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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. 103 - Bee friendly! Saul and Lucy celebrate @BBCRadio2 's #BigBeeChallenge weekend with a special look at how these essential pollinators can be encouraged into your garden.July 31, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 102 - Lucy and Saul take a little look at a few of the highlights at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Festival, discussing some of the show gardens that caught their eye.July 25, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 101 - It's tomato time! With Saul having a busy week, Lucy takes time out to talk about her favourite crop, from family memories to growing tips and advice on the latest blight controls.July 17, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 100 - Lucy and Saul have reached a big milestone in their podcast journey! And celebrate with a trip to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Festival, as well as looking back at past interviews with some of their podcast friends.July 12, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 99.5 - Saul takes a stroll through his Orchard Meadow at Stonelands - discussing his thoughts on meadow creation and why it is probably his favourite garden area.July 03, 2021 Episode artwork Bonus Episode #12 - Lucy and Saul are joined in conversation by Martin Fish, Horticultural Powerhouse - we talk his career, the horticultural media landscape and what excites him in the gardenJune 26, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 99: June is the month of the UK's favourite flower - the Rose - and with a shape, form and colour to suit anyone no wonder for Head Gardeners like Lucy and Saul its a go to staple of any garden!June 19, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 98 - Greenhouses require careful management, and Lucy and Saul's are no different! Recorded just before the bank holiday weekend, listen in on how they ensure horticultural harmony under glass.June 14, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 97 - Join Lucy on a tour of a place that she adores - her very own mini 'kitchen garden'.June 05, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 96 - Self-seeders can be a blessing or a curse, so Saul and Lucy divulge what they've learnt about these prolific plants.May 22, 2021 Episode artwork 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