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 Festival 2015 Tom Stuart-Smith

6 January 2017 - 11:53am

In the last of our series of podcasted talks from the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2015, landscape architect, garden designer and writer, Tom Stuart-Smith, reviews his projects around the world to consider the essence of garden making when faced with an environment and culture beyond the familiar. Tom will be appearing at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017. Book tickets now. http://www.gardensfestival.com

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BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine - Gardening with a Legacy Lecture - Museum of Garden History (part 1)

22 April 2008 - 3:30pm

Sir Roy Strong, who created his garden The Laskett together with his late wife, and Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter in Sussex (home to the late Christopher Lloyd) talk about their experiences of gardening with a legacy.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine - Gender and Gardening Vista Discussion at the Museum of Gardening

14 April 2008 - 8:30pm

Writer and psychotherapist Rozsika Parker joins hosts Noel Kingsbury and Tim Richardson to consider if men and women garden differently. This is a lively discussion with lots of contributions from the floor bringing up aspects of history, culture, genetics and economics both in terms of the amateur and professional gardener alike.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast April 2008

14 April 2008 - 7:30pm

Springtime favourites with ideas for seeing magnolias in bloom and spotting the delicate Fritillaria meleagris. Interviews include a chat with designer Helen Dooley, who is creating a Gardens Illustrated vegetable garden at the Gothenburg garden festival this summer. And we hear from editor Juliet Roberts who picks her highlights from the Fete des Plantes Vivaces at Saint-Jean de Beauregard just outside Paris, France.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast March 2008

20 March 2008 - 1:30pm

Inspiration for spring with co-owner of nursery Secret Seeds, John Langston, giving tips on successful seed sowing. And you can start with your salad seeds given free with the March issue. Then we talk to the head gardener at Hever Castle in Sussex to find out more about the garden's connection with the recent release of the film The Other Boleyn Girl. And our columnist Frank Ronan gives his own sound prediction for the weather this year.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine - William Martin's Vista Lecture at the Museum of Gardening

27 February 2008 - 3:30pm

Considered something as a agent provocateur in the horticultural world, William Martin describes himself as 'an artist whose ideas find their best expression in the garden'. In his talk he considers the complex relationships between landscape, environment, culture and society as revealed in his own garden Wigandia in southern Australia.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast February 2008

22 February 2008 - 4:30pm

Highlights from the February issue of Gardens Illustrated magazine plus snowdrops with Dr John Grimshaw from Colesbourne gardens in Gloucestershire and columnist Frank Ronan talks about the pleasures of weeding.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast January 2008

22 January 2008 - 1:30pm

Highlights of the January issue plus tales from daring plant hunters.There's also an interview with author Tim Richardson, flagging up the series of discussions he is hosting together with Noel Kingsbury at the Museum of Garden History. He talks about the recent event with landscape designer Kim Wilkie and you can hear his talk by downloading the exclusive podcast below – see Exclusive Audio Content. Finally there's columnist Frank Ronan's comments on the glories of composting.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine - Kim Wilkie's Vista Lecture at the Museum of Gardening

21 January 2008 - 6:30pm

Landscape architect Kim Wilkie, whose projects include the V and A Museum garden, talks about ‘The Uses and Abuses of History’, discussing the issues of authenticity and appropriateness when it comes to garden restoration. How do we interpret the past and what are our responsibilities? Kim draws on his own experiences at Villa La Peitra in Florence, Heveningham Hall, Suffolk, Boughton Park, Northamptonshire and a private house in Hampshire, leading a lively and interesting debate.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast December 2007

5 December 2007 - 6:30pm

Florist Neil Honor of the Original Wreath Company takes us through making our own Christmas wreath using plants from the garden, plus he tells us about the exclusive wreath he has created for Gardens Illustrated readers; and Matthew Wilson curator of the RHS garden at Harlow Carr gives advice on a more sustainable approach to gardening. Finally, columnist Frank Ronan reads his December column - delighting in those unexpected wisps of scent in the winter garden.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast November 2007

1 November 2007 - 6:30pm

Forester Geoff Sinclair discusses the campaign to encourage the use of native-grown hazel as plant supports, instead of imported bamboo canes. Following the publication of the late Christopher Lloyd’s last book Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners, Great Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett talks about the exotic garden they created together. Finally, columnist Frank Ronan reads his November column – a feisty response to the work of nomenclature experts.

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