RHS gardening podcasts

Our podcasts are here to help you get the very best out of your garden. Each week we talk to RHS experts, garden designers, scientists, growers and many others to get Britain growing

Our 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.

Roses and other thorny issues (29 July)

Enjoy a tour around RHS Garden Wisley’s Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden with its 4,500 roses and find out how to keep yours blooming until autumn. We discover how this iconic plant became the favourite (and least loved) flower among the British with historian Simon Morley, then author Gareth Richards sings the praises of a rose relative, the bramble, ‘nature’s frontline defender against man’. Finally, find out about the pest-busting wasp you definitely need in your garden this summer.

Useful links: How to grow roses  ►Choosing the best rosesThe Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden  ►RHS Weeds: The beauty and uses of 50 vagabond plantsBiological control in the garden

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2021 (22 July)

This week we're at the glorious Tatton Park in Cheshire, for a floral extravaganza like no other. From a rewilded garden taking inspiration from the wider Tatton Estate to beautifully designed small urban spaces full of clever ideas to save water, there's something for everyone. Plus top culinary tips from chef Sophie Gordon and food writer Mark Diacono who share ideas for homegrown feasts, full of unusual flavours.

Useful links: RHS Flower Show Tatton Park  ►RHS Chelsea Flower Show (September)  ►Grow your own fruit and veg  ►Water-saving gardening

Giant leaves and tiny trees (15 July)

From lush and leafy banana plants to the delicate charms of the tiniest trees of all, this week's podcast is all about planting with a difference. We explore the weird, wild and wonderful Exotic Garden at Wisley, which is packed full of tropical-looking plants and ideas to steal for your own backyard paradise. 

Tayshan Hayden-Smith, footballer and founder of the non-profit Grow2Know tells the story of how he came to discover and love what's probably the most dramatic plant you can grow outdoors in Britain. And if you've ever wished you could grow a tree but don't have the space, think again, as we take a look at bonsai with RHS expert Peter Goodchild.

Exotic plant list: Persicaria 'Red Dragon', canna, ornamental ginger (Hedychium), hardy palm (Trachycarpus fortunei), dahlia, Pinus montezumae 'Sheffield Park', tithonia, gazania, Fatsia japonica, Fatsia polycarpa, echinacea, tetrapanax, toad lily (Tricyrtis), Bletilla (hardy orchid), Cautleya, calla lily (Zantedeschia), Tigridia, passion flower (Passiflora)

Hardy banana plant (also called Japanese banana) – Musa basjoo

Useful links: ►Discover the Exotic Garden at RHS Wisley ►Exotic gardening inspiration ►Find plant suppliers online ►Grow2Know ►The Plant Review ►RHS advice: bonsai ►Discover the Bonsai Walk at RHS Garden Wisley ►RHS Flourish Fund

RHS Flower Shows are back! (8 July)

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival returns for 2021. And what a return it is! From world-class garden design talent to new ways of growing cabbages, there's something for everyone.

We explore the show's no-dig gardens, community allotments and experience some lively debates between horticultural experts in the talks theatre. Plus an interview with a cut-flower grower who overcame multiple tragedies in 2020 to bring a heartwarming and colourful garden to this year's show.

Contributors:   ►Charles Dowding  ►Stephanie Hafferty ►Lia Leendertz  ►Bunny Guinness  ►James Armitage  ►Chris Young ►Carien van Boxtel

Useful links: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival No-dig gardening beginner's guide RHS no-dig allotment RHS Flower Show Tatton Park The Plant Review See Carien van Boxtel's cut flower garden RHS Grow Your Own  ►Join the RHS

Art and the garden (1 July)

This week we’re exploring the relationship between art and gardens. Including an interview with  award-winning designer Sarah Price who shares her experience of using art to inspire her RHS Chelsea gold medal winning gardens, and we visit a new David Hockney exhibition celebrating the arrival of spring in his garden in France. Plus plant-loving Instagrammers discuss how social media affects the way we garden and Curator of RHS Garden Wisley, Matthew Pottage, shares tips how to use sculpture in your home plot.

Contributors: Sarah Price, Fiona Davison, Ashley Nwokorie, Poppy Okotcha, Michael Perry, Caro LangtonMatthew Pottage

Useful links: David Hockney at the Royal Academy ►RHS Garden Wisley

A great leap for gardening science (24 June)

In this week's programme we visit a brand new hotbed of horticultural research in the UK: RHS Hilltop – The home of gardening science. In the heart of RHS Garden Wisley, this state-of-the-art facility will house groundbreaking research into problems affecting real-life gardens,  and offer visitors unique insights. 

We meet award-winning designer Ann-Marie Powell who talks us through the stunning spaces surrounding the building, featuring an array of edibles and wildlife-friendly planting. Our resident history maven Fiona Davison shares the story of how Wisley ended up at the forefront of gardening science over a century ago. Plus a look at growing herbs with Sylvia Travers of RHS Garden Bridgewater.

Useful links: RHS Hilltop – The home of gardening science Discover RHS Garden Wisley  RHS Digital collections - Mr Wilson's Wisley How to grow herbs ►Join the RHS for free unlimited visits to RHS Gardens
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