Listen to our ‘An interview with…’ series of podcasts to find out more about the horticulturists working in public gardens, what led them to become professional horticulturists, the plants they can’t live without and what they enjoy most about their jobs and gardens.

With thanks to our creative advisor, Mari Rustan, for updated format and improved programming, and to Bruce Langridge and Will Ritchie of National Botanic Garden of Wales for the original question format and podcast idea. Thank you to all our contributors, interviewees and interviewers.

Current interviews are being conducted by Rebecca Slack and Piers Horry so get in touch with PlantNetwork if you would like to feature in an upcoming podcast.

An interview with Kristina Clode

Kristina Clode is a garden designer based in East Sussex with a flair for naturalistic, wildlife and sustainable garden designs and planting schemes. We talk abouth Kristina’s career, ethos and award-winning designs.

An interview with Sam Hickmott – revisited

We catch up with a previous interviewee, Sam Hickmott, in our first ever ‘catch up chat’! Sam is now Head Gardener with responsibility for two stunning National Trust gardens. Sam brings both gardens to life in our brief chat: we challenge you NOT to want to visit both after listening to his descriptions.

An interview with Mercy Morris

Mercy Morris joined PlantNetwork as Administrator in October 2022, We find out more about Mercy’s very varied horticultural career, love of houseplants, National Plant Collection of spider plants and so much more! This interview could have been so much longer had the cafe we recorded it in not been so very noisy…. Apologies for the sound quality.

An interview with Joe Clements

Joe Clements, Conservation Assistant at the Lowther Estate, tells us about his horticultural training and how useful that is in his conservation role, beekeeping, regenerating farmland and the trials of growing succulents in Cumbria. Could this be the first meeting of the Nigel Brown Appreciation Society too?

An interview with Misako Kasahara

Misako Kasahara, Head Gardener at Riverhill Himalayan Garden in Kent, loves woody plants and tells us about a theatre-going Metasequoia, being inspired to explore a career in horticulture through TV gardening programmes, and some horticultural differences between the UK and Japan.

An interview with Nick Fraser

Nick Fraser, Senior Gardener with the National Trust, talks about caring for three very different gardens in North Yorkshire including a garden that has been organic for over 20 years. Nick also talks about his interest in native plants and insects.

An interview with Yoke van der Meer

Earlier this year, freelance horticulturist Yoke van der Meer spoke with PlantNetwork about her career and her blog which seeks to make weeds more popular!

An interview with Cailean Stewart

Meet Cal Stewart – gardener, educator, mixologist and dandelion fan! Cal has recently moved from being a full-time gardener to a full-time garden educator to better share a passion for all things plant and garden related.

The Tangled Bank – Sustainability Special

To celebrate the PlantNetwork Year of Sustainability, we will be exploring sustainability issues and projects as part of the PlantNetwork podcast series. In the first of these special episodes, we find out about the challenges and opportunities posed by “The Tangled Bank” project at St Andrews Botanic Garden with curator Beccy Middleton.