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Garden Podcast: Matthew Soper, Hampshire Carnivorous Plants

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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

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