Horticulture Week Podcast
TV garden designer and podcast pioneer on how he 'loves it when a plan comes together' Peter Donegan
Season 2, Ep. 12
In this episode Hortweek editor Matthew Appleby turns the questions on pioneering horticultural podcaster and TV and garden designer Peter Donegan.Donegan presented the Sodshow for years in the days "when podcasting wasn't 'a thing'" andis the series garden designer for RTE television’s DIY SOS The Big Build Ireland.He gives us his view on garden design trends, reveals how 1980s TV show the 'A' Team resonates with him to this day, and struggles valiantly to name his own Desert Island Plant.In April 2019 he designed at RHS Flower Show Cardiff in 2020 and but he speaks about the ups and downs designers can face having experienced disappointment himself when a garden planned for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was subsequently cancelled because of the pandemic.Selected to represent Ireland to design and realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden in France in 2018, Donegan speaks about his plans to return to design there again in 2022.
Protecting the legacy of John Brookes at Denmans Gardens
Season 2, Ep. 11
Garden designer, writer and chair of the John Brookes-Denmans Foundation, Van Paasschen is working on a new initiative to perpetuate the legacy of the late John Brookes who, she argues, is probably more influential than ever in garden design circles. She discusses his design legacy and the work to renovate and preserve his work at Denmans Gardens, West Sussex.
Planting all over the world with Lullingstone Castle's Tom Hart Dyke
Season 2, Ep. 10
Famous for having been kidnapped in 2000 in Columbia during a plant hunting expedition, Hart Dyke stayed sane by collecting orchids and other jungle plants which later formed part of the design of World Garden in the form of a world map which he and an army of volunteers look after at Lullingstone Castle in Kent.Tom tells the Horticulture Week Podcast about the challenges of tending his World Garden, the effects of climate change and his view on peat. He discusses his return to Colombia, his cousin TV's Miranda Hart, and his joy at the rise of the houseplant...and reveals his desert island plant.
Wonderful woodchip, agroforestry and peat turned over with the Soil Association's Ben Raskin
Season 2, Ep. 9
Ben Raskin, head of horticulture and agroforestry at the Soil Association, explodes a few myths around woodchip. He tells HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby about the untapped possibilities afforded by woodchip for growers and landscapers at any scale, from farm to garden to greenhouse.After a Horticulture Week survey which found 76% horticulturists want to keep peat, Raskin proposes a realistic way forward to a peat-free future and he outlinesthe bright future he sees for agroforestry with nut trees a particular area for research.
Richard Jackson on his horticulture life from Roy Lancaster via QVC to launching his own plantcare range
Season 2, Ep. 8
Grower, garden retailer, journalist, QVC presenter and founder of the Garden Press Event and horticultural charity, Greenfingers Richard Jackson guests on this episode of the Horticulture Week Podcast.Jackson, of Richard Jackson Garden founded theGreenfingers Charity and the Garden Press Event and has worked for some of the biggest names in the horticulture industry and a broadcaster for QVC he popularised TV garden shopping in the UK.Jackson tells HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby how he found his way into horticulture including the huge influence of plantsman Roy Lancaster who "ignited my passion for plants".He shares his passion for his work to help long-term unemployed youngsters, how to attract more into the industry, his views on the future for the sector as well as the thinking behind his new award-winning plantcare range.
The legendary plantsman Adrian Bloom on star plants, new plants and the need to preserve key horticultural skills
Season 2, Ep. 7
With more than half a century of plantsman's knowledge and aVMH in 1986, legendary plantsman Adrian Bloom has reissued his bookBloom's Best Perennials and Grasses10 years after its first publication.He chooses 400 perennials and grasses and makes 64 timeless selections and 12 top plants,narrowed down to plants including a hellebore, bergenia, miscanthus, brunnera, hosta, sedum, crocosmia, rubeckia and 'plant of the millenium' Geranium 'Rozanne', which he was instrumental in introducing. Bloomdiscusses the value of these plants, and Bressingham introductions to the gardener and plantarea manager but warns that there are "far too many" new plants being introduced these days.Bloom talks about plant launches, the history of Blooms at Bressingham, its 2026 centenary and a wide range of matters of horticulture interest, including his international perspective from his US experiences and his appeal for grafters to not be lost to gardening.
'Using nature to fix a faulty brain' - harnessing horticulture to improve well-being and treating garden centre workers right
Season 2, Ep. 6
After working and playing hard in noughties London, Perrywood Garden Centre's communications & HR director Hannah Powell turned to nature to heal after suffering from a "functional neurological disorder".She tells the Horticulture Week podcast how "using nature to fix a faulty brain" and how "getting out into nature" was instrumental in her recovery and can be harnessed by everyone to improve their well-being.Hannah returned to the Perrywood Tiptree garden centre and nursery in Essex where she grew up, got a degree in horticulture, and now dedicates herself to looking after the employees at Tiptree and the Perrywood Sudbury garden centre in Suffolk.She talks about her new book The Cactus Surgeon which talks about the unique experience of growing up in a garden centre, but also how her experience has led her to value the mental and physical health of staff at the garden centres, offering free physio screenings to help prevent injuries, providing free counselling days, occupational health referrals and mental health awareness training for managers which has helped the company reduce sick days. Staff feel more valued and cared for, a factor that could also help with staff retention in a time of labour shortages.
A rose to remember 18th century Welsh black gardener, John Ystumllyn
Season 2, Ep. 5
We Too Built Britain's Zehra Zaidi and Harkness Roses' David White have launched the John Ystumllyn rose, named after the first well-recorded black Welsh gardener and believed to be the first rose named after an ethnic minority Briton.Horticulture Weekeditor Matthew Appleby interviews the pair about the new rose and it's potential impact.Zaidi’sHorticulture Week articleinJuly 2020on John Ystumllyn created a groundswell of support for a new rose.Horticulture Weekadvised on finding a rose grower and in helping promote the project.Ystumllyn was an 18th centiry Welshmanof uncertain origin, possibly a victim of the Atlantic slave trade whowas taken by the Wynn family to its Ystumllynestate in Criccieth, where he becamea gardener.Zaidi says: "It came about because of a lack of diversity in gardening;" the history about minorities in gardening might not be remembered, so Zaidi approached HortWeek and the story was shared, people called for a rose, "before we knew it we had a campaign"."The representation element matters. To our knowledge there has never been a rose named after an ethnic minority Briton."She adds that the rose is "a symbol of friendship, love and community because that's what John's story represented.. and a homage to the gardening community. I hope this brings people together."The rose was chosen from 40,000 seedlings and is acompact floribunda shrub, developed from eight years breeding, with a citrus fragrance, flowering from late May until the first frosts. It is suitable forpots, beds and border and will be at Harkness' exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 and in garden centres from autumn 2022.Zaidi concludes: "Horticulture has been joyous, such a welcoming community. This campaign shows we take each other for granted, sometimes you just have to ask and build connections together."
ICL on growing media and making peat-free work for horticultural growers
Season 2, Ep. 4
As demand for sustainable growing media rockets, ICL technical sales manager Sam Rivers discusses peat-free composts and what growing media products are available for production horticulture.They explore who is asking for what, the raw materials available, differences in nutrition, and other products which may need to be added to help boost plant quality, such as biostimulants.