Even the most avid gardener sometimes lacks a little inspiration. While there are endless great television programmes, books and magazines out there, don’t underestimate the power of a good podcast. After all, unless you have a television in your backyard, listening to a podcast is the only inspiration you can enjoy as you’re gardening. So grab a cup of tea, bring your laptop or phone outdoors and get lost in the gardening experience with these great podcasts.
Compared to most gardening podcasts, the award-winning The Sod Show goes the extra mile. Whereas most hosts will try to draw on their own experiences or the opinion of guest experts to teach you how to be a better gardener, Dublin-based garden designer Peter Donegan does all of that and brings a smile to your face while he’s at it. His mission, he says, is to get his audience outside first and worry about botanical Latin later.
After packing in a successful career in corporate publishing, Margaret Roach moved to upstate New York and started her passion project turned full-time career, A Way To Garden. A self-confessed gardening nut, Margaret offers insightful advice and interviews with horticultural experts on this widely-acclaimed podcast. Simultaneously inspiring and addictive, A Way To Garden is enough to make anybody want to quit their job and immerse themselves in the outdoors.
Hosted by gardening legend Peter Seabrook MBE, This Week in The Garden is a nostalgic and knowledgeable offering by Sun Gardening, of which Seabrook is the editor. Listeners have the privilege of hearing this master draw on his decades of gardening experience to share invaluable advice and anecdotes. This Week in The Garden represents a seamless transition for its host from Gardener’s World giant to beloved mentor, offering a voice that is both nostalgic and encouraging.
Heading back across the pond, garden guru, author and journalist Mike McGrath has entertaining take on the public’s gardening dilemmas in his nationally syndicated call-in public radio show You Bet Your Garden. A nationally-recognised expert, McGrath’s approach to his callers garden nightmares is surprisingly unpretentious. He’s unbothered about correctly pronouncing botanical Latin names for plants, more concerned with offering safe, realistic and light-hearted advice to anyone who may be listening.
For something slightly more high-brow, the Royal Horticultural Society offers, in its own words “seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems”. Balancing accessibility and science so as to not intimidate its listeners, the RHS Gardening Podcasts invites only the finest gardening professionals to share their expertise, providing sufficiently general advice to the British public on how to make the most of their garden.