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Talking Heads - a Gardening Podcast

Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain

Follow head gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain as they reveal exactly what it’s like to be professional horticulturists leading busy teams on large, private estates. Lucy and Saul have a decade of Head Gardening experience and it soon became clear to them both that life as a Head Gardener can be incredibly diverse, occasionally challenging and hugely rewarding and so they regularly discuss horticultural topics close to their hearts and give you an insight into their lives as gardeners.

Recent Episodes

Ep. 95 - If you had your ultimate 'desert Island' garden that could be anything, however weird and wonderful, what would it be? Saul and Lucy ponder over what really floats their boat horticulturally.May 15, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 94 - Perennials, shrubs and climbers are all making abundant new growth - and this often needs staking and support to keep things in order. Saul and Lucy discuss their strategies.May 06, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 93 - This April has seen a distinct the lack of rain when we are usually expecting April showers, this has meant almost drought conditions in many parts of the UK, so Lucy and Saul talk about how they manage their gardens through these dry periodsMay 02, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 92 - Move over daffodils! There are so many other glorious spring bulbs, perennials and shrubs that deserve room in our gardens. Saul and Lucy reveal their favourites.April 24, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 91 - There is nothing more spectacular in Spring than a Magnolia in full flower - so Saul and Lucy take a dive into the world of this seasonal wonder.April 17, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 90 - Hot, cold, hot, cold - temperatures dance all over the place in spring. It can make greenhouse, porch and windowsill management a challenge, so Saul and Lucy share their advice for keeping your seedlings and cuttings happy under cover.April 10, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 89 - Easter time means two things for Lucy and Saul - Chocolate and Gardening, so with four days away from our respective work gardens we discuss what projects we are getting on with in our personal plots at home.April 03, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 88 - It's planting time! Lucy and Saul discuss the various ways to get this activity right, from bare-root roses to pots of perennials. March 27, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 87 - Do you want to gain skills and/or qualifications in horticulture? Saul and Lucy look at the various educational options available to you.March 20, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 86 - If you've caught the #GrowYourOwn bug recentely, why not also try growing your own Cut Flowers. Lucy and Saul take a look at how they've been growing flowers for the vase at their estates and how satisfying it is. March 13, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 85 - Do you fancy yourself as a garden writer? In this episode, Lucy gives advice on how to walk down this creative career path.March 06, 2021 Episode artwork Bonus Episode #11 - Lucy and Saul are joined in conversation with Lou Nicholls, Head Gardener at Ulting Wick - we hear about her life in horticluture, her time at Ulting Wick with owner Phillipa Burrough, and her Adventures in Horticulture initiative.February 27, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 84 - Spring is on the doorstep and plants are stirring from their winter slumber - so now is the time to start working on your borders -tidying, weeding and mulching your way to a perfect start to a new growing year.February 20, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 83 - There are plenty of jobs to complete despite the chilly temperatures. Lucy and Saul share their 'to do' lists (and spreadsheets) to help everyone be on top of their gardening game come the spring.February 10, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 82 - The gardening nation will soon be a frenzy of seed sowing - as will Lucy and Saul so they discuss what they are sowing, look at their propagation spaces and get excited by this herald to the new growing season.February 07, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 81 - Flower shows are intrinsic to the gardening calendar, but how are they evolving to protect themselves from financial threats such as the pandemic, or the great British weather? Lucy asks Saul, who enlightens us with his shows manager knowledge.February 03, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 80 - Every garden has them and every gardener curses them, but Weeds are an essential make-up of any gardening experience, so Lucy and Saul discuss how the deal with them every year.January 31, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 79 - Many gardeners are aware of the NGS (National Garden Scheme), and Lucy and Saul were lucky enough to attend its online media launch for 2021 last week.January 28, 2021 Episode artwork Bonus Episode #10 - Lucy and Saul are joined in conversation by Peter Seabrook, a titan of the Horticulture industry that has spent 6 decades passionately advocating the Horticultural trade and those of us who work in it.January 24, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 78 - Winter pruning is a task that both Lucy and Saul thoroughly enjoy, so the duo chat about how they wield their secateurs, pruning saws and loppers on their respective estates.January 20, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 77 - As January progresses work at Lucy and Saul's estate gardens ramps up, while we look forward to the Spring on the horizon, so the pair take stock of what they are getting up to.January 17, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 76 - To stay relevant, the media must continually evolve - and garden media is no exception. With many of us now facing Covid lockdown 3, Lucy and Saul look at how the likes of magazines and YouTube are reflecting this adjustment. January 13, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 75 - In 2021 the UNFAO are promoting the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables - and with Lucy being a prominent Fruit and Veg grower (with Saul her young protégé) the pair take a look at this wonderful initiative. January 09, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 74 - Happy New Year! And so as the year ends, Lucy and Saul take a look back at gardening in 2020, a full year of podcasting and our hopes and resolutions for 2021. December 30, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 73 - With Christmas celebrations imminent, many of us will be sitting down to a traditional roast meal. Vegetables are fundamental to a roast, so Lucy and Saul discuss how to grow your own roasties, sprouts, carrots, celeriac, cabbages and more.December 23, 2020 Episode artwork