On This Weeks Show (Number 198 – Yikes It’s getting very close to the big 200!):
Brian Greene goes on a bus-man’s holiday to Kew Gardens where he speaks to Nick Johnson, Manager of the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew. Nick describes working in a horticulturalist’s dream job along with 700 other professionals. There’s a wealth of really interesting facts to be heard in this interview, including how insects see light and colours, how plants are pollinated in Kew Gardens and much, much more. How are plants named, why use Latin, and how cataloguing is extremely important to keeping up with Botanists? You’ll want to tune in.
Kew is home to a lot of conservation plants – there are more than 1,000 critically endangered species, never mind “extinct in the wild” species to be found behind the scenes. How on earth did the old London Bridge make its way to Kew Gardens? That question went unanswered, we’ll have to visit ourselves to find out!
If Brian says it’s good, then we think that’s persuasion enough.
Peter and Brian discuss whether it’s a good idea to build your own garden. Is it worth hiring a landscape garden professional and just how much can the average “Joe-Soap” do with their own garden? Peter reckons that if you build your own garden that it’s unlikely you’d be able to get as high a level of finish and quality as that constructed by a landscape expert.
Brian has some great analogies where he compares building a garden to building a website. Peter, as a professional landscape gardener, has an awful lot of expertise to bring to the party, he details how and why a landscape gardener may do better than “Mary McGinnity“. He also explains how he can help with garden design, not just full scale construction. There’s a reason why professional garden construction is expensive, Peter explains why…
Listen right to the end to get great advice on planting trees in the garden.
Song Of The Week: “Longshot” by Newton Faulkner – Caitríona picked this one.
The short version is Brian talks about a trip to Kew Gardens, Peter talks about choosing a garden designer.
The long version is that Peter gets envious as Brian is getting to visit somewhere nice but might not be able to appreciate the experience in full due to lack of knowledge. Brian talks about Valentine’s presents with longevity (I’m sold there). Peter thinks picking a garden designer is a kinda like getting married (and choosing a wedding planner). “it’s nothing to do with the budget, it’s kinda how you want the day to go.” Wow it’s all about the love on this show, the day before Valentine’s Day in Dublin!
Patrick Fox has been “decluttering” his garden – that’s an understatement. Take a look here:
Peter Donegan and Brian Greene touch base and chat about all things Sodshow. It’s interesting to hear what they think about garden radio and garden tv in Ireland. Yes, we do listen to and enjoy the opposition! There are some great gardening podcasts out there including the BBC Gardener’s Question Time. A big welcome back to The Sodshow for Jane Powers and her piece last week.
How has the cold weather and frost impacted on the gardening world? Peter has the answer, it hasn’t stopped him wearing shorts.
The lads also chat about gardening and horticultural trends for 2015.
Peter Donegan continues his chats with good friend, fellow landscape gardener and “The Irish Mail on Sunday” garden correspondent Eugene Higgins.
Peter and Eugene know each other since they were about 17 years young…. and on this second part of a 2 part interview, take a listen as they talk about trends in landscaping and what the future holds for Eugene Higgins.