New and newly-found Gardening Podcasts to get into in 2018 and see you through the cold dark days of winter
I’m a bit addicted to Gardening Podcasts and last year I listed My top 5 UK podcasts for gardeners. I had been out of the UK and to some degree out of the gardening habit for a couple of years. Those podcasts gave me a link to what was happening back in the UK and reminded me what I was missing.
I still think podcasts are a great way to access gardening information and there has been a huge increase in interest in these alternative media sources. The recent Garden Media Guild Awards really highlighted the trend in garden media away from traditional offerings to newer modalities and newer voices.
On The Ledge
The only UK-based blog on this updated list of Gardening Podcasts. That’s a little sad but this one is a belter.
This podcast focusses on all the houseplants you can imagine, combining instruction on how to care, how to manage pests and interesting interviews with growers and houseplant obsessives.
It’s hosted by Jane Perrone, the former gardening editor at The Guardian and now a freelancer. Jane was featured in my last podcast post as co-host of Sow Grow Repeat with Alys Fowler which has now been shelved.
A Way to Garden
Megan Caine is a well-known American Garden Author. She hosts this show which consists of interviews with relevant experts in nature and science as well as gardeners. Often there’s a Q+A correspondence edition.
It’s very calm and controlled and thoroughly interesting.
Jennifer Ebeling hosts this podcast from Maple Grove Minnesota. She’s an engaging host and we’ve had some lovely interaction via Twitter and the facebook group for this podcast. Every week covers a new topic which could be a design concept, a plant, a landscape, an author interview.
If you can get beyond the upbeat American style ( this dour Brit found this jarring initially but I’m fully converted) you’ll be hooked.
We Dig Plants
Hosted by Carmen DeVito and Alice Marcus Krieg, garden designers based in New York, this podcast has gone through some changes this year. In 2017 they’ve been exploring the different USDA Zones in the USA with a monthly episode. The concept is ‘Zone Envy’ and provides interesting information into the different climates in North America.
These women are funny and well-informed and I like their approach.
My last 5 Gardening Podcast Recommendations
Gardeners’ Question Time – Still going strong
Publisher: BBC Radio 4
Gardens Illustrated Podcast – All quiet from this one recently
Publisher: Gardens Illustrated Magazine
RHS Gardening Podcast – Never fails to deliver
Publisher: The RHS
Sow, Grow, Repeat – This one is no more
Publisher: The Guardian
The Sod Show – Still going
Publisher: The Sod Show