A popular British garden show with experienced horticulturist Joff Elphick who speaks to authors, gardeners, writers and other horty movers and shakers!
#21 Sandra Lawrence - Miss Wilmott's Ghosts
39:15In this episode sponsored by Genus Performance Gardenwear Joff talks to Sandra Lawrence author of 'Miss Wilmott's Ghosts - The extraordinary life and gardens of a forgotten genius'. They discuss Ellen Wilmott, her upbringing, and her inherited wealth. The 11th century castle and the hidden 'treasures' in its damp cellars. The legendary parties at Ellen's home Warley Place. 'Wilmott Tombola' with dead mice and silverfish. Ellen Wilmott 'snubbing' the RHS after being awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour. Ellen's complicated friendship with Gertrude Jekyll. Why every Victorian lady should carry knuckle dusters and a revolver.
#20 Kathy Slack author of 'From the Veg Patch'
43:22In this episode sponsored by the amazing Genus Performance Gardenwear Joff taks to Kathy Slack who's book 'From the Veg Patch' was published last year by Ebury Press. They discuss the vegetables Kathy grows and the some of the deliciuos recipes in the book.
#19 The Garden Press Event, London 2022
34:04In this episode sponsored by the amazing Genus Performance Gardenwear Joff travels to the old horticultural halls in Islington, London, where he talks to the charities and businesses who attend the event. His first visit is to David Wyndham-Lewis of the horticultural charity Perennial who offer suppoert to those in the industry who may find themselves in financial difficulty for a number of reasons. He then talks to Richard Pennock of Haws watering cans, the words oldest watering can manufacturer who still make their product in the UK. Tom Willday of Willsow writes and publishes gardening books for children with pages made of handmade paper embeded with seeds that can be planted!! Chris Holden from Nemasys discusses the range of organic nematode based pest control products that the company offers. Dealing with vine weevil, slugs, and leatherjackets has never been easier. Mark Pitman is from Wildlife World who have just released a range of sustainable seed trays, root trainers, and cell trays in natural rubber that will finally enable us to rid our sheds of all those dissintegrating plastic products we've amassed over the years. Vanessa Easley is from the WFGA (Working for Gardeners Association) She tells us about the networking, support, and training opportunites they provide.
#18 Ben Dark - THE GROVE
55:19Joff talks to Ben Dark about his latest book The Grove - a nature odyssey in 191/2 front gardens. Ben Dark is such a wonderful writer - The Grove drew me in from the first line. Lia Leendertz The Grove is overflowing with delicious nuggets of cultural, social and garden history, - and I adore Ben's humour and humility in equal measure. Advolly Richmond A heartfelt romp through the wisteria and wilderness of London's horticulturally remarkable front gardens. Jack Wallington Fans of Ben Dark's mellifluous tones on The Garden Log Podcast will be delighted how perfectly his lyrical musings transfer to the printed page as, with infant son in tow, he invites the reader upon a series of horticultural expeditions inspired by the deceptively ordinary planting of the front gardens in a south London street. Andrew O'Brien
#17 Peter Donegan-Landscape Architect
54:57Joff talks to Peter Donegan, Landscape Architect, lead designer for DIY SOS Ireland, and former host of the much loved award winning podcast The Sodshow. They talk about: 17th and 18thC gardens The Sodshow The Association of Professional Landscapers awards. Being a 'purple shirt' for DIY SOS Ireland Highly prized Sodshow merchandise. His involvement and designs for the WW1 Centenery Memorial Garden at Chateau de Péronne, France. Lonny Donnegan The horticultural charity Perennial This episode kindly sponsored by Genus Performance Gardenwear
#16 Alan Sargent-The Landscape Library
31:47Joff talks to Alan Sargent about The landscape Library, an online resource for head gardeners, gardeners, landscapers, and garden consultants. Alan, a busy expert witness in horticulture related cases has been in the business since the late 60's and has over 60 show gardens under his belt. We talk about- Responsibilities of a garden consultant Japanese Knotweed Design and Build Contracts Legalities of being a designer Public liability and employers liability Case Studies Appointing a head gardener Artificial grass Many thanks to the sponsor of this show MYWINDOWBOX Joff can be contacted at [email protected] His website is www.joffelphick.co.uk
#15 The Malvern Show and Glee at the NEC.
41:27In this episode Joff goes to the Malvern Autumn Show where he talks to Vanessa from garden boot makers Poddy and Black. He learns about traditional trug making from Robin at The Thomas Smith Trug Shop and then talks to Marsha O'Mahony who has written abook 'The Scratch of the Hop' about hop growing and picking in the midlands. At Glee he chats with Annabelle Padwick from Life at No 27. Bumps into Lee Connoly aka The Skinny Jean Gardener, before talking with Elliot Webb from Urban-Farm-it. He rounds off the show with an update from an old friend of the show Linda Petrons from the amazing children's charity Greenfingers.
#14 Butterfly Extravaganza
35:34This episode is a veritable butterfly extravaganza. Joff talks to a wide range of people about butterflies, plants they need, and their specific habitat requirements. Joff meets Tricia Atkinson at Prinknash Abbey and has a tour of the nectar garden hearing about all the plants that are recommended for both the adult butterfly and the larvae. He spoke to ex national chairman of Butterfly Conservation Maurice Avent ten years ago and recorded their conversation on his battered old minidisc recorder. Thankfully the recording still exists and Maurice was able to tell him all about the history and habits of the Pearl Bordered Fritillary. Chris Tracey from the Gloucestershire branch is an expert on this declining species and showed Joff around the site she maintains to encourage it to breed and increase its population. Daneway Banks in Gloucestershire is one of the few UK strongholds for the enigmatic Large Blue Butterfly. Sue Smith Chairperson of the Gloucestershire branch of Butterfly Conservation met him there and told him all about the incredible life cycle of this once extinct species. www.butterfly-conservation.org
#13 The Malvern Plant and Garden Fair 2020
25:09Joff Elphick visits the Malvern Plant and Garden Fair and discusses Restios with Ray Rowe of Sunray Plants. Andrew from international charity Plantlife talks about their work and Rob Hardy of Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants talks about his Frilly Knickers (yes really!!) and the range of plants he has on offer. Joff also has a final chat with his gardening chum Geoff about the time consuming and often expensive task of staking plants. Many thanks to the sponsor of the show mywindowbox.com
#12 Gardening Products from the 2020 garden Press Event
32:45In this episode Joff travels to the big smoke and takes the tube to Islington where he visits The Garden Press Event at the Business Design Centre formerly the Horticultural Halls. He speaks to his favourite charity Greenfingers. The people behind the app and podcast Candide. Horty legends Rob and Rosie Hardy from Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants. James Mc Donald from Plant Surge demonstrates his unique watering aid and Steve Ratley from Henchman extolls the virtues of their highly popular tripod ladders.