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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Podcast Archive

BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast September 2008

25 September 2008 - 3:00pm

In the September podcast we indulge our love of dahlias with interviews from the Dahlia Trials Open Day held at RHS Wisley, Surrey. We also hear from gardener and te presenter Sarah Raven about her top tips for growing vegetables through the autumn and winter. And columnist Frank Ronan is delighted by colour in the garden.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast August 2008

22 August 2008 - 5:30pm

This month we hear from photographer Nic Barlow, who has pursued a life-long passion to record in pictures some of the most notable follies and grottoes of Europe. And columnist Frank Ronan introduces us to Mrs Trug.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast July 2008

22 July 2008 - 1:30pm

A summer special with the Gardens Illustrated team getting together to chat about recent garden visits they've made. They discuss the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, a garden in Cornwall, village scarecrows and all things roses. And then our columnist Frank Ronan talks about plants that enjoy their moment of glory then allow others to take the limelight.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: magazine podcast June 2008

17 June 2008 - 1:00pm

This month Tony Kirkham, head of arboriculture at Kew, shows us round the world-famous botanical garden's latest attraction: the exciting new Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway. We also talk to salad-growing expert Charles Dowding about his new book Salad Leaves for All Seasons, and regular columnist Frank Ronan encourages us to savour 'growing' our gardens rather than buying them 'ready-made'.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2008 Special

23 May 2008 - 1:00pm

Gardens Illustrated editor Juliet Roberts speaks to three garden expert: Tim Richardson, Dan Pearson and Andrew Wilson, about this year's Chelsea Flower Show. They each give their opinions on the event picking up on current trends and must-have plants.

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BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine - May 2008 podcast

20 May 2008 - 7:30pm

A busy month in the garden and in the podcast with our first outside broadcast from the new Shirley Sherwood Gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with Dr Sherwood showing us round the gallery's display of botanical art. Then there's an interview with author Christopher Stocks about his latest book Forgotten Fruits and Frank is mesmerised by the colour blue. Don't forget to visit our new forum and get involved in the various discussions.

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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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