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Gardening with the RHS is here to help you grow. Each week we talk to RHS experts, along with garden designers, scientists, growers, and the movers and shakers of the horticultural world

Our award-winning Gardening with the RHS podcast offers seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems.

Trusted gardening professionals give you the latest horticultural advice, scientific research and tried-and-tested techniques to bring out the best in your garden.

Rewildling and 'the weed that ate the South' (27 Jan)

From Sussex to South Carolina, this week we're exploring what happens when plants take over. What do you get if you mix poor quality farmland, a passion for wildlife and a biodiversity crisis? The answer is a pioneering rewilding project that has stunned ecologists and revolutionised ideas about nature conservation in Britain. We head to Knepp Estate in Sussex to meet Isabella Tree and find out more. 

Bill Finch is a naturalist who grew up in the Deep South of the USA. Here he witnessed a very different form of rewilding from an invasive plant, kudzu (Pueraria montana). It became infamous during the 20th century for swamping roadsides and blanketing everything in its path - becoming known as a scourge and 'the vine that ate the South'. But is it as much of a problem as people think?

And finally, podcast regulars Fiona Davison and Gareth Richards discuss the history of two very wild plants, ivy (Hedera helix) and Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria or Fallopia japonica).

Useful links: Knepp Wildland  ►Rewild your garden with tips from Springwatch   ►RHS wildlife gardening hub  ►Learn more about ivy  ►Ivy on houses  ►RHS ivy monograph  ►​Japanese knotweed advice from the RHS 

The Edible Edition, Part 4 (20 Jan)

This week's programme is dedicated to vegetable growing. You can grow veg almost anywhere - as New Yorker Kofi Thomas proves with his inspirational story of how he created The Good Life Garden from a former dumping ground in the heart of Brooklyn. It's a project that has improved the lives of thousands of Long Island residents and has distributed literally tons of fresh homegrown fruit and veg to people in need.

Regular presenters Guy Barter and Verity Battyll of RHS Garden Wisley offer seasonal veg growing tips and share their successes and failures growing unusual crops in the UK climate. Plus Kamal Bell, CEO of Sankofa Farms in North Carolina tells us all about a crop that's close to his heart – okra.

Useful links: RHS Grow Your Own - edible gardening hub  ►The Good Life Garden  ►RHS Garden Wisley  ►Sankofa Farms

Hoxton to hedgerows and hoodoo (13 Jan)

This week we're working with plants through time and across the world. Author and previous guest on the show Jonathan Drori explores more incredible plants from across the globe, including Tillandsia (Spanish moss) from the American Deep South. It's a mysterious relative of the pineapple plant that has almost no roots yet is woven into the history and culture of the southern states. Historian Fiona Davison tells the story of Thomas Fairchild, a London man who made the first ever intentional plant hybrid. Plus Anna Greenland presents the last of our grow-your-own beverages series with a look at elderflower.

Useful links: Find out more about tillandsias (also known as Spanish moss or airplants) ►Find suppliers of elder plants 
Contributors: Fiona Davison, Head of RHS Libraries and Exhibitions ►Jonathan Drori, author of Around the World in 80 Plants Anna Greenland, author of Grow Easy

A fresh start in the garden (6 Jan)

Happy New Year from the RHS podcast team! This week's programme is all about looking forward to a green and pleasant 2022. Wisley’s Guy Barter and Verity Battyll discuss their 5 must-grow plants for this year, while gardening advisor James Lawrence shares his top 5 seasonal jobs. Plus RHS editor and allotmenteer Gareth Richards offers advice on how to grow fruit and veg in a sustainable way.

Useful links: How to grow nerines  What to do with your old Christmas tree  Gardening for the environment

Selected plants mentioned
Good King Henry (Chenopodium bonus-henricus►Tiger nuts (Cyperus esculentus) ►Nerine bowdenii

Highlights of 2021 (30 Dec)

What a year 2021 has been for gardening! We've had weird weather, an autumn Chelsea Flower Show, a peat ban, RHS Bridgewater opening… the list goes on. This week we're looking back to some of our podcast highlights, including delving into the tiny but terrifying world of parasitic wasps with RHS Wisley scientist Magdalena Boshoff who explains how these insects do an amazing job destroying garden pests. 

Zehra Zaidi tells the story of how she helped name a rose after a trailblazing black gardener - the first rose to be named after an ethnic minority Briton. Allotmenteer and YouTuber Mothin Ali (@MyFamilyGarden) shares tips on growing the perfect potato and RHS Chief Horticulturist Guy Barter gazes into his crystal ball and gives his predictions for gardening in 2022. Plus garden designers Ann-Marie Powell, Humaira Ikram and Lee Burkhill share their thoughts on what they'll be focusing on next year.

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