A day late due to building gardens….. but this weeks podcast sees Peter Donegan and Kevin Rowe take a walk around the island of Inis Mór. This was recorded last year on almost the eve of Peter’s return this year 2015.
Today we are 200 episodes old. Brian takes us down memory lane to his pick of the best of the previous 199 episodes. These include how fresh shamrock is exported across the world in time for St Patrick’s Day, how plants adapt to the seashore from Jane Powers, and how it’ll cost you 10 fish to light your oven with Brian Greene.
Today rather than the usual linky-notes, we want to include credit to the team at The Sodshow, so below you’ll find details of the terrific-three (Brian, Caitriona & Peter – in alphabetical order), our regular contributor Jane Powers, and Niall O’Keeffe, who says he has been responsible for 12% of the episodes to date!
It just remains for us to say thank you. Thanks for listening, tweeting, liking, messaging & being part of the past 200 episodes. We wouldn’t do it without the great listeners.
Brian Greene can be found on Twitter mainly as @BrianGreene but watch out for him over on @Upbeat as they will be back on air on March 23rd next.
Peter and Brian chat about the news in the world of Irish Gardening. They recap on Brian’s opinion of his visit to Kew, covered on The Sodshow last week. There’s a mention for National Tree Week, Seachtain Na Gaeilge (which isn’t really a week, we know!), then moving swiftly on to Clare Garden Festival who are featuring a show garden this year.
They also manage to fit in a chat about the Bloom Fringe, Peter’s half marathon for charity (all support appreciated) and the imminent 200th Sodshow. Phew! It’s a jampacked show today.
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.