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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. 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 Ep. 72 - With one eye on Christmas, its time to get the gardener in your life that perfect gift, as Lucy and Saul discuss with so much available, buying something special for any gardener is quite simple.December 20, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 71 - With Christmas around the corner, the garden can be a great source of decoration for the house, so Saul talks to Lucy about the Wreathes and Swags she creates at East Donyland Hall.December 16, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 70 - There are many plant pests and diseases to contend with in Spring and Summer, but get one step ahead and start controlling them this Winter, Lucy and Saul discuss why its best to start controlling them now. December 12, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 69 - In this, part two, of their composting discussions, Lucy and Saul chat about large-scale composting on their estates. Saul's system has Lucy green with envy!December 09, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 68 - Composting is an essential garden routine, but can cause some bafflement, so Lucy and Saul take a look at some of the methods you can use at home in processing your green waste into 'black gold'.December 06, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 67 - The hum of summer mowing has fallen silent in winter, but should it? What other myths are there when it comes to the perfect sward during the colder months - Saul and Lucy take a look.December 02, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 66 - The autumn countryside has been ablaze with coppery reds, buttery yellows and blazing oranges, but when it comes to planting a garden do we consider Autumn colour enough, Saul and Lucy discuss some of there favourite plants for Autumn fireworks.November 29, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 65 - Are you a peat-free gardener? Saul and Lucy take a timely look at the horticultural industry's progress in developing and converting to peat-free growing media. November 25, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 64 - During the pandemic many Garden societies, clubs and institutions have been unable to meet in person, so Saul and Lucy discuss how technologies such as Zoom have enabled us to attend talks and meetings virtually.November 22, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 63 - If you're stuck for what to do in #GardenLockdownJobs - Lucy and Saul quickly discuss 50 jobs you can be getting on with now, to get your garden ready for Spring.November 17, 2020 Episode artwork Bonus Episode #9 - Lucy and Saul have a wonderful conversation with Matt Biggs - a horticultural storyteller and guru - about his career, pirate botany and being throttled by Adam FrostNovember 14, 2020 Episode artwork Ep. 62 - As the year's growing season fades into winter - now is a great time to think about renovating your borders for the coming year, so Lucy and Saul discuss why this is important to any garden.November 10, 2020 Episode artwork