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 this episode Michael and Ellen visit Kiln Farm Nursery in Suffolk to chat with apprentice Josh about his love of plants, what the horticultural apprenticeship involves and what the future holds for him.
In this episode we chat with Laura Masor, flower breeder from Ball Floraplant. Have you ever wondered how new plant varieties are grown? Have you ever wondered how YOU could create new varieties yourself? Laura gives us some insider news and tips about the world of breeding for colour, vigor and disease resistance. Welcome also to two new contributors to series 5! Nat from @homeofhappyplants has all the nursery gossip plus Jo from @diyjobehari with some garden DIY tips that might just come in very handy!
It’s good to be back! Here’s the first episode of series 5 of the plant based podcast, and in this episode we visit one of the biggest trial grounds in the UK. This is where brand-new plants are selected. We find out about what it takes to be a good garden plant, and get a few sneak peeks into the future of patio plants, thanks to marketing manager Stuart Lowen.
In the last of the wellbeing special episodes before series 5 starts, Ellen Mary chats with Dr Amir Khan, celebrity GP, bestselling author and wildlife trust ambassador (and thats just a few of his roles) - about his love of gardening and wellbeing. Find out about social prescribing, the importance of green spaces and the enjoyment found in wildlife gardening. This is a feel good episode about creating a garden good for people and the planet no matter what size space you have.
In the final of the summer specials series for plant geeks, Michael talks about cacti and succulents. For many, these are the first plants that you grow as a child. Michael interviews Ian Thwaites, chairman of the British Cactus and Succulent Society, who has had a passion for cactus since he was a child. Michael also chats to Jo Adderley, organiser of the event, about what attracted her to the weird and wonderful world of cactus and succulents!
Did you know that sand from the Sahara makes its way to the Amazon Basin to help it flourish? Did you know that forest gardening in Africa helps the environment across the world? Everything is connected. In this episode of the podcast Ellen Mary talks with Lindsay Cobb from Trees for the Future about the importance of trees and educating farmers in Africa to farm using the forest gardening technique, ultimately improving wellbeing.
In this weeks plant geek special, Michael speaks to Wim van Marrewijk, a skilled breeder who is working on some very interesting plants. One that you might recognise, is the humble snapdragon, a.k.a. Antirrhinum. There is so much more than meets the eye when it comes to this colourful plant. Wim is working hard behind the scenes to create the perfect basket trail in form, hardy selections, and orchid types with the very best fragrance. Listen to the episode now to hear all about it, plus a few surprises.
In this episode, Ellen Mary chats with the RHS wellbeing fellow, Dr Lauriane Chalmin-Pui who leads a research programme on the influence of gardens and gardening on health and wellbeing. During this episode Lauriane explains what 'dose gardening' is, what the key findings were in the recent research and what the future holds for gardening and wellbeing. You'll also get some tips of how to get the most out of your time in your garden for your own mental and physical health wellbeing. But can you overdose..?
In this weeks special, Michael visits the Kerley family, just outside Cambridge, who are specialist in breeding Petunias. He learns all about how they are made, how the fragrances can be different, and what petunias need to grow well, and flower longer, EVEN when it rains!
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.