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Gardening with the RHS

'Gardening with the RHS' offers seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems. Trusted gardening professionals give you the latest horticultural advice, scientific research and tried and tested techniques to bring out the best in your garden.Topics covered include: growing your own vegetables, flowers, garden design, lawn care and gardening with children. Plus expert masterclasses in topics ranging from cottage garden plants, growing orchids, to pest control and eco-friendly gardening. Plus we’ll have behind the scenes reports from the country’s most prestigious flower shows. There’s something in these podcasts to interest every gardener, whatever your level of expertise. For more info see www.rhs.org.uk/podcastA Pixiu Production

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Episode 27: Garden design for small spaces and seasonal tips from the RHS London Plant and Design Show and The RHS Gardening Advice team

Episode 27: Garden design for small spaces and seasonal tips from the RHS London Plant and Design Show and The RHS Gardening Advice teamOn this edition of the RHS Gardening Podcast, garden designer and writer James Alexander Sinclair returns with his guide to designing for small spaces. We visit the RHS London Plant and Design Show for seasonal tips from some of the UK’s finest nurseries, and the RHS Gardening Advice team are on hand to answer your gardening questions, including: • How to treat a waterlogged lawn • How to make your own compost • How to care for tomato seedlings Plus as always, we have news on the latest events across all four of the RHS Gardens.

32mins

6 Mar 2014

Rank #1

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Question and answer special - Growing in pots and containers

Question and answer special - Growing in pots and containersDo you have problems with your pots or suffer complications with your containers? Luckily help is at hand as our RHS gardening advisors and scientists sit down to help listeners get the best from their potted plant treasures. Topics include which compost to use, how to deal with pests and diseases and to crock or not to crock!

25mins

23 Feb 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 3: Orchids, spring plants and seasonal advice from the London Plant and Design Show

Episode 3: Orchids, spring plants and seasonal advice from the London Plant and Design ShowIn this edition, we visit the London Plant and Design Show atthe Royal Horticultural Halls in Vincent Square, Westminster, todiscover how to get the best out of shows, and just why peoplelove them so much. We also focus on the UK's most popular houseplant - Orchids - and discuss how to grow them successfully, plus:- advice and inspiration on spring plants fromexpert growers at the London Plant and Design Show- RHS experts tell you what you should be doing in your garden now, including caring for a spring lawn, what to look out for in your greenhouse, and the importance of keeping your tools sharp.

21mins

21 Mar 2013

Rank #3

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Episode 65: Good bugs, bad bugs; how to beat weeds and seasonal gardening questions answered

Episode 65: Good bugs, bad bugs; how to beat weeds and seasonal gardening questions answeredSenior RHS Entomologist Andrew Salisbury reveals the result of a four year scientific study into ‘Plants for Bugs’ which examined the effectiveness of different plants into attracting beneficial insects into our gardens. The Science team also discuss a brand new pest they have discovered affecting agapanthus flowers. We also have ideas for gardening jobs you could be doing in over the coming weeks, and the RHS Advisory team answer listeners’ seasonal gardening queries, including detailed advice on strategies to overcome weed problems.

26mins

3 Sep 2015

Rank #4

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Plant fanatics club together, birds in your garden part two. (Ep 120: Jan 2018)

Plant fanatics club together, birds in your garden part two. (Ep 120: Jan 2018)Are you dotty about dahlias, fanatical about ferns or ardent about alpines? Then why not join a plant society? In this episode we meet a band of enthusiasts who are keen to share a love of plants with others and help new gardeners grow their favourite plants. Plus part two of our mini-series on attracting birds to your garden.

23mins

11 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 87: Gardening QandA including pond algae, growing potatoes for Christmas and box tree moth; Wisley's big plans for the future

Episode 87: Gardening QandA including pond algae, growing potatoes for Christmas and box tree moth; Wisley's big plans for the futureTHis week we answer a bumper crop of gardening questions, including: • How to get clear water in your pond • Which fruit and veg are wildlife-friendly • How to grow bottlebrush plants • Growing potatoes for Christmas • Spotting and controlling box tree moth Plus Wisley's youngest-ever curator, Matthew Pottage discusses the garden's big plans for the future, and RHS edibles guru Jim Arbury gives advice on seasonal tasks in the vegetable and fruit garden.

34mins

21 Jul 2016

Rank #6

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How to grow beautiful orchids, Britain in Bloom on the BBC, and is honey fungus top of the rots? (Ep 127)

How to grow beautiful orchids, Britain in Bloom on the BBC, and is honey fungus top of the rots? (Ep 127)We speak to orchid experts at the recent RHS London Orchid Show and Plant Fair to get top tips on how to grow these most alluring of houseplants. Author and naturalist Jon Dunn shares his love of the native orchids that grow across the British Isles. Plus we talk to the people behind the incredible orchid displays planned for this year's RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Chris Bavin, presenter of BBC's Britain in Bloom shares his experiences in filming the series, and we continue our countdown of the top garden problems from last year; this time it's over to diseases - will honey fungus stay top of the rots? For more info including plants mentioned and useful links see www.rhs.org.uk/podcast

25mins

19 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 50: Celebratory clips from Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry and Colin Crosbie, plus pruning wisteria, winter tips and a chance to win show tickets

Episode 50: Celebratory clips from Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry and Colin Crosbie, plus pruning wisteria, winter tips and a chance to win show ticketsWe celebrate the 50th episode of the RHS Gardening Podcasts with some of our favourite moments from the archives, including words of horticultural wisdom from the likes of gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh, baking queen and keen RHS Member Mary Berry and Curator of RHS Garden Wisley Colin Crosbie. We also have topical seasonal advice for what you should be doing in your garden right now including: • How to prune wisteria • Tips on dealing with winter winds and snow. • The RHS advice team answer your latest gardening questions PLUS: latest news on Winter events across our four RHS Gardens, and your chance to win a pair of tickets worth £70 to this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

31mins

5 Feb 2015

Rank #8

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Episode 113: Strawberry, apple and lilac problems solved, wonderful wildlife at Hyde Hall and plant encounters

Episode 113: Strawberry, apple and lilac problems solved, wonderful wildlife at Hyde Hall and plant encountersWisley’s fruit specialists join the advisory team to answer listeners' questions, including poorly strawberries, maggoty apples and rotten tomatoes. We also visit RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex to discover the amazing wildlife that now shares our easternmost garden, and botanist James Armitage concludes his ongoing series of Wisley plant encounters.

28mins

21 Sep 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 33 : Improving borders and your gardening questions answered

Episode 33 : Improving borders and your gardening questions answeredWe visit the RHS Advisory Team at RHS Garden Wisley for expert answers to your seasonal gardening questions, including: • What plants will thrive on my windy balcony? • How can I grow a lawn without patches? • What can I grow in clay soil? RHS Wisley Garden Manager, Matthew Pottage has great suggestions for theming your borders and Alan Titchmarsh talks about RHS Gardens and picks a favourite. We also have the latest news on events across all four of our RHS Gardens.

32mins

12 Jun 2014

Rank #10

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Reshaping the future of gardening; plastics part II; advice on cats, clay soil and lawns (Ep 128)

Reshaping the future of gardening; plastics part II; advice on cats, clay soil and lawns (Ep 128)Garden designer and television presenter James Alexander-Sinclair meets Sue Biggs, RHS Director General to discuss the Society's plans to invest millions of pounds in the future of gardening - revolutionising our gardens and horticultural research. Plus advice on restoring damaged lawns, coping with cats in the garden and suggestions on shrubs for clay soil. For more info and useful links see www.rhs.org.uk/podcast

27mins

3 May 2018

Rank #11

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Gardening for good, repairing lawns, tips on growing dahlias, roses, damsons and more (Ep 139)

Gardening for good, repairing lawns, tips on growing dahlias, roses, damsons and more (Ep 139)If you go down to the shops today, you're in for a big surprise. If you live in Sheerwater, Surrey, that is - where a new community garden is taking root as a result of an innovative new partnership between community groups, the RHS, local councils and the HLF*. Plus our Gardening Advice team gather to untangle a postbag bulging with horticultural heartaches including questions on dahlias, damsons, roses, hydrangeas, sweetcorn and more. For more info and useful links see www.rhs.org.uk/podcast

25mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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Secrets of houseplant success, acers, cauliflowers, going wild for ponds and A Nation in Bloom

Secrets of houseplant success, acers, cauliflowers, going wild for ponds and A Nation in Bloom (Ep 154: 9 May 2019)Our gardening advisors gather to help RHS members with their horticultural queries, including propagating peperomias and repotting aloe veras, growing cauliflowers successfully and when to plant an acer. Plus Wisley horticulturist Bernard Boardman offers seasonal tips on garden ponds and broadcaster Matthew Biggs shares insights from his new book, A Nation in Bloom.

23mins

9 May 2019

Rank #13

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Growing apples & grapes, award-winning clematis, native trees from seed, hedgehog-friendly gardening

Horticulturists Joe Olds and Bernard Boardman are in the orchard at Wisley, discussing how to get the best from apples and grapevines. Alex Hankey talks plant trials and Sabatino Urzo shares the results of a recent People's Choice vote to discover the favourite clematis from a trial of 28 varieties at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Meanwhile, our gardening advice team gather to answer questions on growing British native trees from seed, making gardens hedgehog-friendly and pruning lavender and rosemary. People's choice clematis award winners: 1) Clematis KINGFISHER = ‘Evipo037’, 2) Clematis 'Maria Skłodowska-Curie', 3) Clematis Zara = 'Evipo062', 4) Clematis BERNADINE = 'Evipo061', 5) Clematis CÉZANNE = 'Evipo023' Useful links ►RHS advice: grow your own fruit ► Wisley Taste of Autumn festival ►Search RHS gardening advice ►Hyde Hall recipe cards (see right of page) ►RHS plant trials and awards ►Find an RHS event near you ►Growing trees from seed ►Video: How to help hedgehogs

27mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Gardeners' hit list - top 10 pests revealed, plastic not fantastic and growing berries in pots (Ep 126)

Gardeners' hit list - top 10 pests revealed, plastic not fantastic and growing berries in pots (Ep 126)The results are in! A gruesome lineup of slugs, bugs and other garden baddies has been compiled in our annual round-up of the most troublesome garden pests. We head to the Laboratory to find out who's on the list and how to deal with them, and then out into the garden to see what's going on in the beds and borders at Wisley. Plus we open the postbag to discuss RHS members' enquiries on growing fruit in pots, whether you can grow your own edamame beans and how to minimise plastic and peat use in the garden. For more info including plants mentioned and useful links see www.rhs.org.uk/podcast

26mins

6 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 77: Rose Special - growing beautiful blooms with spectacular scent

Episode 77: Rose Special - growing beautiful blooms with spectacular scentAs well as outlining gardening tasks you can do now our expert horticulturists, from RHS Garden Wisley, explain how to choose, plant and care for your roses, whether they are bush, climbers or hybrid teas. Plus the RHS advisors answer some of the most common questions gardeners ask about roses, and we have details of the latest RHS events.

32mins

18 Feb 2016

Rank #16

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Episode 74: Advice for the new year, quick screening plants and RHS Holidays

Episode 74: Advice for the new year, quick screening plants and RHS Holidays The garden team at Wisley give expert tips on the first jobs you should be doing this year including both soil and greenhouse preparation. Our team of horticultural advisors answer listeners' questions on a wide range of topics including. • Quick-growing plants for screening • Growing monkey puzzle trees • Heritage apple recommendations We also explore Italy with a look at RHS Gardening Holidays as well as events closer to home, with the latest on activities across the four RHS Gardens

27mins

7 Jan 2016

Rank #17

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RHS advice special - review of 2015

RHS advice special - review of 2015We take a look back at the highlights of the gardening calendar from the past 12 months. Hear the best bits from our fortnightly podcasts from 2015 as we give seasonal advice, go behind the scenes at our RHS Flower shows and discover hidden gems of our four RHS Gardens.With advice on a wide range of topics from Grow Your Own, plants for shade, pests and diseases, garden design and much more, our 2015 review is an essential listen for gardeners of any level.

47mins

24 Dec 2015

Rank #18

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Episode 52: RHS Seed Scheme and Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey

Episode 52: RHS Seed Scheme and Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley in SurreyWe visit RHS Garden Wisley’s fantastic Butterflies in the Glasshouse exhibition and our expert team of horticultural advisors answer listeners’ questions including: • Suggestions for planting in a north-facing garden • How to deal with Japanese knotweed • Selecting trees for planting in containers Plus we have seasonal advice on preparing seeds for propagation, and the latest news on events across the four RHS Gardens.

28mins

5 Mar 2015

Rank #19

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Episode 56: We preview the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Episode 56: We preview the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015As the pinnacle of the gardening calendar rapidly approaches, and build-up to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is underway, we take a behind-the-scenes peek and speak to a range of new and award-winning designers about their plans for this year. Show Garden designer Jo Thompson tells all about her sponsor’s garden, The Retreat for M and G Investments, we talk to 2014 BBC and RHS Chelsea People’s Choice winner Matt Keightley, as well as the youngest ever Chelsea design duo, the Rich Brothers. We also have the latest news on other Chelsea highlights, as well as reminders about this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and other gardening events across our four RHS Gardens.

24mins

30 Apr 2015

Rank #20