Come behind the scenes with Editor Chris Young as we meet the people behind the stories and articles featured in the UK's biggest gardening magazine, The Garden.
Each month we'll be delving a little deeper into a range of horticultural topics, meeting garden designers, wildlife experts, nurserymen and women and other luminaries of the gardening world.
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April 2019 – The state of the nation's nurseries, how to choose compost, going plastic-free
Plant nurseries are the lifeblood of gardening and garden shows in the UK. In these challenging times, are they managing to survive and thrive? Chris talks to garden writer Melissa Mabbitt to find out. Are you confused when faced with a barrage of compost options at the garden centre? This month, the magazine features a handy guide to help you find the right compost for you, and Deputy Editor Phil Clayton gives advice on this topic and shares his personal experiences with peat-free compost. Finally, professional gardener and author Sally Nex charts her quest to rid her garden of plastic.
►RHS Plant Finder online and in print ►RHS Master Grower initiative ►Peat-free composts ►The Garden magazine ►Join the RHS
March 2019 – An insider's peek at the Chelsea Flower Show, rhubarb rhubarb and fast flowers from seed
March is one of the biggest issues of The Garden magazine and in celebration we've got a podcast jam-packed with gardening goodness. Chris gets an insider's guide to this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show with News Editor Anisa Gress, who shares news on exciting designs and highlights to look out for.
Then it's back down to earth as for a discussion on the delights of rhubarb with writer, grower and cook Mark Diacono; then Ursula Cholmeley of Easton Walled Gardens shares her favourite first-year-flowering perennials to grow from seed.
*A note to readers of The Garden magazine: to hear Chris Young speaking to Anna Skibniewski-Ball about RHS Flower Show Cardiff, please listen out for episode 149 of the RHS Gardening Podcast, which will be broadcast on 21 February.
►RHS Chelsea Flower Show ►How to grow rhubarb ►More info on perennials ► The Garden magazine ►RHS Photographic Competition
February 2019 – Spawning glories, drought lessons and how to beat tomato blight
This month we dip into the murky waters of garden ponds to get a seasonal lowdown on frog spawn from wildlife expert Helen Bostock, before drying off to discuss what gardening lessons can be taken from last summer's extreme weather conditions with Principal Horticultural Advisor Leigh Hunt. Plus an expert look at tomato blight from lifelong plant breeder Simon Crawford who shares his tips on how gardeners can avoid it.
Useful links ►Advice on garden ponds ►RHS find a plant ►RHS Science ►Tips on tomato blight ►Dealing with drought ►The Garden magazine ►Join the RHS
January 2019 – Wintergreen ferns with Matt Pottage, fabulous foliage at Rosemoor and CSI Wisley
In this episode we unfurl the best wintergreen ferns with Wisley Curator Matt Pottage. From flamboyant and exotic woodwardias to the delightful, diminuitive native polypody, there's a fern to add greenery to any garden throughout the darkest months. Plus, Jon Webster shares the delights of the Foliage Garden at Rosemoor; and if you thought pathology was confined to glossy TV dramas, think again, as Plant Pathologist Jassy Drakulic shares insight into her role at the forefront of keeping our beloved specimens safe from all manner of garden baddies.
Useful links ►Visit Wisley ►RHS find a plant ►RHS Science ►Rosemoor's Foliage Garden (tree mentioned is Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Imbricata Pendula') ►The Garden magazine ►Join the RHS
December 2018 – Roy Lancaster on conifers, glitter on cacti and how to make your amaryllis flower again
This month, The Garden throws off the shackles of horticultural haute couture and takes a look at some of the least fashionable plants out there. Are dyed, glitter-encrusted and spray-painted plants abominations or a good way to get seasonal colour and encourage new gardeners? Plus plant hunter and author Roy Lancaster VMH shares his life-long love of conifers and Karen Robbirt from the RHS Plant Trials team offers insight into what it takes to get your Christmas amaryllis (properly known as Hippeastrum) to re-flower next year.
Useful links ►Follow the novelty plants debate on Twitter ►RHS find a plant ►Amaryllis / Hippeastrum growing advice ►How to care for conifers ►The Garden magazine
November 2018 – Unexpected berried treasures of autumn, how war shaped British gardens
Dead men's fingers, beauty berry, Himalayan honeysuckle and peonies to name but a few... In this episode we meet the unusual suspects providing seasonal colour with a range of delightful fruits. Chris also talks to garden historian Ambra Edwards about the surprising legacy of the First World War on British gardens.
►10 AGM-winning shrubs for autumn berries ►Learn more about garden history with the RHS Lindley Libraries ► The Garden magazine ►RHS Find a plant online
October 2018 – Wildlife at Great Dixter; choosing and planting summer-flowering trees
Chris Young talks to Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, about the incredible diversity of life that calls this world-famous garden home. The garden, created by the late plantsman and writer Christopher Lloyd (known affectionately as 'Christo') is well known as a treasure-trove of plants, but it has only recently become apparent that it's also fantastically rich in biodiversity.
Meanwhile at Wisley, horticulturist and garden manager Emma Allen shares her favourite summer-flowering trees and offers advice on how to plant them now that the main tree planting season is fast approaching.
►Great Dixter ►Plants for Bugs research ► The Garden magazine ►more RHS advice on planting trees ►Flowering trees for small gardens
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►See the archived feed of our former RHS Members' podcast (Feb 2013 - July 2018)