healthy habits like gardening into their daily routine and why there is no substitute for getting outside and being surrounded by nature for better health.

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Dec 31, 2020
Monty Don on gardening for wildlife
46:00
As natural habitats disappear, gardens have become vital for the future survival of much of our wildlife, from unseen soil-dwelling creatures to hedgehogs and house sparrows. Monty Don has been observing the wildlife that visits his garden at Longmeadow for decades – and how his gardening has encouraged those creatures to not only visit but stay and contribute to a place that’s full of life. As he publishes his discoveries in a new book about the garden wildlife year, we catch up with him to hear his advice on creating a rewarding space that’s as good for wildlife as it is for you.

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Dec 24, 2020
Success with orchids
34:46
Plant guru Michael Perry shares how to keep the nation’s favourite houseplant thriving – all year round

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Dec 17, 2020
Gardening as therapy
28:05
Whether it’s improving your physical health, or helping your mental well-being, gardening is good for you. Kathryn Rossiter, chief executive of the garden health charity Thrive, shares why doing just a little in the garden can help a lot in so many ways. Plus she explains why social and therapeutic horticulture programmes are vital in helping people from all walks of life as they battle wide and varied health conditions. We also chat to Imogen, who’s been helped by Thrive, to hear first-hand how gardening has changed her life for the better. 

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Dec 10, 2020
Growing your own food with Alan Titchmarsh
36:55
Growing food has been the lockdown activity for so many of us through the pandemic, but can you turn a summer’s interest into a passion for life? We ask Alan Titchmarsh, one of our national gardening treasures, to share his tips for success with fruit and veg – whatever your growing space and conditions. From what to grow in a shady city courtyard to encouraging kids to get gardening, plus sharing harvesting tips and family recipes, Alan will give you the confidence to just have a go – and the appetite to start right now!

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Dec 03, 2020
Monty Don on gardening for health
41:37
Monty Don shares with us how gardening has helped his mental and physical wellbeing throughout his life – that gets him through his darkest days and brings poetry to the happiest times. He reveals how he and Sarah tried to bring a bit of gardening and nature into the glitzy world of 1980s fashion, through their jewellery business, and how when the crash came, it was their garden that saved him. In this revealing conversation, he also shares what he’s learning as he gets older – and why the recent take-up in gardening gives him real hope for the future.

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Nov 26, 2020
The Gardeners' World Magazine Podcast Trailer
0:44
Join the team from BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine as we share lively conversation about all things gardening. We’ll be exploring growing for health and for wildlife, success with homegrown food and flowers, making a thriving garden for you and your family to enjoy.

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Nov 16, 2020