The Sodshow – Garden Podcast

21 July, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Anna Platoni, Royal Horticultural Society Entomologist, RHS Hampton. The Sodshow

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On todays show Peter Donegan chats with Anna Platoni. Anna is an entomologist with The Royal Horticultural Society and we met up for a chat at the butterfly dome installation at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Anna studies insects and normally works on garden pests and garden wildlife but on this occasion was one of the brains behind the butterfly dome at Hampton Court Palace. From Anna’s childhood and an at that age interest in insects, her studies of zoology and working at the butterfly house whilst there to today and her work with The RHS.

We delve into just how the butterfly dome was put together, how it was pieced together to what you can do to attract butterflies into your garden. Of course we also go entirely somewhat off the point and as per usual come all the way back around.

The butterfly dome at #RHSHampton – Entomologist w @the_rhs Anna Platoni who worked on this, upcoming on the show

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Our thanks to Ben Brace for his hospitality and making Peter’s journey to Hampton Court possible and also to The RHS for being brilliant. Thank you, so very much.

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18 July, 2016
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The Sodshow, Extra: Rodney Keogh, Part 2 – Bosch Lawn and Garden. Garden Podcast

On This Weeks Sodshow Extra Garden Podcast:

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On this Sodshow extra mini series – part 2 of 3, Peter Donegan chats with Rodney Keogh of Bosch Lawn and Garden, in the company of Peters good friend and neighbour Phil Murtagh.

Today we talk about some recent new and new to me products to the market, namely:

  • Bosch power washer AQT 42-13
  • Bosch electric strimmer: Bosch AFS 23-37
  • Bosch iseo
  • Bosch keo

of note: no money, products, cake, free tshirts, paper aeroplanes or yachts exchanged hands for the making of this podcast. Though personally that’s probably not the worst thing that could happen considering this podcast has only ever cost us money.

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Bosch strimmer. Bosch AFS 23-37

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15 July, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Cherry Carmen, Perennial GRBS Immerse Garden, RHS Hampton. The Sodshow.

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On todays show Peter Donegan chats with Cherry Carmen, designer of the Immerse Garden for Perennial GRBS at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

From how whilst working in a garden centre Cherry home studied her RHS qualifications, to the setting up her own business, to her first ever show garden design and build under her own name – on one of the wettest June months on record where the design went below ground level – to just how 6 days before build for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show began, Cherrys design was submitted.

Part way through the recording of this interview there was a pause however. It is here that we chat just why Cherry was away on holidays as that design was done. And it is there I discover that Cherry has just completed her second round of chemotherapy.

The immerse garden Cherry Carmen for @perennialgrbs at @the_rhs

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Our thanks to Ben Brace for his hospitality and making Peter’s journey to Hampton Court possible, to the team at Perennial and also to The RHS Press Office for being brilliant. Thank you, so very much.

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11 July, 2016
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The Sodshow, Extra: Rodney Keogh, Bosch Lawn and Garden – Part 1, Garden Podcast

On This Weeks Sodshow Extra Garden Podcast:

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On this Sodshow extra mini series – part 1 of 3, Peter Donegan chats with Rodney Keogh of Bosch Lawn and Garden, in the company of Peters good friend and neighbour Phil Murtagh.

Today we talk about some recent new and new to me products to the market, namely:

  • Bosch waterproof radio PRA 10.8 Li
  • Bosch 36 volt Battery Powered Lawnmower: Bosch Rotak 43 Li 2-Ergoglex
  • Bosch strimmer. Bosch AFS 23-37
  • Bosch 36v Hedgecutter. Bosch AHS 54 20Li
  • Bosch brushcutter: Bosch AFS 23-37

of note: no money, products, cake, free tshirts, paper aeroplanes or yachts exchanged hands for the making of this podcast. Though personally that’s probably not the worst thing that could happen considering this podcast has only ever cost us money.

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Thoughts or comments ? @sodshow on twitter or on facebook as The Sodshow.

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7 July, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Mark Straver, Hortus Loci. The Sodshow.

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

Mark Straver, Peter Donegan, Jamie Butterworth

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

This Friday, Peter Donegan chats with Mark Straver of UK nursery Hortus Loci.

Based in Hampshire on a 17 acre site, they are a nursery predominantly for landscape architects and garden designers operating at the very highest level. In context, Hortus provided plants for 6 out of 17 gardens at this years Chelsea Flower Show 2016, 3 in their absolute entirety, including the garden designed by Anne Marie Powell for The RHS.

Today we chat Marks father and grandfather – both former nursery men – the build of a now 5 year old business (this October) and its almost immediate rise to becoming one of the finest and highest quality providers of plants in the UK. Hortus Loci as a by the way started in 2011 at the height of the depression. They currently employ 35 people full time.

We also chat everything from an ethos of how to do business, a thinking on how plants should be produced to just how Mark managed to end up where he and Hortus Loci are today. It of course doesn’t end there and together as Peter chats with one of horticultures very finest.

Pictured above as a by the way (l-r) Mark Straver, Peter Donegan and former guest of The Sodshow Jamie Butterworth.

Our very special thanks to Rosie and Agostina of Rose Tinted PR for their work behind the scenes.

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