Talking Heads - a Gardening Podcast

Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain

Follow head gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain as they reveal exactly what it’s like to be professional horticulturists leading busy teams on large, private estates. Lucy and Saul have a decade of Head Gardening experience and it soon became clear to them both that life as a Head Gardener can be incredibly diverse, occasionally challenging and hugely rewarding and so they regularly discuss horticultural topics close to their hearts and give you an insight into their lives as gardeners.

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The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!Whether you love formal or informal, evergreen or deciduous, large or small - hedges play an intrinsic role in our gardens. There is a hedging plant to suit all gardens, tastes and budgets but it's crucial to put some thought into exactly what and how you want to plant, to ensure the hedge meets your specific needs. Saul and Lucy muse on what would be their hedging masterclass.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

Nov 27

34 min 49 sec

From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #14 we are joined by the brand new Head Gardener at Helmingham Hall, Brendan Arundel. Having made the jump from Cambridge Botanic Garden and Wisley Apprentice, via RHS Hyde Hall to Helmingham in no short time, Brendan gives us his thoughts on becoming a first time Head Gardener, the confidence it takes to make that step up into managing an historic space and his advice to those who have started in our industry about how to reach this worthwhile career milestone.Apologies for some of the audio quality on this interview.Twitter links:Brendan @BrendanArundelSaul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Nov 21

43 min 25 sec

The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!Throughout  Spring, Summer and Autumn we think of the Vegetable plots as a hive of growing energy and then a larder of beautiful fruit and veg for our kitchens - but are we guilty of switching of during the winter believing that there not much going on. Well lucy lets Saul know that actually the winter time can be just as busy when it comes to growing, harvesting and planning in the vegetable garden!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

Nov 14

31 min 6 sec

The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!Autumn leaf colours are one of the marvels of our temperate climate, but what exactly is happening within the leaf, and why do some trees and shrubs exhibit more glorious tones than others? Lucy and Saul muse on this topic, delving into the world of chlorophyll, anthocyanins and carotenoids. Leafmould, too, is at our fingertips at this time of year - is there science behind this? You bet! Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

Nov 6

35 min 24 sec

The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!One of Saul and Lucy's great joys at this time of year is to have a wander into the orchards they look after, pluck an apple straight from the tree and sink their teeth into one of nature's greatest fruits! And both implore you to take a look at the 100's and 100's of varieties that can be grown in this country to find your favourite and give it a go in your garden - from Cox's Orange Pippin to Pitmaston's Pineapple, the wonderfully complex world of Apples is a feast of flavour, colour and texture.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

Oct 30

36 min 5 sec

The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!Well, in actual fact - don't mention Saul's pumpkins or Lucy's parsnips, because both have gone awry this year. But, when things go wrong in the garden it's an opportunity to learn, and both Head Gardeners are happy to confess that new pests, persistent weeds and ingrained behaviours have taught them a lot this year. Ultimately, that the very best approach when disasters strike - take it on the chin, learn from your observations, and step forward into 2022 with newfound knowledge. So, onwards and upwards!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

Oct 24

39 min 20 sec

From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #13 we are joined by the wonderfully energetic Plantsman and Head Gardener  Steven Edney - who in his gardening career has built a lasting legacy of clever and spectacular planting as Head Gardener at The Salutation and briefly at Canterbury Cathedral, before jumping full throttle with his partner Lou Dowle into the very exciting cultivation of their own 3 acre plot - 'The Land' - with its 100m long border, 1-acre Jungle Garden and new 'No-name' nursery space.Twitter links:Steven @stevenedney4Lou @LouDowleSaul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Oct 11

52 min 13 sec

The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins! Although Autumn may bring signs that this year's gardening season is coming to end - it is also the perfect time to plan and prepare for next years display - and this is very nicely encapsulated by planting bulbs. Bulbs are always a trust exercise in the hope of a brilliant display to start the Spring in the coming year, so Lucy and Saul have a chat about what bulbs they are purchasing and how they use them in the gardens they look after.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Oct 2

31 min 36 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. At the start of Saul's week break from his usual working life at Stonelands he travelled up to his old stomping ground in London to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower show - an event he managed some 7 years ago and he hadn't visited since. With the added bonus of being the first ever Chelsea held in September he was very much looking forward to seeing if the show had evolved and gives his opinion on the show.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sep 26

29 min 52 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. If there is a subject that gets regularly looked at on the Talking Heads Podcast its Saul and Lucy's meadows which they are both very rightly proud of! And the late summer into autumn period is an essential period in any meadows meadows maintenance, as it is usually (but not always!) time to cut any meadow and start thinking about sowing or planting any new additions for next years display. So join Saul and Lucy as they chat about the hard work they are doing now, required to keep your meadow vigorous and beautiful in the coming year.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sep 18

34 min 17 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. This week, Lucy is on her lonesome but she keeps herself busy by giving us a tour of the autumnal highlights (and lowlights) of her home kitchen garden. She's also been run off her feet organising the Hall's garden for a major event, so she gives us an insight into what's happening in the brain of any Head Gardener in the build up to such significant dates. There have been plenty of lists....!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sep 12

24 min 50 sec

Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. Our main role at BBC GWLive is to man the Plant Experts Desk. Over the 4-day show period Lucy and Saul answered nigh on 1,000 plant-based queries, from how to control a nuisance pest to where to buy that must-have plant. Being at the coalface puts us in a unique position, so let these two Head Gardeners reveal what the most popular questions were at this year's Special Edition show.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sep 4

34 min 12 sec

Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. As the show draws to a close Saul and Lucy focus on the show gardens - a blend of contemporary cottage chic, fiery urban jungles, 21st century living and an amazing garden from the Association of Professional Landscapers that highlights the stellar and somewhat underappreciated work that goes into building much of the hard landscaping in our precious green spaces. Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Aug 30

24 min 13 sec

Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. On Day 3 of the show, Saul and Lucy had the great privilege of sitting down with Monty Don, the face of Friday Night Gardening, to talk about his great love for Longmeadow (his garden in Herefordshire), how he manages its creation and maintenance and his plans for its future while juggling the demands of being one of the most filmed gardens in the world. Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Aug 29

29 min 32 sec

Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. As Day 2 ends Saul and Lucy spend some time in one of the inspirational ends of the show - the Beautiful Borders - a showcase of talented new designers building and plant small borders and mini-gardens to show off their skills. We take a look at luscious tropical themes, subtle and calming Meadows, a slice of country heaven and a chic contemporary space. Plus we fit in some time to look at the yearly fun of the Schools Wheel Barrow competition.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Aug 28

21 min 32 sec

Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. Tonight Lucy and Saul have a wander around their favourite part of the show - the Floral Marquee - and look at four of their favourite exhibits - Robinsons (MAmmoth Onion), Shropshire Sarracena, Larchfield Trees and Alchemy Ferns.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Aug 27

23 min 8 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. Ahhh - Lucy and Saul finally get loose of the shackles in their gardens and are allowed out for some well deserved Flower Show action. Next week - between the 26th and 29th August - it's BBC Gardener's World Live from the NEC in Birmingham, and as with every year we've been there we'll be manning the Plants Expert desk giving first rate advice, plant ID's and pest and disease consolation to anyone who wants to come and chat with us - so see you there!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Aug 21

33 min

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. Lucy and Saul love their jobs - don't get us wrong - but rather than paint a rose-tinted picture we thought our listeners would appreciate an authentic, honest account of Head Gardener life. So, whether it's being attacked by swans, flexing your flat-pack muscles with furniture or just managing the general juggle of jobs, welcome to the busy, exciting - and occasionally frustrating - world of the modern Head Gardener!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Aug 13

33 min 20 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. If there is one thing your guaranteed to be able to talk to any Head Gardener about in the UK - it is the weather - and Lucy and Saul are no different, in fact you may have noticed on the podcast that we're quite obsessed with it. There is good reason as the weather dictates much of our gardening practice and planning. Over the year we've seen many weather extremes and unseasonably strange weather patterns, which if climate change makes them the 'new normal', we may have to look how we manage and tend our green spaces.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Aug 7

31 min 2 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. If you do one thing this weekend, complete a project to entice pollinating insects into your garden. That's the message that the @BBCRadio2's #BigBeeChallenge want to spread, so Lucy and Saul are very happy to oblige. In this special episode, we interview wildlife gardening guru, Kate Bradbury, to glean some expert tips on how to encourage bees onto your plot.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jul 31

31 min 6 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. The RHS Hampton Court Flower Festival a couple of weeks ago, were Lucy and Saul's first major flower show for almost two years, and the pair were overjoyed to see the gardens, floral exhibits and many industry friends that they hadn't been in contact with for all that time. In this episode we take a look at a few of the highlights and delve into the show gardens and exactly what messages we should be taking from them in our own garden! Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jul 25

35 min 6 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. In Episode 101, Lucy takes a little time out from her week to wax lyrical about her favourite crop - tomatoes. Hugely popular with amateur and professional growers alike, Lucy reminisces about her childhood and how her smallholding upbringing cemented her love for this crop. She takes a tour of her own glasshouse and vegetable garden to discuss what she's growing this year, then touches on how to thwart the main pests and diseases, with a special focus on tomato late blight.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jul 17

31 min 50 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. Episode 100 has arrived - and Lucy and Saul can't quite believe that they've reached such a milestone producing their podcast. Both are incredibly grateful to everyone who listens - so a big Thank you to all of you. To celebrate the pair take a trip to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show, as well taking a look back at past interviews on the podcast and get a few messages from their podcast friends!  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jul 12

33 min 11 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. Before we finally get to Episode 100 - Saul takes his microphone on a small field trip to the Orchard Meadow at Stonelands. His proudest achievement at Stonelands the slow and patient creation of the meadow at Stonelands is a annual highlight to his garden management, so he takes some time to discuss his thoughts on how he is creating and managing the space to focus on local and native wild flowers and allowing the space to evolve under its own design.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jul 3

28 min 22 sec

From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #12 we are joined by Horticultural powerhouse Martin Fish - who in his 40+ year gardening career has been the youngest Head Gardener in the country, built and ran his own nursery with wife Jill, spent 30 years answering your gardening questions on local Radio and now runs his own vlog - Pots and Trowels - with over 200 episodes straight from his garden!Twitter links:Martin @MartinFishHortSaul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jun 26

51 min 49 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. Where would summer be with out the Rose - the flower that is perennially voted as the nations favourite! And rightly so - as there is a colour, form, habit and shape to suit practically anyone, with varieties numbered in the 1000's. Head gardeners Lucy and Saul take a look at the roses at there estate gardens highlighting a few of their favourite varieties, and also give a few tips on how to get the best our of these wonderful plants.   Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jun 19

35 min 17 sec

Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. During late May and into June, glasshouses up and down the land undergo a transition from propagation powerhouse to ornamental delight. Hear how Saul and Lucy set those wheels in motion, and glean a few tips and tricks for getting your space under glass looking in top-notch condition for these most productive of months ahead.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jun 14

30 min 39 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. In six years, Lucy and her husband have transformed their back garden from an overgrown wilderness into a beautiful and highly productive edible plot. Here, Lucy gives us a guided tour, explaining how she positions her plants for maximum growth, and ensures a succession of fresh fruit and veg for her kitchen. Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jun 5

28 min 42 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. They're a pain in the proverbial if you view them as weeds, yet they can be fundamental to the success of annual meadows, plus gravel and cottage gardens. How do you view self-seeders? Lucy and Saul have a fair bit of experience between them in both cases, so in this episode they ponder the best ways to manage this potential abundance.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

May 22

31 min 57 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. In a fun episode of the podcast Head Gardeners Saul and Lucy dream of being stranded on their own 'Desert Island' Garden filled with all the plants they love - an ultimate horticultural nirvana. They have a chat to each other about exactly how it would be planted, who they'd invite over and how they'd spend their days in gardening paradise.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

May 15

35 min 4 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. At last plants are starting to put on generous new growth, as this year's spring gradually warms up. Owners of perennial borders, wall shrubs and climbers should act now, stepping in to support those plants that can't be left to their own devices. There are many different ways to stake, and both Saul and Lucy are tackling this annual task now on their respective estates. Wires, too, need attention to keep them taught and ensure they're sufficiently strong for the task. It's a busy time ahead!  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

May 6

32 min 54 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. For so many not a single raindrop has fallen on our gardens in the totality of April, quite an unusual phenomenon when April and May can usually be guaranteed to supply those Spring Showers than keep are gardens fresh and vibrant through to the Autumn. Head Gardeners Saul and Lucy are dependant on the ideal weather to keep there large gardens thriving, so what do they do when unpredictable patterns of weather threaten to spoil our beautiful displays. They both discuss the short and long term jobs they are thinking about when dealing with drought periods.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

May 2

31 min 40 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. With this in mind, Lucy and Saul decide to showcase their must-grow spring bulbs, perennials and shrubs - especially those that often get overlooked. Choice enkianthus, arisarums, erythroniums, corylopsis, stachyurus and many more should receive pride of place in spring borders, according to these two Head Gardeners. So, if you fancy shaking up the usual spring suspects, grab your notebook!  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Apr 24

31 min 3 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. Magnolia trees are one of the spectacles in Spring that many people will drive miles out of their way to see - a cloud of white/pink flowers with subtle scents marks the point where winter gives way to the new growing year in style. Magnolia is a very diverse genus and there are many guidelines on their cultivation to ponder before you plant one, so Lucy and Saul take a look at this most magnificent of woody species.   Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Apr 17

33 min 28 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. Greenhouses, conservatories, porches and windowsills are brimming with seedlings and cutting at the moment, and these delicate plants prefer things to be in the 'goldilocks' range - not too hot and not too cold. So, fluctuating spring temperatures make life a bit tricky! Saul and Lucy both have large greenhouses on their estates, and more modest ones at home - and they've learnt over the years how to manage them successfully. In this episode, they share what they've gleaned.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Apr 10

31 min 8 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. Spending a lot of time in their estate gardens, it would be remiss of Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul not to acknowledge their own personal green spaces at home and how they allow both of them to fulfil their passion for growing the plants they love. So the pair discuss some of the projects they have going on over Easter as they prepare their personal plant havens for the coming year.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Apr 3

29 min 50 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. Bare-root, container-grown, woody, herbaceous - all these variations affect the way you establish these plants in your garden. Early to mid spring is the ideal time to plant, so put that trowel and spade to good use by taking stock of what Saul and Lucy consider to be best practice. There are many different right ways to plant, but there are also pitfalls to avoid - get it right now and you'll enjoy your plant investments for many years to come.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Mar 27

30 min 51 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder. Whether you're just entering your college years, or you're tempted by a career change later in your working life, what routes are available to expand and validate your gardening credentials? Lucy and Saul have both devoted thousands of hours to furthering their horticultural education, learning both in the classroom and via practical tutorials and assessments. But there are other routes to follow, so these two Head Gardeners discuss which one may be right for you.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Mar 20

29 min 5 sec

Spring is in the air - as the early season flowers bring a hint of colour and joy, banishing the winter blues away. Head Gardeners such as Lucy and Saul relish this moment in the year as the starting gun for a season of flower, foliage and ultimate fun. Gardening kicks off and all the hard work of winter enters a crescendo of horticultural wonder.  Many gardeners both old and new grow vegetables, in fact if there is one section of our industry that is always popular, growing your own food is one of them. But have you stopped and thought about growing your own cut flowers at the same time. With a few packets of seed and a little space you can be harvesting bouquets all year long, and reducing the 'flower miles' that is associated with buying pre-packaged flowers at your local shop. Lucy and Saul discuss what they grow and how it has become an essential part of their productive plots.  Twitter links: Saul @GardeningSaul Lucy @HeadGardenerLC Intro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io "Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Mar 13

30 min 39 sec

2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a little dose of the garden to your daily lives.While a practical career in horticulture is firmly on many listeners 'to do' list, how do budding writers break into the competitive world of garden journalism? With years of magazine and book writing experience under her belt, Lucy explains the monthly production cycle of garden magazines, and offers insight into the best methods for approaching endlessly busy editors.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Mar 6

32 min 2 sec

From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #11 Lucy and Saul and joined by Lou Nicholls, Head Gardener at Ulting Wick, a plantsman paradise in Essex owned by Phillipa Burrough (See Episode 56 and 57 for Lucy and Saul's visit there). Lou chats to us about her time in horticulture, both ups and downs, what its like to work for a very keen and hands-on garden owner, and lets us into why she set up the Adventures in Horticulture Garden Club, a crowdsourced group which brings big name speakers to the virtual gardening world.Twitter links:Lou @loujnichollsSaul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Feb 27

41 min 19 sec

2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a little dose of the garden to your daily lives.With the cold of winter (hopefully!) behind us, and the spring knocking at the door - Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul are turning their attention to the various herbaceous and mixed borders at their respective estates and at home - and there is a lot of work to do in a relatively small window of time, to get them ready for the crescendo of growth and colour later in the year.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Feb 20

30 min 45 sec

2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a little dose of the garden to your daily lives.Despite much of the country facing freezing temperatures at the moment, if you dodge the snow showers there are plenty of gardening tasks that can be completed now. Pruning, planting and (when any snow has melted) even grass-cutting are on the job sheets of these two busy Head Gardeners. The jobs need completing, plus Lucy and Saul need to keep moving in order not to freeze!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Feb 10

24 min 56 sec

2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a little dose of the garden to your daily lives.Its time to get sowing - Tomatoes, Chillies, Peppers and Aubergines are starting their year long journey from seed to fruit, so on today's podcast Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul take a look at what there sowing and their propagation space. Plus we give a few tips to those who haven't got large greenhouses to grow this years crops and flowers.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Feb 7

22 min 39 sec

2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a little dose of the garden to your daily lives.The recent announcement that The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has moved to September, and that others, too, are being postponed, prompted Lucy and Saul to consider how gardening shows, fairs and festivals in general need to evolve, in order to protect themselves from unforeseen external influences. Ex-Chelsea Shows Manager Saul offers his invaluable insight, and Lucy, too, wonders what the visitor experience will be in years to come.witter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Feb 3

22 min 17 sec

2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a little dose of the garden to your daily lives.Weeds and weeding probably takes up the most time on Head Gardeners Saul and Lucy's estates, in fact if you don't like weeding becoming a professional gardener is probably not for you! However, before you think weeding is just a monotonous activity there is actually a lot more to think about when it comes to approaching your borders, so the pair discuss this age-old problem.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jan 31

23 min 9 sec

2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a little dose of the garden to your daily lives.The National Garden Scheme has raised significant and invaluable funds for a vast number of good causes over the past century, and its ambitions show no signs of slowing down. 2020 saw garden visits dented significantly, so how does the NGS plan to protect its beneficiaries from any future financial insecurity? Saul and Lucy were lucky enough to find out, via their 2021 media launch.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jan 28

22 min 15 sec

From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #10 Lucy and Saul and joined in lovely conversation by Peter Seabrook - and 50 minutes is not nearly enough time to fit in this stalwart of Horticulture's extensive career and highly entertaining life in the Horticultural trade. We follow Peter through his career, chat to him about how the trade has changed, how it is responding to both the Pandemic and Brexit, as well as take you back to last years #TalkingHeadsEssexRoadTrip where we met up with him in his Floral Fantasia Garden at RHS Hyde Hall. Twitter links:Peter @lettucealoneSaul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCLink to Peters 'This week in the Garden' PodcastIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jan 24

50 min 26 sec

2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt. But with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a little dose of the garden to your daily lives.With spring beckoning, Lucy and Saul are busy completing their winter pruning. Fruit trees, roses, clematis and many more woody plants are receiving their annual trim, so Head Gardeners Saul and Lucy explain how they tackle this job - using a mixture of science and artistry. Once mastered, pruning becomes a real craft, and the completed task can bring gardeners, both new and experienced, immense satisfaction.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jan 20

25 min 33 sec

2021 has started but much of the troubles of 2020 have continued, and we understand that the full repercussions of what we have all been through are now being felt - but with summer and autumn now distant and the glory of winter around us, we continue with a healthy amount of discussion on some of our favourite horticultural topics, bringing a little dose of the garden to your daily lives.Winter jobs abound in todays podcast, as Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul take a look at the ramping work schedules at their respective estate gardens (and in their home gardens too). The garden is slowly waking from its all too brief winter slumber and preparation for the forth coming spring is the number one priority, as jobs done now will benefit most gardens for the whole year about to unfurl. Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Jan 17

24 min 51 sec