BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Podcast

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Podcast

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Join the team from BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine as we share lively conversation about all things gardening. We’ll be exploring growing for health and for wildlife, success with homegrown food and flowers, making a thriving garden for you and your family to enjoy, plus how to green up your indoors, and much more. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or are just setting out on your growing journey, we promise you an enjoyable – and useful – escape into gardening with every episode.

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Tales from Titchmarsh: Sheds

Alan Titchmarsh reveals the importance of the humble garden shed and why his is home to a cuckoo clock Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/12/22·5m 52s

Tales from Titchmarsh: Using our gardens

Alan Titchmarsh reflects on why gardens are about so much more than gardening Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/11/22·7m 16s

Tales from Titchmarsh: Trailer

Listen up as Alan Titchmarsh regales us with tales from the fireside as Christmas approaches. Tales from Titchmarsh, a 10-part series, takes a wry look over the garden fence, with plenty of anecdote, humour and fun along the way. Hear from Alan on battling with the weather, being patient, buying Christmas gifts for the gardeners in your life and more – the perfect opportunity to take a breather and get in the festive mood. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/11/22·1m 40s

Our Gardens of the Year winner

Meet Nicola House, the winner of our 2022 Gardens of the Year competition, as she discusses her informal wildlife friendly plot with Adam Duxbury Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/11/22·30m 25s

The best of autumn

As autumn sets in we revisit some of our favourite autumn pod episodes – discover the best bits of the season with this collection from GW's experts Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/11/22·25m 31s

Monty Don on my life with dogs

Dogs are such a popular part of Gardeners’ World that when Monty’s golden retriever Nigel died, it made headline news. Now there’s a new puppy on the scene, Ned, so we hear from Monty how he’s always gardened in the happy company of dogs. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/11/22·55m 6s

My orchard of memories – with Dame Judi Dench, Arit Anderson and Tony Kirkham

Join Dame Judi Dench as she guides presenter Arit Anderson and tree expert Tony Kirkham around her private orchard – created over many years to honour the life of much-loved actor friends (part 2 of this extended podcast) Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/10/22·27m 7s

A passion for trees – with Dame Judi Dench, Arit Anderson and Tony Kirkham

We visit Dame Judi Dench at home, in the company of Arit Anderson and tree expert Tony Kirkham, to hear how she has formed a deep connection with trees, and has planted dozens in her garden (part 1 of 2). Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/10/22·56m 38s

Remembering The Queen – with Alan Titchmarsh

Her Majesty the Queen had a life-long fascination for plants and gardens, from her earliest years to one of her final public engagements, at the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show. Alan Titchmarsh, who enjoyed many gardening moments with the Queen, shares his memories of those encounters and reflects her place in a long line of royal gardeners, right up to today, with to the new King and his children. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/10/22·36m 11s

Monty Don on Designing a Small Garden

How do you make the most of a small garden? Find out from the expert himself – Monty Don, who guides us through the key steps to creating your (tiny) dream garden. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/10/22·43m 55s

Gardening for mental wellness – with Joe Sugg

Would you like to start prioritising gardening for wellbeing? Today on the podcast we’re chatting to someone who did just that. Social media celebrity Joe Sugg began posting videos on YouTube as something to do with his friends as a teenager in rural Wiltshire. Now his channel has over seven million subscribers. Here he shares how he became addicted to scrolling social media and how stepping away from the digital world and the screen, and into the garden, is now a now a big part of his daily routine. From the flowers popping up to the birds and pollinators visiting, in his new book, Grow by Joe Sugg (Penguin Books, £20), Joe tells us how tending to and maintaining his garden takes him to a place of mental calm. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/09/22·31m 52s

Autumn Series Trailer

Join the team from BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine as we share lively conversation about all things gardening. We’ll be exploring growing for health and for wildlife, success with homegrown food and flowers, making a thriving garden for you and your family to enjoy. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Sow Along - Adam Frost Rocket

This time on Sowalong, Gardeners’ World presenter, Adam Frost, shares his love of growing rocket from seed. Discover how Adam first discovered this peppery herb, along with his expert advice on how and when to sow it for best results. Adam also reveals how he likes to use rocket with ‘almost everything’ when it comes to harvesting for the kitchen. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/09/22·4m 14s

Bats with Amy Schwartz

Bats are often overlooked in the garden. Being nocturnal, we don’t see them much. But did you know there are 18 species of bats in the UK, which by night, eat a range of our common garden pests? Today, Dr Amy Schwartz, ecologist and bat carer is in conversation with Kate Bradbury as they explore these interesting flying mammals. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/09/22·32m 48s

Sowalong - Angelica with Jekka McVicar

This time on Sowalong, herb farmer Jekka McVicar, shares her love of growing angelica from seed. Jekka’s shares her advice on ‘tricking’ germination, plus how to use the young leaves in salads, candy the stems and turn it into a delicious marmalade. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/09/22·4m 2s

Bees with Brigit Strawbridge

We’ve long known that bees and other pollinators are in decline. But did you know how many types of bees there are, and the wonderful ways they live their lives? Today, author and committed wildlife gardener Brigit Strawbridge and Kate Bradbury discuss their passion for bees. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/09/22·49m 31s

Sowalong - Parsley with Emma Crawforth

This time on Sowalong, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine Gardening Editor, Emma Crawforth, shares why she likes to grow parsley from seed. One sowing of this tasty herb can produce pickings for up to a year, and here Emma explains her tricks for a great crop packed with fresh leaves and flavour. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/09/22·5m 40s

Wasps with Prof Seirian Sumner

Did you know that wasps are the best pest controllers you could wish for in the garden? Today, entomologist and wasp expert Professor Seirian Sumner and Kate Bradbury explore these wonderful, often misunderstood, insects. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/09/22·47m 51s

Sowalong – Basil

This time on Sowalong, herb farmer Jekka McVicar, shares her love of raising basil from seed. Jekka’s favourite pick for flavour, here she explains all the tips and tricks for a great crop and rounds up her top basil varieties too. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/08/22·4m 18s

Flies with Dr Erica McAlister

The wonderful world of flies is so amazing and varied. Today, Dr Erica McAlister and Kate Bradbury delve into why they really are the unsung heroes of the planet. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/08/22·41m 56s

Sowalong - Valerian withJack Wallington

Today on Sowalong, landscape garden designer and writer Jack Wallington shares his passion for growing valerian. This perennial wildflower loves part-shady, woodland spots and is easy to grow from seed once you know how. With tall spikes and a cloud of white flowers on top, Jack talks you through his tips for autumn sowing, how he likes to use it in his schemes and the wildlife it attracts to the garden too. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/08/22·3m 11s

Frogs with Jules Howard

Frogs, toads and newts are water-loving garden visitors that anyone can enjoy if you make a pond. Experts Jules Howard and Kate Bradbury geek out in wildlife’s weird world of water. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/08/22·49m 39s

Sowalong - Cornflower with Frances Tophill

Today on Sowalong, Gardeners’ World presenter and seed sowing expert Frances Tophill shares her love of cornflower. Frances talks you through sowing and growing this cheery, pollinator-friendly annual. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/08/22·3m 29s

Beetles with Richard A. Jones

From ladybirds to chafers and weevils, we uncover beetles – the unsung heroes of the garden, as Kate Bradbury discovers from expert ‘Bugman’ Jones Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/08/22·39m 43s

Sowalong - Nasturtiums with Dame Prue Leith

Today on Sowalong, chef, passionate gardener and popular Bake Off judge Dame Prue Leith reveals her love for nasturtium – as not just a beautiful flower but an edible one, too. Discover delicious ways to use not just the flowers but also the seed pods in fresh summer salads – plus what other edible flowers are on Prue’s menus. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/08/22·4m 57s

Hedgehogs with Hugh Warwick

Voted one of the UK’s favourite mammals, the hedgehog holds a special place in the nation’s hearts – and particularly the hearts of gardeners. With hedgehogs in significant decline, many of us who have regular hedgehog visitors in our gardens know how lucky we are, continuing to invest in hedgehog houses, providing food and setting up cameras to watch them at night. Today in the podcast, GW Magazine Wildlife Editor Kate Bradbury talks to ecologist, author and spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Hugh Warwick, about his passion for hedgehogs, exploring why we all love these prickly creatures so much. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/08/22·51m 38s

Sowalong: Courgettes with Oliver Parsons

Today on Sowalong, Oliver Parsons, sub-editor of Gardeners’ World Magazine, harks back to his childhood with a lifelong love of courgettes, sparked by his Mum’s love of French cooking. Discover from Oliver the fundamentals of growing courgettes from seed, a hungry plant that demands rich soil and warm conditions to really thrive. There’s always the promise of a glut with courgettes, so he shares his favourite ways you could enjoy your harvest, for months of meals the family will love. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/08/22·6m 30s

NEW! Wildlife Series Trailer

Kate Bradbury is delighted to be hosting the brand new Gardeners World Wildlife Series here on the podcast. Join us over the next few weeks, As Kate speaks to all the experts about all the creatures visiting our gardens. We'll be giving you practical advice for things you can do at home to help improve the chances for wildlife in your area. And we'll also be sharing our favourite stories about our experiences with the insects, birds, and all the critters in our lives. So tune in every Thursday and never miss an episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Sowalong: Cosmos with Dame Prue Leith

Today on Sowalong, chef, gardener and formidable Bake Off judge Dame Prue Leith reveals her love for cosmos, a favourite flower in her Cotswolds garden. She shares her earliest memories of cosmos, dating back to her South African childhood when it was a plant her mother knew and grew. Prue continues to grow it for the colours it offers, from rich purples for a richly hued flower arrangement, to cool whites that she uses in a refreshing blue and white container display on her sun-drenched balcony. For brightening a border, packing out pots or using as a cut flower, this versatile plant is Prue’s go-to flower from seed. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/07/22·3m 49s

Monty Don on the story of Longmeadow

Monty’s garden at Longmeadow is among the most famous gardens in Britain, thanks to its starring role every Friday evening on Gardeners’ World. But it’s been the private garden – and passion – of Monty and his wife Sarah for 30 years, created from a bare field of rough grass with a lot of energy and imagination. In this podcast, Monty takes us back to its beginnings and shares how much has changed in the time – even though today’s garden layout remains as he imagined it back in 1992. And he reveals, for all his travels around the gardens of the world, that it remains his private refuge – and there’s nowhere else he’d rather be. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/07/22·55m 53s

Sowalong: Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Jack Wallington

Today on Sowalong, designer, writer and gardener Jack Wallington shares his favourite veg to grow from seed – purple-sprouting broccoli. He has tips on how to get the most from this early and easy spring crop, that requires little attention once it’s in the ground and growing away. Producing heads for harvesting in the spring months known as ‘the hungry gap’, it’s a delicious and valuable addition to every veg plot, says Jack. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/07/22·3m 25s

Herbs for healing - with Jekka McVicar

Herbs have the power to ease our pain, fight infections, lift our mood – and add delicious flavours to our food. But they’re so often treated as a throwaway plant from the supermarket. ‘Queen of Herbs’ Jekka McVicar believes it is not just easy to grow herbs all year round but that, with their health-giving properties, herbs are our future. She discusses how to grow your herbs for better flavour and health, the essentials everyone should grow for every season, and shares easy recipes to try now, including her failsafe winter health tonic from a homegrown staple of the veg garden. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/07/22·51m 39s

Sowalong: Sweetcorn with Frances Tophill

Today on Sowalong, Gardeners’ World presenter and seed sowing expert Frances Tophill guides you through growing sweetcorn from seed. She shares her tips for sowing and planting out, plus how to store seeds for winter. Frances has loved sweetcorn ever since she was a kid, enjoying using 1970’s prong forks to eat boiled corn on the cob with melted butter. First growing it as an apprentice gardener, she discusses why it’s a favourite for its sensory benefits too – a plant which rushes and whispers to her in the wind. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/07/22·4m 9s

Making a new garden - with Dame Prue Leith

Dame Prue Leith is a chef and pioneering businesswoman, creator of a world-leading cookery school, author of so many inspiring recipe books, a prolific novelist, a campaigner, broadcaster - and formidable judge on Great British Bake Off and now lead judge of the B&Q Gardener of the Year competition. And of course, she is a true gardener. She’s not only opened her beautiful Cotswolds garden for charity over many years, she has now embarked in her 80s on creating a brand-new garden for herself and husband John to enjoy. With nearly 200 trees already planted in their new patch, we joined her at home to discover why she is always looking ahead. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/07/22·50m 15s

Sowalong: Elephant garlic with Marcus Wareing

In this week’s Sowalong, world-renowned chef and convert to growing his own food, Marcus Wareing, tells us all about his passion for elephant garlic. He first discovered it when his gardener Anatoli introduced it into his kitchen garden and now considers the mild garlic-meets-onion flavour a delicacy and go-to in his dishes. Sown from bulbs kept back from the previous year, Marcus chats though planting cloves, ensuring plenty of growing space Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/07/22·3m 26s

Getting children into nature - with Michael Morpurgo

Do you wish the children in your life had a better understanding of the natural world? Would you rather they were outside, in the fresh air and at one with nature, rather than addicted to television or a computer screen? Kevin chats to celebrated children’s writer, Michael Morpurgo to discover if our gardens can fuel children’s creativity and play a part in connecting them with nature. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/06/22·44m 18s

Sowalong: Tomatoes with Adam Duxbury

Today on Sowalong, we’re celebrating the delights of sowing and growing tomatoes from seed. Fast and with reliable germination, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine’s Features Editor Adam Duxbury, tells us why tomatoes are a brilliant way in for those new to growing food at home. Shooting up quickly and with delicious end results, the hardest part is choosing from the hundreds of tomato varieties on offer, from old heirloom types to an array of new disease-resistant and super sweet cultivars. Whether growing in the greenhouse or outside, he covers getting tomato seedlings off to a good start and how to ensure strong and vigorous plants – with those all-important jewel-like trusses of shiny fruit. Listen now, for growing tips and advice on everything from pinching out side shoots, to turning a glut into bottles of delicious slow-roasted, herby tomato and garlic sauce. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/06/22·8m 22s

Summer on the veg plot – with Monty Don

We all love the idea of picking healthy, homegrown food from our own gardens. But the reality doesn’t always match the dream – with gluts of crops when we can least manage them, or plants that just don’t perform and pesky pests that get to our harvests before we do. So, what steps can we all take to enjoy good eating this summer?For this food-focused episode, we turn to Monty Don to share his tips for success. He’s also the author, with his wife Sarah, of cookbooks including The Home Cookbook and Fork to Fork.Listen now, as he shares with us his favourite food, how he ensures the best harvests, and what to sow now for good pickings in the months ahead. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/06/22·1h 2m

Sowalong: Sunflowers with Lily Middleton

This time on Sowalong, BBC’s Content Creator Lily Middleton shares why growing sunflowers from seed, on a balcony in West London, brings her so much joy. Injecting brightness into an urban environment, Lily initially started growing long-lasting Helianthus annuus during the first lockdown, letting their cheery, daisy heads peer over the balcony for passers-by to spot on their daily walks. Easy to start, this season Lily is growing sunflower ‘Red Sun’, making a change from the yellow ray florets she usually leans towards. With limited pots to fill and even less propagation space, Lily explains that while it’s often challenging deciding what to grow, sunflowers always make the cut, providing guaranteed, speedy and beautiful results. Listen now, for tips on seed sowing, raising seedlings, watering, feeding and how to provide support with bamboo cane stakes as they grow. Lily covers seed saving and leaving the central discs of the flowers heads out, for wildlife to feast on. Plus, why sunflowers are the ultimate plant to encourage children to catch the gardening bug early on. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/06/22·5m 18s

New ways to garden - with Frances Tophill

Would you like to make simple changes in the garden and be one step closer to becoming a sustainable gardener? Do you consider your garden as an essential part of the ecosystem, as well as a place of beauty, productivity and respite?   This time on the podcast, gardener, author, environmentalist, and Gardeners’ World presenter Frances Tophill, shares her vision of modern gardening. Whether it’s living seasonally, using the garden as a resource for home makes, or landscaping with wildlife in mind, in her new book, The Modern Gardener, Frances urges us all to start seeing our gardens as valuable patches of wilderness. It's something Frances carries through to her show garden as this year’s Gardeners’ World Live, too. With sustainability at the core, Frances brings her passion for upcycle gardening, with a post-industrial show garden for a modern world. Think naturalistic planting and rewilded areas to support wildlife. Here, Frances chats to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine’s Content Coordinator, Lucy Felton, about delicious hedgerow recipes, edible houseplants, agroforestry, vegan gardening and why it’s important to question the provenance of the things we bring into the garden. Listen on, for advice on growing herbs and weeds for medicinal purposes, ways to save space when growing veg and why no-dig gardening is not only beneficial to the structure of your soil, but important for the wildlife that lives within it, too.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/06/22·59m 56s

Sowalong: Fennel with Monty Don

Today on Sowalong, BBC Gardeners’ World’s Monty Don shares his favourite vegetable to grow from seed – Florence fennel. Bringing you his best advice and know-how, Monty makes mastering this tricky-to-grow, tasty veg bed addition, a breeze.   Here to answer all of your fennel conundrums, Monty covers everything from spotting peak harvesting times, to watering regimes and tricks for a good crop. Monty also offers his tips on when to sow fennel, as well as pricking out seedlings, potting on and planting out. Plus, Monty explains why the intense flavour of homegrown fennel in the kitchen is unbeatable. Whether raw in a salad, sliced up with tomatoes and avocado, or halved and roasted in a baking dish with a dash of white wine, thyme and lemon juice. A pure taste of summer. Listen on to learn why everyone should add Florence fennel to their vegetable line-up, now.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/06/22·4m 46s

Greener gardening - with Jack Wallington

Are you concerned by climate change, but feel powerless in the face of such a global problem? Our podcast guest Jack Wallington believes that gardening could be a powerful answer, giving us all a way to make a genuine difference in our own gardens – however small. Jack is an author, influencer, designer and advocate for sustainable gardening. He was first discovered through the Monty Don TV series Big Dreams, Small Spaces – where Monty helped him to turn a drab London patio into a plant-packed, city oasis. It was a life-changing moment, says Jack – who has gone on to turn a hobby into a career as a designer, focused on greener ways to garden. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/06/22·46m 15s

Sowalong: Ricinus with Kevin Smith

This week on Sowalong, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine’s Deputy Editor, Kevin Smith, shares his much-loved ritual of sowing ricinus. With striking, architectural foliage and tropical jungle appeal, ricinus suits Kevin’s planting style perfectly and he tells us why he sows this seed every year without fail.    Starting as jumbo, shiny, speckled seeds ricinus, or castor oil plant, can be slow to germinate, but once it does will spring to life shooting through the soil at speed. When you eventually plant it out for the summer, it’ll reach lofty heights quickly. First discovering ricinus in northern France, Kevin quickly found this versatile, low-fuss annual great for filling gaps in borders and creating a focal point in the centre of a pot, here in the UK. Really reliable for making an impact, find out how to plant up summer bedding plants around a central castor oil plant in your containers.   Listen on for advice on how to get started with ricinus seeds, watering and feeding routines, plus harvesting and seed saving tips too. Just wait until you see those beautiful spherical, spiky seed pods for the first time. Making such a statement in the summer garden, ricinus really is one to try.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/06/22·9m 11s

No dig gardening – with Charles Dowding

Would you like to enjoy a bigger harvest and boost your wellbeing by doing less, rather than more, gardening? Have you been considering switching to the no-dig method for growing your own vegetables? Or are you simply curious to find out more about how it all works? Here, organic veg guru Charles Dowding tells writer and enthusiastic grower, Blake Roberts, how.Author and champion of no-dig gardening, Charles Dowding, has been a leading authority on all-things no-dig since 1983 and now uses his time, and decades of experience, to teach others his growing techniques. It sounds like the Holy Grail for gardeners – to achieve better results and improve our health, all while doing a little less hard graft in the garden. We hear all about the science behind why it works, as well as how to get started, whatever the size of your plot. With years of observation from growing veg commercially on his West Country smallholding, Charles’ advice draws directly from real-world experiences and hard-won results. From a new way to look at soil improvement, to throwing out the rule book on crop rotation, Charles debunks plenty of gardening myths as he sets out a simple way to grow more, dig less, reap the rewards. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/06/22·31m 20s

Sowalong: Kale with Lucy Felton

This week on Sowalong, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine Content Coordinator and keen kitchen garden grower, Lucy Felton, shares one of her go-to crops to grow from seed, Kale ‘Black Magic’. With lush, dramatic dark green leaves delivering a plentiful harvest, the compact nature of this easy veg patch addition makes it suitable for containers and ideal for squeezing into edges of beds. Not only does kale look great in any pot or border, but it is packed with nutrients and goodness, too.Listen now for Lucy’s simple sowing tips, whether undercover, directly into beds or in containers. With advice on how to crop this hardy annual, using the flowers in salads and seed saving too. Plus, a trick for quickly removing those tough central stems and slicing up leaves for a delicious side dish or raw superfood salad. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/05/22·8m 10s

Gardening for kids’ wellbeing

Would you support gardening being commonplace in our schools if you knew it would improve your child’s mental wellbeing? With one in eight young people suffering with a mental health condition, could gardening be the answer to the healthy heads of a generation?  We chatted to children’s gardening author and NHS patient advisor, Annabelle Padwick, about how gardening helps young people overcome mental health challenges. After struggling with her own mental health during her teenage years and into adulthood, Annabelle Padwick found that gardening was the one thing that made a difference. She now uses gardening to help primary and secondary age children overcome mental health and behaviour challenges.  Listen now, as Annabelle shares how she makes gardening interesting and relatable to young people. From digging, weeding and sowing seeds, to extracting plant oils for homemade lip balm and garden design. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/05/22·30m 49s

Sowalong: Zinnia with Kay Maguire

This time on Sowalong, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine Reviews Editor, Kay Maguire, shares her favourite flower to grow from seed. In a frilly mix of pinks, yellows, oranges and reds, Kay talks you through planting Zinnia. Find out where Kay first discovered these bright annuals and how she likes to sow them in rows in the veg plot, amongst other crops, ready for picking. With vivid colours that instantly lift a room, Zinnias last well in the vase as cut flowers. They’re brilliant border fillers, a great addition to containers and by picking them regularly through the season, you’ll encourage more and more of those daisy-like flowers.  Listen now, as Kay runs through her growing tips, whether sowing straight into drills in the ground, or earlier indoors. Plus, advice on staking, watering and harvesting, too. Best of all, how to leave the last flowers on the plant at the end of the season, ready for seed saving and preparing for next year’s blooms. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/05/22·2m 52s

Gardening for wildlife - with Deborah Meaden

Do you strive to do more for wildlife in your garden? Are you cheered by the birds visiting your feeders or the frogs that spawn in your pond? Here, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Wildlife Editor Kate Bradbury, is in conversation with entrepreneur and star of BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Deborah Meaden, about why the rhythm of the garden and nature is so important to her.As well as supporting climate-friendly businesses, Deborah has been slowly returning her countryside garden and surrounding land back to its former glory, encouraging nature in at every turn. Now, swallows, swifts, barn owls and badgers are just some of the creatures visiting and there’s even an otter regularly stopping in to eat the fish in her pond. She confesses she’s not green-fingered, but will have a go, and is a great believer of ‘right plant, right place’. Plus, Deborah shares her love of weeding, and tells us why she starts every day - rain, snow or shine - wandering around the garden, cup of tea in hand. From being self-sufficient by growing her own organic vegetables, to the rescue and rerelease into the wild of Pebble, the baby hare, listen now as Deborah and Kate discuss why everyone should be inviting wildlife into their gardens. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/05/22·21m 9s

Sowalong: Nigella damascena with Emma Crawforth

This time on Sowalong, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine Gardening Editor, Emma Crawforth, shares her favourite flower to grow from seed. With all the advice and guidance you need to start sowing and growing Nigella damascena, including how to use it in a flower border to fill gaps and why it’s perfect for the vase.  A hardy annual with beautiful, upright flowers and a wave of feathery foliage, here, Emma walks your through her love of Nigella damascena. Popular with honey and bumble bees too, love-in-a-mist, as it’s more commonly known, comes in many different cultivars. There’s everything from sky blue ‘Miss Jekyll’ to the multi-coloured hues of ‘Persian Jewels’, so it’s easy to find one to suit every garden style. Listen now, as Emma covers sowing instructions, growing tips and how, after a year, this cottage garden favourite rewards you, shedding seeds that’ll grow into more flowers the next summer. Not forgetting those utterly irresistible, decorative seed heads. Here’s why Nigella damascena is one to add to the must-sow list now.   Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/05/22·6m 38s

Saving our trees - with Adam Frost, Tony Kirkham and Geraint Richards

Beautiful trees and the UK landscape go hand-in-hand, but did you know that many of our beloved trees are under threat, becoming ravaged by pests and diseases? As part of National Plant Health Week, here, Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost chats to former Head of Arboretum at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Tony Kirkham, and Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall, Geraint Richards, about the state of our nation’s trees.Delving into which UK trees are currently under threat, from the caterpillar attacking popular parkland horse chestnuts, to ash dieback and acute oak decline, just how bad is it? Are we gardeners on the front line and more importantly, what, if anything, can we do to steer some of our most important native trees away from a possible point of extinction?Whether ancient specimens in native woodlands, or prize examples in our parks and gardens, trees have always been adored and celebrated by gardeners and nature lovers alike. So, listen now, as Adam, Tony and Geraint explain why we need to start taking tree health seriously and how to ensure we don’t see some of them disappearing from our treescapes entirely.Plus, advice on what you should be planting into your garden, what to look for when buying a tree, how to spot a healthy one and best gardening hygiene practice for tackling biosecurity. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/05/22·51m 16s

Sowalong: Salad Leaves with Kevin Smith

Having something fresh on your plate, that you’ve grown yourself from seed, is magic. From speedy mixes and little gem lettuces to mustards and pak choi, this low-fuss lunchbox and dinner table staple will quickly reward you with a delicious crop, filled with variety.Salad leaves are easy to grow in veg beds, balcony containers, or even into a couple of handy pots kept by the kitchen doorstep. Nothing beats having access to beautiful fresh leaves that can be snipped, cut and washed before being added straight to the plate.So, listen on for everything you need to know about growing an array of cut and come again salad leaves from seed. Including Kevin’s tips for successional sowing and harvesting. Why not have a go at growing some this season? Once you’ve picked that first leafy medley for the table, there’ll be no going back. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/05/22·10m 17s

Gardening to boost your wellbeing - with Dr Amir Khan

How does your garden make you feel? We gardeners know the huge benefits gardening has on our mental health and wellbeing. Here, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Wildlife Editor Kate Bradbury, talks to Dr Amir Khan, NHS GP, TV doctor and devoted gardener, about the wonderful ways gardens and gardening can heal us.  Whether we notice our blood pressure lowering or not, we all have those moments when the strains of the day, including anger and stress, melt away after an hour or two, digging the soil, sowing seeds, or even weeding. In fact, the moment Amir returns from a shift at the surgery, he heads straight into the garden. Gardening is so good for us, that doctors are now prescribing it to some patients as part of their journey to feeling better.   From encouraging frogs, hedgehogs and wildlife into the garden, to the physiological changes going on inside of us when we’re outdoors nurturing our plants, listen now as Kate and Amir dive into all things feel-good gardening.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/05/22·32m 12s

Sowalong: Tithonia with Monty Don

Step inside the Gardeners’ World presenter’s seed library, as he shares his passion for Tithonia flowers, and how to grow them from seed. Monty is here with heaps of advice, to ensure healthy plants and a bounty of blooms, every time. Plus, the seed-sowing champion lets us all know why he grows Tithonia, the Mexican Sunflower, every year, without fail. As well as, how to ensure successful germination and plush petals, all season long.     Let Monty Don persuade you to give Tithonia a try, with a few pointers along the way, as we Sowalong together. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/05/22·6m 52s

Fresh food from the garden - with Marcus Wareing

Is growing and cooking fresh food from the garden high on your wish list? Do you want to whip up dishes using homegrown ingredients but don’t know which fruits, vegetables and herbs to try first? We chat to Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, about why he’s swapped his chef’s whites for life in the kitchen garden. As he spends more time expanding his smallholding in the East Sussex countryside, Marcus is the first to admit getting to grips with growing food has been one heck of a learning curve. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/04/22·33m 16s

Gardeners' World season 4 trailer - Spring

The joys of spring are here, our gardens are bursting into life and the brand-new season of the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine podcast is back, full or inspiration and lively conversation – what better way to start the gardening year? From wildlife lovers to foodie growers, don’t miss that nation’s favourite gardeners as they share their love, advice and expert wisdom for all things gardening. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Gardening for health

Arit explores ways to garden that will help restore our natural balance – with leading psychiatrist and psychologist, Dr Sue Stuart-Smith. Sue believes that tending to our gardens is a good way to tend to our minds, and reveals how a dose of nature is good medecine for us all. LONGER DESCRIPTION: Our heart rate slows, our mood enhancing hormones rise, and our blood pressure lowers. These are just some of the scientific facts that tell us being in nature is good for our health. So Arit explores ways to garden that will help restore our natural balance – with leading psychiatrist and psychologist Dr Sue Stuart-Smith, who is also a great gardener. She shares a fascinating insight into how therapeutic horticulture has helped war veterans, prisoners, patients and herself – and how a dose of nature is good medicine for all of us. Dr Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and author of the Sunday Times best-seller, The Well-Gardened Mind (2020) about the wellbeing and psychological significance of gardening. Partly inspired by working alongside her landscape designer husband, Tom Stuart-Smith, in creating their Barn Garden in Hertfordshire, she has been exploring the benefits of nature in creating a positive frame of mind. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/04/22·43m 23s

Trees for gardens

Trees are the life givers on planet earth, providing the oxygen we breathe, habitats to thousands of species, while creating beauty in our landscapes too. Yet these giants of nature are at risk. Arit talks to world-renowned tree expert Tony Kirkham, to discover why there’s a tree crisis and why we cannot – and must not – live without them. What role do trees play in helping to improve our gardens and the environment? How do trees support wildlife and biodiversity? Just how important is it to balance increased tree planting with the environmental risks? Today’s guest started as a forestry apprentice aged 16, before embarking on a 40-year career as Kew’s Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticultural Services. Managing 14,000 trees and sharing his passion with his team and visitors, here, he explores how trees can help everything from our mental wellbeing to noise pollution. Plus, how to choose the right trees for our gardens, whatever the size, and the vital changes we should all make now in our approach to trees.Dr Tony Kirkham was the Head of Arboretum, Gardens & Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew until his retirement in 2021. He is the author of many award-winning and popular books on trees, including pruning and training guides and his celebration of their glory in Remarkable Trees (Thames & Hudson). Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/04/22·43m 9s

Growing in the city

We investigate how plants can give city-dwellers vital protection against future climate change including extreme weather conditions and declining air quality, with our guest, scientist Dr Tijana BlanusaWith fluctuating weather systems and increasing populations, our towns and cities are on the frontline of rising temperatures, flash flooding and degraded air quality. So just how can some of our common garden plants help? Arit is joined by Dr Tijana Blanusa, RHS environmental scientist and specialist in plant physiology, whose extensive research into the benefits of greening our cities reveals how plant function could give us vital protection against the future of a changing climate – and how you can use this information to make the right choices in your garden Dr Tijana Blanusa leads the RHS Ecosystem Services Research Programme, identifying the structural and functional traits of plants that can be isolated, optimised and employed to benefit the wider environmentShe tells us: “Most of the UK population nowadays lives in towns and cities. Domestic gardens form a large proportion of UK urban areas (up to 30%!) so what we grow in them and how we manage them can have a significant environmental impact. My research contributes to the understanding what structural and functional traits plants need to provide environmental benefits (like cooling, rainfall capture and air quality improvement) well. In my role as a scientist for the RHS I am able to pass this knowledge on so that our gardeners can make planting choices that not only look and feel good but which benefit the environment. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/03/22·44m 3s

Sustainable garden design

What are the key elements of a sustainable garden? Can any landscaping materials really be considered sustainable and what essentials help to make a small space sustainable? Today’s guest explores how we can all move towards designing and building sustainably and how to adapt your existing garden with sustainability - and the planet - in mind.She believes that thoughtful design creates kindness – to our surroundings, to the wildlife we share our gardens with, and to each other.In this episode, she shares with Arit her belief that we must listen to the land on which we garden – however small that space. Taking time to sit, look around and listen – is there life in the soil, birdsong in the air? And she offers a practical approach to this that everyone can try.She also shares ways to ensure the materials and plants you select for your garden are the kindest for the planet. But above all, she says, your choices must start with the biggest question of all: how do you want to live? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/03/22·50m 24s

Water-wise gardening

Could you garden without an outdoor tap – and keep your plants healthy and thriving? That’s the challenge set by today’s podcast guest – as she shares HOW we need to all learn to live without water always on demand. In the UK one of the topics we talk about the most is the weather – and we feel like we get our fair share of rain. But our rainfall patterns are changing, bringing either a heavy deluge that we can’t cope with, or a struggle with drought. But what we do expect is water to pour from our outdoor taps whenever we need it. With global water shortages and demands, is it time to rethink our reliance on this increasingly precious resource? Our guest in this episode thinks so – Janet Manning is a water expert, scientist and experienced gardener who has answers that could challenge us all… Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/03/22·35m 36s

Harnessing the Power of Plants

Diversity is a hot topic for us all right now – as we figure out how to create a more diverse society for 21st century living. And it’s clear, says today’s guest, that diversity also holds the key to how we should garden in the future – because diversity lies at the heart of the healthiest plant communities. Professor Nigel Dunnett has been studying plants and creating landscapes for decades and is convinced that the future of gardening is not just about us working with nature, rather than against it, but that observation of the plant world points the way. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/03/22·47m 59s

Down to Earth

a healthy garden starts with healthy soil, so we explore how to mimic nature in creating the best conditions, with Professor Duncan Cameron – a world expert in plant and soil biology, who lifts the lid on the mysterious world under our feet Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/03/22·37m 28s

Growing food sustainably

From cutting air miles to boosting biodiversity and soil health, nurturing our own fruit and veg garden gives us so much more than just a tasty harvest – so we talk to food policy guru Professor Tim Lang, who’s also a gardener, President of Garden Organic and a one-time hill farmer, and has experienced food growing from all sides. He’s passionate about the contribution gardeners can make to a better future for food, our soil and our health. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/02/22·42m 12s

GROWING GREENER with Arit Anderson Trailer

Spending time gardening or enjoying others’ gardens opens our eyes to the environment around us and the realities of climate change. But can individuals make a difference by gardening more sustainably, when the solutions seem so huge? In this new podcast series, we’ll be talking to the experts in planet-friendly gardening, to share practical solutions that anyone can try and reveal how to make a genuine impact when we all act together. From growing food and pollution-busting plants at our back door, or finding alternatives to tap water, peat and plastics, tune into the podcast series to hear us reveal how even small steps can bring big results. None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Growing Veg in a small space

Gardener, author and You Tube content creator, Huw Richards reveals how small space veg growing doesn’t need to be restrictive. He shares how to get around the challenges of growing in a tight space as well as some of the opportunities it offers. He shares which plants will do best, how to make you own feed, as well as some less traditional approaches to gardening. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/12/21·40m 38s

New ways to grow more veg - with Frances Tophill

Frances Tophill, Gardeners’ World presenter and horticulturist, is passionate about growing delicious vegetables and herbs in an organic, sustainable way, but that also saves her time and produces maximum harvests. Alongside the everyday varieties, she also grows unusual and perennial vegetables for easy results – and even makes the most of the weeds that grow on her plot.Whether you’re taking on an allotment, or just have a few pots at home, you’ll discover her advice on how to make your own organic plant feed, deal with pests and diseases, manage your time if you can’t tend the plot daily – and all you need to know to achieve success with veg, growing in a modern, sustainable way. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/12/21·47m 39s

Gardening for wellbeing with JJ Chalmers

JJ Chalmers, former Royal Marine, multi-medal-winning Invictus Games athlete and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, reveals how gardening has been part of his healing process after life-changing injuries, suffered while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011.He shares how it helps him and his family connect with nature, how he overcomes physical challenges that are the lasting legacy of his injuries, and why he thinks gardening can benefit us all. JJ discusses the mental health benefits of gardening and how, after working as a teacher in some deprived areas, he’s observed that it could help more young men and women through their own tough times. Above all, he shares the joy that his garden gives him, sharing it with his young family and passing on to them his lifelong love of being outdoors.This podcast touches on mental health issues, so if you are affected by any of the content, you can find good resources to support you at NHS Every Mind Matters ( And you can contact the Samaritans on 0116 123 for free in the UK, or visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/11/21·30m 50s

Wreath-making made easy

A traditional Christmas door wreath is just the thing to give visitors a hearty festive welcome. And even better if it’s homemade with materials foraged from the garden – it’s the perfect way to keep costs down, while making something totally individual to you.Hello, I’m Kevin and I’m joined by florist and gardener, Shilpa Reddy. Shilpa created the beautiful Christmas wreath that features on the front cover of our December issue, and we’re going to recreate it in the studio right now as we record this podcast. Apparently it’s simple and easy enough for even me to have a go at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/11/21·36m 1s

Gardening for your health

Can we boost our immune systems and wellbeing through gardening? We hear from TV medic Michael Mosley how gardeners can benefit their health every time we’re in the garden Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/11/21·34m 56s

Wildlife gardening at Great Dixter

How do you create a wildlife garden? Fergus Garrett takes me on a walk around Great Dixter, where we discuss the habitats he and his team have created to help wild species.As we walk around the gardens he points out various habitats that work for different species, including the pond in the Barn Garden where great crested live, the wonderful meadows home to rare orchids and even rarer long-horned bees, and the giant piles of garden waste that serve as nesting and hibernation habitats for all sorts of species, from birds to hedgehogs to snakes.We discuss the trials and tribulations of wildlife gardening, what it means as a wildlife gardener to open your garden to the public, and how we can all take a piece of Great Dixter home with us, and recreate these habitats in our own spaces. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/11/21·53m 20s

Trevor Nelson on making a garden for sharing

Trevor Nelson MBE, BBC Radio 2 DJ reveals how he unsuspectingly became a gardener. He shares his first steps in the gardening world and advice for those looking into getting started themselves. He explains how a garden can be designed for wildlife, as well as entertaining family and friends – plus why short of a holiday (or playing golf), he wouldn’t now want to be anywhere else. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/11/21·41m 30s

Growing your own food - with Monty Don

What’s the secret to success with veg growing? Monty Don shares his tips for great tasting, healthy fruit and veg – and why your best-ever veg year starts not in the new year, but here in autumn. With just a little planning, you can look forward to year-round fresh and healthy harvestsWe caught up with Monty as he was in peak harvest season at Longmeadow – and heard how his veg plot is at the heart of family cooking.He shares why growing food gives him so much pleasure, the tricks he uses to ensure a steady flow of harvests, and why his sowing choices start at the kitchen table.He also reveals why things still go wrong on his plot – and how learning from mistakes rather than striving for perfection are often the best way to improve your veg growing, and tackles the common mistakes that most beginner gardeners make when starting out growing veg. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/10/21·52m 19s

Success with houseplants – from Hilton Carter

Hilton Carter – author, interior stylist, house plant expert and Instagram star reveals what you need to know to start a house plant collection or take your’s to the next level. He shares the fundamentals of plant care alongside some styling tips to make your house a calmer, greener home. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/10/21·39m 43s

Family gardening - with Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh reflects on gardening as a child, how it shaped his life to come and the impact it’s had on his own children and grandchildren. Discover why he believes all children should be given the chance to connect with the natural world – even if that is just a small patch outside a back door – and why it’s the responsibility of schools and parents to make gardening exciting for our young people Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/10/21·29m 41s

Beginner gardening with Joe Lycett

Comedian Joe Lycett explains his less conventional view of the plant world, what about it makes him laugh, plus his own recipe for perfect compost. He shares recipes for easy to grow veg, gardening tips, and how both he and you can get growing from scratch. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/10/21·40m 24s

Adam Frost – welcome to my garden

We visit Gardeners’ World presenter, Adam Frost, at home to take a private tour of his garden. Soak up the atmosphere as he guides Kevin Smith around the place we’ve become so used to seeing on TV and in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. From the veg and gravel gardens to the woodland, meadow and more… Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/09/21·52m 44s

The BBC Gardeners' World Season 3 Trailer

Are you looking for ways to get your gardening fixed this autumn? Don't miss the BBC Garden as World magazine podcast. Perfect for everyone who's got the gardening bug. We'll be sharing lively conversation and expert tips as we explore all things gardening from simple ways to benefit your health as your garden to the wildlife that's visiting your plot. So join us on the podcast as we help you tune into gardening and discover the power of nature at your back door. Subscribe now on iTunes, Spotify or Acast to never miss an episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Sustainable gardening – with Arit Anderson

Can any one of us really make a difference in a world where climate change is reaching into every part of our lives? Arit Anderson, designer and Gardeners' World presenter, passionately believes that sustainable gardening is a force for good – and that if each of gardens with the planet in mind, we can change the world for the better Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/06/21·44m 2s

Making a garden – with Alan Titchmarsh

What’s the secret to making a beautiful garden? How do you turn the patch at your backdoor into a space that’s not just a collection of plants but one that suits your personality – and makes you happy?Alan Titchmarsh, who’s made more gardens than most from his time as presenter of Gardeners’ World, Groundforce and Love Your Garden, reveals the steps that everyone can take to turn dreams into reality.Discover the key steps he always takes when creating a garden, however small, plus how to know when it’s time for change, and the mistakes he’s made along the way. And through it all, he reveals how he has created his own private sanctuary away from the TV cameras, shared with family and wildlife, where he’s turned a lifetime of ideas into his own piece of paradise Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/06/21·43m 3s

Monty Don on organic gardening

As millions turn to gardening, to switch off from the pressures of city life and connect with nature, Monty Don reveals why growing organically is the natural choice – for now and the sake of future generations Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/05/21·49m 17s

Raymond Blanc on growing for flavour

Food is at the heart of chef Raymond Blanc's world – and it's never fresher, healthier nor more flavoursome than when grown and picked just moments from the kitchens at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. He recalls his earliest gardening memories – and reveals the secrets to growing for flavour. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/05/21·30m 43s

The power of birdsong - with David Lindo

Why do birds sing – and why do we find it so calming? Bird expert David Lindo reveals what's behind the power of birdsong - and how it's not just good for birds but for our health, too Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/05/21·33m 14s

Garden design made easy - with Ann-Marie Powell

Unsure how to turn the dream of a perfect garden into reality in your back garden? We turn to one of the most creative designers at work today, Ann-Marie Powell, to demystify garden design and share the steps we can all take to making our gardens beautiful and personal. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/05/21·43m 58s

Success with cacti

The plant that's launched a million Instagram posts is a must-have accessory on every well-dressed shelf – but cacti aren't always as easy to grow as you think. Our expert Gynelle Leon shares her flair for cacti and houseplant hacks so you'll have picture-perfect plants every time. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/04/21·32m 3s

Gardening for wildlife with Alan Titchmarsh

Gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh reveals his lifelong fascination for wildlife – and the small steps everyone can take to make their garden a haven for wildlife Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/04/21·25m 29s

Adam Frost – my gardening life

Gardeners’ World presenter, Adam Frost, reveals how gardening has impacted his life – after dropping out of school, just how did he get where he is today? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/04/21·49m 14s

Success with veg – with Pippa Greenwood

Homegrown food is fresher, healthier and tastier than anything you buy at the supermarket – so veg expert Pippa Greenwood shares how to get started now Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/04/21·46m 3s

Chris Packham on gardening for wildlife

More of us than ever want to help wildlife in our gardens but are unsure of the practical steps to take, so we call on Chris Packham – naturalist and Springwatch TV presenter – to share how he's turning his garden into a backdoor nature reserve Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/04/21·33m 15s

The Gardeners' World Podcast - Season 2 Trailer

Are you looking for ways to get your gardening fix this spring? Do you love to escape into the garden? Don't miss the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine podcast - perfect for everyone who's got the gardening bug.We’ll be sharing lively conversation and expert tips as we explore all things gardening – from simple ways to benefit your health as you garden to the wildlife that’s visiting your plot.  So join us on the podcast – as we help you tune in to gardening AND discover the power of nature at your back door.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Growing your own food

Claire Ratinon, food grower and author of How to Grow Dinner Without Leaving the House, shares her tips for raising your own veg, with plenty of tips for those with just a limited space. She reveals how volunteering on a roof top farm in New York got her hooked on veg growing and changed her life for the better. She examines the effect of growing veg on our wellbeing and why it matters that we play a part in managing where our food comes from.   Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/01/21·37m 49s

Gardening in schools

Wicor Primary School puts gardening at the heart of everything it does – lessons happen outside, natural history is discovered for real on-site and homegrown produce is sold to boost school profits. But exactly how does all this work with the National Curriculum, and how could your kids benefit from the joys of gardening in their school? Louise Moreton has run the teaching gardens at Wicor for more than 12 years and explains all… Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/01/21·21m 22s

Mark Lane on gardening with a disability

Mark Lane, BBC Gardeners’ World first presenter in a wheelchair looks back at how a car accident changed his life, forcing him into using a wheelchair. He reveals how he has overcome the difficulties this has given him, and finds ways to adapt gardening techniques and tools so he can keep on doing what he loves. He shares what he’s learned about gardening with a disability and the practical solutions that have enabled him to create not only a lovely garden but also a thriving career. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/01/21·35m 29s

Gardening against the odds

Sue Kent has delighted viewers of Gardeners’ World during lockdown, as she demonstrated creative ways to overcome the challenges of gardening with an upper limb difference. She reveals how she created her Welsh coastal garden using, mostly, her feet and – following her appearance on the TV show – the questions most frequently asked by viewers.Sonal Sumaria has found ways to garden with hearing and visual impairment. She shares how she uses her other senses to help her identify what’s around her in the garden – and what she would like to see improve in colleges and workplaces to encourage more young people with disabilities become professional gardeners Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/01/21·36m 34s

Gardening for a healthier life, with Rangan Chatterjee

Dr Rangan Chatterjee, best-selling author and BBC One’s Doctor in the house talks about the many health benefits of gardening; how it affects our sleep, the nutrition we get, and how it can help us lose those extra pounds. He reveals how those with busy schedules can build healthy habits like gardening into their daily routine and why there is no substitute for getting outside and being surrounded by nature for better health. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/12/20·38m 51s

Monty Don on gardening for wildlife

As natural habitats disappear, gardens have become vital for the future survival of much of our wildlife, from unseen soil-dwelling creatures to hedgehogs and house sparrows. Monty Don has been observing the wildlife that visits his garden at Longmeadow for decades – and how his gardening has encouraged those creatures to not only visit but stay and contribute to a place that’s full of life. As he publishes his discoveries in a new book about the garden wildlife year, we catch up with him to hear his advice on creating a rewarding space that’s as good for wildlife as it is for you. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/12/20·46m 0s

Success with orchids

Plant guru Michael Perry shares how to keep the nation’s favourite houseplant thriving – all year round Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/12/20·34m 46s

Gardening as therapy

Whether it’s improving your physical health, or helping your mental well-being, gardening is good for you. Kathryn Rossiter, chief executive of the garden health charity Thrive, shares why doing just a little in the garden can help a lot in so many ways. Plus she explains why social and therapeutic horticulture programmes are vital in helping people from all walks of life as they battle wide and varied health conditions. We also chat to Imogen, who’s been helped by Thrive, to hear first-hand how gardening has changed her life for the better.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/12/20·28m 5s

Growing your own food with Alan Titchmarsh

Growing food has been the lockdown activity for so many of us through the pandemic, but can you turn a summer’s interest into a passion for life? We ask Alan Titchmarsh, one of our national gardening treasures, to share his tips for success with fruit and veg – whatever your growing space and conditions. From what to grow in a shady city courtyard to encouraging kids to get gardening, plus sharing harvesting tips and family recipes, Alan will give you the confidence to just have a go – and the appetite to start right now! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/12/20·36m 55s

Monty Don on gardening for health

Monty Don shares with us how gardening has helped his mental and physical wellbeing throughout his life – that gets him through his darkest days and brings poetry to the happiest times. He reveals how he and Sarah tried to bring a bit of gardening and nature into the glitzy world of 1980s fashion, through their jewellery business, and how when the crash came, it was their garden that saved him. In this revealing conversation, he also shares what he’s learning as he gets older – and why the recent take-up in gardening gives him real hope for the future. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/11/20·41m 37s

The Gardeners' World Magazine Podcast Trailer

Join the team from BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine as we share lively conversation about all things gardening. We’ll be exploring growing for health and for wildlife, success with homegrown food and flowers, making a thriving garden for you and your family to enjoy. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
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