Rank #1: 7: Sissinghurst
Alan visits Sissinghurst in Kent, previously home to poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West and her husband, diplomat Harold Nicolson. Working from ruins, the couple’s personalities collided and combined to create this dramatic, world-renowned garden. It comes complete with 300 varieties of rose, an area that’s planted to sparkle at twilight, and a castle tower with views to take your breath away.
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Sweet chestnut coppice woodland – Castanea sativa
The Himalayan blue poppy – Meconopsis betonicifolia
Polyanthus – various
Pleached lime trees - Tilia platyphyllos ‘Rubra’
Tulips – various
Narcissus – various
Alba rose – various
Bourbon rose – Mme. Lauriol de Barny, Souvenir de la Malmaison
Centifolia rose – various
Damask rose – various
Gallica rose – Tuscany Superb, Cardinal de Richelieu, Belle de Crécy
Moss rose – Général Kléber
Eremurus – various
Phlox paniculata 'David'
Dec 01 2016
Rank #2: 67: Halloween Special: The Secrets in The Walls
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Oct 31 2019
Rank #3: 34: Authors of the National Trust: Agatha Christie at Greenway
Agatha Christie called Greenway in Devon 'the loveliest place in the world' and treasured it as a holiday home for her and her family. In this episode James Grasby explores house and gardens that inspired some of Poirot and Miss Marple’s most famous tales.
Jan 25 2018
Rank #4: 10: Gardens of the National Trust: Cliveden
In this episode of the National Trust Podcast we’re at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire. Set high above the Thames, the grounds of Cliveden House are home to a world famous parterre, Japanese Garden and topiary-lined long walk. Around every corner you’ll find stories of mystery, decadence and the fame and misfortune of Britain’s political elite.
We take you behind the scenes of the Trust and shed light on some of the techniques our staff and volunteers use to keep the gardens at Cliveden looking spectacular all year round.
In our two Cliveden mini episodes we unlock the secrets of the Sancy diamond, and get you better acquainted with some of Cliveden’s feathered residents.
Aug 10 2017
Rank #5: 13: Gardens of the National Trust: Stowe
In this episode of the National Trust Podcast, we’re at Stowe. We marvel at the unbroken views and ornate temples of this Capability Brown inspired landscape, while digging into the past to understand the people and the politics that have given Stowe its distinctive style and character
Aug 31 2017
Rank #6: 68: A Lesson in Sensory Walking
Nov 07 2019
Rank #7: 53: A Winter Garden in Wales
This week we’re in the foothills of Snowdonia National Park for a crisp winter stroll through the world-famous Bodnant Garden.
Join us to explore dramatic waterfalls, romantic dells and towering trees, and hear from the gardeners who care for this exotic and ever-changing landscape.
Find out more about this horticultural gem: nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden
Dec 06 2018
Rank #8: 21: The Mermaid Pool
Kinder Scout's magical mermaid pool is steeped in legend. The pool, an icy body of water nestled within the folds of Kinder Scout’s rugged terrain, has been associated with beautiful mermaids and Celtic water rituals for millennia.
Oct 26 2017
Rank #9: 22: Walks of the National Trust: Beddgelert
Episode 5 of the National Trust Podcast heads to picturesque Snowdonia in North Wales. Join Kate in the village of Beddgelert, located at the base of Mount Snowdon and a gateway to some of the UK’s most exciting walks. Find out how the Trust is making some of this spectacular landscape more accessible.
Nov 02 2017
Rank #10: 18: The Shamrock Garden
If you venture into Mount Stewart’s shamrock garden, you’ll find an intriguing mythical tale clipped into its ornate hedges. In this mini episode Neil Porteous, Mount Stewart's head gardener, unravels the mystery of the figures in the topiary.
Oct 05 2017
Rank #11: 62: Memories from Ned’s Mountain
In this mini episode, we’re back at Divis and the Black Mountain to meet Ned Clarke who has walked on the mountain for thirty years. Hear what it’s like to live side-by-side with these giants and discover how the mountain has been an escape in times of trouble. Listen to Ned’s moving story in the final episode of this series.
Apr 18 2019
Rank #12: 43: Patterns and Politics: William Morris at Red House
We’re at Red House in South East London, once home to one of Britain’s most celebrated designers of the 20th Century, William Morris. Famous for his iconic floral wallpaper designs, Morris’s prints and patterns are still in fashion today. But his story doesn’t end there – among other things, he was also a poet and a political figure - fascinated with all things medieval. Join us to explore the house where Morris’s creativity blossomed, and uncover the intriguing twists and turns in the life of this prolific printmaker.
Aug 02 2018
Rank #13: 48: A Walk Through Ancient Wetlands
We’re at Wicken Fen in East Anglia for a walk through the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve.
We’ll set off on foot, exploring the multi-use trails that allow easy access to this other-worldly landscape, before venturing down the narrow waterways on boat. Along the way, we’ll discover how a place created thousands of years ago is still providing a crucial home for thousands of animals, birds and plants today.
Oct 04 2018
Rank #14: 19: Walks of the National Trust: Kinder Scout
In the first of our ‘walking’ podcasts, presenter and National Trust ranger Kate Martin takes listeners on a pilgrimage to Kinder Scout, in the Peak District – the birthplace of the 'right to roam' movement and a landscape that has come to symbolise walking freedoms in the UK.
Oct 12 2017
Rank #15: 37: Chippendale at Nostell Priory
In the first episode of the new series, we’ll explore how the rich owners of Nostell used furniture, architecture and interior design to elevate their status. At the centre of the story is a local man named Thomas Chippendale, known today as "The Shakespeare of Furniture”. Through exploring his exquisite craftsmanship and the magnificent interiors that he designed and sourced - we get to know a man of talent, ambition and business nous.
May 03 2018
Rank #16: 31: Authors of the National Trust: Wordsworth’s Homes
This week, join James on a journey into the homeland of Romantic poetry, in the Lake District. We’ll explore the places that inspired of one of the nation’s best loved poets, William Wordsworth.
Jan 04 2018
Rank #17: 23: Wales' Seaside Butterflies
Meet Sabine Nouvert, a National Trust Ranger in Beddgelert who’s been working on a rather unusual project: conserving seaside butterflies in inland Wales!
Nov 09 2017
Rank #18: 24: The Tale of Two Dragons
You’ll be familiar with the red dragon that proudly adorns the Welsh national flag. But how did it get there and what’s its significance? All will be revealed…
Nov 16 2017
Rank #19: 73: Drama at the Back to Backs
Mar 05 2020
Rank #20: 41: Walking with wildlife in Northumbria
We’re off to the Northumberland coast this week for a bracing and beautiful walk along Long Nanny beach. Join ranger Kate Martin as she strolls over sand dunes and past a freshwater stream, exploring the wildlife that calls this spectacular shoreline home. Learn to identify the birds that breed here each year – including ringed plovers and rare little terns - and hear from the dedicated staff who camp out under the stars to protect them.
Jul 05 2018