The Sodshow – Garden Podcast & Radio Show

The Sod Show, Award winning garden podcast. Every Friday 4pm in iTunes & all good podcast stores

19 May, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Bloom Fringe 2016 – Part 1, The Sodshow.

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

This Friday Peter Donegan and Brian Greene chat with (some of) the team behind Dublin’s Bloom Fringe Festival – Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June 2016.

By their own words Bloom Fringe is planting no one has dared to plant before…. Bloom Fringe is the sort of Garden Festival that shuns the exurbs, preferring to play in the city streets instead. We’ll camp at Dublin’s neglected alleyways, turning them into lanes that are loved.

Today we chat with Esther Gerrard, Roisin deBuitlearElish Bul-Godley and Andrew Douglas – who, it maybe worth noting, a little like The Sodshow, all give their time free gratis. This is their year 3. And our year 2 at their side.

In part 2, next Friday, we chat with Marion Keogh, with an indepth look at The Sodshow’s involvement in Bloom Fringe, our return to The Sodshow live show at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and our appearance live on stage at Dublin Castle with Ron Finley.

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12 May, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Jane Perrone, Gardening Editor, The Guardian. The Sodshow.

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

This Friday Peter Donegan and Brian Greene chat with Jane Perrone.

Jane is the Guardian’s gardening editor, co-presenter of the Guardian’s Sow, Grow, Repeat gardening podcast with Alys Fowler and the author of the Allotment Keeper’s Handbook. She [quote] lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, two children and a hairy lurcher.

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

5 May, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Claire Faulkner, Allianz Garden Show Ireland 2016, The Sodshow.

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

Peter Donegan and Brian Greene chat with Claire Faulkner of Allianz Garden Show Ireland.

About Garden Show Ireland:

Antrim Castle Garden’s will be all abuzz from 6th – 8th May 2016 as Allianz Garden Show Ireland returns to the beautiful venue for a three day festival of flowers, food and fun.

With a renewed focus on gardens this year there will be more to entice and inspire every level of gardener, not least the return of firm favourite Show Patron Monty Don. This year’s event will showcase a range of gardens which vows to engage and excite visitors.

The Show will celebrate the NI Year of Food & Drink 2016 in style with local produce taking centre stage and being applauded by celeb chefs who will be giving live demonstrations.


Families young and old can enjoy an exciting line up in the craft pavilion, interesting activities for young green fingers and musical entertainment for every generation including the Punjana Tea Dances.

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The Sodshow was awarded Ireland’s Best Podcast in 2012 and again in 2013. It’s also Ireland’s only full time garden radio show and garden podcast.

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

27 April, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Paul Martin – Part 2, The Sodshow. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

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

On this part 2, Peter Donegan and Paul Martin return to chat Pauls Vestra Wealth sponsored ‘Mindful Living’ show garden at this years 2016 Chelsea Flower show.

There we talk everything from build costs, dimensions, sleepless nights, picturing gardens in your head and how they evolve and just how much work and thought goes into the behind the scenes of creating on such a large stage.

We talk detail, getting that right, solid blocks of limestone, candles, point marking and just what and why The RHS may have a mild question about one element of the finished garden, though Paul does not. 😉

With very special thanks to The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

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Our thanks to City North Hotel and the team there for being brilliant.

The Sodshow was awarded Ireland’s Best Podcast in 2012 and again in 2013. It’s also Ireland’s only full time garden radio show and garden podcast.

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


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22 April, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Paul Martin – Part 1, The Sodshow. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast and radio show airs every Friday live at 3pm on Dublin City FM and is available in iTunes and all good podcast stores just after the same day.

With very special thanks to The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) on this weeks show Peter Donegan chats with Paul Martin.

Paul is due to create his Vestra Wealth sponsored ‘Mindful Living’ show garden at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. And as one could only expect of Paul, this is set to be another master class in how things should be done on the worlds largest garden design stage.

The RHS describe it as:

A contemporary modern garden owned by a busy city client has been inspired by the love of Far Eastern travel, yoga and a requirement for a calm space in which to relax after a busy day at work.

The design incorporates clean lines and smart details such as Corten walls, subtle grey-splashed limestone, and large sliding shutters that open to reveal the sparkling city views at night.

Large multi-stemmed trees provide dappled shade over a planting palette of soft greens and yellow primulas, which dance besides secret rills of water that escape through blocks of limestone. The planting creates a gentle, calm and relaxing space to unwind and restore one’s life balance.

In this part 1 of 2, we however go a little further back in time, to when Paul and Peter first knew each other and further again to how and just why Paul ended up as the garden show person that he has become today.

Part 2 with Paul follows next Friday.

Our thanks to City North Hotel and the team there for being brilliant.

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The Sodshow was awarded Ireland’s Best Podcast in 2012 and again in 2013. It’s also Ireland’s only full time garden radio show and garden podcast.

Listen to The SodShow:

The Sodshow airs every Friday live at 3pm on Dublin City FM and is available in iTunes and all good podcast stores around 3.30pm the same day.

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