The Sodshow – Garden Podcast

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29 September, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Lia Leendertz of The Telegraph, Gardening. The Sodshow

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – very proudly sponsored by CurrencyFair – every Friday in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On this weeks episode of The Sodshow Garden Podcast, Peter Donegan chats with Lia Leendertz.

Lia Leendertz is an award winning garden journalist who writes columns for the Telegraph and The RHS Garden magazine and writes regularly for the Guardian and Gardens Illustrated. She also writes about cooking the food that she grows, in a regular series in Simple Things magazine. She has an allotment and garden in Bristol where she lives with her husband and two children.

On todays show we chat everything from her writing at The Guardian newspaper, 9 books, The RHS magazine, The Plantsman, The Telegraph, studying in Edinburgh, her allotment and how fellow gardeners in Bristol may heckle her slightly and just how she knows former guest of The Sodshow Mark Diacono to now, where she is crowdfunding to publish an almanac for us lovers of the great outdoors and just what that will be.

A fantastic garden writer, a fantastic interview and a real honour to have a chat with.

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22 September, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Matthew Pottage, Curator, RHS Garden Wisley, The Sodshow

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On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Matthew Pottage, Curator at RHS Garden Wisley.

The youngest ever appointed Curator here and the youngest curator I have ever met, together we talk a 10 year rise from student to Head of, all before the age of 30. We chat young people in horticulture, Wisleys history, it’s design and layout, just how (let’s be frank about it) ruddy good The RHS are at doing what they do.

We also discuss changes, perception, getting involved, getting to Wisley and the 24o acre sites 100 year plus history. We also discuss how Matthew is far better at dressing himself than Peter and back in the land of horticulture, just what the future holds.

Matthew grew up gardening in Yorkshire in the north of the UK, and from an early age was inspired by his grandmas love of plants. With no professional gardeners in the family he went on to study gardening at a local college. Following this he studied with the Royal Horticultural Society where he climbed the ranks from being a student to Curator. Matthew has a passion for all ornamentals, especially woody plants, namely conifers and a soft spot for succulents.

Brilliant, insightful, amazing and wonderful – just some of the words I might use to describe Matthew.

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15 September, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Rob Hardy, Hardys Cottage Garden Plants, The Sodshow

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – very proudly sponsored by CurrencyFair – every Friday in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On this weeks episode of The Sodshow Garden Podcast, Peter Donegan chats with the legend that is Rob Hardy of Hardys Cottage Garden Plants.

From how Hardys started to how Rob actually started in the trade, what he was before he was one of the greatest minds behind one of the most successful nurseries in the world – we talk Arsenal Football Club, Liam Brady and the possibility of Peter ever being invited to the VIP section.

We delve into the flower show arena where – it should be rightly noted – Hardys have won 21 consecutive gold medals at RHS CHelsea Flower Show, just what that means and also working alongside Rob’s good lady and former guest of The Sodshow, the very wonderful Rosie.

What a story and what an absolute gentleman. Thank you Rob. It was an honour.

This interview with very special thanks to Rosie at Rose Tinted PR. And also my thanks to CurrencyFair, this the first ever episode of The Sodshow that they have sponsored. Fingers crossed not the last – please if you can, wish ’em well and show them your support. Their support very much appreciated. Nice one lads.

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8 September, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet David Tanner of Glenview Gardens, The Sodshow

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast by CurrencyFair.comFridays in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On todays show Peter Donegan chats with David Tanner of Glenview Gardens.

David alongside wife Mary started this garden 10 years ago. Ten ! Which is amazing considering how mature it actually looks. What beats that however is that David is not of a horticultural background, he was formerly in haulage and then took to driving a school bus. And this now, by his own words is more than just a gardening addiction.

The gardens are stunning. Immaculately maintained and yet open pretty much the full year round. And when the visitors leave ? Mary and David then, just the two of them, start to looking after the maintenance. Isn’t that just beautiful. And what a story……

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Huge thanks to Miriam and Bev of West Cork Garden Trail for making this interview possible. And also to David and Mary for the beautiful cake and for making me smile. Thank you.

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1 September, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Serge de Thibault of Bamboo Park Glengarriff, The Sodshow

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast by Currency Fair every Friday – in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On todays show Peter Donegan chats with Serge de Thibault, the owner and creator alongside his wife Claudine, of Bamboo Park.

Mesmerising, unusual, different, eclectic and at times head scratching, but also very wonderful – this is the story of a man who made a garden; albeit 13 acres in size, set, in what has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth – Glengarriff, West Cork.

Of the landscape here, there is much history and some unknown to even its current owners. What I do know is that the estates former owner Lady Ardilaun was noted however in writing in 1910 by Wyndham Fitzherbert – which gives me some idea (gardens created in mind) of its age and history.

What I do know is that in 1999 Serge and Claudine de Thibault created what is now Bamboo Park, West Cork. Serge had visited Bambouseraie in Anduze, France – the largest bamboo park in Europe – and liked it that much, that he decided to make his own. And though they differ by Serge adding some species that are not solely bamboo – they also differ based on the stunning location in the middle of which Serge and Claudine live.

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My thanks to Miriam and Bev of West Cork Garden Trail for making this interview possible. And also to Claudine and Serge for being so brilliant in giving me their time. Thank you all so very much.

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