The Plant Based Podcast
Summary: More people than ever are appreciating the importance of plants in our day to day lives. Whether it's a plant-based diet, clothes made from plants, the wellbeing qualities of plants, or simply a fun shelf of cacti and succulents! The Plant Based Podcast is about anything that can be traced back to plants… with subjects ranging from foraging for medicinal plants and baking with edible flowers, to plant-based body builders and clothes made from bamboo... This is not just another gardening podcast.. this is The Plant Based Podcast!
In the second of eight special episodes of the podcast between series 4 and 5, Ellen Mary chats with Ashley Edwards, Head Gardener at Horatios Garden, a charity that creates and cares for therapeutic gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. With gardens based around the UK, Ashley tells us why they are so important and about the difference plants make throughout recovery from traumatic, life changing injuries. Plants really do make people happy!
In the first of our summer specials, Michael visits Sweet Pea aficionado Phil, and comes away feeling confident enough to grow the best Sweet Peas of his life! Together, we discuss the history, the breeding, the complexity of the fragrance, and give plenty of growing tips. It’s all about feed, deep pots, and tons of hydration. If Sweet Peas are your gardening nemesis, now might be the time to try again!
The fourth series of the Plant Based Podcast is coming to an end (boo!), so for the final episode, Michael and Ellen are joined by author and illustrator, Katie Vaz, to reflect on their best and worst plant memories! Katie talks about her upbringing, from growing up surrounded by nature to her long-lasting love of plants and gardening. She also reveals some of her earliest gardening memories and why she chooses to make a note of her plants that have died.
With a 250-year heritage, Erddig Hall offers a beautiful 1,200 acres of garden, lawns and greenery – all of which is looked after by one man, Glynn Smith! With such a rich history and stunning surroundings, Michael and Ellen sit down with Glynn, the Head Gardener at Erddig, to talk all things lawns!
What first began as a growing mountain of landfill, that could be seen from Matthew Mead’s classroom, has since transformed into a passion to change the construction industry. Matthew Mead, founder and CEO of Hempitecture, sits down with Michael and Ellen - all the way from Sun Valley, Idaho - to discuss how plants have created the next best building materials.
In this bonus podcast episode, Michael and Ellen talk through a photo tour of their day at the Royal Horticultural Society’s hotly anticipated Hampton Court Garden Festival! The show is open from 6th to 11th July but your podcast hosts got exclusive access on press day. From stunning Orchids to a house of Hostas, beautiful to the controversial show gardens and allotments for inspiration at home. It’s all here on the plant based podcast.
In this weeks plant based podcast episode it's the news round up with Michael Perry and Ellen Mary. Find out what the latest horticultural news is from winners of the plant awards, new species, to the joy of flower shows plus mushrooms and microgreens in Chiswick. There's a news extra as well where Michael and Ellen discuss the news amongst many other plant related gossip including the dreary weather.
Lynn Ferguson brings some LA sunshine to the Plant Based Podcast this week as she sits down with Michael and Ellen to chat all things hay bales, chickens and the challenges of growing vegetables in the American climate. In part one, Lynn - a performer, comedy writer and actress – reflects on the highlights of her career and, in part two, shares her vegetable growing journey and how hay bale leftovers from a party became an aid for growing her cucumber, rocket, egg plants and more.
In this weeks plant based podcast episode it's the news round up with Michael Perry and Ellen Mary. Find out what the latest horticultural news is from rare orchids thought extinct, to garden shows, royal roses and gardening for wellbeing. There's a news extra as well where Michael and Ellen discuss the news amongst many other plant related gossip!
Join Michael and Ellen for another episode of the Plant Based Podcast where they talk to TV presenter and fresh produce importer, Chris Bavin! Chris talks about his journey with fresh produce, from importing and selling flowers and plants at 16 to growing up with his gardening enthusiast Dad. He also talks about the world of TV where he has since presented a range of shows, including Britain in Bloom, Britain’s Best Home Cook and Live Well for Less.
In this weeks news round up Michael and Ellen have pulled together all the horticultural happenings to keep you updated. From a bra fitting shed to a whole lot of caterpillars and awards for Howard Nurseries and a discussion about brown lawns. Would you let yours burn? Not forgetting the news extra when Ellen tries to keep Michael on track but he's much more concerned about the state of his Tulip foliage.
With enough tomato trees to cover the length of over 11 football pitches, the team at Sterling Suffolk are putting Suffolk on the map as being a major producer of tomatoes. After experiencing so much success in just a few short years, Michael and Ellen sit down with Horticultural Director, Richard Lewis, to discuss Sterling Suffolk’s approach to tomato growing and so much more!
It’s the news round up on this weeks plant based podcast with Michael Perry and Ellen Mary as hosts. Find out what has been happening in the world of horticulture from new gardening books to growing plants on Mars, plus a news 'extra' where Michael and Ellen discuss and give their own opinions about the news and a whole lot of other chat. In his episode, hear about Ellens new book 'The Joy of Gardening' and Michaels love for his new garden.
In this week’s episode of the Plant Based Podcast Michael and Ellen sit down with television presenter, Nicki Chapman, to discuss her career all the way up to presenting the Chelsea Flower Show! Nicki reflects on her incredibly successful career in the music industry and describes how her urban garden has been a welcome relief over the past couple of years. In part two, Nicki shares her love for presenting the coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show on BBC and also her most memorable moments whilst filming
It’s the news round up on this weeks plant based podcast with Michael Perry and Ellen Mary as hosts. Find out what has been happening in the world of horticulture from Cherry Trees to plants stealing genes, plus a news 'extra' where Michael and Ellen discuss and give their own opinions about the news. In his episode, hear about Hydrangea tea and snobbish gardeners!