Podcast

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 and interviewers.


An interview with Kate Hughes

PlantNetwork speaks with the RBGE’s Kate Hughes about international horticulture, unusual pelagoniums, teaching horticulture in Spanish, and so much more!


An interview with Piers Horry

We talk to new PlantNetwork Trustee and National Trust Garden and Outdoor Manager, Piers Horry, about his role, his career in horticulture and lots about trees!


An interview with Julian Ives and Neil Procter – Special Episode

This podcast episode carries on the discussion from a recent webinar and we learn more about the potential of biostimulants for improving plant health and resilience to pests and diseases with Julian Ives from Dragonfli and Neil Procter from Koppert Biological Systems.


An interview with Matthew Oliver

This year is the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables so we talk to someone who is passionate abut growing vegetables. So much so that when Matt isn’t caring for Global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, he is looking after multiple allotments…


An interview with Imogen Jackson

With growing recognition of the health and well-being benefits of gardening, PlantNetwork speaks with horticultural therapist Imogen Jackson about her role at Horatio’s Garden.


An interview with Shiona Mackie

Volunteers are crucial to many, if not most, public gardens, with friends’ groups often providing considerable support to gardens and their horticultural teams. We hear from Dr Shiona Mackie who has been instrumental in establishing the Friends of Botanic Gardens Forum, linking and supporting friends’ groups across the UK. We also find out about garden guides, the importance of inspirational teachers and ballet.


An interview with Lucy Bell

In this episode, we talk with Lucy Bell, Botanical Horticulturist at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, finding out about her responsibilities for the Broad Walk, her love of herbaceous perennials, and her plant-related modelling career!


An interview with Juliet Sargeant

We start 2021 with a chat to Juliet Sargeant, RHS Chelsea gold medal winning garden designer and founder of the Sussex Garden School. Find out more about Juliet’s design ethos and her secret mission as well as her surprising confession regarding her own garden. Juliet also has advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in garden design.


An interview with Dr Waheed Arshad

PlantNetwork speaks with Dr Waheed Arshad to find out more about his role as botanical data specialist with Candide Gardening and Botanical Software and how it all began with a letter to the Queen….


Festive special – my favourite tree is….

A festive special edition of the podcast, looking at a few favourite trees… With thanks to Mark Ballard, Simon Toomer, Gary Long, Toby Beasley and Tim Baxter for their contributions.