Rank #1: Interview with Juliet Sargeant, garden designer
We start 2021 with a chat to Juliet Sargeant, RHS Chelsea gold medal winning garden designer and founder of the Sussex Garden School. Find out more about Juliet's design ethos and her secret mission as well as her surprising confession regarding her own garden. Juliet also has advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in garden design.
Jan 20 2021
Rank #2: Interview with Waheed Arshad of Candide Gardening and Botanical Software
In our final episode of 2020, PlantNetwork takes a slightly different tack and talks to a botanist, Dr Waheed Arshad. We find out more about his role as a botanical data specialist, how he first became interested in botany and plants as well as writing to the Queen (on home-made paper) among many other things.
Dec 30 2020
Rank #3: Special edition - my favourite tree(s)
In this short special edition for Christmas, recorded during National Tree Week in November, we hear from a small number of PlantNetwork members willing to share their favourite trees.
Dec 22 2020
Rank #4: Interview with Mark Ballard of Westonbirt, the National Arboretum
Simon Toomer, Chair of PlantNetwork, interviews Mark Ballard, finding out more about his role at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum. Simon asks Mark about his career, developments at Westonbirt and plans for the future. If you are considering a career change to horticulture, this episode is definitely one for you.
Dec 10 2020
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Rank #5: In conversation with Christopher Weddell and Rob Brett
In a change to the usual format, this podcast episode features Christopher Weddell, Senior Gardens Advisor at English Heritage, speaking with Rob Brett, Curator at RHS Garden Hyde Hall. The conversation ranges across career pathways, chats with Charles Darwin, Mick Jagger and orchids, and the importance of baobabs and asparagus on deserted islands. Curious? Dive in!
Nov 04 2020
Rank #6: Interview with Andy Spetch of British Sugar TOPSOIL
Cards on the table - Andy isn't a horticulturist. He does, however, work with horticulturists through his role as National TOPSOIL Manager, supplying topsoil and soil-based products to horticulture and other land-based industries. We hope the interview shows that there are a range of occupations out there that link to horticulture.... It was also an opportunity to find out a little more about one of key supporters and sponsors.
Oct 05 2020
Rank #7: Interview with Shelley O'Berg of Cambo Gardens
In this episode, PlantNetwork talks with Shelley O'Berg about her diverse and varied role as First Gardener and Horticultural Training Officer at the beautiful Cambo Gardens. We also hear about her work experience on Ascension and St Helena Islands and what it is like to learn the flying trapeze.
Sep 09 2020
Rank #8: Interview with Daniel Jones, RHS Garden Wisley Diploma Student
PlantNetwork speaks with Daniel, a Level 4 Diploma student, ahead of his graduation on 27 August from the RHS School of Horticulture. We find out about his experiences as a student at RHS Garden Wisley as well as his training at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a growing interest in montane flora and hopes for the future. Jazz trumpets at the ready!
Aug 25 2020
Rank #9: Interview with Katy Merrington of The Hepworth Wakefield
The gallery at The Hepworth Wakefield reopens on Yorkshire Day - 1st August - so to celebrate we talk to The Hepworth Wakefield's Cultural Gardener, Katy Merrington, about this very new garden, being open during lockdown (despite the gallery being closed) and why this garden offers something different to visitors.
Jul 30 2020
Rank #10: Interview with Gary Long of Trewithen Gardens
The latest episode takes a much needed visit to Cornwall in the excellent company of Gary Long, Head Gardener at Trewithen Gardens. Gary tells us about the exciting projects taking place at Trewithen as well as a career that has so far involved the planting of a tea plantation and an unofficial competition to become the longest serving head gardener at Trewithen.
Jul 22 2020