The Sodshow – Garden Podcast

1 December, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Kazuyuki Ishihara RHS Chelsea, Sean Conville of Two Spots Coffee and Avril Hogan of Dingle Gin, The Sodshow

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On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Kazuyuki Ishihara at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, Sean Conville of Two Spots Coffee and the wonderful Avril Hogan of Dingle Gin and Distillery.

That, alone should win award for being the most pretty jam packed and most varied garden podcast in world history ! But wait….. there’s more. Because the very varied, varies a lot more than you might think.


Peter chats with Gold medal Chelsea Flower show winner Kazuyuki Ishihara about how he was formerly a moto cross bike rider with Yamaha, the team of 30 people invvolved in his garden build, just why he half self funded this project himself, designing and building 3- -40 gardens per month and his team of around 100 employees.

Peter talks to Sean from Two Spots, not about coffee as you might expect but about the excess waste that comes off the bean when it is roasted – known as the chaff – and how that is now being used as dressing in ‘flower beds’ and as bedding for hens, before ending up on the compost heap.

And finally Peter also talks to the wonderful Avril Hogan of Dingle Distillery a little about making gin, but also about how beautiful Dingle is, the collecting of the botanicals for the gin making and working with the seasons to produce one of Ireland’s finest refreshments ever.

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23 November, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Annabel Langrish, Heron Gallery and Garden, The Sodshow

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On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Annabel Langrish, Heron Gallery (and Garden), Cork.

This episode is released the day before The Sodshow goes into the mix for The Garden Media Guild Awards (UK) at The Savoy Hotel in London. And so we chat a little about that, life, you and I guess what matters a little more.

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

Back to todays guest; Located in Ahakista on the Sheepshead peninsula in West Cork, the now 4 acre garden is a now 11 year creation that has evolved over the seasons. Sculptures, fairy paths, bare foot path, butterflies and what I can only describe as a very “magic place”. It is as Annabel describes it a part of her life and lifestyle. It is different; and almost everything is grown from seed and though not designed in the way in which one might expect, it also serves to put edible flowers, veg, fruit,salad and herbs on the kitchen table – which I would also very highly recommend as a by the way.

From her life in Barbados to moving to Leitrim and how that actually happened and from a life where there were servants and one never had to do anything to a smallholding and growing your own. This again not intentionally, is just another garden podcast and radio show, that is just that little bit special and I hope you like it.

My thanks to Bev and Miriam at West Cork Garden Trail for making this possible and for taking me there.

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17 November, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Marta McDowell, All The Presidents Gardens, The Sodshow

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On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Martha McDowell, author of All The Presidents Gardens, published by Timber Press.

A teacher of landscape history and horticulture at New York Botanical Gardens, Martha also writes and gardens at her home in Chatham, New Jersey.

The book, originally an idea of one of her garden history students Seamus Maclenan is as I have described it before, unputdownanble. Starting right at the very start from before the site for The White House was chosen on an area that was of agriculture and swamp.

From Washington Adams Jefferson to Queen Elizabeth II and from John Adams and James Hoban and how the design was based upon that of Leinster House in Dublin. And from the exclusion of vegetables to the growing of mint for ice tea and to the inclusion and the removal of all of the glasshouses to modern day and what a Trump garden maybe as versus that of a Clinton garden. All that and so very much more of what is an amazing insight into one of the worlds most famous gardens, as only The Sodshow can do. A note of very special thanks to Besse and the team at Timber Press.

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16 November, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Peter Donegan Interview, by Moze Jacobs, Clonline Radio

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pictured above: Peter Donegan with Miriam Cotton of West Cork Garden Trail

Some time ago Peter Donegan was interviewed by Moze Jacobs of Clonline Radio where The Sodshow airs every week. It was to be an intro to those who may not be so aware of Peter and the garden podcast / radio show and the upcoming stories that were to air.

For those who don’t know, Moze asks Peter about starting Donegan Landscaping, his journey into the horticultural industry, how The Sodshow started and the garden media guild awards. Also discussed is the contrast between Ireland and the UK horticulturally speaking, Peters style of garden design and why he does what it is he loves so very much. And of course, Peter goes entirely off the point…….

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10 November, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Caitlin McLaughlin, 2016 RHS Young Garden Designer of The Year. The Sodshow

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Caitlin McLaughlin

On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with garden designer Caitlin Mc Laughlin.

26 year old Caitlin was awarded 2016 Royal Horticultural Society Young Garden Designer of The Year 2016, formerly worked at Kew Gardens, built designed and won Gold medal at RHS Tatton and won Silver medal Malvern Flower Show.

As of now Caitlin has alongside her sister Tessa, set up on her own as Thrift Landscapes (just a few months old as a by the way) designing and building private gardens and this November will be working alongside CityScapes and The RHS on their autumn festival.

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

My thanks to great friend of The Sodshow, Tim Howell for nodding me in the direction of Caitlin. Although I was more than aware of Caitlin, Tim I guess sped up the process of my having her on for a chat – and – as noted in audio, I am quite looking forward to watching this space and having Caitlin back on The Sodshow.

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