Horticulture Week Podcast
Growing and selling orchids through the pandemic via Brexit and into an uncertain future - with Double H Nurseries' MD Andy Burton
Season 1, Ep. 27
Burton is candid about recent, current and future challenges including cost pressures hitting the grower 'from all angles' import and export constraints, the move to peat-free and labour issues affecting the Love Orchids grower.
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.