On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Brigitte Shelswell-White of Bantry House and Gardens.
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From the design and layout of the gardens, the history of the house itself and its journey through that of West Cork to just how difficult it was with no help from the banks to run the estate, the management of the estate today to and to today, where you could not choose a more beautiful place on earth to wake up to.
I was very honoured to be invited to stay at Bantry House and to spend more time in the gardens, to meet Sophie and Sam and to sit and the rear of the home and to chat after breakfast with Birgitte. I should also note that this interview would not have happened without Bev and Miriam of West Cork Garden Trail.
Pip has an absolutely amazing story where at the age of 22 in 2005 she did her first show garden and started her own business designing and building gardens. 11 years and 24 show gardens and installations later, now aged 33 the business and Outer Spaces Landscape Garden Design is one very much to be admired and applauded.
Peter and Pip chat everything from changes in college, family helping to build the first garden, 3 show garden builds all happening at the one time and just why and how (again) it is never the why ? but more a why not.
On this episode of The Sodshow, Peter Donegan talks to editor, author, photographer, nurseryman, and Norwegian gardener Tommy Tønsberg.
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On this episode we delve back into how it all started, operating a horticultural business when there is snow and minus 30 celcius for 5 months of the year and just how Tommy started his own garden magazine. We also chat about the nursery that operates on just 500 sq metres, his 40 plus garden talks a year and just how Peter is set to become more popular than David Hasselhoff, in Norway only.
Tommys passion for gardening was developed while gardening with grandparents and further spurred on when he started working in a garden centre at the age of 13. Tommy worked for 13 years with the Norwegian Horticultural Society (most of them) as Editor in Chief of their magazine. Two years ago Tommy alongside partner Kenneth started his own magazine, Hagedrøm. Summers are spent propagating plants in their nursery and opening the garden to the public. Winters are spent trying to stay warm and make plans for next gardening season.
David Richardson grew up in Dungannon, Co Tyrone and is Director of Horticulture at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. With a global workforce of over 850 gardeners and sites in all corners of the world, David leads the horticultural profession for the organisation.
In conversation Peter and David chat everything from remembrance and respect, differing sites globally, Edwin Lutyens and consideration for historic designs to modern day maintenance and just how places and spaces to remember the great fallen are so very well cared for. Of note, The CWGC cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 154 countries across the world.
My thanks to David and the team at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Laura Garnett of Perennial (GRBS) Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society. Brought to you with thanks to the very wonderful CurrencyFair for sponsoring. Please do support them, try ’em out and say hi. They are very nice people.
And though admittedly sometimes I find it hard to talk about the more serious matters, we and I do. We chat just why someone may need to call Perennial and ask for their help, what kind of help they actually can give and just what exactly that means to those who receive it. We of course go, not entirely, off the point and discuss Peters posterior, the work of The Grubby Gardeners, why an entire community of horticulture related people love everything that is Perennial and everything (literally) that they do.