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The RHS Gardening Podcast offers seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems. Trusted gardening professionals give you the latest horticultural advice, scientific research and tried and tested techniques to bring out the best in your garden. Topics covered include: growing your own vegetables, flowers, garden design, lawn care and gardening with children. Plus expert masterclasses in topics ranging from cottage garden plants, growing orchids, to pest control an ...
 
'Gardening with the RHS' offers seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems. Trusted gardening professionals give you the latest horticultural advice, scientific research and tried and tested techniques to bring out the best in your garden. Topics covered include: growing your own vegetables, flowers, garden design, lawn care and gardening with children. Plus expert masterclasses in topics ranging from cottage garden plants, growing orchids, to pest control and ...
 
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Allies beneath our feet, in the trees and the plant-hunter you've never heard of Did you know that there are 30 different species of worm in the UK? Or that fungi can actually help create habitats for wildlife? This week we're exploring the roles played these crucial but often overlooked garden residents. Back indoors we meet a hidden hero of horti…
 
The tastiest and hardiest kale varieties grow and how to beat the winter cold with a warming and delicious sloe gin Learn how to grow winter veg staple (and superfood) kale with RHS expert Guy Barter, who recommends the best varieties and explains how to keep problems at bay. There's also great advice on when and how to protect tender plants from t…
 
Feeding footballers, growing behind bars and Edible Estates Kuda Chimbudzi is a superstar gardener, growing healthy fruit and veg for the Premier League footballers at Tottenham Hotspur FC. Our resident gardening guru Guy Barter heads to north London to check out his award-winning kitchen garden at the club's grounds. Plus we meet Lucy Vincent of F…
 
Spring colour from the bulb that changed the world From smuggled wealth hidden in the pockets of 17th-century refugees to imperial beheadings and long treks up freezing, desolate mountainsides… there's more to the humble tulip than you might think. And as the nights draw in, now is the perfect time to get planting these spring favourites. Garden de…
 
Saying farewell to fossil fuels and a new way to design You might think of gardening as an intrinsically green activity, but our verdant hedges and lush lawns can cause some very dirty habits. In an eye-opening interview, low-carbon gardening expert Sally Nex gives the lowdown on how ditching petrol power tools is important for the health of both g…
 
Unearthing the way to greener indoor gardening and discovering the split personalities of a common garden pest This week we meet Harriet Thompson, who's spearheading an eco-friendly revolution in houseplant growing. RHS scientist Jassy Drakulic explains the latest thinking on an extremely common garden problem, honey fungus. Plus Will Rogers of the…
 
A rose fit for a hero, autumn bloomers and fascinating fragrance It's almost a year since Zehra Zaidi told us the remarkable story of John Ystumllyn, an 18th century African gardener in North Wales, as part of our Hidden Horticulturists series. This week she's back with the joyful news of a new rose that has just been launched to commemorate his li…
 
Chilean guavas, blueberries, myrtles and more Discover the brilliant berries you can grow at home. RHS Editor Gareth Richards talks to Guy Barter about his experiences growing exciting novelties such as Chilean guavas and juneberries, while allotmenteer Kirsty Ward offers first-hand advice on growing blueberries. Anna Greenland is a cook and garden…
 
Tales of two RHS students who broke the mould Rakes and rhinestones, wigs and water butts… Daisy Desire the Drag Queen Gardener explains how she's bringing a touch of glamour to the potting shed and hopes to attract new audiences to gardening. Back at Wisley, RHS Gardening Advisors Chris Taylor and Michaela Freed give a seasonal update on how to ge…
 
Champion trees, conifers for autumn colour, tree lore and more Dr Amy Jane Beer explores the marvels of all things arboreal – from the world's loneliest tree that also helped define our current geological era to the 400 year-old apple tree that inspired Newton's theory of gravity. Plus she takes a look at trees' wellbeing benefits too. Curator Matt…
 
Join us for an inspiring delve into this Chelsea one-off - the year the famous flowers show took place in September Join us for an inspiring delve into this Chelsea one-off - the year the famous flower show took place in September. This year the show has some unique aspects to explore, including the gorgeous houseplant studios and the brand new bal…
 
It's time to get your flower bulbs in the ground, and RHS expert Nikki Barker shares her top tips on what to plant and how to plant it for beautiful and long-lasting spring displays. In an intimate conversation packed with gardening tips, author, broadcaster and kitchen garden guru Sarah Raven talks Arthur Parkinson, discussing everything from how …
 
The fascinating history of biological controls and how to use them in your garden If you’re looking for a sustainable way to control garden pests, delve into this episode on the weird and wonderful world of biological controls. RHS expert entomologist Andy Salisbury explores the fascinating history of how certain bugs and beasties were introduced a…
 
What to sow and do now for a blooming autumn How do you get the best displays of autumn colour in your garden? Which flowers can you sow now for extra early displays next year? Are there any crops you can sow in September for late autumn harvests? Tune in for answers to these questions and many more in this a bumper edition of seasonal gardening ad…
 
This week we're going wild for some of the daintiest, most airy and graceful plants out there - ornamental grasses. Author and RHS editor Gareth Richards shares his favourites and offers tips on how to use them in the garden. Eminent expert and nurseryman Neil Lucas takes us on a tour of one of the best grass gardens in the country, Knoll Gardens i…
 
Children's outdoor adventures, a hidden horticulturist, houseplants and dried flowers We talk to Lucy Jones and Kenneth Greenway, authors of 'The Nature Seed – How to Raise Adventurous and Nurturing Kids' about ideas for how to engage your children in outdoor activities this summer. Author Abra Lee tells the story of Booker T. Washington, a leading…
 
Growing for glory with climbing plants for fabulous flowers, wildlife and more This week we’re clambering for climbing plants, wading through wisteria and going eye-to-eye with one of the most contentious wall-huggers of the lot: ivy. Featuring barrow-loads of expert RHS advice on how to keep your climbers happy and full of flowers, plus tips on ho…
 
Meeting the 'Veg King', top tips for super spuds, growing with kids and picking the perfect apple This week we're all about growing your own fruit and veg in a programme dedicated to allotments and the green-fingered people who tend them. We meet the 'Veg King', retired fisherman Gerald Stratford (@GeraldStrafor3) – who became an overnight internet…
 
Enjoy a tour around RHS Garden Wisley’s Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden with its 4,500 roses and find out how to keep yours blooming until autumn. We discover how this iconic plant became the favourite (and least loved) flower among the British with historian Simon Morley, then author Gareth Richards sings the praises of a rose relative, the bramble, ‘natur…
 
This week we're at the glorious Tatton Park in Cheshire, for a floral extravaganza like no other. From a rewilded garden taking inspiration from the wider Tatton Estate to beautifully designed small urban spaces full of clever ideas to save water, there's something for everyone. Plus top culinary tips from chef Sophie Gordon and food writer Mark Di…
 
Exploring exotic planting and the wonderful world of bonsai From lush and leafy banana plants to the delicate charms of the tiniest trees of all, this week's show is all about planting with a difference. We explore the weird, wild and wonderful Exotic Garden at Wisley, which is packed full of tropical-looking plants and ideas to steal for your own …
 
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival returns for 2021. And what a return it is! From world-class garden design talent to new ways of growing cabbages, there's something for everyone. We explore the show's no-dig gardens, community allotments and experience some lively debates between horticultural experts in the talks theatre. Plus an inter…
 
This week we’re exploring the relationship between art and gardens. Including an interview with award-winning designer Sarah Price who shares her experience of using art to inspire her RHS Chelsea gold medal winning gardens, and we visit a new David Hockney exhibition celebrating the arrival of spring in his garden in France. Plus plant-loving Inst…
 
In this week's programme we visit a brand new hotbed of horticultural research in the UK: RHS Hilltop – The home of gardening science. In the heart of RHS Garden Wisley, this state-of-the-art facility will house groundbreaking research into problems affecting real-life gardens, and offer visitors unique insights. We meet award-winning designer Ann-…
 
How to keep your garden looking great This week we head to RHS Garden Wisley for a bumper edition of summer gardening advice. Our RHS experts guide you through everything you need to know to keep your blooms blooming and your crops cropping all summer long, and what you can do now to ensure good results next year too. Useful links See our popular p…
 
Exploring a brand new RHS Garden in Greater Manchester Join us as we visit this incredible 154-acre garden in Salford, Greater Manchester. RHS Garden Bridgewater has been the biggest hands-on horticultural project undertaken in Europe since it got the go-ahead back in 2017. We go behind the scenes to meet the people who make it all happen, discover…
 
Contributors: Mark Diacono (author, broadcaster and grower), Leigh Hunt (RHS Principal Horticultural Advisor), Fiona Davison (RHS Head of Libraries and Exhibitions), Advolly Richmond (independent researcher and broadcaster) Useful links: RHS Grow Your Own Gardening for the environment Managing water in your garden RHS digital collections - includin…
 
Pollinator-friendly gardening and two unsung heroes of horticulture Useful links Contributors: Erica McAlister, Humaira Ikram, Sylvia Travers and Abra Lee. RHS Plants for Pollinators information See a list of pesticide-free nurseries (scroll to the bottom of the page) RHS Garden Bridgewater RHS grow your own veg (contains links to growing different…
 
Useful links: Bringing joy from tragedy - article on the RHS website about Horatio's Garden at Salisbury Hospital, designed by Cleve West Gardening for health & wellbeing (RHS website) Dig It Out - the campaign to tackle racism in gardening, started by Mothin Ali of My Family Garden YouTube channel See our new wildlife hub on the RHS website Wild A…
 
Useful links & info Pond plants mentioned – brooklime (Veronica beccabunga), water forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides), hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum), curled pondweed (Potamogeton crispus) RHS advice on how to make a wildlife pond RHS How to Create a Wildlife Pond – by Kate Bradbury The Secret Lives of Garden Bees – by Jean Vernon RHS website:…
 
Useful links RHS advice: cats in gardens RHS advice: potentially harmful plants RSPCA Dog-friendly days out - Walkies at RHS Garden Wisley Claire Ratinon on Instagram Leonardslee Gardens RHS Partner Gardens - use the 'Facilities' filter to find dog-friendly gardens Notes:Lilies are toxic to cats; however cats are unlikely to be poisoned in the gard…
 
Miniature gardening indoors and out; gardening with children and a pioneering artwork Useful links RHS website: alpines RHS website: houseplants James Wong on Twitter / Instagram Portrait of a Black Gardener at the Garden Museum RHS website: gardening with children Join the RHSBy Royal Horticultural Society
 
How your choice of compost has a worldwide impact Useful links RHS website: explore our new peat hub - includes information on peat-free growing and the RHS's peat-free pledge Lancashire Peat Partnership Joshua Styles Instagram and Twitter North West Rare Plant Initiative Rebecca Pow MP Join the RHSBy Royal Horticultural Society
 
How to garden without costing the earth Useful links The Eden Project (currently scheduled to reopen on 17 May) How to Garden the Low-Carbon Way - by Sally Nex Charles Dowding (no-dig gardening) George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life (film documentary) George Washington Carver National Monument Paxton Williams - Assistant Attorney General at Io…
 
Get growing your own fruit, veg and spices Useful links The Garden magazine for RHS members Lucy Chamberlain (@HeadGardenerLC) Ashley Nwokorie (@AllotmentCafe) African kale (Garden Organic website) Taunton Deane perennial kale (Agroforestry Research Trust website) RHS Grow Your Own Szechuan pepper - Zanthoxylum simulans Mark Diacono (Mark_Diacono) …
 
Daffodils – also known by their Latin name Narcissus – are true harbingers of spring, making a welcome appearance as the days lengthen. There are many thousands of varieties from tiny alpines to big and blowsy trumpets, as expert grower Ron Scamp explains, sharing his favourites along the way. What's the difference between a bulb, corm and a tuber?…
 
Butterflies, moles, making meadows and more Useful links: ►Butterflies in your garden ►Wildlife gardening ►RHS Gardens ►The Garden magazine ►How to get started with a wildflower meadow (perennials in grass) ►Make a mini meadow (annual flowers) ►RHS Find a plant ►Search RHS gardening advice Contributors: ►Kate Bradbury, author and wildlife expert ►C…
 
Useful links: ►Permaculture principles explained ►Edible flowers ►Poppy Okotcha ►RHS Garden Bridgewater ►Vera Greutink (Grown to Cook) ►Search RHS gardening advice A note on wild plants mentioned: for Solomon's seal (Polygonatum multiflorum) it is the young shoots which are eaten cooked; and for certain species of Aquilegia it is the flowers. Be aw…
 
Useful links: ►How to pick the right houseplant ►RHS houseplant hub ►Lee Burkhill garden design (Garden Ninja) ►Get to know your garden ►The Coastal Gardener (Gerry Price) ►Coastal gardening inspiration ►RHS Find a plant ►Search RHS gardening advice ►Browse houseplants at RHS Plants online shop Selected houseplants mentioned: Light places: Agave, E…
 
Useful links RHS help and advice on snowdrops Discover snowdrops at RHS Partner gardens Selected snowdrop cultivars mentioned:'Colossus', 'Comet', 'Magnet', 'Rosemary Burnham' Garden visiting: Cambo Gardens is one of over 200 gardens in the UK and abroad that kindly allow free entry for RHS members (restrictions apply, please check https://www.rhs.…
 
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