John Wyer is one half of one of the UK’s finest landscaping and design companies Bowles and Wyer. On this episode of the garden podcast and with much thanks to London College of Garden Design, the legend sits for a chat with Peter Donegan.
When I asked John for a biography, he gave me two:
John started his working life in the mud on site, before studying landscape architecture at Manchester Polytechnic, qualifying in 1983. He has worked in garden design and landscape architecture ever since, running Bowles & Wyer for the last 25 years or so. He is a strong believer in collaboration and speaks regularly and widely at industry and other events. According to his profile, he ‘eats, drinks and sleeps good design.’
Peter Donegan chats with David Ward, Garden and Nursery Director at Beth Chatto Gardens.
Beth Chatto was born and bred an “Essex Girl” with both her parents keen gardeners. She studied to become a teacher and always tried to include gardening in her classes. Beth married Andrew Chatto in 1943 and settled into domestic life, raising two daughters. Living next door to Ramparts nursery run by Pamela Underwood, Beth learnt the art of Flower arranging and was introduced to the local plantsman Sir Cedric Morris who became a “spiritual father to her. The family moved to Elmstead Market in 1960 and Beth set about creating her garden and opened a nursery “Unusual Plants” in 1967. Continue Reading →
Matthew Biggs is a gardener, writer and broadcaster who loves history and stories. On this weeks episode he chats with Peter Donegan.
On leaving school at sixteen he rapidly found office work too claustrophobic and rushed outdoors where he has remained happily ever since. He is currently developing his Hertfordshire garden and learning to love clay soil. Fascinated by plants of any kind he grows exotics, heritage fruit, unusual vegetables, tree and masses of bulbs. Matt is in love with Echium wildpretii has grown it several times in his garden but still dreams of seeing it in the wild. His latest book is The Secrets of Great Botanists.
River of Flowers is a non-profit eco-social enterprise founded by rewilding strategist and botanist Kathryn Lwin and musician songwriter Peter Lewinson, which works in diverse partnerships to create trails or ‘rivers’ of wildflowers and wild flowering trees through cities for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
River of Flowers co-designed the Honeycomb Meadow Bee Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 with Studio SuperNatural in partnership with Urban Bees, which achieved a Silver Medal.
With very much thanks to CED Natural Stone, on todays episode, Peter Donegan chats with landscape architects Gabrielle Shay and Kerrie Mckinnon to find out why an just what River of Flowers is.
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On todays episode Peter Donegan and Giles Heap of CED Natural Stone everything from trends in how stone in landscape design has evolved over the last 30 years, from what was (or, more to the point) what was not available, a super saturation of affordable sandstone and what the future maybe, all the way back to crazy paving, wooden sets and making your own in the 1970’s.
We talk Giles eventual entry into the stone industry, going on holidays with Dad, how a daughters education and a change in thinking wraps around todays products and just how that has changed how we use and lay them. In a nutshell, this is not how I imagined this conversation would go – but then, I think that’s every episode of The Sodshow since time began.
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