Do you need to escape into stories of trees and flowers? Join award winning writer Ben Dark as he weaves together the voices of gardeners around the globe. Sit back, relax and allow yourself some time in the world of plants.
The bird, the bees and the forest trees: the gardens of Brisbane, Devon and the Isle of Wight
1:01:23We visit a gardener fighting gales to bring life to Tennyson’s neglected garden, talk to the keeper of bees at RHS Rosemoore and hear about a bush turkey with a nest the size of a busSupport the show: https://linktr.ee/deargardenerhttps://ko-fi.com/bendarkThe Dear Gardeners on Instagram:Zara: https://www.instagram.com/bees_at_rhs_rosemoor/ Ellen: https://www.instagram.com/tennysons_gardener/ Episode links: Farringford: https://farringford.co.uk/RHS Rosemoor: https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoorSave Our Waterways Now (SOWN): https://sown.com.au/ The Helen Allingham Society: https://www.helenallingham.com/Maud, and Other Poems: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/56913/56913-h/56913-h.htm
River floods and desert flowers: The gardens of Northern Kentucky, Bristol and Shrewsbury
59:36Dear Gardener hears tales of native planting in Northern Kentucky, garden design in Bristol and flooding on the banks of the beautiful Severn. Also featuring a behind the scenes look at gardening TV, iris hunting in the the Negev Desert and why horticulture is lot like tech metal. Support the show: https://linktr.ee/deargardenerhttps://ko-fi.com/bendarkThe Dear Gardeners on Instagram:Brandon: https://www.instagram.com/uncommonlycultivated/Charlotte: https://www.instagram.com/c_nuttgens_gardendesign/Rob: https://www.instagram.com/scarlettdesignuk/Episode links: Nuttgens Garden Design https://www.charlottenuttgens.co.uk/Wyeth and Willow (Brandon George) https://wyethandwillow.wixsite.com/wyethandwillowTwo Thousand Trees festival https://www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/Arctangent festival https://arctangent.co.uk/Roundstone Native Seed Company: https://roundstoneseed.com/Friends of Jerusalem Botanic Garden: https://www.friendsjbg.org/The Garden Design School and Bristol Botanic Garden: https://www.gardendesignschool.co.uk/Longwood Gardens: https://longwoodgardens.org/
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Wisteria and water trees: The gardens of Santa Cruz, Brockley and the River Stour
55:55In this episode of Dear Gardener we journey to California, East Anglia and South East London to hear about mothers and friendship, Sissinghurst and slugs, and roses and rills.Support the show: https://linktr.ee/deargardenerhttps://ko-fi.com/bendarkThe Dear Gardeners on Instagram:Gavin: https://www.instagram.com/gardeninggavin/ Melanie: https://www.instagram.com/saari.farms/Vanina: https://www.instagram.com/thebonbongirl/Episode links:The Butchart Gardens, British Columbia: https://www.butchartgardens.com/Euphorbia stygiana subsp. santamariae https://www.cotswoldgardenflowers.co.uk/product/euphorbia-stygiana-subsp-santamariae/Rosa 'Perle d'Or': https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_%27Perle_d%27Or%27 Rosa 'Munstead Wood': https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/products/munstead-wood?_ga=2.141225842.1185186591.1668450625-963987581.1668450625Rosa 'Cécile Brünner': https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_'C%C3%A9cile_Br%C3%BCnner'Rosa ''Madame Alfred Carrière': https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/products/mme-alfred-carriereThe NGS (National Gardens Scheme): https://ngs.org.uk/Thank you for listening
Our tastes aligned: The gardens of Skipton, Bavaria and the Yorkshire Wolds
1:01:25In this episode of the global gardening podcast we pitch up under the moors where a deck juts out over a grass and perennial garden, visit Bavaria and a terrace garden hidden behind veils of trailing tomato, hear tales from a fading walled garden and visit a unique garden full of rooms, owls, compost and ideas.Support the show: https://linktr.ee/deargardenerEpisode links:Emma’s tulip Slawa: https://www.sarahraven.com/products/tulip-slawaDan Pearson Studio: http://danpearsonstudio.com/Emma's garden designer Matt Haddon: https://haddon.studio/Some heritage tomatoes: https://www.allotment-garden.org/vegetable/how-to-grow-your-own-tomatoes/heirloom-heritage-tomatoes/Phlomis tuberosa ‘Amazone’: https://www.rhsplants.co.uk/plants/_/phlomis-tuberosa-amazone/classid.2000022949/Sweet Woodruff: https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/7595/galium-odoratum/detailsThe Dear Gardeners on Instagram:Emma: https://www.instagram.com/paddockwoodgarden/Bianca: https://www.instagram.com/plants_and_whiskers/Liam: https://www.instagram.com/liamdaviesgardens/Thank you for listening
Delivering Joy: The Gardens of Minnesota, Buenos Aires and Pennsylvania
59:14We journey to a plant person’s garden between the Great Lakes and the Appalachian Mountains, an apartment amid the Palos Borrachos of Buenos Aires and an oak-topped bluff above the Minnesota River Valley. Support the show: https://ko-fi.com/bendarkEpisode links:The trees of Buenos Aires: https://landingpadba.com/buenos-aires-tree-guide/Tsubo-niwa (pocket gardens): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsubo-niwaThe Bluet Houstonia caerulea: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/houstonia-caerulea/ A Pattern Language: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Pattern_LanguageFor copies of Ben’s book, The Grove: A Nature Odyssey in 19 ½ Front Gardens go here: https://linktr.ee/deargardenerThe dear gardeners on Instagram:Alicia: https://www.instagram.com/kalijardinJulie: https://www.instagram.com/juliewitmergardensMichael: https://www.instagram.com/sneaky.productions/
Dreaming of long borders: the gardens of Hampshire, Yaoundé and Philadelphia
50:22We journey to Yaoundé, where the oil palms drip with ferns and a balcony gardener waits for the lemon grass harvest, Pennsylvania, where plants lead an architect astray and Hampshire, where meadows, lawns, hedges and fruit trees spring from land that once grew chicken sheds.Support the show: https://ko-fi.com/bendarkEpisode links:Tivoli Gardens: https://www.tivoli.dk/en/haven-og-forlystelser/skoenne-steder Narcissus ‘W. P. Milner’: https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/76761/narcissus-w-p-milner-(1)/detailsAfrican plums, or Safou, Dacryodes edulis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacryodes_edulis The amazing black medic: https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/105551/medicago-lupulina/detailsFor copies of Ben’s book, The Grove: A Nature Odyssey in 19 ½ Front Gardens go here: https://linktr.ee/deargardenerThe dear gardeners on Instagram:Jonathan: https://www.instagram.com/jbykowski/Karen: https://www.instagram.com/mrsnorris34/Christoph: https://www.instagram.com/christophsgaertli/
Stone frogs and thirsty parrots: the gardens of Oxford, Long Island and The Cradle of Mankind
46:47We visit Oxford, where the Head Gardener of Trinity College is preparing her winter displays, Long Island, where the director of the Madoo Conservancy practises 'forensic horticulture' to preserve the vision of poet, painter and plantsman Robert Dash, and the Granite Grasslands northwest of Johannesburg where Viqui is waiting for rain and the flowers it will bring.Support the show: https://ko-fi.com/bendarkEpisode links:The landscapes of Fernando Caruncho: https://web.fernandocaruncho.com/en/The Gardens of Trinity College: https://www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/gardens-groundsThe Madoo Conservancy: https://www.madoo.orgThe dear gardeners on instagram:Kate Burtonwood: https://www.instagram.com/cultivatedgardener/Alejandro Saralegui: https://www.instagram.com/alemadoo/Viqui (thepotagergardener): https://www.instagram.com/thepotagergardener/Buy Ben's brilliant book:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grove-Nature-Odyssey-Front-Gardens/dp/1784727385Happy gardening!YxN7dVCRBIMpxioAO5iC