The Sodshow, Garden Podcast

9 March, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Charlotte Harris, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Charlotte Harris Designer of The Royal Bank of Canada Garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. 

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“When designing this garden, I spent time in northern Ontario exploring on foot and by canoe – navigating the waterways, pine forests, flora and granite of the Boreal,” said Charlotte Harris. “This time was a precious source of inspiration for the design, providing an appreciation of what comprises this unique and beautiful environment, as well as the importance of living sustainably and in harmony with our precious ecosystems.”

The boreal forest is the largest intact forest and wetland ecosystem on earth, accounting for 25 per cent of the world’s freshwater resources and storing twice the amount of carbon as tropical forests, according to the International Boreal Conservation Campaign. The garden seeks to create a space inspired by this landscape, rather than to recreate it. A wilder garden folds around man-made elements, crafted from materials evocative of the boreal.

“We are excited to partner with Charlotte for our seventh garden at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show,” said Stuart Rutledge, CEO, RBC Wealth Management – International. “The garden design is a tribute to the beauty of Canada’s boreal forest. As one of the largest Canadian companies in the UK, we look forward to bringing Canada to Chelsea and marking the country’s 150th birthday.”

This will be Charlotte’s first time as lead designer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, having previously worked on a number of Main Avenue gardens, including Luciano Giubbilei’s Best in Show garden of 2014 and Hugo Bugg’s Royal Bank of Canada Garden in 2016. Charlotte has chosen a strong female design team including architect, technical detailer and horticulturists.

2 March, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Paul Hervey Brooks, RHS Hampton Court and RHS Chatsworth 2017

On This Episode of the garden podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Garden Designer Paul Hervey Brookes

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Paul Hervey-Brookes is a well-respected designer who has built a strong reputation for landscapes and gardens that are classically English relying on planting schemes to create spaces and rich, multi-layered habitats. His plant-focused philosophy is rooted in his early training at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and subsequent garden experiences.

Paul has been described by his peers as arty, creative and possessing an immense plant knowledge. His ability to read landscapes and evoke intense feelings and emotions has won him acclaim across the board. He works on a diverse range of public landscapes and private gardens both in the Untied Kingdom and Internationally.

He has created a number of show gardens including four at the Chelsea Flower Show, where he won Gold with the BrandAlley Garden in 2013 along with creating gardens for Bradstone in 2010 and the RNIB in 2011, winning a Silver and Silver-Gilt Medal respectively.

Paul has also created show gardens on the International stage, most recently at RHS Tatton where he won Gold & Best in Show in 2016 and Gold at Hampton Court in 2016. In 2015 he won Gold at Philadelphia and ‘Best Colour’ award at the new Japan Home & Garden Show. In 2014 at Gardening World Cup Japan he won Best in Show, Gold and Best planting after winning gold there at the 2013 show. He has exhibited at the Ellerslie Flower Show in New Zealand in 2014 and at the inaugural Lyon Salon, Scenes du Jardin in 2015. Paul won Gold and Best Destination Garden for his Discover Jordan Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2012. The garden was based on his personal experiences of this unique and richly diverse landscape.



23 February, 2017
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Garden Podcast: John Bevan, Head Gardener, Lisselan House, West Cork

On this episode of the garden podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with John Bevan, Head Gardener at Lisselan House, Clonakilty in West Cork.

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John was born in Glengariff, but as a younger man spent most of his summers in Garnish Island where his love of plants grew. He went on to study horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. Post that he started an apprenticeship in the Parks Department in Dublin and then moved back home to Cork when the job as head gardener when it arose about 17 years ago.

To his credit, John designed and built the current Fuchsia garden that exists there at the old enclosed garden. Currently the estate is for sale but still open to the public and part of West Cork Garden Trail.

Lisselan House:

Sited by the banks of the Argideen River, Lisselan was built between 1851 and 1853 by William Bence – Jones and was designed by Lewis Vuliamy. Designed by Sir Thomas Newenham Deane, in the late 1800’s the smoke room wing was added. He also as a by the way designed the lodge at the front gate. In 1929 C.O. Stanley bought the property and in 1946 he added a single storey addition to the hall along the entrance.

Of Lisselan Gardens, it is noted:

Lisselan Gardens in Clonakilty were laid out in Robinsonian style from the early 1850’s.
William Bence-Jones, the owner of the estate, chose a site on a promontory above the river for a French chateau style house, which was designed by Lewis Vuliamy. The Bence-Jones family created 30 acres of gardens which take advantage of the natural features of the West Cork landscape, contours provided by the valley and the Argideen river running through it.


With thanks to West Cork Garden Trail’s Miriam and Bev Cotton for being brilliant.

And also to Maxx Marshall for the music.

15 February, 2017
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The Sodshow: Melinda Meservy, Thyme and Place, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

On This Episode of the garden podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Melinda Meservy of Thyme and Place, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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Formerly a business and data analysis expert who rarely saw home and lived from pretty much all over the world, 3 months ago Melinda opened the doors to her new business Thyme and Place, a garden shop based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A bit of a change you say ? You’d be very correct in that assumption. And we get right into that and so much more, from a personal side of things.

To the business, that’s also a little bit different, but in a good way. The pots Thyme and Place sell come from Kew Gardens, there’s a boutique element to the store, their opening hours are from about 11am – but they run evening classes, workshops and courses. But then the climate is not that of Ireland or London.

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More than that ? Melinda is for the week of St Patricks Day 2017, bringing The Sodshow to Salt Lake City to do The Sodshow Live Show. Wanna find out more on that (?), drop by the store or send Melinda a note and she’ll pass you on all the details.

And if you are about St Patricks Day – make sure and get in touch. Xx

Tickets and Details just ask Melinda.


And also:

  • My thanks to Chris and Chrissy at the very fantastic I Am Salt Lake Podcast. Love, love love your show.

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8 February, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Juliet Roberts, Editor, Gardens Illustrated (Magazine) Festival

On this episode of the garden podcast:

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Peter Donegan talks to Juliet Roberts, the Editor of Gardens Illustrated Magazine.

Formerly in the film industry, in 2012 Juliet was listed as one of the top 30 most influential gardeners and since the now Bristol based (formerly London) Gardens Illustrated magazine, that at present now boasts its highest ever subscription rate.

Peter and Juliet talk gardens, garden shows, James Alexander Sinclair, former guest of the show Noel Kingsbury, life in London and a history of veg plots. We chat life in Bristol, a life not always in the garden industry, but were the love for that was always there and how that evolved.

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The next event on the horizon is of course the Gardens Illustrated Festival. Of that they note:

Join Gardens Illustrated magazine for their second Gardens Festival, taking place at the magnificent Westonbirt School, Tetbury in the heart of the Cotswolds on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March. Visitors will enjoy a fascinating programme of talks from leading experts covering everything from discovering the allure of umbellifers with plantswoman Marina Christopher, to understanding the finer points of what makes a great garden with designer Annie Guilfoyle. Other speakers include Alys Fowler, Roy Lancaster and Sarah Raven.

To keep you busy in between the talks you are invited to browse the beautiful Shopping Marquee within the grounds of the spectacular Westonbirt School. The Shopping Marquee is free to all visitors and you’ll find over 40 of the top traders in the industry including nurseries, artists and garden accessory companies. There will also be FREE plant and design clinics offering 10 minute individual advice and self guided tours of the stunning Westonbirt School gardens.

Tickets to the talks are limited and so be sure to book yours today by visiting or phoning 0871 230 7156. *calls cost 13p per minute plus standard network charges. Lines open 24 hours a day. 

This interview with much thanks to Marie Davies and Caroline Roper. Thank you ladies for all of your hard work.

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