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.
Ep. 116 - Hedges are important! When it comes to choosing, planting and pruning Lucy and Saul know that planning and preparation is key. In this episode, they discuss their respective hedging masterplans.Bonus Episode #14 - Lucy and Saul are joined in conversation by Brendan Arundel - the new Head Gardener at Helmingham Hall in Suffolk - and he reveals his thoughts on taking up his first head gardening role.Ep. 115 - Summer and Autumn in the Vegetable Garden may have passed, but how much should we focus on Winter as well - Lucy lets Saul know there's lots more going on than we think!Ep. 114 - Autumn leaves are showing their colours, but what exactly is happening for the tones of yellow, orange, red and purple to be at their glorious best? In this episode, Saul and Lucy delve in to the science of autumn colour.Ep. 113 - At this time in Autumn there is an abundance of produce coming out of our Kitchen Gardens - but does anything beat the taste of a home-grown Apple or a swig of freshly pressed Apple juice - Saul and Lucy don't think so!Ep. 112 - There's been a disaster! (Well, actually, there have been a few in the garden this year). But these give us opportunities to learn, so Lucy and Saul reveal what 2021 has taught them.Bonus Episode #13 - Lucy and Saul are joined in conversation by Steven Edney - Head Gardener and Plantsman with an unrivalled passion for plant life, as he talks about his career and his latest ventures on 'The Land'Ep. 111 - For an instant splash of colour in Spring planting bulbs now throughout the Autumn is the single most effective way of welcoming in the new gardening season, so Lucy and Saul take a look at their recent bulb orders.Ep. 110 - At the start of a week off from Stonelands, Saul visited the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in 7 years and gives you his take on the first ever Autumnal Chelsea!Ep. 109 - The flowers in Lucy and Saul's meadows are now over and shedding their precious seed for next years display - this is a very important time in the year for cutting, sowing seed and winter maintenance in preparation for next year.Ep. 108 - Get ready! For an event, that is. Lucy gives you a quick tour of her kitchen garden, then explains what's happening behind the scenes in the build up to summer parties and other major events on any large estate.Ep. 107 - Lucy and Saul have just completed an epic 4-day stint on the Plant Experts Desk at BBC Gardeners' World Live! Hear what the public had to ask - and how we answered them - in this latest episode.BBC GWLive Bonus Episode #4: As the show draws to a close Lucy and Saul take a look at the wonderful show gardens, exemplifying what can be done with your personal space at home.BBC GWLive Bonus Episode #3: Lucy and Saul sat down with the face of Friday Night Gardening, Monty Don, to talk about how he manages Longmeadow, deals with it being one of the most filmed gardens in the UK and his plans for its future.BBC GWLive Bonus Episode #2: Day 2 draws to a close as Lucy and Saul have a stroll throught the Beautiful Borders a showcase of planting talent from up and coming designers including Exotics, Meadows and Cottage Garden Chic.BBC GWLive Bonus Episode #1: After a busy first day at the show, Saul and Lucy take a look at some of their favourite Floral Marquee exhibitsEp. 106 - Lucy and Saul are setting aside their trowels and forks for a week and travelling to the NEC in Birmingham for BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition, so we take a look at our role in the show and review some of our favourite highlights.Ep. 105 - Get it off your chest! In this 'warts and all' episode, Saul and Lucy provide an honest account of life as a Head Gardener. Be prepared for a few rants...Ep. 104 - On the Talking Heads Podcast Lucy and Saul love talking about the weather, in fact it is a British obsession - but with more weather extremes and changes in seasonality effecting us, how does this change the way we look after our gardens.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.

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