Ken White is the alongside his wife Sarah, is the Co-Founder of Supershoes Charity, that empowers children fighting Cancer in the UK. He is also Managing Director of Frosts Landscapes Construction, which has a heritage of over 45 years, winners of over 60 BALI Awards including the Grand Award in 2015 and is a multi Chelsea medal winning contractor.
Of more recent, he completed the management buyout of Frosts Landscapes with 2 of his fellow directors Adrian Meeker and Fred Perry. Ken is also the past Chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers and a very good friend of London College of Garden Design who are very much to thank for this episode being pieced together.
John Wyer is one half of one of the UK’s finest landscaping and design companies Bowles and Wyer. On this episode of the garden podcast and with much thanks to London College of Garden Design, the legend sits for a chat with Peter Donegan.
When I asked John for a biography, he gave me two:
John started his working life in the mud on site, before studying landscape architecture at Manchester Polytechnic, qualifying in 1983. He has worked in garden design and landscape architecture ever since, running Bowles & Wyer for the last 25 years or so. He is a strong believer in collaboration and speaks regularly and widely at industry and other events. According to his profile, he ‘eats, drinks and sleeps good design.’
Peter Donegan chats with David Ward, Garden and Nursery Director at Beth Chatto Gardens.
Beth Chatto was born and bred an “Essex Girl” with both her parents keen gardeners. She studied to become a teacher and always tried to include gardening in her classes. Beth married Andrew Chatto in 1943 and settled into domestic life, raising two daughters. Living next door to Ramparts nursery run by Pamela Underwood, Beth learnt the art of Flower arranging and was introduced to the local plantsman Sir Cedric Morris who became a “spiritual father to her. The family moved to Elmstead Market in 1960 and Beth set about creating her garden and opened a nursery “Unusual Plants” in 1967. Continue Reading →
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.
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.
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