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Live from Chatsworth (Ep 131: June 2018)

This week we're at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in Derbyshire, revelling in this floral extravaganza in the heart of the Peak District. Florist Jonathan Moseley reveals the UK's largest ever orchid display and James Alexander-Sinclair chairs a live question and answer session with leading gardening experts including Martin Fish, Leigh Hunt and Helen Bainbridge.

Useful links: ►Chatsworth show  Orchid extravaganza  ►Plant health in gardens  ►herbs  ►clematis  ceanothus


Dear Mrs Chatto (May 2018)

One of the greatest gardeners of the 20th century, Beth Chatto, recently died at the age of 94. Beth was admired and loved by family, friends and gardeners around the world. One of those friends was another legendary plantsman, Roy Lancaster. He visited the garden in Essex she created with her late husband, Andrew, to discuss the development of what she described as a "horticultural and ecological experiment". Hear Beth and Roy in an interview which was to become an article, Dear Mrs Chatto, in the January 2010 issue of The Garden magazine.

Useful links  ►Obituary - Beth Chatto, OBE, VMH Dear Mrs Chatto (450kB pdf) ►The Garden magazine ►The Dry Garden - RHS books  ►Visit The Beth Chatto Gardens  Gardening Scotland  ►RHS Shows

► Submit questions for our live Q&A session at Chatsworth using the hashtag #rhschatsworth on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter


Live from Chelsea (Ep 130: May 2018)

Garden designer, TV presenter and RHS flower show judge James Alexander-Sinclair takes us on a journey into the heart and soul of the Chelsea Flower Show, exploring top-end design, incredible plants and planting, and meeting the people who make it all happen and the celebrities who turn out in force to soak up the Chelsea buzz. Find out about feel-good gardens, exciting new plants and garden products, and get design tips for your garden.

This year's show also shows the power of gardening as a force for good. We meet the creator of The Lemon Tree Trust Garden, inspired by the gardens of Domiz refugee camp in Iraq. It's a heartwarming tale of human spirit and triump over adversity, and the RHS is proud to have been able to support the Trust in its work. We also speak to Baroness Floella Benjamin and music star Beverley Knight about Birmingham City Council's display celebrating 70 years since the Empire Windrush arrived in Britain, marking the beginning of a new chapter in our nation's history.

Useful links: ►Chelsea Flower Show  ►Chelsea Garden Product of the Year  ►Space to Grow gardens  ►Growing happiness: Feel Good Gardens  ►Lemon Tree Trust Garden  ►Chelsea Plant of the Year Find an RHS event near you

Featured plants Enkianthus campanulatus  Styrax japonicus  ►Himalayan blue poppy (Meconopsis)  ►River birch (Betula nigra)  ►Snowdrop tree (Halesia)  ►Find a plant 

Chelsea Shorts (3/3) - Growing happiness

In the final part of our exclusive behind-the-scenes Chelsea preview podcasts, we meet designer Matt Keightley who's creating a trailblazing health and wellbeing garden - the RHS Feel Good Garden - which will live on after the show as a permanent garden at the Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust.



Chelsea Shorts (2/3) - Hero Plants of Chelsea

Get an exclusive peek behind the scenes of the greatest flower show on earth. Today we celebrate the real stars of the show – the plants! Designers Chris Beardshaw, Bunny Guinness and Kate Gould share their insights into the planting in this year’s show gardens and Show Manager Katherine Potsides outlines some of the other plant highlights to look out for.



Chelsea Shorts (1/3) - Space to Grow

Get an exclusive peek behind the scenes of the greatest flower show on earth! Join us as we discover what's in store in our new Space to Grow garden category, meeting designer Kate Gould who shares the trials, triumphs and tribulations that are all part and parcel of the Chelsea experience. Discover a healthy dose of tips and hints for making the most of your small or urban gardens.



Countdown to Chelsea, Great British Bee Count, seasonal vegetable growing advice and more (Ep 129: May 2018)

Hear behind the scenes interviews with award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson and Show Manager Katherine Potsides, who give a tantalising preview of the show and explore the increasing presence of women at Chelsea from designers to engineers and planting teams. Wildlife gardening expert Kate Bradbury shares a call to arms for gardeners to get involved in the Great British Bee Count, and we get timely advice from RHS experts on growing your vegetables – including how to avoid blossom end rot on tomatoes and how to grow a giant beanstalk!

Useful links:2018 Chelsea gardens ►Get priority access and discounted tickets to flower shows - join the RHS  ►blossom end rot  ►Great British Bee Count  ►RHS wildlife gardening advice  ►How to grow runner beansBeans for bloomsRHS events


Reshaping the future of gardening; plastics part II; advice on cats, clay soil and lawns (Ep 128: May 2018)

Garden designer and television presenter James Alexander-Sinclair meets RHS Director General Sue Biggs, to discuss the Society's plans to invest millions of pounds into the future of gardening - revolutionising our gardens and horticultural research. Plus advice on restoring damaged lawns, coping with cats in the garden and suggestions on shrubs for clay soil.

Useful links: ►Our 10-year strategic investment plan  ►Support the next generation of gardeners  ►Deterring cats from your garden  ►Plants for clay soils  ►RHS Garden Bridgewater  ►Event finder  ►Chatsworth Flower Show  ►Join the RHS  ►Events at the Lindley Libraries  ►lawn care advice

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