The RHS Gardening 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.
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Summer gardens to visit, coping with carrot fly and learning to love wasps (Ep 132: June 2018)
As new plantings emerge from the dust and hubbub of the redevelopments at Wisley, we explore the Wisteria Walk and Heather Landscape. Plus a round-up of RHS partner gardens to visit this summer, results of a two-year science research project into how gardeners can best deal with carrot fly and wildlife writer Kate Bradbury rallies gardeners in defence of some suprising allies - wasps!
Useful links: ►Major projects at Wisley ►Partner gardens to visit this summer ►Carrot fly survey ► Harlow Carr Flower Show ►Hampton Court Palace Flower Show ►Tatton Park Flower Show ►all RHS events
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.
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