Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast
By Michael Palmer
Join professional gardener, podcaster & broadcaster, Mike Palmer, for lively discussions with gardening personalities and experts from the fantastic world of gardening. Look out for Mike's 'Plant Specials' including dahlias, roses & clematis with more to come. You can see & hear more from Mike in his beautiful garden at his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener. Mike's podcast is sponsored by Natural Grower the supplier of plant-based products for organic & chemical free gardening and houseplants.
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Slot from the Plot (Ep 3)
Hello and welcome to this week's edition of the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. In this week's episode, The Slot from the Plot, we're heading back to the allotment to have a chat with… Ben! The rather elusive Ben Short finally makes an appearance and tells us about his experience of starting a new allotment with his partner Otis. And in part two of this 'Slot from the Plot' special, I chat to new allotmenteer, Amy Wall about her new allotment. Amy shares her story and gives us some great tips for new allotment owners along the way. To find out more about all of these wonderful allotmenteers, do you head to their Instagram pages: Otis - https://www.instagram.com/otisthegardener/ Ben - https://www.instagram.com/shortish/ Amy - https://www.instagram.com/grow.yourself.a.garden/ And if you wish to get more inspiration, have a look at Amy's wonderful allotment real by tapping here. As always, I will be back next week with another horticulturally packed episode so please don't forget to follow/subscribe. And, if you're able, I'd be very grateful if you could leave me a review with your preferred podcast provider. See you all next week. Mike
September 22, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Catherine Horwood (Beth Chatto)
Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. This week my special guest is Catherine Horwood. Catherine is an award-winning writer and lecturer and author of the official biography of Beth Chatto, ‘Beth Chatto - A Life with Plants’. Beth was and indeed still is one of our most influential gardeners. There can’t be many of us who hasn’t got one of Beth‘s inspirational books on our bookshelves. It’s a great chat with some fascinating stories about Beth and her life And if you haven’t already, please follow/subscribe as there are still more great episodes in the pipeline! Please leave a review if you are able as it really helps people to find the podcast and tell them what it’s all about. Thank you!
September 15, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Val Bourne
Hello and welcome to this week’s episode of the Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast. This week I’m delighted to say my guest is award-winning, organic gardener and lecturer Val Bourne. I was lucky enough to be invited to Val's beautiful Spring Cottage garden, high above Bourton-on-the-Water a few weeks ago to chat to her about her career, her garden, her gardening philosophies, her ‘best-beloved’ Joe and much, much more. Val is a lifelong, hands-on organic garden with a passion for plant. She writes for many publications including the Daily Telegraph, judges RHS floral and dahlia trials, lectures widely and writes excellent books with an organic theme, and always everything enthusiastically. You can find out more about Val by heading to her website https://www.valbourne.co.uk/home. And to view some pictures of Val‘s garden click this link - https://www.instagram.com/p/CimYhcJKaLm/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= You can find out more about me and my own garden by following me on Instagram where you'll find me under @mike_thegardener. And if you want more information about the podcast including sneak previews and exclusive pictures head to @mic.thegardenerpodcast. If you haven't already, please subscribe/follow as there is still lots more to come. And, if you're able, why not leave a review with your preferred podcast provider. Thank you and see you next week. Mike
September 08, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - The Laundry Garden (Tom & Jenny Williams)
Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. In this week’s episode I travel to Denbigh, North Wales, to chat to the owners of the exquisite Laundry Garden Retreat, Tom & Jenny Williams, who take me on a tour of their beautiful garden. We chat about how they came to be its owners, how the gardens have progressed including the design and planting ethos in each part of the garden, who does what, their plans for the future and much, much more. During this delightful episode we visit the House Garden, the Dragon Garden, the beautiful Lime Alley and of course the stunning walled garden. You can see pictures and a video of the stunning walled garden of the garden by heading to my Instagram page. Click this link to see more. It’s a great fact-filled, fun chat and a fascinating ‘look behind the scenes’ with Tom & Jenny. And of course you can find out even more by visiting the Laundry Garden Retreat. Visit https://thelaundryretreatnorthwales.co.uk or visit the Laundry Garden Instagram page for more information. Please do follow/subscribe as there is more to come on the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. And if you're able, please leave a review with your preferred podcast provider
September 01, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Composting, Ellen Mary and lots more
Hello and welcome back to this week’s episode of the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. In this weeks episode we are: Looking at how to make the best quality garden compost Chatting with Ellen Mary about her new book ‘How to Grow a Garden' Seeing what’s grabbing the horticultural headlines, and Answering some of your gardening questions Click here to see a Instagram trailers for this episode. Trailer 1 Trailer 2 And, as promised in the episode, here are some of the things that we can and can't compost: CAN COMPOST: Animal manure from herbivores / brown paper products (cardboard toilet rolls, cereal boxes, brown paper bags / paper towels, tissues / coffee grounds and filters / cotton, wool / Hoover waste / and dryer lint from natural fabrics / crushed eggshells / grass clippings, garden trimmings / hair, fur / hay, straw / houseplants / leaves / shredded newspaper / wood chips, sawdust, wood toothpicks, burnt matches / fruit and vegetable peels / old vegetables / stale bread / non-glossy junk mail or catalogues (shredded) / fir cones / cardboard egg cartons / tea leaves/used tea / annual weeds CAN'T COMPOST: Baked or cooked food / treated wood/sawdust / oils or greasy foods / pet waste / human waste / weeds that have gone to seed / plastic or coated cardboard / Sellotape / diseased plants & houseplants / pesticide-treated plants / coal ash / feminine hygiene products / nappies / synthetic fabric / leather goods / glossy paper / perennial weeds / tea bags - empty the contents only Please don't forget to follow/subscribe and if you're able, please leave a review with your preferred podcast provider. Many thanks. Mike
August 25, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Nick Hamilton
Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. Without a shadow of doubt one of the most popular BBC TV Gardeners' World TV presenters has to be the wonderful, greatly missed Geoff Hamilton. Geoff was a gardener, broadcaster and author, best known as presenting the ever-popular Gardeners' World in the 1980s and 1990s. In today's episode I speak to Geoff's son, Nick Hamilton, a horticulturist and garden writer in his own right. We chat about Nick's new book 'The Right Genes', which is a story about the relationship between a son and his dad and how, from the off, it was obvious that the son would turn out to be a 'chip off the old block'. In this fascinating and humour field episode I chat to Nick about his father's career, the iconic Barnsdale Gardens, the writing of this book and much, much more. You can find out more about Nick, his career and indeed Barnsdale Gardens by heading to the Barnsdale Gardens website or the Barnsdale Gardens Instagram account. Don't forget to follow/subscribe to the podcast as there's still lots more to come in the weeks ahead. You can also follow me on my Instagram account (@mike_thegardener). See you next week! Mike
August 18, 2022
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - The Slot from the Plot (2)
Hello and welcome back to this weeks episode of the Mike the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. I In this week's episode I return to Otis and Ben's allotment to see how things are progressing there. You'll recall, we are calling this occasional series, the Slot from the Plot. Today I catch up with Otis to see what's growing well, what's not growing so well and more importantly, why and their plans for the season ahead. As always, you can follow Otis on Instagram (@otisthegardener) and you can also follow me on my Instagram account (@mike_thegardener). There's still more to come in this series of the podcast, say do it hit that follow/subscribe button to ensure you don't miss out on any of the gardening fun. And, if you could leave a review with your podcast provider that would be wonderful. See you next week. Mike
August 11, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Naomi Slade (Lilacs)
Hello and welcome back to this week's episode of the Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast. This week you find me heading to Great Chalfield Manor gardens in Melksham, Bradford-on-Avon to chat to a previous guest on the podcast, garden writer, journalist, author, garden consultant and garden designer, Naomi Slade. After a personal tour of the garden we found the perfect place to record this episode at the back of the Manor House, looking out over the perfectly planted Well Court and the beautiful gardens beyond. I invited Naomi back to the podcast to chat about her new book ‘Lilacs - Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden’ published by Pavilion Books (7th April). We chat about the book and how it came about, the stunning photography photography Georgianna Lane and of course, lilacs. To find out more about Naomi and/or to order her book head to www.naomislade.com. You can also follow Naomi on Twitter (@NaomiSlade) and Instagram (@NaomiSladeGardening). You can also follow me on Instagram (@Mike_TheGardener). In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you all here next week. Mike
August 04, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Young Horticulturist of the Year 2022 - Charles Shi
Hello and welcome back to this week's episode of the Mike the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. If you're a regular to the podcast, you'll know I spoke to Victoria, national organiser and chair of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition in May this year. I'm passionate about looking to the future for gardening and horticulture and for getting the next generation of gardeners on board. One of the most reassuring things that came out of my chat with Victoria was that 2000 young horticulturists enter this competition. Today I speak to the 2022 winner, Charles Shi. We chat about his journey through the competition and what it feels like to be the winner of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition 2022. Thank you for listening today and do make sure you hit that follow/subscribe button to make sure you don't miss out on future episodes. And, if you've enjoyed today's episode, do leave a review with your preferred podcast provider. Mike
July 28, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Magazine Edition
Hello there and welcome back to this weeks edition of the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. In this weeks edition, I'm mixing it up slightly, and you're stuck with me, and me alone. Come back! Don't go away. It's what I'm calling a magazine edition, and I'll be covering a few topics this week including: Plant of the Month - The Nitty Gritty - this month, I'll be giving you the lowdown on English lavender and we'll be looking at everything you need to know to grow lavender, including maintenance, some interesting facts and more. Job's Worth - some important jobs for us all to be getting on with now in our green spaces. In the News - some interesting and topical news items in the world of gardening and horticulture. Your Questions - Mike answers some of the questions you have sent into him. Thank you! Mike
July 21, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - George Anderson (Beechgrove)
In this week’s episode I chat to (BBC Scotland) Beechgrove presenter, George Anderson who tells me about his very early days in gardening and horticulture, his studies and days at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and how he secured the job as one of the presenters of the ever popular Beechgrove gardening TV programme. It's a lovely chat and I just know you're going to enjoy it. You can find out more about George by following him on his Instagram account and head to the Beechgrove website for more information. You can also follow me on my Instagram account, @mike_thegardener where you can see what I'm getting up to in my own garden and follow me live most Sunday mornings at 10am (BST), when I take you for a tour of my garden, show you what I'm growing and what I'm doing and answer as many questions as I possibly can. Don't forget to follow/subscribe as there are more episodes to come in this series of the podcast. And please do leave a review with your preferred podcast provider. See you next week. Mike
July 14, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Wimbledon Special with Martyn Falconer (Head Gardener)
Whether you're a tennis fan or not, it won't have escaped your attention that we're in the middle of Wimbledon fortnight. In this episode, recorded live at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club grounds, I chat to Wimbledon Head Gardener, Martyn Falconer about the incredible horticultural preparations to make Wimbledon what it is. To view pictures taken on the day of this recording, head to my Instagram page by clicking here. Follow Martyn on his Instagram page by clicking here. Follow me on my Instagram page by clicking here. Thank you. Mike
July 07, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - The Slot From The Plot (Ep 1)
Welcome back to the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. In this episode I visit my best friends' Ben and Otis‘s brand new allotment to see how they are getting on with the transformation from turfed plot to productive plot. The ‘Slot from the Plot’ will be an occasional featurette where I will go back to chart the progress of the plot, see what’s going well, see what’s not going so well and why and share all of the gardening antics from Otis and Ben‘s new allotment. In this episode I also chat to neighbouring allotment is Lynn and Pete. You can follow Otis on Instagram where you will find him as @OtisTheGardener.
June 30, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Michael Marriott
Michael Marriott In this episode Mike chats to one of the worlds leading rosarians, Michael Marriott about his new book 'Roses - An Inspirational Guide to Choosing and Growing the Best Roses' published by DK books. Michael tells us how the book came about, gives us an insight into its contents and talks about TOD tours and social media.
June 23, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Series 4 Trailer
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June 16, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Special
In this bonus episode, Mike visits the Chelsea Flower Show on press day and has a chat with some wonderful people including: Tayshan Hayden-Smith Danny Clarke, AKA The Black Gardener (a previous podcast guest) Daisy Desire, AKA The Drag Queen Gardener Charlotte Durrant & Mo Bhula of the Aroid Attic Mike chats to Tayshan & Danny about their 'Hands off Mangrove Garden' by Grow 2 Know, which one and RHS silver-gilt metal, before tracking down the Drag Queen Gardener, Daisy desire, to chat about her Chelsea experience. Mike also chat to Charlotte Durrant and Mo Bhula of the Aroid Attic about their silver-gilt medal winning 'Social Media Versus Reality' house plant studio.
May 29, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Exbury Gardens with Head Gardener, Tom Clarke
Hello, and welcome back to the last in the current series of them Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast. In this the final episode of the series, I chat to Head Gardener Tom Clarke of https://www.exbury.co.uk We chat about: Tom's role as Head Gardener at Exbury The garden's original owner Lionel de Rothschild Looking after rhododendrons and azaleas and how to use them in our own gardens Everything you could possibly need to know about growing rhododendrons & azaleas How Tom develops the gardens His own private garden, and lots, lots more My thanks to Tom for taking the time to chat to me and for showing me around the gardens. And if you want more information about Exbury Gardens or wish to visit the garden, head to their website www.exbury.co.uk. And you can follow Exbury Gardens on their Instagram account. And talking of Instagram, you can follow me on my Instagram account @mike_thegardener where I do a weekly live broadcast from my own garden most Sundays at 10am (BST). I will be back in a few weeks time with Series 4, so don't forget to follow/subscribe to make sure you don't miss out. Bye-bye for now, bye-bye.
May 19, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Heucheras with Heucheraholics
Hello and welcome back to this weeks episode of a Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast. This week we have another great Plant special. And in the spotlight this week it’s heucheras, and we’ll touch on heucherellas & tiarellas too. I speak to heuchera nursery owners and experts Jules and Sean of the fabulous Heucheraholics. We cover everything including; Where to grow them What compost to grow them in Maintenance Pests & diseases (including the evil weevil) Watering and feeding Propagation And much more If after this fact filled episode you still need more information about Heucheras, head to the Heucheraholics website. You can also follow Jooles and Sean (Heucheraholics) on Instagram. And, if you haven’t already had enough of me, you can also follow me on Instagram too. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to follow/subscribe and if you’re able, please leave a review with your preferred podcast provider. See you next week! Bye-bye for now, bye-bye!
May 11, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Young Horticulturalist of the Year Competition
Welcome back to this weeks exciting episode of the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. I've always been passionate about looking to the future of gardening and horticulture, and in particular thinking about where the next generation of young gardeners will come from. In today's episode I chat to Victoria who is the Chair and the national organiser of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition. Now as the title of the competition clearly tells us, this is a competition to find the best young horticulturist. What are the most reassuring things that comes out of our chat is that there can be up to 2000 entrants into this competition, so there is young gardening and horticultural talent out there for sure. Victoria tells me all about the competition, including: How it came about What's involved in the process Who can enter How to enter What's the winner of the competition receives Key dates, and lots, lots more. It's truly a fascinating episode, and, if you know of anybody who is eligible to enter the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, do point them in the direction of this podcast and the Young Horticulturalist of the Year website. How refreshing and reassuring to know that the hands of our gardens, horticulture in general and indeed our pallet is in safe hands. As always, it's been a pleasure spending time with you today, so do hit that follow or subscribe button to make sure he don't miss out on future episodes. And if you've enjoyed today's episode, do leave a review with your preferred podcast provider. Bye-bye for now bye-bye. Mike
May 05, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Chris Collins
Hello and welcome back to this week's episode of the Mike the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. In this weeks episode I speak to Chris Collins, horticulturalist, broadcaster and former Gardiner for the BBC TV programme, Blue Peter. Chris is an extremely passionate plantsman and gardener who has travelled across the world and has some fascinating stories to tell about his exploits in Brighton, Scotland, Cameroon and Japan. He also tells us about his time as a gardener with your iconic British TV programme Blue Peter. This episode was recorded in the South Arboretum at the edge of Kew Gardens, on the banks of the River Thames, where Chris once worked. We were also on the London Heathrow flightpath, as you may hear during the course of this episode. To find out more about Chris, head to his website and you can follow him on his various social media platforms, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If you enjoy this episode, please do leave a review with your preferred podcast provider. And don't forget to follow/subscribe as there's still more to come in this series. If you'd like to get in touch with me, and I love hearing from you all, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me directly via my Instagram account at @Mike_TheGardener. Mike
April 28, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Lulah Ellender with her new book 'Grounding"
Hello and welcome back to the Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast. In this week’s episode I chat with author Lulah Ellender about her new book ‘Grounding - Finding Home in a Garden’. We chat about Lulah’s new book, how gardening and gardens helped Lulah during times of uncertainty and much more. To find our more about Lulah Ellender head to her website http://www.lulahellender.com/ where you’ll find more information and her, her new book and you can even purchase a copy, which I highly recommend. ‘Grounding - Finding Home in a Garden’ is published by Granta Books - https://granta.com/products/grounding/.
April 21, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Organic Pest Controls
Hello and welcome back to this weeks episode of the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. Temperatures are beginning to warm up, spring has well and truly sprung. Fountains of fresh green foliage are erupting from our borders and containers. It's a most welcome sight. However, with the warmer temperatures and the emergence of our perennials and favourite garden plants, comes an army of some unwanted visitors to the garden. Slugs, snails, aphids, ants, vine weevils and much more. As an organic gardener, I won't use chemicals / pesticides in my garden. So, in this enlightening episode I chat to Tess the owner of Ladybird Plant Care about how we can deal with garden pests organically. Ladybird Plant Care has a range of organic, pest control solutions which are safe for pets and children alike. In this fascinating episode we chat about vine weevils, slugs, snails, aphids and ants, explaining how you identify if you have these pests in your garden, the symptoms, their lifecycles and how, where, when and why we treat them. For further information head to the Ladybird Plant Care website. If you haven't already followed or subscribed, do you hit the follow/subscribe button to ensure you don't miss out on future episodes. And, if you're able, please leave a review with your podcast provider. Many thanks. Mike
April 14, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Roy Lancaster
Hello, and welcome back to this weeks episode of them Mic The Gardener – Gardening Podcast. The word legend is often bandied around without too much consideration as to it meaning. These days, it seems you can have two minutes of fame and still become a legend. Today, however, I am going to use the word legend for my very special guest. He's a world renowned plantsman, a bestselling author, a well-known TV presenter and I have been a fan of his for as long as I can remember. Today, I chat to horticultural legend, Roy Lancaster. In this wonderful episode, Roy chats to me about his early days, his first book, his love of plants and nature and much much more. Please don't forget to follow/subscribe to the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast as there's still lots more to come. And, if you're able, it would be absolutely wonderful if you could leave a review with your podcast provider. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you next week. Mike
April 07, 2022
Mike The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Rose of The Year with Marilyn Stevens of Roses UK
Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast. In this episode we are talking about one of our favourite garden plants roses. I know we all love a beautiful rose in our gardens so today I'm talking to PR and Project Manager from Roses UK, Marilyn Stevens. Roses UK oversee the very popular Rose of the Year competition and in this fascinating episode Marilyn tells me everything that’s involved with the Rose of the Year. I've been in gardening & horticulture for quite a few years but have to admit to not knowing exactly how much goes in to deciding the winner. I know you will be absolutely amazed. We talk about everything including: How the competition works How long the process takes The naming process How supplies of the winning rose are bulked up, and lots, lots more As always, please don't forget to follow/subscribe as there's still lots more to come. And, if you are able, it would be lovely if you could leave a review with your podcast provider. You can follow Roses UK on Instagram by clicking here. You can also follow me on Instagram by clicking here. Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing you here next week. Mike
March 31, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Sweet Peas with Roger Parsons
Hello there and welcome back to the Mike the Gardener - Gardening Podcast. In this weeks episode I’m bringing you another Plant special – Sweet Peas! I chat to Sweet Pea expert and President of the National Sweet Pea Society, Roger Parsons. Roger has been growing sweet peas for 35 years and has his own family run business, Roger Parsons Sweet Peas. He is also the author of the book "Sweet Peas: An Essential Guide’ and co-author of ‘Lathyrus: A Complete Guide”. In this fact filled episode Roger tells me everything about growing sweet peas including: When and how to sow sweet peas What type of compost to use What to sow sweet peas into into Pinching out – to pinch or not to pinch Feeding and watering requirements Pests & dieseases General maintenance, and much more Roger also tells me about the different types of sweet peas and shares his own personal favourite, named after his wife and tells us why he chose this particulsr sweet pea. We also discuss customer favourites and sweet pea trends. If you need more information about sweet peas, then head to Rogers website www.rpsweetpeas.com or perhaps consider joining the National Sweet Pea Society. As always, please do send me your comments about this episode and the Mic the Gardener podcast to the show’s email address email@example.com. I’d also be very grateful if you could leave a review with your podcast provider. And don’t forget to follow/subscribe as there’s lots more still to come in the weeks ahead. Bye-bye for now bye-bye! Mike
March 25, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Lucy Chamberlain & Saul Walker - Talking Heads
Hello, I'm Mike Palmer, your host of the Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast, sponsored by Natural Grower. Welcome back to this week's episode. The Mic the Gardener Gardening Podcast has been up and running for just over a year now. In that year I have listened to more gardening podcasts than I've ever done before. One of my go-to podcasts is always Talking Heads, presented by Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain, who are both modern day head gardeners in private estates. This week I'm delighted to be joined by both Saul and Lucy who chat to me about their careers to date, their roles as head gardeners in private estates and much much more. If, like me, you listen to their podcast, you'll know I was legally obliged to start the conversation by talking about the weather, however, we also discussed: How their career paths crossed How they got started in the industry What the role of a modern Head Gardener is How much input their respective garden owners have on their gardens What Lucy & Saul's own gardens are like And their career aspirations are, and much more If you haven't already listened to the Talking Heads podcast, (and I can't believe you haven't), click on this link to have a listen. Thank you, as always for listening to this weeks podcast. If you haven't already, please do follow/subscribe and leave a review via your preferred podcast provider. You can also follow me on my Instagram account, @mike_thegardener where I have a live, weekly broadcast from my own garden, every Sunday at 10am (GMT). Join me next week when I will be discussing everything you need to know about growing sweet peas from seed with leading sweet pea expert, Roger Parsons. See you next week.
March 18, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Daffodils with Ian Tyler, Chair of the Daffodil Society
Hello, I'm Mike Palmer, your host of the Mic the Gardener – Gardening Podcast. Welcome back to this week's episode. It's the middle of March (already!) and my garden is full of daffodils. I always think daffodils really are the harbingers of spring with their bright, cheery yellow trumpets. And of course, not just yellow trumpets these days, as you’ll find out today. In today's episode I chat to the Chair of The Daffodil Society, Ian Tyler about everything you could possibly need to know about growing daffodils in the ground and in containers. In fact-filled episode we talk about: How to choose healthy bulbs How to plant daffodils and their preferred growing medium How much light daffodils need to grow away Caring for daffodils and general maintenance After-care, once flowers have gone over Propagation Pests and diseases Daffodil blindness And, as discussed during this episode the Daffodil Society Show is 16-17 April at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, B15 3TR. If you're looking for more information on daffodils or perhaps looking to join The Daffodil Society head to their website, www.thedaffodilsociety.com. If you've enjoyed this episode, and I sincerely hope that you have, why not follow/subscribe to my podcast to ensure you don't miss some of the exciting episodes coming up. I'd also be really grateful if you could leave a review with your podcast provider. You can find out more about me and my own garden by following me on Instagram where you'll find me as @mike_thegardener. If you want to contact me, do you send an email to the show email address firstname.lastname@example.org or message me via my Instagram account shown above. See you next week! Mike
March 11, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Jack Wallington
Hello and welcome back to the Mic the Gardener Gardening Podcast. In this week's episode I chat to garden & landscape designer and author, Jack Wallington about his new book 'A Greener Life: Discover the Joy of Mindful & Sustainable Gardening'. This book is a must have if you wish to pursue and learn more about sustainable garden practices and to work alongside nature in your own green space. Jack tells us about how this, his third book, came about including how and where he writes and much more. He also tells us why it's the most important and personal thing he's ever done. I talk to Jack about how he got into writing, how you write your first ever book and the book writing process. Jack, his partner and Rumbles the cat have also moved from London to Yorkshire, and we chat about his new garden and how the pressures of working and living in London led to changes in Jack's outlook on life. As an experienced and successful landscape and garden designer, I ask Jack if the process of designing your own garden is different from designing a clients. We also look at his aspirations to build a Chelsea Flower Show garden. To learn more about Jack head to his website Jack wallington.com or to his Instagram account You can also follow me on my Instagram account Mike_TheGardener, where you will find me broadcasting live, every Sunday at 10am from my own garden. If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave a review with your podcast provider and don't forget to follow/subscribe as there are more weekly episodes to come.
March 04, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - The Winter Garden at Harold Hillier with Fran Clifton
Hello and welcome back to the Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast with me, your host, Mike Palmer. In this week's episode I pay a visit to the Harold Hillier Winter Garden near Romsey, United Kingdom. It's a stunning garden year-round, but the winter garden is beautifully planted with trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs which provide amazing winter colour, scent, texture and all-round interest. I chat with Head Gardener, Fran Clifton about: What makes a great winter garden What plants to use Plants for colour, scent and texture Great planting combinations We also chat about her role as Head Gardener, her career, her own garden and much, much more. For more information about the Harold Hillier Gardens, click on the link to their website - https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardens. As always, thanks for listening to this episode. If you're new to the podcast, do check out the previous episodes from the first two series. There are some cracking interviews, plant specials and much more. If you've enjoyed this episode, don't forget to follow/subscribe and please do leave a review with your podcast provider. And finally, I love hearing from all of you, so please do contact me if you have any messages, questions or ideas for future episodes. You can email me at the shows email email@example.com or follow me on my Instagram page @mike_thegardener where you can message me directly. See you next week. Mike
February 25, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Head Gardener Martin Duncan - Arundel Castle Gardens
Hello, and welcome back to another episode of the Mic the Gardener podcast. This week I head to the stunning Arundel Castle Gardens, West Sussex, United Kingdom to chat with Head Gardener, Martin Duncan. As you will hear, Martin is an extremely experienced and knowledgeable Head Gardener with some very prestigious jobs under his belt. We chat about Martin’s illustrious career to date, some of the very distinguished people he has worked for, his love of landscape design, the role of Head Gardener and much more. We also discuss how to attract the younger generation into the world of horticulture and gardening, as subject very close to my own heart. Later in the episode we chat to Rose Philpot, a young gardener about gardening at Arundel and how she was attracted to gardening and her hopes for her future. I also chat to senior gardener, Izzy McKinley, who is responsible for the organic, kitchen garden and propagator who tells us about her career, her love of gardening and propagation and her own garden. I have posted a selection of pictures taken at Arundel Castle Gardens on the day of the podcast. Click here to view To learn more about Arundel Castle Gardens head to their website or you can find them on Instagram. If you wish to contact me you can do so through my Instagram page or by emailing the show at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, don't forget to follow/subscribe and to leave a review with your podcast provider. See you next week. Mike
February 18, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Soil Special with Dr Anton Rosenfeld of Garden Organic
Hello and welcome back to Series III of the Mic the Gardener Gardening Podcast. I’m delighted to be back after the New Year break. In this first episode I go back to the most fundamental and important component of our gardens…. soil. Without soil we have no plants, trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit, perennials or bulbs. My parents used to tell me to spend a pound on the hole and a penny on the plant. That’s so true.. Our gardens, containers and balconies will only truly flourish if the soil is healthy. In this episode I chat to Dr Anton Rosenfeld, from Garden Organic who tells us everything we need to know about our soil. He tells us: How soil is made How to identify what soil type we have How to improve our soil and keep it healthy by incorporating organic matter Why mulching our soil is so important What green manures are and their benefits to our soil How to make & use leaf mould What the benefits of 'no-dig' are Why earth worms are so important What the acidity or alkalinity of our soil means Its a fact-filled episode and really is the starting point of any garden, irrespective of whether you’re growing your own or maintaining a beautiful ornamental garden, or indeed both. You can find out more about your soil and growing organically at www.gardenorganic.ork.uk. If you wish to contact me, please email email@example.com or you can follow me on my Instagram account (@mike_thegardener) where you can also message me directly. Please don’t forget to FOLLOW & SUBSCRIBE to the Mic the Gardener Gardening Podcast to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun and of course the great gardening content. And perhaps you’d be kind enough to leave a review and tell your friends about the podcast See you next week. Mike
February 11, 2022
Mic The Gardener - Series 3 - Coming Soon!
Hello, hello, hello! I'm so excited to have started work on Series 3 of the Mic the Gardener podcast. In fact, much like the Forth Bridge, I never quite stop thinking about and/or working on the podcast. I have one episode already recorded and almost ready to go on Friday 11th February, when I return. And there are some very exciting episodes on the schedule for Series 3. Don't worry, I'll be teasing more about those at the end of each episode. As always, I love to hear from you so please drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow me through my Instagram account (@mike_thegardener) where are you can follow my gardening exploits, my weekly live garden Sunday Stroll and much more. And of course you can message me through my Instagram account. Mike
January 31, 2022
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Mike's Christmas Message
Hello there, it's Mike Palmer here, your host from the Mic the Gardener podcast. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for listening to the podcast and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a very happy holiday period and my very best wishes for a happy, healthy & safe new year. I'll be back sometime very early next year so keep your eyes peeled for more news from me very soon. In the meantime.... HAPPY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY NEW YEAR! Mike
December 22, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Series 2 Compilation
In this episode, the very last of Series 2, I revisit some of the great conversations from a selection of the great guests I've had join me over the last few months. Clips include: Michael Perry (aka Mr Plant Geek) Ben Cross (Alstromeria Ben) Neil Lucas (Ornamental Grasses) Anna Pavord Danny Clarke, the Black Gardener Naomi Slade Mark Lane Gareth Richards Andrew Fisher Tomlin Freddie Strickland Sienna Hosta Nursery (Hostas) I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of my guests in Series 2 for making it the great success it has been. And finally, and as always, my thanks to each and everyone of you for listening each week and for your lovely comments, feedback and podcast reviews. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a happy holiday time and sending my very best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe New Year. I'll be back again in the New Year with series 3, more great guests, more great plant specials and lots more. Mike
December 20, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Claus Dalby
In this weeks episode, the last interview of the second series, I chat to Danish gardening superstar, Claus Dalby. As well as being the owner of a stunning garden in Denmark, Claus has his own publication company and incredibly considers himself a hobby gardener; a hobby gardener with 396,000 followers on Instagram. In this Christmas special episode, I chat to Claus about his Christmases as a child, what Christmas means to him now and, of course, his wonderful do-it-yourself Christmas decorations, which are videoed from his Christmas Studio within the grounds of his own house. We also chat about his career, his books, the gardens has visited across the world and much, much more. Whilst this is the last interview of the second series, there is a final, compilation episode next week to round off Series 2. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for listening each week and contacting me with your lovely feedback and for leaving comments and reviews on Apple Podcasts. And if you don't already, do follow/subscribe to future episodes of the podcast. You can also catch up on the exciting first series of the podcast. I am already working on the third series of the Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast podcast. As such, if you have any ideas, people you’d like me to interview or things you think should be included in Series 3, you can email me at the podcast email, email@example.com. Alternatively, you can follow/message me on Instagram (@mike_thegardener). I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas/holiday period and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year. Mike
December 13, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Conifers Special with Matt Pottage
Welcome back to another episode of the Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast. In this week's episode I chat to curator of RHS Wisley, Matt Pottage. And in this conifers special, Matt tells us all about the best conifers we can grow in our gardens. Conifers have had a bad press in recent decades, following the controversy over leylandii hedges. Yes, the ones which some people have allowed to tower over properties, depriving them of light and causing many neighbourly disputes. Further, very popular in the 1970s were dwarf conifers, which eventually grew into huge, unsightly blobs in our gardens. But,conifers are due a revival. There are many, many beautiful evergreen and deciduous conifers out there which make perfect garden worthy plants. Planted alongside other shrubs and perennials, they make a great addition to the garden. There are also conifers for statement pieces and, in light of the recent issues around box blight and box caterpillar, some conifers can make great hedging alternatives. Matt talks us through conifers for different soil locations, discusses pests and diseases (of which there aren't many!) and tells us how we can propagate conifers for our own garden. He also mentions by variety some specifically great examples that we can use, including some particular favourites of his own. If you love conifers, or are looking to re-introduce conifers into your garden, grab a pen and paper, a cuppa and enjoy this information packed episode. Some of the conifers we talk about today, I photographed during my visit to RHS Wisley, and can be seen by clicking the link here. As always, thank you so much for listening to the Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast and please do FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE to ensure you don’t miss new episodes. And, if you listen through Apple Podcasts, please do leave a review. You can follow me for more gardening action through my Instagram account @mike_thegardener. Thanks for listening and I'll see you next week. Mike
December 06, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Penstemon Special with GreenJJam Nurseries
Hello! And welcome back to the Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast page. This week I have a rather exciting Plant Special episode for you featuring penstemon. I speak to RHS gold medal winning nursery owner, Julia Mitchell of GreenJJam nurseries, specialists in growing penstemon. As with all of my Plant special episodes, we chat about everything you need to know about growing penstemon including: What soil to grow them in and where How to grow them in containers General maintenance Pests and diseases Feeding and watering, and Propagation It's a truly in-depth chat which will enable us all to go away and grow the best penstemon in our borders next year. If you're looking to add more penstemon to your collection, or, indeed to start growing penstemon, then you can head to the nursery website www.greenjjam.co.uk. For still more information, why not follow GreenJJam Nurseries on their Instagram page. And, if you don't already follow me, then you can head over to my Instagram page, @mike_thegardener. As always, my thanks to Julia for sharing her knowledge and expertise with us. I'll be back next week, as usual with another Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast episode. In the meantime, if you wish to send me a message, you can email me at the pod email address firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd like to say ‘hello' to you if you're new to listening to my podcast… welcome along! Don't forget to follow/subscribe to make sure you don't miss out on any new episodes. And finally(!), if you listen via Apple podcasts, please do leave a review. See you next week. Bye-bye!
November 29, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Natural Grower
In this weeks episode of the Mic the Gardener gardening podcast, I chat to the owner of Natural Grower, Charlotte Beatty. I am thrilled to have Natural Grower sponsor my podcast. I've used their products in my own gardening for a while now, and certainly well before Charlotte agreed to sponsor the podcast. As such, having natural growth as a podcast sponsor is fantastic as I genuinely love their products, but not quite as much as my garden and plants do! In this episode, Charlotte tells me about how the business came about, how the products are made and manufactured and how they coped through the difficulties of a lockdown in 2020, and lots more. Here’s some important information about Natural Grower’s products: The Natural Grower's natural liquid fertiliser is concentrated and, once diluted, can be poured around the base of all plants in the garden and in your home, to be quickly absorbed as a potent source of organic food. Houseplants can be fed by pouring around the base of the plant, or they love to have a bottom feed by standing the plant pot in a bowl or sink with the diluted liquid feed and leave it to soak all the goodness up. Natural Grower's natural plant feed and soil conditioner is a mulch that can be mixed into the soil/compost before planting, or used on the surface of your beds and pots as a top dressing. Rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and other trace elements, it will be broken down gradually by organisms in the soil/compost as a long-term, slow release fertiliser. If you have clay soil, or soil which is full of stones, the plant feed and conditioner will improve the quality and structure of your soil. The mulch is also excellent at helping to retain moisture, which in turn reduces the amount of watering you will need to do – perfect! As always, my thanks to you all for listening to my podcast each week. Please do spread the good word and don't forget to follow/subscribe as there are still a few more episodes left in series 2. And, if you listen through Apple podcast, please do leave a review. If you wish to contact me, please drop me an email at email@example.com or contact me via my Instagram page @mike_thegardener. See you here next week. Mike
November 22, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Hosta Special with Sienna Hosta
In this episode, another Plant Special, I chat to nurserymen Chris Potts and Ollie Walker of Sienna Hosta. Chris and Ollie are hosta fanatics and what they don't know about hostas isn't worth knowing. And, I can assure you, there isn't much if anything they don't know! Following a walk around the hosta-packed nursery I sat down with them both to chat about everything you could possibly need to know about growing hostas successfully. We chat about: What to grow hostas in and where Growing hostas in containers General maintenance Slugs and snails! Other pests and diseases Feeding and watering Propagation And, following their debut at the Chelsea Flower Show in September 2021, they tell me about how their spectacular stand came together, and how they found out they had been awarded the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal for their stand. You can find out more about Sienna Hosta and order hostas from their website www.siennahosta.co.uk or follow them at their Instagram account @_siennahosta_. And talking of Instagram, click here to see some pics of me with Chris and Ollie on the day the podcast was recorded My thanks to Chris and Ollie for their time and I look forward to chatting again and seeing you both in 2022 at some of the shows. As always, please do follow/subscribe and if you listen through Apple podcast, please do leave a review. You can also follow me at my Instagram account @mike_thegardener or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you next week. Mike
November 15, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Freddie Strickland
In this week's episode I chat to RHS Young Designer of the Year, Freddie Strickland. This episode was recorded at the beautiful Iford Manor Gardens near Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, a garden which both Freddie and I have wanted to visit. Luckily, garden owners William and Marianne allowed us to sneak in through the back door as the garden is currently closed for winter. Freddie tells me how he got into garden design, about his course and his lecturer and landscaper, Matt James. He also talks about the process he went through to apply for the RHS Young Designer of the Year and his Tatton Park show garden, ‘On Tropic’. He recounts the build of the garden, the judging process and the moment when he was announced as the winner of the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition, live on national television. In an in-depth conversation Freddie talks about making the transition from college to starting out on your own in the world of garden design world and the importance of building a great relationship with clients to ensure the best possible garden is designed, built and planted for them. Freddie is clearly an ambitious, enthusiastic and dedicated garden designer. I look forward to seeing what he does next and will follow his career with much interest. Head over to Freddie's website for more information, www.freddiestickland.com. My thanks to Freddie for taking the time to chat to me and for taking me to Iford Manor Gardens. Pictures of our visit to Iford Manor gardens can be found by visiting my Instagram page, @mike_thegardener. And you can find out more about Freddie by visiting his Instagram page @freddiestricklandgardens. As always, please do follow/subscribe as there are still more episodes to come in series 2. And, if you listen via Apple podcast, please do leave a review. And I will see you next week with a Hosta plant special episode! Mike
November 08, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Andrew Fisher Tomlin
In this week's episode I chat to world renowned garden designer and plantsman Andrew Fisher Tomlin. I've been a huge fan of Andrew's work for many years, so it was a privilege to chat with him. We were originally due to meet in Andrew's south London garden, but unfortunately, the UK petrol price put paid to that. Nonetheless, Andrew starts this episode by giving us a detailed tour of his garden and talks about some of the more unusual plants in it. We also talk about how Andrew started his journey into horticulture and garden design with Andrew recounting his very first Chelsea Flower Show show garden and his first 'Alan Titchmarsh moment'. Andrew founded his garden design company Fisher Tomlin Bowyer in 1991 and his approach focuses on creative solutions and sound horticultural advice. Andrew chats at length about garden design and the skills needed by garden designers today in a profession where ecology, sustainability and biodiversity are increasingly important. Andrew is also one of the directors at the London College of Garden Design (LCGD) and he talks about the extremely popular planting design course that he wrote, his love of plants and planting design and much, much more. My thanks to Andrew for taking the time to chat with me in this thoroughly enjoyable episode. And, as always, my thanks to you for listening. Please do ensure that you follow/subscribe as there's still more to come. And, if you listen via Apple podcast, please leave a review. Thank you. Mike
November 01, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Weeds Special with Gareth Richards
In this week’s episode I chat to author Gareth Richards about his new RHS book ‘Weeds - The Beauty and Uses of 50 Vagabond Plants’. There can't be one of us who doesn't battle with at least a handful of weed varieties in our own gardens. In my own garden, it's hairy bittercress, couch grass and bindweed, and that, is quite enough, thank you very much. Like many of us, you'll find me hissing and cussing under my breath as I fight to extract them from my borders. However, Gareth's fascinating book has made me step back and look again at the weeds in my own garden. They've earned a new found respect and acknowledgement for the many uses they have, many of which, we're probably not aware of. Many weeds have medicinal properties, some can be eaten and, going back in time, some were even used as fabric! In this episode we chat about Gareth's role at the RHS, the book and how it came about. More specifically we chat about: How the 50 vagabond plants were selected What a weed is The difference between perennial and annual weeds Native and non-native weeds What 'first responders' are The (perhaps) unknown and surprising properties of some weeds We also discuss the beautiful illustrations throughout the book and much more. This is a truly fascinating episode and Gareth's book is a must have for all gardeners, available through the RHS online shop and other outlets. As always, thank you for listening and if you don't already, please do follow/subscribe as there is still lots more to come. And, if you listen via Apple Podcasts, please do leave a review. See you all next week. Mike
October 25, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Mark Lane
In this episode Mike chats to BBC TV Gardeners' World and BBC Breakfast presenter Mark Lane. This episode was originally due to be recorded in Marks own garden, but unfortunately the UK petrol crisis put paid to that and this episode was recorded via Zoom. Nonetheless, Mark talks passionately and descriptively about his own beautiful garden, describing the trees, shrubs, plants and features and how it's developed over the years. Mark also tells Mike about his career and how he first became a TV presenter for the BBC Chelsea Flower Show, which in turn led to his job as a popular presenter on Gardeners' World. They also chat at length about Mark's award winning garden design practice and how he found himself designing gardens following a road traffic accident over 20 years ago. Following his accident, Mark naturally went through a period of grief and he talks to Mike about the turning point in this journey, when horticulture and gardening played a key part in his rehabilitation. In recent years Mark has also authored a book, Royal Gardens of the World and alongside artist Sharon Walters, was responsible for one of the popular ITV idents in between ITV television programmes. And finally, Mike chats to Mark about being a finalist in the National Diversity Celebrity of the Year award 2021. You can see and hear more from Mike through his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener. Thank you
October 18, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Dry Shade Special
In this Dry Shade Special podcast episode, Mike dispels the common fear around planting in a dry, shady area. Many gardeners, irrespective of their knowledge and experience, visibly quake at the knees at the mention of 'dry shade'. So, in this episode recorded in his own back garden, Mike talks through the plants he has used to great effect to bring a dry shady border alive, year-round with trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and spring flowering bulbs. It probably goes without saying that a dry, shady border isn't going to hold the same magnificence and impact of a burgeoning, summer border in full sun. However, the beauty of an edge of woodland shade planting with stunningly choreographed foliage plants, spring bulbs, deliciously scented shrubs, ferns and grasses carries its own gentler, quieter beauty. As always, if you have any questions about this episode, and in particular a dry shady border of your own, please contact Mike through the podcast email address, email@example.com. As promised, here is the plant listing discussed in today's episode, alongside some pictures of Mikes beautiful dry-shade border in his Bournemouth garden on the south coast of the United Kingdom. Plant list: There are many plants that will cope and thrive in dry shade. A little homework beforehand to check on how much shade specific plants can cope with is advisable. The following list of plants are those which thrive in Mike's dry, shady border - See pictures here! Acers in variety, tree ferns (Dicksonia antartica), Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' / 'Fragrant Cloud' / 'Kew White', spotted laurel (Aucuba japonica), winter box (Sarcococca confuse, S. hookeriana), Mahonia 'Charity', climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris), hydrangeas in variety, hellebores in variety, pheasant grass (Anemanthele lessoniana (syn. Stipa arundinacea)), hakon grass (Hakonechloa), narcissus, snowdrops & tulips in variety, ferns in variety (incl Dryoptris affinis 'Cristata', Asplenium scolopendrium, Polystichum setiferum, Dryopteris erythrosora), epimediums in variety, heucheras in variety (incl Heuchera 'Obsidian', H. 'Marmalade', H. 'Fire Chief'), foxgloves (Digitialis purpurea), Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty', astrantia in variety, hosta in variety, hardy geranium (incl Geranium phaeum 'Samobor', G. phaeum 'Album'), Persicaria 'Red Dragon', camellias in variety. Thank you for listening to this episode, and please do FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE and if you listen on Apple PodcastS, please do leave a REVIEW.
October 11, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Naomi Slade
In this episode Mike chats to garden writer, designer and broadcaster (and in fact most things 'garden'), Naomi Slade, in her sunny, urban, Bristol garden. Naomi tells Mike how the garden has developed in the four years since she took it on. Despite being an urban garden it is home to a heavily laden pear tree, several ornamental crab apple trees, a pretty little greenhouse, a decked seating area, a compost bin and a lovely selection of shrubs and perennials. And, Mike also discovers that there isn't just the one Naomi Slade in the garden! Mike chats to Naomi about her career to date, including a punk inspired, gold medal and best in show winning garden that she designed called 'Never Mind the Hollyhocks'. And, of course, they chat about her career as a successful writer and journalist, including her collaboration with photographer Georgianna Lane for her best selling books. You can find out more about Naomi's garden by reading her popular, fortnightly column in Garden News magazine. And for more information about Naomi Slade, head to her website www.naomislade.com where you can also purchase her books. Naomi can also be found on Instagram and Twitter. You can also follow Mike on his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener. Please don't forget to follow/subscribe as there is still lots more to come in Series 2. And, if you're new to the 'Mic the Gardener' podcast, why not head over and listen to some great interviews and plant specials from Series One. See you next week!
October 04, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Danny Clarke a.k.a. The Black Gardener
In this episode Mike chats to Danny Clarke, a.k.a. The Black Gardener. You'll know Danny from the BBC TV series 'The Instant Gardener' and most recently he has become part of the ever-popular ITV gardening makeover programme, 'Love Your Garden' alongside Alan Titchmarsh, Frances Tophill, David Dominey and previous podcast guest, Katie Rushworth (Series 1). Click here to listen to Mike chatting to Katie Rushworth. Danny tells Mike about his childhood, his early career and how he moved into gardening and design. He also recounts how changing the name of his gardening business to 'The Black Gardener' led to an unbelievable change in the direction of his career. During the chat, Mike & Danny also discuss: Diversity and inclusion within horticulture and how things need to change Danny's Commemorative Garden for the Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospital charity Danny's involvement with Tayshan Hayden-Smith in their 'Grow2Know' project, birthed in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, and Some really exiting things to come from Danny very soon! The interview was recorded in Kelsey Park, Beckenham, South London, a favourite park of Dannys, which teems with bird and wildlife. Some pictures of the park & Danny and I, taken on the day can be viewed here. If you have any questions or comments about the podcast, do you contact Mike directly on the shows podcast email firstname.lastname@example.org, or, contact Mike via his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener. Don't forget to follow/subscribe as there's lots more to come. And, if you listen via Apple Podcasts, please do leave a review as it helps others to find the podcast. Talking of which, do tell all your gardening friends, family and loved ones about the podcast. Thanks for listening!
September 24, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Anna Pavord
In this episode Mike chats to garden writing legend, Anna Pavord, author of the Gardening Bible, The Tulip. Anna was the gardening correspondent for The Independent and author of a number of bestselling gardening & plant books. She is also an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine and has also written for The Observer for over twenty years. In this delightful interview, she chats to Mike by telephone from her West Dorset home about The Tulip, her writing and career as a successful, freelance journalist. In a sneaky preview, Anna tells us about her new book, 'The Seasonal Gardener', due for publication Spring 2022. She also talks about her long friendship with Fergus Garret and her dear friend, the late Christopher Lloyd and shares some lovely stories about their friendship. This is a truly enchanting chat with the most wonderfully engaging garden writer. Please do follow/subscribe so you don't miss Mike's forthcoming weekly episodes. And, if you wish to contact Mike to ask a question or comment on his podcast, you can use the podcast email address email@example.com or contact him via his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener.
September 17, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Ornamental Grasses Special with Neil Lucas
In this informative, fourth 'plant special' episode, Mike chats to leading ornamental grass expert and 13 Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Neil Lucas about ornamental grasses. Recorded in the grounds of the stunning Knoll Gardens, near Wimborne, Dorset, UK, Neil talks to Mike about everything you could possibly need to know about growing ornamental grasses successfully. It's an Ornamental Grasses Podcast Masterclass which covers: How to grow grasses Grasses for specific locations including dry shade, wet, boggy areas and dry gravel gardens in sun & more Planting companions Pests & diseases Propagation The Knoll Gardens website is also a really useful resource for more information, including galleries, useful 'how to' videos and plant listings. You can also purchase a wide range of grasses and perennials directly through their website and Neil's best-selling book 'Designing with Grasses'. You can also view Mike's stunning pictures of Knoll Gardens taken on the day of the recording by clicking here If you have any comments or questions about this episode, you can email Mike through the shows email address firstname.lastname@example.org or message him directly on Instagram on his account @mike_thegardener. As always, please do follow/subscribe as there is so much more to come in the second series of the Mike the Gardener podcast. And, if you listen through Apple podcasts please leave a review as it helps others to find us.
September 10, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - British Flowers Rock (Ben Cross)
In this episode Mike chats to Ben Cross of Crosslands Flower Nursery, a family business growing and delivering British alstromeria nationwide all year round since 1936. Ben is passionate about the importance of growing their beautiful alstroemerias in a sustainable way. He regularly give talks about the importance of buying British grown flowers in order to reduce the carbon footprint when flowers are imported from across the world, packed with chemicals before ending up in our supermarkets, florists, garages and farm shops. An unbelievable 90% of the flowers we buy in the UK are imported! His 'British Flowers Rock' campaign aims to highlight the importance of buying homegrown flowers ('Grown not Flown') and Mike is delighted to help Ben spread the message of this important issue. Ben chats to Mike about the history, challenges and all aspects of running this successful 4th generation family run business. They also chat about supermarket labelling, chemicals, how to grow alstromeria and much more. See pictures of Crossland Flower Nursery alstroemerias here! Find out more about Ben's campaign and Crosslands Nursery follow him on Instagram & Facebook. And you can see and hear more from Mike by following him on his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener. If you have enjoyed this podcast, please don't forget to FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE and if you listen to Mic the Gardener via Apple Podcasts please leave REVIEW. Thank you.
September 03, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Michael Perry a.k.a. Mr Plant Geek
In this first episode of the second series, Mike chats to Michael Perry, a.k.a. Mr Plant Geek. Michael is a TV presenter, speaker, podcaster and social media influencer (voted as Social Media Influencer of the Year 2020 by the Garden Media Guild). In this exciting episode, Mike chats to Michael in his glorious, sunny Suffolk-based garden about the garden itself, the design, the hard landscaping and quite a bit about the plants, of course! Also in this episode, Michael talks about why weeds are great in any garden, what his parents think of his garden and we also discuss his career to date including his TV work and being voted Social Media Influencer of the Year in 2020. Later in the episode, Michael tells about the phenomenally successful Plant Based Podcast, which he co-presents with Ellen Mary with Mike questioning him about his 'serious' side. To see pictures of Mr Plant Geek's garden, click here. Thank you for listening, and if you've enjoyed this podcast, please FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE and why not leave a REVIEW for Mike on Apple Podcasts. You can see and hear more of Mike through his popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener.
August 27, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Series II Trailer
Yes the wait is almost over! Your host, Mike Palmer, returns with a brand-new, exciting series of the popular 'Mic the Gardener' podcast on Friday, 27th August, 0600 (BST). Alongside the in-depth chats with fascinating garden presenters, journalists, designers and other gardening folk and the very popular plant profile episodes, Mike introduces a brand new feature, 'Up the Garden Path'. In these occasional episodes, Mike will take you 'Up the Garden Path' of some well-known personalities in the wonderful world of gardening. So tune in from Friday 27th August when Mike will take you 'Up the Garden Path' of plant fanatic, presenter and social media sensation, Michael Perry, a.k.a. Mr Plant Geek. Mike chats to Michael about his career to date and explores his beautiful new garden in Suffolk and of course, lots more! Thanks to all of you who have left wonderful reviews. And if you haven't already, why not pop over to Apple Podcast and leave a review for Mike. You can follow Mike on his very popular Instagram account @mike_thegardener, where he shares his own garden through regular posts and live broadcasts (Mike's Sunday Stroll). He will also be starting a new series of live, 'Mike Chats to...'with some fantastic new guests. The 'Mic the Gardener' podcast is sponsored by Natural Grower.
August 20, 2021
Thank You - I'll Be Back Soon!
I'd like to thank each and every one of you for listening to, subscribing to and following my new Mic the Gardener podcast; I've enjoyed every single moment of recording, editing and presenting it. So many of you have contacted me to let me know you have also enjoyed the first series and/or have left amazing reviews on Apple Podcasts. And the response to the Mic the Gardener podcast survey was unbelievable. All of your comments and observations have been read and I've already started to plan for Series 2 with some really great guests and features in the pipeline! I will be back in early September, relaxed and raring to go again! In the meantime, you can follow and message me on my Instagram account @mike_thegardener or email the podcast at email@example.com; I love hearing from you with your questions, suggestions and ideas for future episodes. So have a great summer and look forward to being with you all very soon. Mike
July 12, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Waterperry Gardens Special
In this final episode of the first series Mike visits the stunning Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire where he chats with Managing Director, Simon Buchanan, Head Gardener, Pat Havers and Fruit Consultant, Chris Lanczak. Waterperry Gardens is steeped in history, most notably with the arrival of the redoubtable Beatrix Havergal, with her partner Avice Sanders in September 1932. Together, at Waterperry, they set up a Horticultural School for Ladies which ran successfully until 1971. The heritage of the horticultural school remains at the core of what is done at Waterperry, with the sharing of staff knowledge with visitors and apprentices alike. The gardens themselves are evidence of Beatrix' horticultural virtuosity, in particular, the classical herbaceous border which remains an object of admiration to visitors, by virtue of the current gardeners' continuing faithfulness to its original conception. Mike chats to Managing Director Simon Buchanan about the history of Waterperry and his role in progressing the future of the gardens. He also chats to Pat Havers, Waterperry's Head Gardener, about her passion for Waterperry and gardening, how she started in the garden some twenty years ago and how they maintain the stunning herbaceous border and lots more. Later, Pat takes Mike to meet Fruit Consultant, Chris Lanczak who takes Mike behind the scenes of their in-house fruit production operation, explaining how everything works, how late frosts have affected some harvests and recalls some of his memories working under Beatrix Havergal. Mike brings the very essence of Waterperry Gardens to this episode, in his first outside broadcast. And if you like visiting gardens, then Waterperry Gardens is a definite addition to your garden visit 'wish-list'. Links: Waterperry Gardens - Instagram / Website Pat Havers - Instagram / Twitter Sadly, this is the last episode of Series 1, but Mike will return with a new series later this year. Thank you for all of your lovely messages and support for this first series. As always, if you wish to contact Mike, you can follow and contact him under his Instagram account (@mike_thegardener), or you can email him directly via the podcast email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sound Recordist & Post Production - SoNiche Productions.
June 25, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Clematis Special with Raymond Evison
In this episode, the third in a series of 'plant special' podcasts, Mike chats to Clematis King, Raymond Evison, owner and founder of Raymond Evison Clematis. Raymond has spent six decades searching for, breeding and developing the world's best clematis. Born in 1944, Raymond started his horticultural career at the age of 15 in Shropshire and quickly became the director of his first company 'Treasures of Tenbury Ltd'. A brutal winter killed a third of his mother stock and he moved the clematis operations to Guernsey, in the sunny Channel Islands, near France, where he set up the 'Guernsey Clematis Nursery' in 1985, to take advantage of the milder climate and longer growing season. In this Clematis Special episode, Mike chats to Raymond who shares some invaluable hints, tips and advice about growing clematis. You'll learn what to look out for when you're buying clematis, how to plant them and everything you need to know about how to care for them. Raymond also provides some easy to follow instructions on how to prune clematis, a subject which some of us worry about needlessly. For the more adventurous maybe, some invaluable hints and tips on how to propagate clematis. And, amongst much more, you'll learn where the name for the popular Clematis 'Freckles' comes from. After this wonderful episode, I'm sure, like me, you'll be ready to buy more clematis for your green space. Raymond's stunning collection of clematis can be found at his website www.raymondevisonclematis.com. As always, if you wish to contact the show, you can email Mike at his email address email@example.com or message him directly via his Instagram account @mike_thegardener.
June 13, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Ellen Mary
In this exciting episode Mike chats to Ellen Mary. Ellen Mary is one busy lady who amongst many things is a social media influencer, gardening presenter, journalist, radio broadcaster, podcaster, one of the Top 5 Women Influencers in Horticulture (Grow Your Own magazine) and now an author, with her very first book 'The Joy of Gardening', published on 27 May 2021 by Goldfinch Publishing. Ellen Mary chats to Mike about the book, how it came about and how she found the writing process in general. Mike and Ellen Mary also talk about the chart-topping 'Plant Based Podcast' which she co-presents with Michael Perry, a.k.a. Mr Plant Geek. Ellen Mary also chats about how she manages her extraordinarily busy workload and making hilarious Tik-Tok videos. Later in this episode, Mike talks tulips, as he goes through your messages about the tulips you have grown the season, your favourite combos and where you buy your tulips from. You can follow Mike on his successful Instagram account @mike_thegardener, and join him live every Sunday morning, 10am (GMT) when he takes us for a stroll around his Bournemouth garden and answers as many of your gardening questions as he can, live on air. If you wish to contact Mike, you can do so through his Instagram account (@mike_thegardener) or through the podcast email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for listening to the 'Mic the Gardener' podcast, and please do follow and/or subscribe, and if you listen through Apple podcast, please do leave a review.
May 21, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Roses Special with Michael Marriott
In this exciting, second 'plant special' podcast, Mike chats to world-leading rosarian, Michael Marriot, formerly of David Austin Roses, where he was an integral part of the team for 35 years. What Michael doesn't know about roses, frankly isn't worth knowing. Mike chats to Michael about everything you need to know about growing the best possible roses, including how to chose the best varieties, planting, pruning, feeding, watering and pests & diseases. He discusses some great practical and organic solutions whilst also dispeling some urban myths about growing roses along the way. Alongside his incredible knowledge and common-sense approach to looking after roses, he is also well-known for his rose garden design. As a garden designer, Michael is famed for his dense, romantic beds, whether planted purely with roses or mixed in with perennials. He has also designed many rose gardens and borders around the world. Alongside private gardens, Michael has also designed gardens in the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Queen Mary's Rose Garden in Regents Park, Hampton Court Palace, Wynyard Hall, Trentham Gardens and the David Austin garden near Osaka in Japan. In his work, Michael has travelled the globe, often sharing his expertise on the radio, television, and garden media publications and interviews. He has played a vital role in the development and popularisation of English roses and has an intimate knowledge of all of the 200+ English roses, bred and introduced by David Austin roses. So come and spend just under an hour with us and you’ll go away with the very best rose growing knowledge you could ever wish to have. You can follow Michael on his Instagram account and at his website www.michaelmarriotrosarian.org And if you wish to contact Mike, you can contact him via his Instagram account or by his email email@example.com.
April 30, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Skinny Jean Gardener
In this episode Mike chats too Skinny Jean Gardener, Lee Connelly. Lee, one-time Blue Peter gardener, bestselling author of the 'How to get your Kids Gardening' book, successful podcaster with his Sunday Times Top 5 Podcast, the Skinny Jean Gardener podcast and spokesman and advocate for getting kids into gardening. Lee chats about his inspirational initiative, the School Gardening Success Plan, which aims to give 30,000 UK primary schools the capacity to teach their children to Grow Your Own. He also talks about his journey into gardening, some interesting 'behind the scenes' facts about being a Blue Peter gardener, and lots more! You can find Skinny Jean Gardener on Instagram and Twitter. Later in the episode, Mike thanks all of his listeners their support of his new podcast, which in just four months has attracted over 2.6 K listeners and regularly falls just outside of the Top 10 Apple UK Home and Garden podcast charts. If you wish to contact Mike, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message him directly via his popular Instagram account.
April 16, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Dahlia Special
Who doesn’t love a blooming good dahlia? In this special edition of the Mic the Gardener podcast, Mike chats to Farmer Gracy horticulturalist, Naomi Jones about everything you need to know to grow dazzling dahlias in your green space. Every aspect is covered from what to do when you buy your dahlia tubers, what potting compost to use, how to start them into growth, watering, feeding, pest control and deadheading. And, irrespective of whether you’re a dahlia newbie or a dahlia doyenne, there is a special 10% discount on all Farmer Gracy dahlia orders until midnight, 18th April 2021. The Mic the Gardener podcast is sponsored by Natural Grower.
April 06, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Sally Nex
In this episode Mike chats to gardener, garden writer and author, Sally Nex about her incredible new book 'How to Garden the Low Carbon Way'. Her new book is packed with brilliant, topical and practical tips to help us in our own green spaces. Which potting compost should we be using? What can we plant to lower our carbon footprint? Are there alternatives to synthetic fertilisers? How can we cut out single-use plastics? In this fascinating episode Sally chats to Mike about the book, her career as a gardener, writer and author and we learn a few things about Sally's previous career as a broadcast journalist and war correspondent for BBC News which she hasn't chatted about before! You can follow Sally on her website and her Instagram account @sally.nex. We also catch up with Otis Scadding, a local, professional gardener and best friend of Mike, who works in the beautiful Dorset area. Otis, has just moved into a new home and garden and chats to Mike about his plans for the garden and what he has done so far. To see more of Otis' new garden you can follow him on his Instagram account @otisthegardener. And you can follow Mike's progress in his garden on his Instagram account @mike_thegardener. Mike also has a LIVE(!) weekly Sunday Stroll around his garden every Sunday at 10am (GMT), so why not join him to see first hand what he's getting up to in his beautiful garden. If you wish to contact Mike, you can email him at the podcast email email@example.com or message him directly via his Instagram account Thanks so much for listening and please don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and if you are listening on Apple podcast, please leave a REVIEW.
March 26, 2021
Mic the Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Katie Rushworth
Mike chats to television presenter, Katie Rushworth of ITV's highly popular garden makeover programme 'Love Your Garden' about making beautiful gardens in the rain, being a jobbing gardener and coarse fishing..., yes, coarse fishing! They also talk about her own family garden makeovers (see Katie's Instagram for more information) and her very successful garden consultation business. You can find more information about this at https://katierushworth.com. Also in this episode, Mike takes us for a wander around his beautiful garden in Bournemouth, on the south-coast of England and tells us about some of the gardening jobs we can all be doing in our gardens and green spaces. You can find out more about Mike through his Instagram accounts, @mike_thegardener and @mic.thegardenerpodcast and his website www.mike-palmer.com. And you can contact Mike through the podcast email firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to SUBSCRIBE & FOLLOW and if you listen through Apple podcasts, please leave a REVIEW. Thank you for listening.
March 05, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Simon Lycett
Mike talks to awarding winning royal florist extraordinaire, author and presenter Simon Lycett from 'Lycett Towers' in London - check out his website for the most beautiful displays to cheer you through the February Freeze. Mike and Simon explore the stigma experienced identifying as a florist in an all-boys school. Get to the roots of what it is really like to be a florist in lockdown and find out more about plans for Series 2 of Full Bloom, flower friends! As always Mike catches up with professional gardener, Otis Scadding, to discuss horticultural college, qualifications and the benefits of getting invaluable plant experience from working in a garden centre If you need a spot of romance, then you have all the flowers you need right here. And you can join Mike on his weekly Sunday Strolls LIVE from his garden on his Instagram account to see what's blooming (or chilling!) in his space. Thanks for listening and please do SUBSCRIBE and if you listen on Apple Podcasts please leave a review. Mike
February 12, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast - Lia Leendertz
January 2021, Lockdown 3 might be upon us in the UK but we are still tending the soil. Mike meets The Almanac's author Lia Leendertz who warms our feet like a toasty fire with tales of meditation and the journey to being a writer. Dorset gardener Otis reveals a garden designers start-of-year regime.
January 22, 2021
Gardening New Year Resolutions 2021
In this most welcome New Year special, Mike grabs his unwitting producer Jo to chat through a selection of your 2021 gardening New Year’s resolutions. There are also some great resolutions from some of our friends in the celebrity gardening world. You’ll hear about the origin of the courgette challenge, dreams of ‘no dig’ and so much more.
January 22, 2021
Mic The Gardener - Gardening Podcast (pilot) - Tamsin Westhorpe
The first episode of an exciting new podcast from professional gardener and garden designer, Mike Palmer. We join Mike from his beautiful garden in Bournemouth where he has spent most of 2020 sharing his gardening and garden design knowledge on his Instagram. In this pilot episode, Mike is joined by successful author, RHS judge, curator and gardener at Stockton Bury Gardens, Tamsin Westhorpe. They discuss Tamsin’s very first jobs in horticulture, including being an interior landscaper and gardener for the Bournemouth Parks Department Tamsin can be found on Instagram. Mike also chats to his best friend and professional gardener, Otis Scadding , who shares how gardening could just be the tonic we all need this winter and how gardening helps him live with anxiety and depression. As we approach the end of the year, Mike also encourages us all to consider and share our gardening new year resolutions. If you wish to contact Mike you can email him at or on Instagram. This podcast has been made in association with audio producer Jo Tyler of Soniche Productions Happy Christmas and New Year to all. Mike
December 23, 2020