Now proudly sponsored by MYWINDOWBOX-'Bringing the Garden to your Window'.

Welcome to Pot and Cloche Garden Podcasts. Started in January 2018 Joff

talks to authors, head gardeners, writers, nurseries, and other interesting horty types. 

Recommended by Jane Perrone, Gardening Editor of the GUARDIAN

'HEAR THIS. Tune into new podcast Pot and Cloche while you get on top of the weeding. The host, Cotswold based horticulturist Joff Elphick, speaks to head gardeners, and growers about their plant passions.'

 

Joff has just been shortlisted in The Garden Media Guild  Awards 'Alan Titchmarsh New talent Award 2019'.

 

He is also an integral part of the GENUS performance gardenwear clothing brand, looking after the award winning gardens where he maintains the  borders, orchard, and vegetable beds for  product photo shoots and open days.

He now edits other podcasts including 'On The Ledge' for Jane Perrone (see above) the top UK podcast for houseplant enthusiasts globally.


Listen to Episode 11

In this episode sponsored by MYWINDOWBOX Joff travels to Worcestershire to visit The RHS Malvern Autumn Show.  This was a very impressive show with plenty for the  keen gardener as well as rest of the family. With plenty of well organised parking and a huge site beautifully located at the foot of the Malvern Hills Joff was very impressed and plans on a return visit next year.

  • Joff enjoys a chat with Andrew Grout of The Old Lawnmower Club
  • Mark Savagar explains the workings of The Institute of Groundsmanship
  • Colin Bedford explains the advantages of The National Allotment Society
  • Felicity Weeks represents Herefordshire Growing Point an amazing charity offering horticultural therapy at a number of sites. They had a garden at the show that had been constructed with the help of many of the adults who benefit from their services
  • Jim Chapman not only  holds the national collection of Perry pears in Gloucestershire but was displaying a record number of these ancient fruits. 

 


Listen to Episode 10

In this episode sponsored by MYWINDOWBOX Joff heads north to The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham to attend the UK's leading garden and outdoor living trade show Glee where over 500 exhibitors show off their wares.

  • Joff speaks to Charlotte (pictured right with her sister Sarah) from Natural Grower about her soil conditioner and plant feed that is a byproduct from their renewable energy plant. It's one of the few plant fertilisers that can also be happily used by vegans!
  • Chris Parker has developed an unusual hand fork that is great for weeding and cultivating soil and it all came about as the result of an accident with his old garden fork. Proncroft was born!
  • David Kelly from Vivagreen discusses his product MossOff a chemical free biodegradable product for eradicating moss form lawns and hard surfaces in your garden.
  • Kelley Cooney launched Gold leaf Gloves in 2004 and they're now recognised as the worlds finest gardening glove so much so that they are endorsed by The RHS.
  • The beautiful range of Japanese secateurs, shears, and tripod ladders from Niwaki are highly regarded in the horticultural community. Stewart Willes talks us through the range.
  • SylvaGrow is a particularly popular brand of peat free compost  manufactured by Melcourt nr Tetbury in Gloucestershire. Beverley Moseley gives us the low down on their wide range of peat free sustainable products.
  • Another company from the Tetbury area is Wildlife World. I speak to Norman sellers who takes us for a guided tour of their range of timber wildlife products. TV's Simon King has designed a number of products for them.

 

 

 


Listen to Episode 9

In this episode sponsored by MYWINDOWBOX Joff visits Henry Robinson to talk about his National Collection of rambler roses. In a beautiful garden overlooked by his early 19c home Henry presides over 150 varieties of these beautiful and sometimes prolific plants and discusses pruning, maintenance, and care regimes for these generally easy to maintain garden favourites. Henry opens up his collection every June and is open in 2019 on the 30th of June form 2pm until 6pm. Go too www.moorwoodroses.co.uk for more information.


Listen to Episode 8

In this episode sponsored by mywindowbox  country mouse Joff leaves The Cotswolds behind to explore the capital. He heads to Islington where The Garden Press Event is being held in The Business Design Centre previously the old Horticultural Halls.(pictured) Over 160 exhibitors were present but Joff whittles it down to a few of his favourites and reports back here.

  • Johanna Wallis from Stone Globe Lights discusses her beautiful lighting solutions
  • Simon Reed from the Willow Wand company has a range of these attractive willow topiary artworks to suit any sized garden.
  • Hugh Frost explains the benefits of the range of spray on nature friendly pest deterrents from Grazers.
  • Neil Urry from Vegepod demonstrates his unique vegetable growing system from down under.
  • Cheryl (whose voice is the first you here on the podcast) from Hotbin Composting explains how their system reaches super high temperatures enabling you to compost kitchen food as well as garden waste.
  • The Garden media Guild get a mention too.
  • Joff also took the opportunity to catch up with Jane Perrone from On the Ledge Podcast as well as Sarah Wilson from Roots and All Podcast. Both highly recommended.

Listen to Episode 7

In his episode sponsored by mywindowbox I talk to the nations favourite poet Pam Ayres. Pam has just written a great little book published by Picador called The Lat Hedgehog. It is beautifully illustrated by Alice Tait and immediately shot to number one in the Sunday Times Best Seller list. We talk about hedgehogs, wildlife gardening, and Pams love for plants that will make her garden an oasis for wildlife.

I have my regular meet up with my old gardening chum Geoff Carr and demonstrate to him my fabulous new wonder tool that saves me form many a precarious situation.

  • Pam Ayres is an award winning poet, songwriter, comedian, and 'clairvoyant'
  • We talk Zaak Goldsmith and his special hedgehog drill
  • Celebrity MasterMind
  • Creating a wildlife oasis
  • Wildlife friendly plants
  • Hedgehog food
  • Favourite plants. Nepeta, pyracantha, dahlia
  • The new book 'Up in the attic
  • A wildlife book for children
  • Pam wins an award at Foyles for the country's favourite poet and beats Carol Ann Duffey and Seamus Heaney to the crown!
  • I finish with a fabulous product review with garden designer Geoff Carr.

Listen to Episode 6

In this episode sponsored by MYWINDOWBOX.COM I talk to scientist, TV presenter, cook and gardener Judith Hann about her lastest book. HERBS-Delicious growing tips and recipes to transform your food. As well as talking herbs Judith finally puts the record straight on Rick Steins visit and the death of a 'beloved pet rabbit at the hands of Chalky the dog'.

  • The beautiful book and photographs
  • Voted Top 14 books in 2017  by Gardens Illustrated
  • The Herb Society
  • Judith preceded Jekka McViccar as president
  • Zoology in the 60's with David Bellamy
  • Judith's first introduction to herbs
  • A tour of Judith's herb garden
  • Herb teas
  • The magnificent Chicken Brick
  • Edible flowers
  • Herbs sugars
  • Cutting back herbs for better plants
  • Hard, hard, prune lavender. REALLY!!
  • Hanns Herbs and The Herb School Judith runs
  • Herb pesto's. Sage pesto surprisingly Number One
  • Cupcake 'Judith Hann"
  • Seed collecting
  • Joff sets the kitchen on fire.
  • Rick Stein, the lovely Chalky and the dead 'pet' rabbit.
  • Jane Perrone Guardian Gardens editor says 'Hi'. 
  • The Product Review with Geoff Carr

Listen to Episode 5

In this episode (part 2 of 2) sponsored by the lovely team at  mywindowbox  I continue my conversation with John Sales former Head of Gardens for The National Trust.(see below for episode one) We talk more about Graham Stuart Thomas and discuss everything from 'Historisist restoration' to 'Nookiness'. (The greatest thing that I possess)

The episode is finished with Geoff Carr and yours truly embarking on our regular product review which generates much discussion over a simple everyday item.

  • Choosing a tree with GST
  • Appreciating the picturesque
  • Identifying flower scent
  • Policy, policy, policy. Or not.
  • Keeping the ship afloat
  • The garden History Society and Westbury Court
  • A 'smoking timebomb'
  • Wear and tear
  • Lawrence Johnston
  • Norah Lyndsy-Excellent flower gardener
  • Should The Trust be more selective?
  • Objective. 200,000 visitors. WHY?
  • Easter egg hunts at Hidcote. WHY?
  • Property Managers
  • Grahams humble hatchback hearse.
  • Car Valeting, mileage, and lodgings.
  • Product Review with Geoff Carr 

Listen to Episode 4

A brilliant conversation (Part one of two) with John Sales former head of gardens for The National Trust . John has just brought out his book 'Shades of Green' my life as The National Trust Head of Gardens. Not only an overview of his former role but a lovely insight into the well respected Graham Stuart Thomas and his dedicated and meticulous working practices. 

  • John Sales talks about his wartime experiences
  • Young John gets the horticultural bug
  • Early memories with pampas and conifers
  • Cape heaths and Begonias
  • Writtle, Kew
  • Graham Stuart Thomas
  • VMH medal memories
  • Product Review with Geoff Carr
  • This episode is part one of two 
  • We discuss John's book in part two
  • Thanks to our fab show sponsors MYWINDOWBOX-Bringing the garden to your window.

 


Listen to Episode 3

  • Richard Gatenby
  • Barnsley House, Gloucestershire
  • Rosemary Verey
  • Julie Dolphin
  • BBC Gardeners World
  • The Nursery at Miserden, Gloucestershire
  • Salvias
  • Pelargs
  • Chris Beardshaw
  • Cafe and Pop up dinners
  • Glasshouses and Vineries
  • Product Review with Geoff Carr

Listen to Episode 2

In this Episode

  • Stephen Anderton talks about his recent book
  • 'Lives of the Great Gardeners'
  • Charles Jencks
  • The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
  • Alexander Reford-Champion of the conceptual
  • Le Jardin de Metis
  • Lawrence Johnston
  • Hidcote Manor Gardens
  • Vita Sackville-West
  • Sissinghurst
  • White Gardens
  • Colour themed borders
  • Worlitz in Dessau
  • Nymphs, fauns, and wenches
  • Artificial Volcanoes
  • Product Review with Geoff Carr

Listen to Episode 1

In this Episode

  • A taster episode of what's to come
  • Stephen Anderton-garden writer for The Times
  • Charles Jencks
  • Richard Gatenby
  • Barnsley House
  • Rosemary Verey
  • John Sales
  • National Trust
  • Book  'Shades of Green-My Life as the National Trust head of Gardens'
  • The young John Sales getting the gardening bug
  • The Nursery at Miserden
  • Julie Dolphin
  • Foster and Pearson Glasshouses
  • Pelargoniums
  • Salvias
  • Product Review Time
  • Geoff Carr in 'The Long Border'