The Sodshow, Garden Podcast

27 July, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Toby Buckland

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Toby Buckland.

Toby Buckland has presented BBC Gardeners World, the BBC’s coverage of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The Great British Garden Revival and also on Channel 4 and ITV.

He has written 5 gardening books, is a regular voice on Radio 4’s BBC Gardeners Question Time, writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph and amongst many things is also the Festival Director and host of Tobys Garden Festival. He began as a grower of roses in his home county of Devon.

More than that, Toby is a legend of world horticulture, a fellow Arsenal fan and one absolute gentleman. He really needs no introduction at all.

We met up at RHS Tatton for a chat.

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20 July, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Christopher Woodward, London Garden Museum, Director

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Christopher Woodward, Director of The Garden Museum, London.

From Christopher’s background, the history of the museum building and how it was set to be turned into a car park to atrracting garden designer Dan Pearson to design the courtyard area, the 1000 plus pieces of a somewhat changing collection featuring Charlie Dimmock, a cucumber straightener and how there is literally something there for all ages.

Peter also chats with Press and Marketing Officer Nicola Price and Emma House Curator.

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I almost forgot, there’s also a 131 step journey to what are amazing views over Westminister  – not for the faint hearted or those who may get in any way week at the knees – but, in hindsight, worth every single one.

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13 July, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Manoj Malde, RHS Chelsea 2017

On This Episode of The Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Manoj Malde, Silver Gilt medal winner at RHS Chelsea 2017. This was his first time to design there.

It’s worth noting maybe, that this interview was recorded before medals were awarded.

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Inspired by the work of architect Luis Barragan, Beneath a Mexican Sky garden was sponsored by Inland Homes Plc.

Together Peter and Manoj chat first time everything at Chelsea, finding a sponsor, being bold, the confidence to go there and walk that walk. The garden build, leaving your partner very far away from the garden build, sanity and the right contractor by your side.

Manoj Malde was born in Kenya in 1967 and moved to the UK at the age of four. Although he was raised in the UK, he attributes much of his love of colour to his ethnic background and Indian ancestry.

As a graduate of the Master’s programme in fashion design at the Royal College of Art, Manoj’s career has taken him to Italy, Germany, New York, Hong Kong and India. He worked in the fashion industry for 18 years, latterly as creative director.

Manoj then studied garden design at the English Gardening School and uses much of his fashion experience within his present career as a landscape designer. Although the materials have changed, his thought process still begins with themes, mood boards, colour palettes and textures. Manoj says; “Designing a planting scheme is like creating a sumptuous print on silk. I’ve gone from Crinolines to Camellias; from haute couture to ‘hort’ couture.”

Manoj has created gardens for various private clients as well as property developers. He has worked as a consultant on many projects, given presentations to garden societies and also enjoys writing a gardening blog. His ambition is to expand his garden design career into TV, with the aim of inspiring a passion for gardening in the younger generation and those from ethnic backgrounds. He also plans to develop his design work further into public spaces, hotels, spas and more private gardens in the Mediterranean and further afield.

With thanks to Tanya and Rosie at Rose Tinted PR.

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5 July, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Andrea Jones, The Garden Photography Workshop, Timber Press

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Andrea Jones author of The Garden Photography Workshop.

Of Andrea her bio notes:

For over twenty years Andrea Jones has built an international reputation photographing landscape architecture, gardens and plants. The latter being the subject of Andrea’s critically acclaimed book “Plantworlds” (2005). More recently, she travelled throughout the USA and Canada to illustrate “Great Gardens of America” (2009) whilst “The Garden Source” (2012) depicts inspirational ideas for gardens and landscapes. Having illustrated a multitude of garden related books for other authors “The Garden Photography Workshop” is her latest solo book in which she shares her experience and offers tips and techniques for photographing gardens.

Andrea studied art and photography in the late seventies and early eighties in Southern England. In the nineties she was elected a Fellow of the RSA and has since had several successful exhibitions. She works with leading Landscape Architects and Garden Designers worldwide documenting their work, for a multitude of magazines worldwide and also accepts private commissions. Her home is now in Scotland where she is represented by the photo library, Garden Exposures.

Of The Garden Photography Workshop Book, publishers Timber Press note:

One of the most rewarding aspects of gardening is sharing its beauty, both physically with those who visit and virtually with those who only see it on a screen. But capturing a garden’s true essence is difficult, and often the moments worth sharing are ephemeral. In The Garden Photography Workshop, internationally known garden photographer Andrea Jones shares the trade secrets that make her photos sing. You’ll learn the basic photography skills and tips on using a range of camera equipment, covering everything from DSLRs to smartphones and accessories. Profiles of real gardens from around the world exemplify the most common problems a photographer can face, like harsh light, wet weather, and cramped spaces, along with advice and techniques for addressing specific concerns. We live in a photo-driven world, and this helpful guide is a complete tutorial for anyone who wants that world to be filled with beautiful images of gardens and plants.

On that note, huge thanks to the very wonderful team at Timber Press for their help in making this interview happen.

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29 June, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Ballycommane House and Gardens, West Cork Garden Trail

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Ballycommane House and Gardens owners Ingolf Jungmann and Andy Stieglitz.

With very special thanks to Bev and Miriam of West Cork Garden Trail this was a little bit of a treat.

Set on a landscape of about 4 acres, Andy and Ingolf  hold around 1000 exotic native shrubs and trees chosen from literally the world over. In context, they include subtropical palms, bananas, tea trees, tree ferns and myrtles. They further specialise in growing their own collections from the southern hemisphere (Gondwana flora) and the Azores.

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But Ballycommane is a little more than that. It is the owners, the out buildings, the homemade cakes and fine coffee and the attention and detail given to the landscape that surrounds it. And, I not only visited there when invited by West Cork Garden Trail, but I some months later then returned to visit with my good friends Anthony and Darren when I went camping with them.

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