Notes on hardiness

In this episode, we investigate what exactly makes a plant hardy, how tropical plants survive British winters, and how what thrives here may be changing – especially in urban environments like London. Presenter Gareth Richards and RHS botanist James Armitage take a tour of weird and wacky tender trees that have survived here against all odds. And, Hillary Collins of Grafton Nursery gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what you can do to help your eucalyptus withstand British winters.

Useful links: Mediterranean garden plants | RHS hardiness rating | Hardy Eucalyptus (Grafton Nursery)

Something new

This episode is all about growing something new. We’re spreading the word about exciting plant species, cultivars, and hybrids from those that love them most. Legendary plantsman Roy Lancaster chats about shrubby honeysuckles, Canadian horticulturist Grahame Ware makes the case for a curious genus called Syneilesis, and Wisley horticulturist Jack Aldridge shares the stories behind flowering dogwood hybrids.

Useful links: Shrubby honeysuckle | Flowering dogwood | The Plant Review

Alpine delights, wisteria pruning, and the great RHS Award snub

In this episode, we take a behind the scenes look at the ways spring is fighting its way into the picture at RHS Garden Wisley. We go behind the scenes at the Alpine Display House, we get a masterclass on pruning wisteria, and we dive into the life and work of the eccentric and influential horticulturist Ellen Willmott – and explore a theory for why she may have missed her Victoria Medal of Honour ceremony.

Useful links: Visiting Wisley | Narcissus bulbocodium | How to grow wisteria | LGBTQ+ History Month | Miss Willmott’s Ghosts

Growing on a budget

In this episode, we zero in on how to stretch the money we spend on our gardens as far as possible. We hear from gardening influencer Anya Lautenbach – aka Anya the Garden Fairy – on her money-saving tips. We explore the science behind cuttings with botanist and editor James Armitage. And we get an inside look at the RHS Apprenticeships programme.

Useful links: The Money-Saving Gardener | Propagation techniques | New Shoots |  RHS Apprenticeships

Guerrilla gardening, seasonal advice, and maintaining a world-famous laburnum arch

This episode is all about cultivating change – whether in your own garden, in your local neighbourhood, or in a magical National Trust property. We chat guerrilla gardening with Ellen Miles, get top tips from RHS Wisley advisors, and take a look at all the work that goes into maintaining the laburnum arch at Bodnant Garden (one of our RHS Partner Gardens).

Useful links: Bodnant Garden | Guerrilla gardening | Nature is a Human RightDiploma in Horticultural Practice

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