The Sodshow, Garden Podcast

16 August, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Paul Cook, Cooks Garden Centre. RHS Tatton

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Paul Cook of Cooks Garden Centre.

Better known as Cookie or Cookie Boy, Peter and Paul met in the Floral Pavillion at RHS Tatton after former guest of The Sodhow Rob Hardy suggested we’d be a good partnership. He was not wrong.

Over the course of the next 30 minutes the two plant lovers chat Cookies garden centre – one I should add that survives surprisingly so in this day and age; on plant sales. We chat Cookie who is very famed for his plant breeding specialising in hydrangeas and his wife who runs the floristry side of the business.

We also talk getting your wife to arrange her own flowers and then (wait for it) deliver them to herself and a business that evolved from bedding plants to dwarf conifers and now is famed for hydrangea..

Peter and Paul met up at RHS Tatton Flower Show and my thanks to The Royal Horticultural Society for being absolutely brilliant.

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10 August, 2017
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Garden Podcast: IF Oldham, Veg In The Park. Bus Stop Boulevard, RHS Tatton

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Nikki Davies, IF Oldham and Caroline Lawson of Veg In The Park.

Peter bumped into Nikki at RHS Tatton Flower Show 2017 at what was called Bus Stop Boulevard where, IF Oldham had transformed a Bus Stop into something completely, different.

The Bus Stop at RHS Tatton a collaboration between IF Oldham, Real Junk Food Oldham and Oldham Community Power called Growing Oldham Feeding Ambition (it represents the Oldham Food Map) is due to be reinstalled in a school in Oldham as part of an education programme launch for Oldham called Fuel for School.

My thanks to The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the wonderful team at RHS Tatton for their help on this interview.

IF Oldham

Nikki Davies is the co Founder of If Oldham a now but 2 year old social enterprise. Incredible Futures Oldham, aims to support groups, residents and individuals to take grass routes community action around well being and the environment through food growing and cooking. Amongst the many hats she wears, Nikki is also Chairperson of the Oldham Food Network.

Veg In The Park

Caroline Lawson not only heads Veg in the Park (also just 2 years old) but also volunteers with The Real Junk food Oldham project and is a Trustee of another community hub NEON (Net working in east Oldham neighbourhoods).

Veg in the park. (V.I.P ) came from wanting to show kids how to grow from seed to plate and that food just doesn’t come from super markets.

The community growing hub is built on the old disused bowling green in Waterhead park a site that was built with money from public health and our local councillors helped with donating money to the project. Volunteer ages range from 2 to 75; VIP boasts a 50 foot long x 35 foot wide Polly tunnel, 18 raised beds in various heights, 3 very large flat beds; they sell their produce to local people & cafes and all money raised goes back into VIP.

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2 August, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Matthew Soper, Hampshire Carnivorous Plants

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Matt Soper of Hampshire Carnivorous Plants.

A first for The Sodshow, but no ordinary first Matt and his team have been awarded in excess of one hundred RHS gold medals including 19 consecutive Chelsea Gold medals. Take a breath and get ready for the next bit. They have also won The Witan and Anthony Huxley Awards (1998); since 2000 they have won ‘Best in Show’ awards at Gardening Scotland, Malvern Autumn, BBC Gardeners world live, RHS Tatton Park and the National Amateur Gardening Shows; The Tudor Rose Award (2004, 2010 and 2011) at Hampton Court Palace flower show.

But that’s not the full story. Matthew was originally a builder. He is now a carnivorous plant breeder. Introduced to me by (former guest of The Sodshow) Rob Hardy at RHS Tatton, we go all the way back to when he was but a nipper, how the hobby became the career, his top 5 plants and why and in true Peter style, we go entirely off the point and hopefully come full circle.

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Top 5 Carnivorous Plants, as noted:

1. Sarracenia CV Jutatip Soper

Sarracenia CV Jutatip Soper

2. Dionaea muscipula Venus Fly Trap

Dionaea muscipula Venus Fly Trap

3. Drosera carpensis narrow leaf

Drosera carpensis narrow leaf

4. Cephalotus follicularis

Cephalotus follicularis

5. Nepenthes CV Rebecca Soper

Nepenthes CV Rebecca Soaper

27 July, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Toby Buckland

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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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