The Sodshow, Garden Podcast

5 Dec, 2018
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Garden Podcast: Matt Biggs

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

Matthew Biggs is a gardener, writer and broadcaster who loves history and stories. On this weeks episode he chats with Peter Donegan.

On leaving school at sixteen he rapidly found office work too claustrophobic and rushed outdoors where he has remained happily ever since. He is currently developing his Hertfordshire garden and learning to love clay soil. Fascinated by plants of any kind he grows exotics, heritage fruit, unusual vegetables, tree and masses of bulbs. Matt is in love with Echium wildpretii has grown it several times in his garden but still dreams of seeing it in the wild. His latest book is The Secrets of Great Botanists.

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29 Nov, 2018
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Garden Podcast: River of Flowers

On this episode of the garden podcast:

image courtesy: Tim Howell

River of Flowers is a non-profit eco-social enterprise founded by rewilding strategist and botanist Kathryn Lwin and musician songwriter Peter Lewinson, which works in diverse partnerships to create trails or ‘rivers’ of wildflowers and wild flowering trees through cities for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

River of Flowers co-designed the Honeycomb Meadow Bee Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 with Studio SuperNatural in partnership with Urban Bees, which achieved a Silver Medal.

With very much thanks to CED Natural Stone, on todays episode, Peter Donegan chats with landscape architects Gabrielle Shay and Kerrie Mckinnon to find out why an just what River of Flowers is.

The Sodshow is available every Friday in iTunes, all good podcast stores and www.sodshow.com

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21 Nov, 2018
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Garden Podcast: Giles Heap

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

On todays episode Peter Donegan and Giles Heap of CED Natural Stone everything from trends in how stone in landscape design has evolved over the last 30 years, from what was (or, more to the point) what was not available, a super saturation of affordable sandstone and what the future maybe, all the way back to crazy paving, wooden sets and making your own in the 1970’s.

With thanks to London College of Garden Design for making this one happen.

We talk Giles eventual entry into the stone industry, going on holidays with Dad, how a daughters education and a change in thinking wraps around todays products and just how that has changed how we use and lay them. In a nutshell, this is not how I imagined this conversation would go – but then, I think that’s every episode of The Sodshow since time began.

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8 Nov, 2018
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Garden Podcast: Lou Petrons, Greenfingers

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

Linda Petrons, better known to me as Lou, is the Director of Communications at Greenfingers. As they word it, they are a national charity dedicated to supporting children who spend time in hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating inspiring gardens.

On todays episode Peter Donegan sits with Lou to chat working with some of the UK’s top garden designers, why they do what they do and just what it means to be a child or a member of their family with a photosynthetic outdoor place to be just that, if only but for a moment or a memory in time.  Continue Reading →

30 Oct, 2018
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Garden Podcast: Tim Richardson

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On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

This is a 2 part episode – with Tim Richardson.

Tim Richardson is a London-based writer, historian and critic specialising in landscape, gardens and art. He writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph and other publications including Country Life and Gardens Illustrated. He is the author of a number of books including Arcadian Friends (Bantam, 2007), Avant Gardeners (Thames & Hudson, 2008) and The New English Garden (2013).

A collection of his journalism entitled You Should Have Been Here Last Week has just appeared in paperback. Tim advises the National Trust on gardens and wrote the course on landscape history for Oxford University. He is the founder-director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, now in its eighth year.

On todays episode Peter Donegan chats with Tim.

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