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Garden Podcast: Philip Turvil, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Philip Turvil of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

If I’m really honest, Philips love of horticulture is infectious. And he’s pretty wonderful not only at what he does – you can read his bio below – but more for how he sees horticulture and what that achieves. And honestly really honestly, if there were trophies that I could give out for people who, in this industry, are really (really really) amazing, he’d be right up up there on the tallest podium I could find.

So carried away I got, again, listening to Philip – it appears I missed entirely what we got him on the sodshow for – to talk about the Grow Wild Programme. I’ll fix that I promise. Grab a cuppa, go take a listen and enjoy.

On a mild side note, I first met Philip at the Garden Media Guild Awards and we last met, last weekend at the Party for Perennial. Fair to say, it has always been an honour.

Phlip Turvil – Biography:

Philip Turvil is responsible for Grow Wild; the UK’s biggest-ever wild flower campaign, bringing millions of people together to transform local spaces with UK native plants and fungi. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Philip’s current focus is Grow Wild strategy to develop its impact with partner organisations.

Before joining Kew, Philip managed Master Gardeners; Garden Organic’s national volunteer mentor network sharing food growing advice in local communities. He previously worked in practical/education roles at botanic, heritage, and zoological gardens, and was a horticultural advisor for the BBC and London 2012.

Philip gained an honours degree in horticulture (University of Reading) and masters in management (Bath University). He was a finalist for Journalist of the Year in 2011 and 2012 (Garden Media Guild).

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