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Follow head gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain as they reveal exactly what it’s like to be professional horticulturists leading busy teams on large, private estates. Lucy and Saul have a decade of Head Gardening experience and it soon became clear to them both that life as a Head Gardener can be incredibly diverse, occasionally challenging and hugely rewarding and so they regularly discuss horticultural topics close to their hearts and give you an insight into their lives as gardeners.
 
Get Gardening's podcast for plant lovers is jam-packed with choice plants. Hosts Thordis and Alan Gray (of East Ruston Old Vicarage gardens) catch up with their horticultural (or should that be naughty-cultural!) friends to talk about what they're growing, their latest FLOMO (Floral FOMO) and answer your questions.
 
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Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during…
 
Once you fall in love with plants, you generally find you want to make more from what you've got. Propagation is addictive and magical, but how do you master it? And exactly how far can you take a method when you figure one out? In this episode of The Talking Dirty Podcast, plantsman Joe Sharman shares some of the secrets he's learned from a lifeti…
 
Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during…
 
They say the best things come in small packages...well that couldn't be more true of Alpines. And this week - if you needed convincing - Luke Whiting of Alpine Specialists D'Arcy & Everest is along to prove how wonderful they are. From their hardiness, to the range of situations you can grow them in, and of course their stunning flowers and foliage…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
Sometimes they're so perfect, it's hard to believe they're real - In this week's Talking Dirty podcast it's ALL about Auriculas as grower Jane-Ann Walton explains the different types and how to grow these Diva plants. From compost mixes, to dealing with pests like root aphid and red spider mite, the best pots to use, overwintering, where to start i…
 
From bubblegum scent to the 'eleven-month-a-year' plant, this week's instalment of The Talking Dirty Podcast is full of surprises and must-haves for the garden. And it's no surprise as the ever-inspiring Ben Preston of #yorkgate is the guest this week. Despite his young years, he's already making a stir in the horticultural world with his vast plan…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
It's podcasters unite in the latest edition of Talking Dirty, as Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis catch up with Talking Heads podcasters, Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker. Both professional Head Gardeners, Lucy and Saul have built a loyal audience of fans, sharing their gardening adventures both at work and at home. Lucy is the #cra…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
This week Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis are treated to a chat with The Frustrated Gardener, who's blogging exploits and enthralling Instagram are such an inspiration. From the trials (and triumphs) of container gardening, to stinky Geraniums, sexy Tulips and rampant Impatiens, this is a joyful exploration of Dan's plants of the m…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
Val Bourne will always be one of our absolute favourite guests on the podcast - never failing to deliver a real plantswoman's crop of treasures for us all to grow at home. This week she's sharing her love of bulb lawns with Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis, including some of the varieties she's naturalised in her own miniature meado…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
The Talking Dirty podcast heads on tour for the first time ever, visiting the garden of extraordinary plantsman and Botanist, Richard Hobbs. Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis are wowed by his amazing Muscari (he holds the National Collection), plus Scillas, Anemones, Pulsatillas and so much more! PLANT LIST Muscari Maxibell Muscari a…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
With lots of questions to answer, Thordis and Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) host a Postbag edition of the podcast, plus plenty of seed-sowing tips and Alpine trough advice with a focus on special plants that you could try. If you want to ask a question of the team you can email hello@getgardeningnow.co.uk, contact them on social media or com…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
The wonderful floral artist Brigitte Girling of Moss and Stone Floral Design is back to share her botanical stars of the season with Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis - from Ranunculus to Narcissi. Plus top tips if you're thinking of growing flowers for a wedding. PLANT LIST Edgeworthia chrysantha Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Red Dragon' …
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
If you love exotic plants - or just plants in general - then chances are you follow the adventures of Mike Clifford on social media. This week the self-confessed plantaholic and seller of extraordinary seeds joins Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis for a foray into his collection, from the Impatiens which have been flowering all Winte…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
This week it is a true extravaganza of extraordinary plants on the podcast as the utterly inspiring Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm Plants join us to talk through some of their favourites at the moment. Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis are left astonished by their tales of plant hunting all over the world, from Vietnam to Co…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
Adrian Scamp of the Award-winning Scamp's Daffodils, joins Alan Gray (East Ruston Old VIcarage) and Thordis to chat all things Daffodil, from exploring the thirteen divisions to sharing favourite varieties, plus tips for naturalising Narcissi in your lawn and the new varieties that might be heading to your garden soon. It's a riot of absolute stunn…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
She's the woman behind one of the most famous of British brands - this week Emma Bridgewater joins Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis Fridriksson, to talk about the botanical inspiration behind the pottery. Plus why Dandelions are front and centre of their latest collection, the people in her life who sparked a life-long love of plant…
 
Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. …
 
If you've ever wondered how some plants come into existence, then wonder no more as plant breeder Joe Sharman gives us a fascinating insight into the labour of love behind many of the plants that fill our gardens. Join Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis Fridriksson as they hear about Joe's dreams for Galanthus breeding, plus the work …
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a littl…
 
Across the world Botanic Gardens are doing amazing work. And at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, there are wonders to behold in every corner of its 40 acres. But the glasshouses are perhaps the most memorable, packed with exotic plants which will stay in your memory forever. This week on the podcast, Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Tho…
 
From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy. For the Bonus Episode #10 Lucy and Saul and joined…
 
The name Charles Dowding has become synonymous with 'No Dig' techniques, but what exactly does 'No Dig' involve? And why is it such a successful and popular method of gardening? This week on the podcast, Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis are joined by Charles to talk about the lattice of ideas that make up the method, plus loofa anti…
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a littl…
 
Calling all Galanthophiles, this week Alan Gray (a self-confessed Snowdrop addict) and Thordis (doing her best to resist!) are joined by two gardeners who long ago succumbed to Galanthamania. Award-winning Garden Writer, Val Bourne, shares her experiences of growing Snowdrops in the Cotswolds, while Brian Ellis, who sells many special varieties of …
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a littl…
 
Three months after his last appearance, Ben Preston is back with Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis Fridriksson for another plant-filled appearance on the podcast. From the regimental precision of seed-sowing at York Gate Garden, to the sad demise of their favourite Galanthus, he brings us all up to date with what's been going on in h…
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a littl…
 
If you've never been to Hunting Brook Gardens in Ireland, get ready to be transported by its owner Jimi Blake. He tours us through his favourite plants for structure and foliage, plus his newer forays into houseplants and the latest additions to his Snowdrop collection. As usual Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis share their FLOMO (th…
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a littl…
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a littl…
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a littl…
 
This week Matthew Pottage - the man behind one of the UK's five gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society - shares his love of conifers, variegated plants and houseplants. We get a tour of his collection of plants in his house plus a peek at his London garden at home. Get ready for FLOMO galore!…
 
From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy. For the Bonus Episode #10 Lucy and Saul and joined…
 
Get ready for an avalanche of evergreens from variegated wonders to a cacophany of conifers ((Ilex and Cryptomeria to Griselinia and Astelia). The Plant Doctor brings some serious show and tell to the table for his latest appearance on the Podcast. And, not to be left out, Alan Gray shares some of the treasures found in his garden. Also including a…
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a littl…
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt - but with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a litt…
 
Hear the nitty gritty of what's in our soil, from the minerals to the earthworms and everything in between, all in the company of Soil Scientist, Professor Jane Rickson. She joins Alan Gray and Thordis Fridriksson to share her knowledge and enthusiasm about how we can best look after our soils and what's in them. Plus some FLOMO and Show and Tell.…
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt - but with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a litt…
 
2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt - but with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a litt…
 
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