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6 April, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Ian Price, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – Part 1 and 2.

Above, part 1. Below part 2 with Ian Price.

On This Weeks Garden Podcast:

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Peter Donegan chats with Ian Price, Garden Designer at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.  

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Following his breakthrough gold medal success at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2014, idverde is delighted to be supporting Northern Irish designer, Ian Price, as he takes his place for the first time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Ian is making his debut with a heartfelt garden created to represent his personal experience of suffering from and living with depression. The garden, ‘Mind Trap’, is his unique interpretation of what it’s like to suffer from a debilitating mental health problem.

‘Mind Trap’ endeavours to explain to others that have no personal experience of suffering what it may feel like, by way of a physical tangible living garden where every element is symbolic of the struggle with mental ill health. The garden’s mission is also to remind other sufferers that they are not alone, and to highlight the role that green spaces can take in the recovery and management of mental health.

The garden will be enclosed with viewing panels representing bars, and with contrast planting designed to look as though withering or dying with more vibrant and healthy plants. The main materials include metal walls, a central pool with an isolated seat in the middle, and paths which will be finished with loose gravel. Planting will reinforce the metaphor of the difference between the darkness of depression and the light that symbolises hope and recovery as shade tolerant, darker planting drifts into brighter and sun loving plants.

This in two parts, is the story of Ian Price the person, the garden designer and the creator of the Mind Trap garden at RHS Chelsea 2017.

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30 March, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Philip Turvil, Programme Manager, Grow Wild UK

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Peter Donegan chats with Philip Turvil, Grow Wild UK, Programme Manager based at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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This isn’t Philip’s first time on The Sodshow garden podcast; and fair to suggest that when he was last on the discussion was very much about his back story, his career in horticulture to date and his evolution up to taking on the position he now holds; that is, Grow Wild UK, Programme Manager.

More than anything Philip is a gentleman who I hold in very high regard and I feel it fair to suggest that he is as enthusiastic in my mind, as I would have been aged five or six. What’s funny is that sometimes I feel like a child in grown-ups trousers – of horticulture that is. In that, that enthusiasm has never ever diminished in any way whatsoever. And to meet someone who without even trying, albeit with a very different career path, has a very similar set of (photosynthetic) values – is pretty awe inspiring.

What I personally found fascinating, was that he also gets to close his eyes, to imagine what if – and –  to see it become a reality. And that ladies and gentlemen is the coolest job in the whole wide world.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Philip Turvil.

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23 March, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Jonathan Ward, Garden Photographer, Ginger Horticulture

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Garden photographer Jonathan Ward chats with Sodshow garden podcast host Peter Donegan.

The first ever garden photographer on The Sodshow, you may assume it would be as simple as it sounds. But and maybe as is always the case, this story is just that slight bit different.

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From rose pruning and the influence from elders at a younger age, to management at a very high level and a stint at Myerscough College to some of the biggest landscaping projects one might not have considered, Jonathan’s now title in mind. We delve sideways into the business that was landscaping and where and why it may not have gone according to plan for Jonathan. To just how and why one, within the UK horticulture industry ends up remaining slightly cleaner, still within that industry, travelling the world and doing (or maybe more to the point) viewing what it is you still love so very much.

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15 March, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Brian Granahan, St Patricks BNS, Skibereen, Cork

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Peter Donegan chats with Brian Granahan, a school teacher at St Patricks Boys National School based in Skibereen in Cork.

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Whilst Peter and The Sodshow Live Show is off in the United States doing the live show, this is as close as one could get to St Patrick and Ireland, being the day that’s in it and it is a fantastic story to hear.

Brian has set up what some may call a school garden but this one has a difference. It includes a sensory garden, a school garden and a geodesic dome which operates the entire way round the calender, eductaion (so to speak) and school closing and opening times aside. They also do a lot more than that and with a difference.

The fact that they also grow tea, an entire bed of carnivorous plants and rice whilst watching hand polinated sweetcorn growing and a trialing of banana and pineapple plants.

This is literally a school garden with a difference.

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

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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.