The winter garden

With the first cold snap hitting the UK, it’s starting to feel like winter. It’s a time of structural beauty, evergreen supremacy, frosty seedheads, and low but magical light. In this episode, we focus on all the mystery and enchantment of a winter garden. We chat with author Naomi Slade about designing and revamping gardens in the colder months, leaning into year-round grow-your-own with garden manager Sheila Das, and exploring how to bring a bit of the winter charm inside with what’s available now to pick.

Useful links: RHS The Winter Garden | Vegetables: growing for winter | Winter Flowers Week

The best gardening books of 2023

Our annual book special is here. In this episode, Helen Griffin, RHS Book Publishing Manager, chats with Fiona Davidson, Guy Barter, and Arthur Parkinson about their top gardening book picks of 2023. Hear a discussion on the future of GYO and resilient planting, the relevance of gardening history, and wildcard topics like cut flowers, winter gardening, and even murder.

Useful links: Botany of the Kitchen Garden | RHS The Winter Garden | Gardening Can Be Murder | The Cut Flower Sourcebook | Rekha's Kitchen Garden | England's Gardens | A harvest for all seasons | Not Another Jungle | Chatsworth

Crazy about houseplants: Top picks, tips and stories

We explore how best to turn our homes into verdant oases. RHS Digital Editor Jenny Laville chats with Gareth Richards about the best low-maintenance houseplants, fun climbers for indoors, and underrated care tips and tricks. Social historian Catherine Horwood regales us with the history of ever-changing houseplant trends. And finally, author and podcaster Alice Vincent reveals the role houseplants played in her gardening journey.

Useful links: Picking the right houseplant | Houseplants for students | Potted HistoryHouseplants for different locations

Travelling back in time

In this episode, we journey back through time, taking stock of a few significant moments in botanical history. We start with a tale on the first flowering of the giant waterlily in cultivation, then discover how ‘Midwinter Fire’ gave Cornus sanguinea a whole new reputation, and finally, we look at the life and legacy of Arthur Bulley, founder of Ness Botanic Gardens. Each of these stories draws inspiration from articles in the December issue of The Plant Review.

Useful links:The Plant Review | RHS A Plant for Every Day of the Year | Foggy Bottom Garden Ness Botanic Gardens

Winter preparation and the case for no-dig

In this episode, we journey through RHS Garden Wisley, capturing some of its autumnal beauty while also looking ahead as winter edges ever closer. Garden Manager Sheila Das chats about her no-dig journey, entomologist Dr. Seirian Sumner fills us in on wasps’ winter preparation, and finally, Wisley advisors provide a seasonal Q&A.

Useful links: ‘No Dig’ soil improvement | Endless Forms: Why We Should Love Wasps | Leafmould | Preventing winter damage

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