The Sodshow – Garden Podcast

30 June, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Juliet Sargeant, Modern Slavery Garden. The Sodshow.

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

Guest 30 June 16: Juliet Sargeant of @modernslaverygarden talking with @peterdonegan at #RHSChelsea. What an amazing story.

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with garden designer Juliet Sargeant.

Juliet was the designer of The Modern Slavery Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 were in the Fresh Category it won Gold and also the Peoples Choice Award.

This garden however, medals slightly to one side was one that came with a very serious behind the scenes message and on this episode of The Sodshow garden podcast we chat with Juliet about her design, the garden build, the previous attempt to get to Chelsea and her career – not always in horticulture – to date. We also delve a little further into the message behind the garden itself, the why and just what modern slavery really is.

Our very special thanks to Rosie at Rose Tinted PR for her work behind the scenes on this one.

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  • Have a wee read: The Sodshow
  • And thanks. Thanks you. For listening.
  • Chat ye next Friday, Xx

23 June, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Catherine MacDonald of Landform Consultants – The Sodshow

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with garden designer Catherine MacDonald.

Catherine was the designer of The Hartley Botanic Garden on main avenue at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 which won silver-gilt and is also the designer of The Squires Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 which celebrates 80 years of Squires Garden Centres.

A very fine and accomplished designer, Catherine works with Landform Consultants. Of note – and it is very worth noting – Landform were involved in 4 Chelsea 2016 show gardens and one trade stand. Also; top Don at Landform Mark Gregory, who judged show gardens Peter Donegan designed and built at Bloom, this year built his 150th show garden at RHS Chelsea (yes, one hundred and fifty).

As noted in the interview, my noting of Mark is not to steal any of Catherine’s limelight, more I feel it adds to it and to be fair, there’s an element of her being Thierry Henry and her boss Arsene Wenger, if you will.

On todays show we of course chat Catherine getting married 3 days before the build of her garden at RHS Hampton Court  Palace Flower Show, her garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, her career to date and of course we vere totally of the point as only The Sodshow can do.

Our very special thanks to Rose Tinted PR for her work behind the scenes on this one.

And on a side note, thank you for listening to and supporting The Sodshow Garden Podcast. Huge X, Peter and Brian

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16 June, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Ron Finley. The Sodshow Live, Bloom Fringe 2016

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

This Friday, Peter Donegan chats with Ron Finley.

As part of Bloom Fringe 2016, The Sodshow Garden Podcast aired live from Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin. Our first guest on this mini series aired live and recorded is Ron Finley.

On this episode Peter and Ron chat everything from Ron’s parents, his business and how the depression of 2008 really hit him, his business and essentially changed his life. We also chat his arrest warrant, how that actually happened and a day when things could only get better.

Peter and Ron also chat, as Ron calls it operating from happy, depression, Ron’s children, what does he actually do in his spare time, people turning up to Ron’s house from Australia and amongst many many things his favourite music….. This a really fantastic chat with one absolute gentleman.

Of note: Peter did host and MC a panel discussion which amongst others includes Ron Finley live from Dublin Castle. This will air at a future date.

On a side note, thanks you for listening to and supporting The Sodshow Garden Podcast.
Huge X, Peter and Brian

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9 June, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Rosemary Hardy, Hardys Cottage Garden Plants. The Sodshow.

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

This Friday, Peter Donegan chats with Rosemary Hardy.

The designer of The Brewin Dolpin Garden – Forever Freefolk, this was Rosie’s first show garden, designed and built on main avenue at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. On this episode of the garden podcast we chat the now 21 consecutive RHS Chelsea gold medals – more than any other person in RHS Chelsea’s history in the floral pavillion and just how this very amazing lady started and built a business now sited on 13 acres of Hampshire countryside, growing over 1600 different varieties of herbaceous perennials that is Hardys nursery.

Of course and as always Peter goes way off the point – would it be a Sodshow if he didn’t ? – but returns to talk about herbaceous plant propagation by division, dangerous (?) decisions in a first show garden design and just how many Rosie’s it takes to make a garden podcast.

Our very special thanks to Rose Tinted PR for her work behind the scenes on this one.

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2 June, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Phillip Johnson, 5000 Poppies at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. The Sodshow.

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:
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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

This Friday, Peter Donegan and Brian Greene chat with Phillip Johnson.

Phillip Johnson, for those who may not be aware, in 2013 won Gold and Best In Show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We met at The Royal Hospital Chelsea when there to cover Chelsea Flower Show. Fair to note that we hadn’t planned to do this interview, solely because we didn’t think for one minute we’d get it to happen. We did.  In was and is to date the most emotional piece of audio I have ever been a part of. It was an honour.

To quote 500 poppies:

Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Australia for Remembrance Day in 2013 in honour of their fathers Wal Beasley (14/32nd Battalion – Australian Imperial Forces) and Stan Knight (Queen’s Own West Kent Regiment – British Army).

Say RHS Chelsea:

A breathtaking display of thousands of handmade poppies adorns the vista from the showground to the Royal Hospital this year. Designer Phillip Johnson, who won Best Show Garden in 2013, is the creator behind the poignant flower exhibit. Using almost 300,000 individually crocheted poppies, Phillip’s garden design covers nearly 2,000sq m (21,000sq ft) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and show visitors can admire his work from the showground.

They also note in the printed programme:

Major sponsors, the Victorian Government and Quantas have flown the installation to London. The estimated load is 35 cubic metres of poppies – approximately half the cargo hold of an A3 Airbus. 

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