On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:
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.
Top 5 Carnivorous Plants, as noted:
1. Sarracenia CV Jutatip Soper
2. Dionaea muscipula Venus Fly Trap
3. Drosera carpensis narrow leaf
4. Cephalotus follicularis
5. Nepenthes CV Rebecca Soper