PODCAST

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. If you wish to support the podcast you can via our BuyMeACoffee page - just click the link at the end of the podcast description or the donate button found at the top right of this page.

Ep. 135 - Join Saul for five days at Stonelands, as he leads you through a typical week of gardening at Stonelands House, expect highs and lows as he manages flowers, vegetables, garden tours and a rather annoying tyre!
4d ago
35 mins
Ep.134 - Saul and Lucy have been let loose in Beaulieu, Hampshire at BBC Gardeners World Spring Fair - leading tours of the Victorian Flower Gardens and the Vegetable Gardens.
30-04-2022
30 mins
Ep.133 - The Highs vs. The Lows of Gardening - Saul and Lucy talk the wonderful Easter Break and Adoring Garden Owners vs. Box Moth and falling Hanging Baskets - there's always an emotional rollercoaster in the garden!
23-04-2022
31 mins
Ep. 132 - Get yourselves outside! With this Easter weekend's glorious weather, Lucy and Saul discuss the technicalities of sowing directly into the earth. Plus, there's exciting flame gun news!
16-04-2022
38 mins
Ep. 131 - Saul's back has healed, which, along with Lucy, makes them appreciate how important their bodies are to their careers. The pair also take a look at the recent frosty weather and bring some of the delights from their meadows.
09-04-2022
31 mins
Ep. 130 - With Saul out of action due to a bad back, Lucy gives you a guided tour of her home kitchen garden. Expect ambient gravel sounds, discussions about the cold snap, a sneak inside her beloved greenhouse - and a grand rhubarb reveal.
02-04-2022
30 mins
Ep. 129 - Saul and Lucy are in Essex visiting Audley End Gardens - so when the pair are together the Horticultural waffle is off the scale - expect trained fruit, biofumigants and we announce the winner of our Supporter's competition.
27-03-2022
32 mins
Ep. 128 - Machinery, hand tools and compost are in every gardener's essential kit, so Lucy and Saul reveal some must-haves for their respective potting sheds. Plus, we have Niwaki to thank for our first ever exciting prize draw.
17-03-2022
34 mins
Ep. 127 - Seed packets are being torn open up and down the country, as we germinate both Veg and Flower plants for the year ahead. Prompted by one of our listeners Saul and Lucy talk about storage and some sowing tips.
13-03-2022
33 mins
Ep. 126 - Time for some horticultural spring chatter - Lucy and Saul are buoyant that Magnolia is flowering, Garden musings are filling the airwaves and many of those Spring plant fairs and shows are about to occur.
Spring 2022 has just arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the beginning tufts of seedlings a herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - its a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!Meteorological spring has passed and we can officially look forward to longer days and temperatures slowly creeping upwards (no frosts please!). For Lucy and Saul this means more than ever we can engage with those jobs that all gardeners love and shake off the waterproofs and thermals that characterise are winter wardrobe. Magnolia is flowering,  the last of the over-wintering vegetables are being consumed, Spring fairs and flower shows are on the horizon and were even looking at our budgets to see what planty delights (and occasional bit of kit) we can afford. So join us for some more Talking Heads Horti-waffle! Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)
05-03-2022
31 mins
Ep. 125 - Weathering the storm - in the aftermath of Dudley, Eunice, Franklin and Gladys how did Saul and Lucy's respective estates fare? And what on earth are weather bombs and sting jets? Listen in to find out.
We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.When warm air and cold air do a merry dance about the North Atlantic waters, it concludes with turbulent times over the UK. Storms Dudley, Eunice, Franklin and Gladys wreaked their havoc last week, and now gardens up and down the country are clearing up the resulting damage. Lucy and Saul discuss the effects of these "once in a generation" wind speeds on the Donyland and Stonelands estates, plus they get to grips with a few impressive meteorological terms. Remedial pruning is also on the menu, and the duo achieve an optimistic attitude towards the opportunities this brings.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)
25-02-2022
34 mins
Bonus Episode #15 - Lucy and Saul are joined in conversation by David Turner, Marketing Services Manager at Mr Fothergills Seeds, where we talk about retailing flower and vegetable seeds and how they coped during the pandemic.Ep. 124 - Prepare yourself for discussions on spring colour, new trailers and garden visits. Also brace your brain for a full-blown explanation on potato chitting, as Saul and Lucy get their teeth into another episode of the Talking Heads Podcast.
We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.Saul reveals that the tell tale signs of spring are emerging in Devon, whereas Lucy still waits patiently for Essex to catch up on its floral displays. Forced bulbs, new purchases and a cunning plan to thwart mice damage all get the attention of Lucy and Saul this week, as Saul admits his sticker addiction to the masses and Lucy claims that Essex mice have definitely watched Mission Impossible. The duo also discuss the excitement that visiting new gardens can bring. Saul has already begun his 2022 road trip, whereas Lucy is still sitting on the starting grid. Spring, it seems, is definitely around the corner.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)
10-02-2022
31 mins
Ep. 123 - The excitement builds at Stonelands and East Donyland, as Saul and Lucy are beginning to see the signs of the garden stirring for the new season ahead - but there is still the potential for some cold, so stay wrapped up warm.
We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul are starting to get excited - the new garden season is almost upon us, days are getting longer and early spring flowers, bulbs and blossom is starting to appear. They have lots to chat about as the work begins to focus towards the coming year from the benefits of storing your precious harvests to the very unseasonable need to mow your lawns in mid-winter. They also emphasise that although it may get cold out there gardeners are still working hard and what you wear and how you work is essential to prevent one's toes and nose from feeling the frost!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)
05-02-2022
31 mins
Ep. 122 - It's snowdrop time! Saul and Lucy discuss their favourites, and we also chat about box moth controls, hedge laying and using plant-based biofumigants in the garden.
29-01-2022
38 mins
Special Tribute Episode: Peter Seabrook - a titan and ever present champion of the horticulture industry sadly passed away a week ago - here we pay tribute and replay our precious interview with him from January 2021Ep. 121 - The seed sowing season is almost here - have you made your seed orders yet? In this episode, Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul discuss what prestigious varieties are lucky enough to make it onto their respective order lists.
We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.The thought of cracking open the first seed packets of the year whets any gardeners appetite, but what varieties make their way onto Saul and Lucy's order list? In this episode the duo explain what parameters persuade them to order specific seeds. Large estates have the luxury of space allowing us to run our own trials, plus estate owners have their own benchmark 'must-grow' crops. But influences such as RHS AGM varieties, improvements in disease resistance - and even the lure of a catchy name - all help Lucy and Saul whittle down and fine-tune their orders.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)
15-01-2022
35 mins
Ep. 120 - It's the start of a new year, so the two Head Gardener hosts, Lucy and Saul, catch up after the festive break and discuss what's been happening in their horticultural lives
08-01-2022
31 mins
Ep. 119 - As the end of 2021 beckons, Saul and Lucy become reflective and begin to think about the gardening resolutions they wish to make for the coming year.
19-12-2021
34 mins
Ep. 118 - With no particular subject for this episode Lucy and Saul chat, debate and discuss their way through all sorts of gardening topics with storms, decimated carrots, nuisance bamboo and spineless holly all on the menu.