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Author: Julianne Robertson

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The Scottish Garden Podcast is a podcast for plant lovers who want to know more about the gardens and growers of Scotland. Julianne Robertson ventures into Scottish gardens, nurseries and horticultural events, meeting interesting people and plants along the way. This podcast explores what's special about Scotland through the eyes of a garden lover and plant addict!
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The guest for this episode is Brian Cunningham, one of the regular presenters on the BBC Scotland TV programme Beechgrove and Head Gardener at Scone Palace in Perth.We discuss his career in horticulture, how he puts his stamp on the Scone Palace gardens, how he ended up on Beechgrove and we also talk about a brand new project - the Scottish Garden Show due to take place next May at Scone Palace.  You can find Brian aka @gingergairdner on Instagram and Twitter or watch him on Beechgrove on BBC iPlayer.  Beechgrove can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  The Scottish Garden Show is scheduled to take place on 29th, 30th and 31st of May at Scone Palace - you can find more details and updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Email the Scottish Garden Podcast: scottishgardenpodcast@gmail.com
Episode 12: Ray Cox

Episode 12: Ray Cox

2020-10-0536:51

We're back after a break to bring you a conversation with Ray Cox, a photographer based in Perthshire and specialising in plants and gardening.  His images are frequently published in newspapers and magazines like Scotland on Sunday, The English Garden, Scottish Gardener - and he also contributes to many gardening books.We discuss the process of locating and capturing plants and gardens - and we also talk about how he got into the profession, as well as some of the demands garden photography and the vast amount of planning which goes into a shoot.  You can see his work at www.rcoxgardenphotos.co.uk or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.Contact the Scottish Garden Podcast by email or find updates on Twitter and Instagram. 
A conversation with Simon Milne, the Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  We talk about its 350th anniversary celebrations, its history and wealth of plant material, education, community and the future - plans for restoring and renovating its historic glasshouses.  The RBGE website has links to its Virtual Spring tours and those of its partner gardens.RBGE can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  You can contact the Scottish Garden Podcast on scottishgardenpodcast@gmail.com or message via Instagram or Twitter - both @scotgardenpod.
A conversation with Susie Walker-Munro, a founder member of the Tea Gardens of Scotland collective, producers of the first 100% Scottish-grown tea.We discuss how the project began, how they grow and make their tea and their hopes for the future of Scottish tea.  **Please note - because my conversations with guests are informal and usually recorded at their home or places of work, there can be some background noise - in this case, Susie's lovely dog!  There's also a little bit of a buzz in the recording.  Sorry this isn't up to the usual audio quality and I hope it won't put you off listening - it's a really interesting chat :) The Tea Gardens of Scotland website has details of all of the gardens and growers, or visit  The Scottish Tea Factory for tea tasting and blending courses.Here's a direct link to Kinnettles Tea Garden where Susie grows and you can buy Kinnettles Gold here.  Social media links: Tea Gardens of Scotland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.You can also follow @scotgardenpod on Twitter and Instagram! 
A chat with Keri Ivins, the Development Manager at Cambo Heritage Trust.  We talk about the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, Cambo's recently redeveloped Stables Visitor Centre and how they support young horticulturists and volunteers.  Cambo Gardens website Cambo's Facebook Page Cambo on Instagram VisitScotland's details of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival You can contact the Scottish Garden Podcast by emailing scottishgardenpodcast@gmail.comYou can now also follow the Scottish Garden Podcast on Instagram and Twitter - search for @scotgardenpod!  
We're getting ready to return for 2020!  In the meantime, here's a trailer for the Scottish Garden Podcast, highlighting some of the topics we've discussed on the show so far.  If you haven't listened to Scotland's only gardening podcast yet - give it a go! 
A conversation with Monica Straughan, Treasurer of the group Beautiful Perth, the winners of the RHS Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions Award.We discuss what it takes to receive such an accolade, the rewarding work done by the dedicated team of volunteers, and their Zero Waste Perth project.  You can find Beautiful Perth's website here - their presentation to the RHS judges is here and the video of the judging day is here.You can contact the Scottish Garden Podcast by email - scottishgardenpodcast@gmail.com or find me on Instagram @mycornerofearth.
Episode 7: Ken Cox

Episode 7: Ken Cox

2019-10-2935:06

A chat with Ken Cox, woodland plant expert, horticulturist, author and Glendoick Garden Centre owner.  We discuss peat, pots and plant hunting, and I take advantage of Ken's expertise to ask him how best to look after my rhodedendrons! Glendoick Garden Centre's environmental policy is here, along with how-to videos, Ken's books and more information on the Cox family and their plant hunting expeditions.The list of Scottish Gardenplant awards can be found here on The Caley's website and in Garden Plants for Scotland, which I can highly recommend.Oh and there's gin! Sign up for the new Scottish Garden Newsletter or email the podcast at scottishgardenpodcast@gmail.com if you want to get in touch.  Follow me on Instagram @mycornerofearth or Twitter @_julesrobertsonMusic: 'If I Only Had a Brain' by Harold Arlen, arr. Iain Robertson
Interviewing Jim Jermyn, Head Gardener and Property Manager at Branklyn Garden in Perth.  We talk about plant hunters, blue poppies, horticulture training and gin! Branklyn Garden is a National Trust property and features a lovely tearoom with a fantastic view of the garden and beyond.You can find it on Facebook and Instagram and I can recommend visiting at any time of year when it's open (closed late autumn/winter) but especially in May when you'll see the blue Meconopsis! You can can find me on Instagram @mycornerofearth and using the hashtags #mycornerofearth and #scottishgardenpodcast.More stuff about me and contact details at juliannerobertson.com.Music: 'If I Only Had a Brain' by Harold Arlen, arr. Iain Robertson
A chat with the Director of Terrill Dobson, director of Scotland's Gardens Scheme.  We discuss the criteria for opening your garden to the public, the theme for this year, the fundraising element of the scheme and which gardens are a must-see!  Scotland's Gardens Scheme website has details of all the gardens open throughout 2019 and contact details for each one, as well as details of plant sales and links to buy the SGS Guidebook.  You can also find Scotland's Gardens Scheme on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.I can be found on Instagram @mycornerofearth and using the hashtags #mycornerofearth and #scottishgardenpodcastMore stuff about me and contact details at juliannerobertson.comMusic: 'If I Only Had a Brain' by Harold Arlen, arr. Iain Robertson
Extra bonus episode for May! Ahead of Scotland's big horticultural show, Gardening Scotland, I’m chatting to students from Scotland’s Rural College about their current project - designing a show garden for this year’s event and talking to their tutor, Heather Munro, about what the opportunity means for them and how it can be a really valuable learning experience.  This year, is the 20th anniversary of Gardening Scotland and part of the celebrations will see the introduction of College Street, a series of show gardens created by local horticultural students from the Edinburgh, Elmwood and Oatridge campuses of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College).  
Karen Wilkieson and Sue Rabjohns are the growers behind East Neuk Perennials - Based in the East Neuk of Fife, they’re experienced gardeners, both having worked in a variety of estates and gardens of all sizes - but their passion is for propagation.  I spoke to them about how they met up and realised their shared dream to grow perennials and run a nursery.  East Neuk Perennials now operates from Karen's back garden, growing and selling a wide variety of herbaceous perennials which are completely hardy and suitable for the Scottish climate.Links: East Neuk Perennials website The Secret Garden Facebook page My Corner of Earth IG grid and hashtag #mycornerofearth juliannerobertson.comMusic: 'If I Only Had a Brain' by Harold Arlen, arr. Iain Robertson
In the first episode of My Corner of Earth I speak to Rosie Burgon from Scottish Cut Flowers to find out more about her job.  Scotland isn’t a place you might naturally associate with cut flower growing but there’s a growing industry here and Rosie is proving that you can achieve a lot in the Scottish climate in a small area of land.  We talk about how she became a flower farmer, some of the demands of the role and we discuss dahlias! Links: Scottish Cut Flowers - Instagram and website My Corner of Earth - Instagram and blogFlowers for the Future - Facebook group and #flowersforthefuture on IGjuliannerobertson.comMusic: 'If I Only Had a Brain' by Harold Arlen, arr. Iain Robertson
In this episode I find out more about Ninewells Community Garden, based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and run for the benefit of patients, staff, volunteers and the wider community of the city.  The garden has several different areas, growing a huge variety of plants, as well as hosting various workshops and activities.  I find out some of the groups who get the most from visiting, as well as some of the challenges of running a charity garden staffed mainly by volunteers.  There’s also an introduction to Dundee’s Green Health Partnership and the work being done in the city to encourage people to improve their health by getting outdoors.We hear from Sarah Griffiths, the garden facilitator, and Mary Colvin from NHS Tayside, who is on the board of the charity which runs the garden, having helped set it up from the beginning.  Ninewells Community Garden - website and Facebook pageDundee’s Green Health Partnership - website My Corner of Earth - Instagram and blogMusic: 'If I Only Had a Brain' by Harold Arlen, arr. Iain RobertsonContact the show - mycornerofearth@gmail.com or visit juliannerobertson.com
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