Podcasts

The Gardens Illustrated podcast comes out regularly and features an eclectic mix of talks and interviews with notable garden figures and designers on a range of horticultural topics – many of them recorded on location at a range of events. It’s free to listen to, and all the past editions of the podcast are still available online for you to download.

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This Month's Podcast

Gardens Illustrated – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 Tom Stuart-Smith

21 May 2018 - 4:15pm

Staff writer Alys Hurn chats to garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith to find out why he agreed to create a Chelsea garden for the Garfield Weston Foundation and how he’s feeling about designing a garden inside the Great Pavilion.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: Garden Heroine Beth Chatto

13 March 2009 - 6:20pm

Gardens Illustrated presents Beth Chatto, one of the three remarkable women featured in our Garden Heroines Series (see issue 146)

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BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine - Penelope Hobhouse's Vista Conversation

27 February 2009 - 6:30pm

Acclaimed garden designer, garden historian and writer Penelope Hobhouse talks to VISTA hosts Tim Richardson and Noel Kingsbury about her life as one of our most respected gardening figures. She discusses her travels in Italy and Iran and their effect on her approach to garden design, a sense of spirituality and whether one feels a sense of virtue when creating a garden.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast February 2009

27 February 2009 - 3:00pm

With spring in the air, we indulge in the scent of flowers as writer Caroline Beck travels to the rose fields of Iran to give us a wonderfully evocative report that perfectly complements her feature in the magazine. Columnist Frank Ronan reads his Writer’s Plot and, in a welcome return to gardening, considers that this – quite literally – is how he would like to end his days.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast January 2009

5 February 2009 - 5:00pm

Make the most of the winter months and catch up on the Gardens Illustrated podcasts or visit an exhibition. We recommend the podcast of the Vista Lecture with Dan Pearson, guest editor of the January issue. Plus, we have an interview with the curator of the current British Museum’s 'Babylon: Myth and Reality' exhibition. Columnist Frank Ronan brings some garden fugitives in from the cold to cheer himself up.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine - Guerrilla Gardening Lecture

8 January 2009 - 5:40pm

Back in summer 2008, the founder of the UK's Guerrilla Gardening movement Richard Reynolds was joined by designer Brita von Schoenaich and urban geographer Dr Felicity Callard to talk about their experiences and opinions on this growing phenomena and public planting in general.

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VISTA Lecture with Dan Pearson

8 January 2009 - 5:30pm

The internationally renowned garden designer, writer and Gardens Illustrated contributing editor, Dan Pearson, talks about some of the projects undertaken by his studio, including one of his early designs at Home Farm in Northamptonshire and the ongoing Millennium Forest project in Japan (more details of which can be found in the January 2009 issue of Gardens Illustrated).

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast December 2008

19 December 2008 - 1:00pm

The Gardens Illustrated team gather round to discuss their favourite features from 2008 and chat about their Christmas gift ideas. Columnist Frank Ronan continues the theme with his own thoughts on the most suitable presents for gardeners. Happy Christmas from all at Gardens Illustrated.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: Sustainable Garden Design with Nigel Dunnett

1 December 2008 - 5:01pm

Senior lecturer in the Dept of Landscape at the University of Sheffield, Nigel has written two books: Rain Gardens and Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls. He believes that sustainable must be aesthetic and also make sense financially. He talks about rain gardens, using design and planting to capture and utilise rain water - avoiding storm run off and floods. You'll be tempted to disconnect your drainpipes.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: Sustainable Garden Design with Mark Laurence

1 December 2008 - 5:00pm

Mark is a landscape designer and founder of green walling company Biotechture Ltd. His view of sustainability is that with the implications of peak oil, gardens must sustain our society with cyclicle production. Solutions he suggests include algae biotechture, forest gardens and aquaponics.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast November 2008

1 December 2008 - 5:00pm

This month we remind garden designers of the 12 January deadline for entries to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show Conceptual Gardens section and editor Juliet Roberts talks to Tim Richardson to find out more about what the judges might be looking for. We've also news of an extra podcast on sustainable gardening and an interview with gardening charity Thrive about the recent awards to blind gardeners. Finally, columnist Frank Ronan considers his RHS membership.

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