The Sodshow, Garden Podcast

12 January, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Annie Dellbridge, Head Gardener, Fullers Mill Garden

Annie Dellbridge, Part 1:

Part 2, Annie Dellbridge:

On This Episode of the garden podcast:

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Pictured above (4th from left), Annie Dellbridge and the Fullers Mill garden team.

On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Annie Dellbridge, Head Gardener at Fullers Mill Garden.

Released in two parts, this is the very amazing and very beautiful story of Head Gardener Annie Dellbridge, how she got to Fullers Mill Garden her journey there and also a little of who she is both in and outside of work.

More than that it is also the story of Fullers Mill, how it became a garden to visit, it’s ownership now under that of Perennial Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society, the volunteers that work there, how that operates and why and how it is on par with some of the best gardens the UK has that you may visit.

More than that again ? It is a story about people, their kindness and generosity and the more often very wonderful world we know as horticultural and the very many smiles that it can bring.

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5 January, 2017
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Garden Podcast: Ben Brace, London National Park City

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Peter Donegan meets with Ben Brace of London National Park City.

Of London National Park City, they say:

Let’s make London the world’s first National Park City. A city where people and nature are better connected. A city that is rich with wildlife and every child benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors. A city where we all enjoy high-quality green spaces, the air is clean to breathe, it’s a pleasure to swim in its rivers and green homes are affordable. Together we can make London a greener, healthier and fairer place to live.

For those who may not know Ben, he is a Chartered Landscape Architect and fully qualified Horticulturist. He has worked literally worked from the ground up; as a landscape contractor, in landscape maintenance private and commercial, selling plants as a market stall trader and also for a small independant nursery and large commercial organisations. From these beginnings he worked his socks off to get himself qualified in the things he loves most – plants and design.

Aside from the day job, he is a Volunteer Tree Warden and a balcony gardener, a soon to be RHS mentor and an Ambassador for Landscape (for the Landscape Institute). He is a volunteer project leader for the Chelsea Fringe and for the Open Squares Weekend, a picking coordinator for Abundance London a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and an Associate Member of the Arboricultural Association. Of the Greater London National Park City initiative he describes himself as a general foot soldier. Show Links: London National Park City:

And also this…… beautiful. 😉

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22 December, 2016
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Garden Podcast: Lee Connolly, Skinny Jean Gardeners

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On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Lee Connolly of The Skinny Jean Gardeners.

Currently working with Blue Peter (bbc tv) and Jimmy Doherty (channel 4), they have also worked as part of the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution, designed a garden for the Gardening World Cup, Japan ; and from music festivals to BBC Gardeners World Live (alongside such names as Alan Titschmarsh) – Lee Connolly alongside his brother Dale, have litterally been there and done it all – all, in the space of just 4 years.

Not trained in horticulture and an electrician by trade, Dale works in marketing; and this journey started solely so they could spend more time with each other.

It was an absolute honour to chat with Lee to gain an insight into one half of the duo that only ever has made me smile – that in itself, is something alone that is more than deserved of standing applause – Infectiously, happy, wonderfully beautiful and one very fine gentleman. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Lee Connolly of The Skinny Jean Gardeners.

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15 December, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Sara Venn, Incredible Edible Bristol

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

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On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Sara Venn of Incredible Edible Bristol.

A horticulturist by trade Sara studied first studied fine art and somehow or other fell into catering. Having realised she wasn’t working where she wanted to be she took a job in a local nursery and then completed a masters in garden history and conservation.

On todays show we chat the next generation of horticulturists and garden lovers, Sara’s work with the younger folk on that journey, the garden media and it’s role in that, what and how one should support the new generation of garden media and just what the future holds for the horticultural industry and those involved in it. We also chat about Incredible Edible and Bristol, just how Sara managed to get involved in that, the amazing work that they do and just how and what that means to a(ny)community that might decide to set one up – and – how one goes about doing that.

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update: 16 Dec 2016:

in less than 24 hours, Sara’s interview hit number 1 in iTunes. beautiful. X

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8 December, 2016
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Garden Podcast: meet Noel Kingsbury

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On this weeks garden podcast Peter Donegan chats with Noel Kingsbury, author of Garden Flora, published by Timber Press.

Noel Kingsbury has been described as “the voice of authority with renegade undertones”. A gardener since childhood, he has run a nursery, designed gardens and public spaces and done doctoral research at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape on competition amongst ornamental perennials.

He is best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design, but is passionate about any kind of innovation in the garden or the wider landscape. He is particularly interested in improving teaching in horticulture.

Noel has also written more than 20 books on garden matters, including four with leading designer Piet Oudolf, as well as the only history of plant breeding. He lives and gardens in the Welsh Borders near Hay-on-Wye.

Together we chat landscaping trends, what Noel actually does outside of writing 24 books, sitting still or not and just why write a book that (as I desscribe it) is a reference book but not with a very beautiful difference.

A note of very special thanks to Besse and Rebecca and the team at Timber Press US and UK.

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