Welcome to Pot and Cloche Garden Podcasts.
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.'
In this episode Joff hops on the train to Paddington and navigates the London underground to find The Business Design Centre in Islington, London. It's the Garden press Event and he get to talk to some amazing people who have produced some equally amazing and well thought out products.
Previous guest on the podcast Andy from Dahlia Beach (Pictured) tells us about her flower farm, the highs and lows of growing flowers, and her plans for 2024. Joff tries to sell her a double decker bus.
Sue O'Neil form Genus Gardenwear is launching a fabulous new product - The Pro-Pant. Feature rich, designed by gardeners, and built to last these trousers are going to be a firm favourite amongst professional gardeners and landscapers.
Guy Grieve from Atlantic Garden has lived an intersting life writing books, living in the wilds of Alaska, diving for scallops in Mull, and now turning seaweed into a product that will put the life back into your soil.
Alex Curran started Roots Plants three years ago and has a network of UK nurseries supplying sustainable plants with provenance.
Dick Woods from Finches Friend has decided to combat the problem of parasite transference on garden bird feeders and has produced several new products that will save a lot of our garden birds from trichomonosis.
Stuart from Niwaki introduces us to a new secateur the latest addition to there fabulous range of japanese garden tools.
In this episode Joff talks to Adrian Bloom about his new book FOGGY BOTTOM - a garden to share
In this episode Joff talks to Adrian Bloom about his new book FOGGY BOTTOM - A GARDEN to SHARE.
From breaking turf in an empty meadow in 1966, to its near maturity in 2023 it is the story of a garden and its plants. That’s a 56-year-old garden with stories to tell.
More important in Adrian’s view is what the Foggy Bottom Garden represents today and how many more can benefit from sharing it. He shows and describes changes in weather and habitats, dramatic seasonal changes shown through the diversity of many worthwhile plants.
How to keep a balance between design and ‘right plant’, ‘right place’ and need for change as the garden grows and develops. Adrian has continually adapted his garden as the once empty windswept meadow became sheltered and shaded. Flooding still happens from time to time, spring frosts seek out early flowers, occasional gale blows the tops out of trees.
Joff discovers Adrian's early passion for speed skating, how a seed brought back from his adventures is now a 100 foot Redwood tree, the fashion for conifers and the changing markets. The early days of Foggy Bottom from a stark new-build bungalow with a small garden to six acre grounds laid out for perrenials and conifers.
To have a look at the books and it's contents or to purchase go to the Foggy Bottom website here.
In this episode sponsored by Genus Gadenwear Joff talks to Derek Gow - rewilder - farmer - ecologist.
Derek Gow is a farmer and nature conservationist. Born in Dundee in 1965, he left school when he was 17 and worked in agriculture for five years. Inspired by the writing of Gerald Durrell, all of whose books he has read - thoroughly - he jumped at the chance to manage a European wildlife park in central Scotland in the late 1990s before moving on to develop two nature centres in England. He now lives with his two children on a 300-acre farm on the Devon/Cornwall border which he is in the process of rewilding.
Derek has played a significant role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver, the water vole and the white stork in England.
He is currently working on a reintroduction project for the wildcat.
I ask Derek about his transition from Scottish farm to Scottish wildlife park to a 300 acre rewilding project in Devon.
We talk extremes from huge water buffalo to tiny harvest mice and from Heck cattle whose sole aim in life seems to be to kill you to water voles and white storks.
Derek is a straight talker with a dislike for commitees much prefering to be hands on getting jobs done while others continue to discuss and debate.
If you want to dig deeper into the processes of growing your own organic food, self-sufficiency practitioner, Liz Zorab, offers insights to the rhythm and patterns of her gardening year. In this personal gardening journey, she explores seasonal harvests and how the vegetable garden sits within the wider context of the gardening landscape – including weather, microclimates, water cycles, light levels, seasons and the gardener’s personal tastes and preferences. Liz’s salt of the earth approach to life and to the garden and her gentle humour makes The Seasoned Gardener an easily digestible read. She provides hundreds of practical tips, including how-to guides, observations and inspiration for both the beginner and practiced gardener alike. Unlike many gardening books that run from January to December, this book starts in the autumn when harvesting is at its peak. Most of the fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers highlighted in this book are grouped according to when we enjoy them most – at the point of harvest. The Seasoned Gardener will show you how to: Enjoy the abundance of each month of the year Decide which plants are best to grow in your garden Find pleasure in your growing space year-round Avoid the pitfalls of doing too much at once Be creative with your garden resources Make the most of your time and energy Celebrate nature’s productivity as much as your own. This is a journey of experiment and learning that will inspire you to grow tastier food and savour the experience.
Liz Zorab is author of the bestselling 'Grounded – A Gardener's Journey to Abundance and Self-Sufficiency'. She spent more than 20 years working with specialist housing charities and in community development, with an emphasis on innovative volunteering practices. An award-winning gardener, she gained an RHS Silver Medal for a community-led garden featured on BBC's 'Gardeners World Live' in 2002. A health crisis led Liz to turn to her life-long passion for gardening and growing food as a career. Liz spent several years transforming her 0.8 acre plot in Monmouthshire into an abundant smallholding. She is now regenerating a tired and over-grazed 4.5 acre site using permaculture practices. On less than an acre, she grows most of the food and drink her family enjoy each year, giving them food security, resilience and increased self-reliance. She enjoys spending time with Mr J (her husband) and her family, watching rugby and creative handicrafts, and has a distinct dislike of housework. Liz regularly writes for Permaculture Magazine, teaches gardening and self-sufficiency skills and encourages thousands of people to take up their trowels and live their dreams through a vibrant YouTube Channel, Liz Zorab – Byther Farm.
In this episode Joff talks to Simon from Hydria Life who explains the merits of his award winning water fountain kit with rechargeable batteries and a programmable timer. It won Best New Product at GLEE in 2022.
Tea Francis, pictured, is an arachnologist and science communicator who's aim is to 'keep the pro-spider propaganda machine well oiled' and to change our attitudes towards spiders in our homes and gardens - something she does extremely well. She offers workshops, socials, and more and can be found on instagram as @teasjungle.
Kate from Capi-Europe offers an impressive range of pots, planters, and waterbutts that are produced in a CO2 neutral factory using and recycling old discarded fishing nets in their production.
Karen Abbott is from Spear and Jackson a company that has been in the business of producing tools for 260 years. A long handled trowel, a pruning saw, a cape cod weeder, and a small spade that is great for splitting and dividing perennials are all new to their range this year.
Adrain Bloom a well known family name that is synonymous with Bressingham Gardens is releasing a beautifully produced and illustrated book FOGGY BOTTOM - a gardeners share. Available in September 2023 I suspect it's going to be a bible for plant lovers for many years to come.
Haws Watering Cans are old friends of the show and Josh explained their new concept that they want to promote in 2023 - The Art of Watering. He also goes into detail on the many steps required in the manufacture of one of their beautiful cans.
Sarah Gerard-Jones from The Plant Clinic offers PLANT RESCUE BOXES a concept to prevent imperfect plants, the compost, and their pots fro going into landfill. So popular is her idea that The RHS at Wisley are trialling her boxes.
Sean Kelly is from Fauna Bird a Dutch Company that have worked with global company Tetra Pak to develop the technology to remove the plastic film from inside cartons - a material that is then turned into innovative birds feeders. They also have a complimentary range of bamboo feeders and ceramic nest boxes.
In this episode sponsored by Genus Gardenwear Joff talks to Sarah Biddulph and Sarah Rivett-Carnac about The Generous Gardener where they offer a series of brilliantly curated lectures given by many of today's top gardeners designers, flower growers and photographers.
In this episode Joff talks to Sarah Biddulph and Sarah Rivett-Carnac about The Generous Gardener where they offer a series specialist plant sales and a season of brilliantly curated lectures given by many of today's top garden designers, gardeners, flower growers, and photographers. The venue is the beautiful Arts and Crafts property Rodmarton Manor located between Cirencester and Tetbury in Gloucestershire.
The amazing line up for 2023 includes Todd Longstaffe- Gowan, Richard Miers, James Alexander-Sinclair, Pippa Greenwood, Lulu Urquart and Adam Hunt, Jimi Blake, Niff Barnes, Jinny Blom, Clive Nichols, and Georgie Newbury.
The Specialist Plant sales are held at Charlton Farm near Malmesbury and have some of the countries top growers and nurseries to include Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, Exedera Plants, Tom's Yard, Tortworth Plants, Riverside Bulbs, Chris Cooke, Malcolm Allinson Plants, Kitchen garden Plants, Harry's Honey, The Gobbett, Old Court Nursery, and Sparrow Plant Supports.
The entry fee includes a donation to The Simon Rivett-Carnac Trust who support mental health charities in the UK.
The gardens at Rodmarton Manor are famed for their collection of over 150 varieties of snowdrops and are open for snowdrop days on a number of dates at the start of February every year. There are more opportunities to visit the garden throughout the year.
In this episode sponsored by Genus Gardenwear Joff talks to Chris Baines about his newly revised book THE RHS COMPANION TO WILDLIFE GARDENING - how to make a wildlife garden published by Quarto/Frances Lincoln.
In this Episode sponsored by Genus Gardenwear Joff talks to Chris Baines about his book The RHS COMPANION TO WILDLIFE GARDENING - how to make a wildlife garden.
This best selling book was first published in 1985 and launched at the Chelsea Flower Show making wildlife a mainstream issue for gardeners and the public. Now fully revised and updated by Chris, this freshly illustrated edition highlights the changes in garden wildlife over the the past 30 years.
Incorporating RHS research, updated best practice and addressing a multitude of controversial wildlife issues, it is also a celebration of of the rich variety of wild plants and animals that can bring a garden to life.
Chris talks about why to make wildlife garden in the first place. What sort of habitats can be created.
An oxymoron? A wild vegetable garden?
Chris was instrumental in setting up National Nest Box Week and International Dawn Chorus Day.
The Book is Published by Quarto/Frances Lincoln on 16th February 2023
In this episode sponsored by Genus Gardenwear Joff talks to Barbara Segall. about her new book SECRET GARDENS OF THE SOUTH EAST - a private tour. Photographs by Clive Boursnell. Forward by Fergus Garrett. Publisher Frances Lincoln
In this episode sponsored by Genus Gardenwear Joff talks to Barbara Segall about her new book GARDENS of the SOUTH-EAST published by Frances Lincoln. Within its 144 pages are 20 gardens many of which often remain overlooked but all of which display the passion of the owners or gardeners that look after them. It's a fascinating talk with not just the gardens, but many names of people involved in horticulture scattered throughout the episode for one reason or another. Jane Perrone, Alys Fowler, Peter Donegan, Rocky Coles, Marcus Harper, Fergus Garrett, Clive Boursnell, Beth Chatto, Christopher LLoyd, Tom Coward,William Robinson, John Brookes, and Gertrude Jekyll all get a brief mention.
The publisher says:
A tour of some of the UK's most beguiling gardens in the counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey, the counties that exemplify 'the garden of England'.
They are in villages and towns, as well as in deep countryside, and all are privately owned. Some have been in the possession of the same family for many generations, while others have recently been transformed by new owners. Some open for the National Garden Scheme, while others are open privately and in some cases for just the occasional day for charity.
The stunning gardens explored in this visually rich guide include: Arundel Castle, Denmans, Gravetye Manor, Munstead Wood and Sussex Prairie Garden. The book also includes a gazetteer of other important gardens in the area with location advice, to enable readers to plan a more elaborate tour of this fertile garden area.
Filled with stunning, specially commissioned photographs by Clive Boursnell, Secret Gardens of the South East is a unique guide that opens the gates to the most intriguing gardens in this part of England.
In this episode sponsored by Genus Gardenwear Joff talks to Michael Berry aka Mr Plant Geek about his new book HORTUS CURIOUS - discover the world's most weird and wonderful plants and fungi. Publisher Dorling Kindersley
In this episode sponsored by Genus Gardenwear Joff Elphick travels to the north of the Cotswolds to visit Harriet Rycroft, a garden speaker, consultant, writer, and an expert in container gardening. They talk about her book 'POTS' and wander around Harriet's back garden, home to nearly 800 pots.
In this episode sponsored by the amazing Genus Gardenwear Joff heads up the M5 motorway to the Malvern Autumn Show where he talks to some of the interesting people that exhibit there.
In this episode sponsored by garden clothing experts Genus Gardenwear Joff talks to Tamsin Westhorpe about her new book Grasping the Nettle - Tales from a modern country gardener.
Joff and Tamsin discuss:
Tamsin and her open garden at Stockton Bury can be found on instagram as @TamsinWesthorpe. Her fantastic publisher, Orphans, can be found here www.orphanspublishing.co.uk
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.
Joff and Silvana discuss:
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.
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'.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.