Join professional gardener, podcaster, broadcaster and garden writer, Mike Palmer, for lively discussions with gardening personalities and experts from the fantastic world of gardening. Look out for Mike's 'Plant Specials' including dahlias, roses & clematis with more to come. You can see & hear more from Mike in his beautiful garden at his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener. Mike's podcast is sponsored by Natural Grower the supplier of plant-based products for organic & chemical free gardening and houseplants.
Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Jekka McVicar
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45:41In this week's episode of the Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast, I chat once again to Jekka McVicar whose new book '100 Herbs to Grow' is published 7 March 2024 by Quadrille Publishing. In this fascinating and in-depth chat, we talk about: Jekka's new book, '100 Herbs to Grow'. How to inspire people to grow The future of small and independent specialist nurseries How Jekka spends her ‘me-time’ Her plans for the future, and much more. This is truly another great chat with Jekka, and I am re-releasing our first chat alongside this episode as some of our conversations relate back to our first meeting. My thanks to Jekka for taking time from her schedule to chat to us today. You can follow Jekka's Herb Farm by clicking here. And you can follow Jekka's personal account by clicking here. And you can follow me on my Instagram account by clicking here. Please don't forget to follow/subscribe and if you are able, please leave a review. Thank you and see you next week. Mike
Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - M.T. O'Donnell
52:59In this week's episode of the Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast, I chat with Scotland Grows Editor and Podcaster and freelance writer M.T. O’Donnell. Amongst many topics, we discuss: MTs, role as Editor and Podcaster for Scotland Grows. The Scotland Grows magazine. The challenges of gardening in Scotland. The TRELLIS charity - Gardening for Well-Being, and lots more. You can find out more about Scotland Grows by clicking here. My thanks to MT for taking time out of her schedule to come and chat to us today. You can follow MT on her Instagram account by clicking here. And you can follow me on my Instagram account by clicking here. My thanks, as always, for listening, and please don't forget to follow/subscribe as there are more great episodes to come. See you very soon. Mike
Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Salvia Special (Nigel Hewish)
36:52In this week's episode of the Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast, I return to Kingston Maurward, horticultural college, where I learnt my trade many, many years ago. Nigel Hewish, the Head Gardener there, is responsible for the national collection of salvias held within the grounds of the college. What Nigel doesn't know about salvias frankly, isn't worth knowing. In this informative episode, we chat about: Where salvias originate from How to grow them How to propagate them How to get the very best from them Planting companions Pests and diseases, and much more My thanks to Nigel for taking time to come and talk to us today. If you want to know more about me and my own garden, you can follow me on my Instagram account, mike_the gardener. My thanks to you for listening, and please don't forget to follow/subscribe as there are more great episodes to come. And, if you are able to, please leave a review so that other gardening enthusiasts can find us here. Thanks for listening and see you next week.
Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Anya Lautenbach (The Garden Fairy)
47:24Hello and welcome to the Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast. In this first episode of Series 7, I'm delighted to be joined by the rather lovely Anya Lautenbach, a.k.a. Anya, The Garden Fairy (Instagram). Anya's brand new book, her first, The Money Saving Gardener is published on 8 February by DK books. We chat about: How the book came about The writing process Anya's first gardening memories How a personal tragedy led to her building a beautiful garden of her own How she got into propagation Her plans for the future, and lots, lots more. You can follow Anya on her Instagram account by clicking here and details of her new book and can be found here. You can find out more about me and my garden by following me on my Instagram account. Click here for more information. Thanks for listening and I'll be back next week. Mike
Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Head Gardener Nigel Hewish (Kingston Maurward, Dorchester)
45:07In this weeks episode, I chat to another Head Gardener, Nigel Hewish of Kingston Maurward college in Dorchester. I completed my horticultural training at Kingston Morwood many years ago, and it was a delight to catch up with Nigel to talk about the gardens and his career. In this chat, we cover: Nigel's career to date His love of trees and shrubs The plant collections at Kingston Maurward The impacts of climate change, and lots more. There's also some very handy gardening advice and tips about caring for penstemons and salvias. To learn more about Kingston Maurward, click here. To learn more about me, click here Thanks to you all for listening to this series and I will be back shortly with Series 7. Mike
Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Charles Carr (Hilliers Nurseries)
52:04In this fascinating episode, I chat to Charles Carr, who is the Head of Wholesale Nurseries at Hillier Nurseries Limited. Charles took me on a tour of the site and it's just incredible to see this massive operation, and the technology thats in use, the skills of the staff all around the site and most importantly, the quality of the plants that are produced. I chat to Charles about his role and, as with so many conversations I've had in this series, we talk about the impact of climate change and going peat free and how the industry is responding to these very real challenges. Hilliers Nurseries are pretty much peat free, and they have some fascinating technology to help them learn about this new growing medium. And for all of us, whatever the size of our garden, we too will need to learn about how to grow our plants in a peat, free medium. As you might expect, we cover a lot of ground within this discussion, including pests and diseases, what happens during the winter months, the importance of learning and development for staff, new plant development, and Charles own plant passions and of course lots more. Thank you all for listening to this series of the Mike The Gardener – Gardening Podcast and I will be back in the New Year with one more episode for this series, before picking up again in spring with Series 7. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy, 2024. Mike
Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Fran Clifton (Hilliers Garden)
49:40In this episode of the Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast, I go back to a garden, that's not too far from me, the Harold Hillier Gardens in Ampfield near Romsey to chat to Head Gardener, Fran Clifton. I last visited Fran a couple of years ago, when we talked about the stunning winter garden, but today, we talk about: Fran's role as head gardener What the role entails How much time does she actually get to spend in the garden as opposed to looking after the paperwork in the office How has her role as head gardener changed over the years and more. We also touch upon the very important topic of climate change and Fran shares how she is responding to the challenges of an ever-changing weather pattern. And for those of you, who think that gardening comes to an end in winter, Fran tells us exactly how she and her team get ready for next year's season and what jobs need to be done. We also talk about dahlias, tulips, the Chelsea Flower Show, re-wilding, National Collections and lots, lots more. I think it's fair to say this episode is crammed with helpful information.
Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Harry Baldwin (Borde Hill Gardens)
48:47Hello, and welcome to this weeks episode of them Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast. This week I chat with Harry Baldwin, the Head of Horticulture at the beautiful Borde Hill Gardens near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK. In this current series of the podcast, I've been chatting to a number of Head Gardeners & Heads of Horticulture about their roles, their careers and the gardens they work in. I met with Harry in late September to talk about his career, his job at Borde Hill, the gardens, the challenges they face and lots, lots more. To follow Borde Hill Gardens, click here. To follow me on my Instagram page, click here. As always, thanks for listening and don't forget to follow/subscribe. Mike
Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Miranda Janatka
41:40Hello and welcome to this episode of the Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast. In this episode, I chat to gardener, writer and author, Miranda Janatka, whose second book, Happy Indoor Garden has just been published by Batsford Books. Until recently, Miranda was also a senior content creator for the fabulous Gardeners’ World magazine. We chat about: Her career to date How she got into gardening Her books and the writing process How own garden, and of course lots more My thanks to Miranda for taking time to come and have a chat with us. You can follow Miranda on her Instagram account by clicking here. You can follow me on my Instagram account by clicking here. Please don't forget to follow/subscribe as there are more episodes to come. Thanks for listening! Mike
Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - David Pearce (Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens)
55:18In this episode I travel to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens near Weymouth in Dorset (UK) where I chat to Curator, David Pearce. We chat about: His role as Curator. The gardens and how they're looked after and maintained. The historic plant collection Gardening jobs for autumn and winter. David's own plant passions. Why people should go to Abbotsbury Gardens. The joy and passion that working in the garden, and within the horticultural industry brings about. To learn more about Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, click this link. To learn more about David Pearce, click this link. As always, don't forget to follow/subscribe as there are more great episodes to come. And you can learn more about me by following me on my Instagram account by clicking this link. Thanks for listening and see you soon. Mike