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 Frances Porter

Frances Porter has just completed a three year Professional Gardeners’ Guild Traineeship – we hear about her experiences as a trainee, horticultural inspirations and what will be Frances’ next steps as she embarks on an horticultural career.

An interview with Sam Hickmott

Piers Horry talks to Sam Hickmott, a young head gardener looking after a Grade 1 listed landscape garden in a World Heritage Site. We hear how Sam started his horticultural career, his thoughts on what we need to do to encourage more young people to embark on a career on horticulture and the Young Hort of the Year competition.

An interview with Phil Esseen

What is it like gardening in a zoo? We talk to Phil Esseen about some of the unique challenges that his team face on a day-to-day basis, and find out how Phil came to be a zoo curator – of plants!

An interview with Philip Turvil

A very entertaining chat with Philip Turvil of the Field Studies Council about his role as Eco Business Director; his passions for horticulture, environmental communication and management; and getting to know new work colleagues on Zoom, among many other topics. Yet another example of where horticulture can take you in your career!

An interview with Lettie Irving

We speak to Lettie Irving, Senior Community Outreach Advisor at the RHS, about working with people and plants, using Zoom to engage with communities and the importance of photography in the garden.

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.