Now proudly sponsored by GENUS Performance Gardenwear - Gardening clothes for serious gardeners. 

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

talk 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.'


I was shortlisted in The Garden Media Guild  Awards 'Alan Titchmarsh New talent Award 2019'.


I offer editing services to other podcasts, previous clients  including 'On The Ledge' for Jane Perrone (see above) the top UK podcast for houseplant enthusiasts globally, and 'The Organic Gardening Podcast' from Garden Organic, previously Henry Doubleday Research.


In this episode sponsored by garden clothing experts  Genus Gardenwear Joff talks to Silvana de Soissons from Farm Soap Co author of NATURAL SKINCARE FOR ALL SEASONS - a modern guide to growing and making plant based products.

  • Chapters in the book include An introduction to the skin. Plotting the skincare garden. Choosing skincare plants. The natural skincare garden through the seasons. Formulations and techniques.

Joff and Silvana discuss:

  • No dig gardening
  • The worst polluters in the skincare industry
  • The use of 'weeds' in skincare
  • The best plants for your skin care patch
  • What are hydrosols, enfleurage, and tinctures.
  • How to make a tussie-mussie bath bomb.
  • Make a gardeners hand scrub
  • Sustainability

More information about Silvana and her amazing Farm Soap Co can be found here. She can also be found on instagram under Farmsoapco.


In this episode sponsored by performance gardenwear experts Genus Joff speaks to Sandra Lawrence author of MISS WILMOTT'S GHOST - The extraordinary life and gardens of a forgotten genius.

  • We talk about Ellen Wilmott's upbringing and her inherited wealth.
  • At the age of 7 £1,000 a year from her godmother (Equivalent to £130,000 in today's money!!)
  • Where Sandra first became aware of Warley Place and its gardens
  • The 11th century castle and the hidden 'treasures' in its damp cellars.
  • Wilmott Tombola, dead mice and silverfish.
  • The legendary parties at Warley Place organised by Fred, Ellen's father. (36 bottles of Champagne, 7 of claret, 6 bottles of sherry, 1 of port, and 2 of Brandy)
  • In 1897 along with Gertrude Jekyll, Ellen was awarded the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour but didn't attend the presentation. Was it a snub to the RHS? You may need to read the book to find out the answer to this!
  • Gertrude and Ellen's friendship. Complicated or misunderstood?
  • Revolvers and knuckle dusters. Every lady needs them.



In this episode sponsored by the amazing Genus Performance Garden wear Joff speaks to Kathy Slack author of  'From the Veg Patch - 10 favourite vegetables, 100 simple recipes everyone will love'. 

  • Peas, Lettuces, Courgettes,
  • Beans, Tomatoes, Beetroot, Winter squash and pumpkins, Apples and Pears, Kale, Leeks.
  • Frisee, walnut and roast grape salad
  • Runner beans in tomato sauce
  • Salted beans in old sweet jars
  • A tomato-lover's salad with anchovy breadcrumbs
  • Kathy reads 'The tragedy of the beetroot and the mole'.
  • Beetroot, tahini, and almond brownies
  • Kathy reads a tale of 'The unbuyables'. 
  • Warm squash, feta, and pomegranate salad.
  • Fried pears, blue cheese, and bitter leaves .
  • Leek, chestnut, and cider crumble.


In this episode sponsored by the amazing Genus Performance Gardenwear Joff goes to the old horticultural halls in Islington, London where he talks to the charities and businesses who attend the event.

  • David Wyndham-Lewis tells us about the horticultural charity Perennial who offer support to those in the industry who may find themselves in financial difficulty for whatever reason.
  • Richard Pennock (pictured right with Josh Papworth) is from Haws, the worlds oldest watering can manufacturer who still make their product in the UK.
  • Tom Willday of Willsow writes and publishes gardening books for children with pages of handmade paper embedded with seeds that can be planted.
  • Chris Holden form Nemasys discusses the range of organic based pest control solutions the company offers. Dealing with slugs, vine weevil, and leatherjackets has never been easier.
  • Mark Pitman is  from Wildlife World who have just released a range of sustainable seed trays, root trainers, and cell trays in natural rubber that will enable us to rid our sheds of all those disintegrating plastic products we've all amassed over the years.
  • Vanessa Easlea is from WFGA (Working for Gardeners Association) She tells us about the networking, support, and training opportunities they provide.


In this episode sponsored by Genus Performance Gardenwear Joff talks to Ben Dark about his new book The Grove - a nature odyssey in 191/2 front gardens.  Well known for his podcast 'The Garden Log' Ben has been a head gardener, and a landscape historian, as well as being described as 'the millenial Monty' by Horticulture Week. He graduated with a degree in history from Bristol and completed his education at The Garden Museum where he achieved an MA in Garden and Landscape History. We talk about:

  • Privet and the Royal Academician Tom Philips
  • Paul McCartney and Vita Sackville West in the same sentence?! Yes, Really!!
  • Flowering Cherries 
  • Collingwood 'Cherry' Ingram, Naoko Abe, and Seisaku Funatsu
  • The Kanzan cherry and Christopher Lloyd's changing attitude later in life.
  • Thermogenic magnolias
  • How to get on in TV. ( Hint,You need a USP)
  • Hybrid tea roses and the future 
  • Life in Copenhagen


In this episode sponsored by Genus Performance Gardenwear Joff talks to Peter Donegan, Landscape Architect, and lead designer and 'purple shirt' for DIY SOS Ireland. Peter who lives just north of Dublin on the east coast of Ireland became fascinated with plants at a very early age, keeping plants under his bed and scratching his head about the intricate mechanisms that cause phototropism at the age of just six. Its no wonder that this passion has been recognised throughout the industry and he has been asked to design some amazing projects ranging from show gardens for the RHS shows and a WW1 memorial garden on the continent. We talk about:


  • Becoming a 'purple' shirt.
  • Designing the WW1 memorial garden at Chateau de Péronne, France.
  • The horticultural charity Perennial
  • Designing 17th and 18thC gardens
  • The APL awards
  • Recording the Sodshow in challenging locations.
  • Being Monsieur Architects but keeping your feet on the ground.
  • Definitely not being recognised in the supermarket


In this episode dedicated to the memory of Peter Seabrook and sponsored by MYWINDOWBOX Joff talks to Alan Sargent who runs The Landscape Library an online resource for Head Gardeners, Senior Gardeners, Landscapers, Designers, and Consultants. Alan has been in the business since the late 60's and is a garden consultant and a busy expert witness in horticultural cases. We talk about the Landscape Library and what it contains.

  • Responsibilities of a consultant
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Design and Build
  • Contracts
  • Legalities of being a designer
  • Contracts
  • Public and Employers Liability
  • Case Studies
  • Artificial Grass
  • Appointing a Head Gardener

Listen to Episode 15

In this episode Joff goes to the Malvern Autumn Show where he talks to Vanessa (pictured below left with sister Justine) from garden boot makers Poddy and Black. He learns about traditional trug making from Robin at The Thomas Smith Trug Shop and then talks to author Marsha O'Mahony who has written a book 'The Scratch of the Hop' about hop growing and picking in the midlands.

At Glee he chats with Annabelle Padwick from Life at No 27. Bumps into Lee Connoly aka The Skinny Jean Gardener, before talking with Elliot Webb from Urban-Farm-it. He rounds off the show with an update from an old friend of the show Linda Petrons from the amazing children's charity Greenfingers.

Listen to Episode 14

This episode is an absolute butterfly extravaganza. Joff talks to experts about planting for butterflies and their larvae, specific habitat requirements for the Large Blue butterfly and the history and habits of  The Pearl Bordered Fritillary. As usual sponsored by MYWINDOWBOX Picture taken at Daneway Banks

  • Joff talks to Tricia Atkinson from Butterfly Conservation about the nectar garden at Prinknash Abbey. They discuss plants suitable for the adult butterfly and those for the larvae.
  • Maurice Avent was the national chairman for Butterfly conservation and is now the conservation officer for the Wiltshire branch. Joff recorded this conversation over ten years ago on his battered minidisc recorder. Luckily the recording survives and Maurice was able to tell Joff all about the Pearl Bordered Fritillary, its history, and habits. 
  • Chris Tracey is an expert on the Pearl Bordered Fritillary and shows Joff around one of the sites she looks after that is one of the best spots for observing this fast declining species.
  • Sue Smith is chairperson of the Gloucestershire branch of Butterfly Conservation and met Joff at Daneway Banks a site that is now a stronghold for the once  extinct (in the UK) Large Blue butterfly. This enigmatic butterfly  is both demanding in its habitat and unbelievable in its unique life cycle.
  • Go too for more information.

Listen to Episode 13

In this episode sponsored by mywindowbox Joff drives up to The Malvern Showground to The Malvern Plant and Garden Fair. One of the few plant fairs to go ahead since lockdown it was well attended with a complete sellout.



  • Joff talks to Ray Howe from Sunray Plants of Devon about sempervivums and restios
  • Andrew from Plantlife charity explains their work, particularly with local councils and roadside verges.
  • Rob hardy of Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants talks about  'frilly Knickers' and a small amount of the large range of plants they stock in their nursery.
  • Geoff Car makes his final appearance on the show and discusses the time consuming and sometimes costly job of staking.


  • Pictured: Carol Klein entertaining crowds on the central stage.

Listen to Episode 12

In this episode sponsored by MYWINDOWBOX Joff travels to the big smoke and catches the tube to Islington where he visits the Garden Press Event and talks to some of his favourite exhibitors

  • Joff speaks to Helen Allsbrook from Candide in Bristol 
  • Rob and Rosie Hardy outline their plans for 2020 (this was recorded just before the virus took hold)
  • Joff is very pleased to be able to talk to Linda Petrons from the Greenfingers Charity 
  • James Mcdonald from PlantSurge explains his ingenious magnetic watering device.
  • Steve Ratley from Henchman is clearly passionate about the Henchman range of tripod ladders.

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 for more information.

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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'