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Author: Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain

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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.
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The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!Whether you love formal or informal, evergreen or deciduous, large or small - hedges play an intrinsic role in our gardens. There is a hedging plant to suit all gardens, tastes and budgets but it's crucial to put some thought into exactly what and how you want to plant, to ensure the hedge meets your specific needs. Saul and Lucy muse on what would be their hedging masterclass.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/) 
From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #14 we are joined by the brand new Head Gardener at Helmingham Hall, Brendan Arundel. Having made the jump from Cambridge Botanic Garden and Wisley Apprentice, via RHS Hyde Hall to Helmingham in no short time, Brendan gives us his thoughts on becoming a first time Head Gardener, the confidence it takes to make that step up into managing an historic space and his advice to those who have started in our industry about how to reach this worthwhile career milestone.Apologies for some of the audio quality on this interview.Twitter links:Brendan @BrendanArundelSaul @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/)
The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!Throughout  Spring, Summer and Autumn we think of the Vegetable plots as a hive of growing energy and then a larder of beautiful fruit and veg for our kitchens - but are we guilty of switching of during the winter believing that there not much going on. Well lucy lets Saul know that actually the winter time can be just as busy when it comes to growing, harvesting and planning in the vegetable garden!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/) 
The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!Autumn leaf colours are one of the marvels of our temperate climate, but what exactly is happening within the leaf, and why do some trees and shrubs exhibit more glorious tones than others? Lucy and Saul muse on this topic, delving into the world of chlorophyll, anthocyanins and carotenoids. Leafmould, too, is at our fingertips at this time of year - is there science behind this? You bet! 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/) 
The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!One of Saul and Lucy's great joys at this time of year is to have a wander into the orchards they look after, pluck an apple straight from the tree and sink their teeth into one of nature's greatest fruits! And both implore you to take a look at the 100's and 100's of varieties that can be grown in this country to find your favourite and give it a go in your garden - from Cox's Orange Pippin to Pitmaston's Pineapple, the wonderfully complex world of Apples is a feast of flavour, colour and texture.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/) 
The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!Well, in actual fact - don't mention Saul's pumpkins or Lucy's parsnips, because both have gone awry this year. But, when things go wrong in the garden it's an opportunity to learn, and both Head Gardeners are happy to confess that new pests, persistent weeds and ingrained behaviours have taught them a lot this year. Ultimately, that the very best approach when disasters strike - take it on the chin, learn from your observations, and step forward into 2022 with newfound knowledge. So, onwards and upwards!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/) 
From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #13 we are joined by the wonderfully energetic Plantsman and Head Gardener  Steven Edney - who in his gardening career has built a lasting legacy of clever and spectacular planting as Head Gardener at The Salutation and briefly at Canterbury Cathedral, before jumping full throttle with his partner Lou Dowle into the very exciting cultivation of their own 3 acre plot - 'The Land' - with its 100m long border, 1-acre Jungle Garden and new 'No-name' nursery space.Twitter links:Steven @stevenedney4Lou @LouDowleSaul @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/)
The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins! Although Autumn may bring signs that this year's gardening season is coming to end - it is also the perfect time to plan and prepare for next years display - and this is very nicely encapsulated by planting bulbs. Bulbs are always a trust exercise in the hope of a brilliant display to start the Spring in the coming year, so Lucy and Saul have a chat about what bulbs they are purchasing and how they use them in the gardens they look after.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/)
Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. At the start of Saul's week break from his usual working life at Stonelands he travelled up to his old stomping ground in London to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower show - an event he managed some 7 years ago and he hadn't visited since. With the added bonus of being the first ever Chelsea held in September he was very much looking forward to seeing if the show had evolved and gives his opinion on the show.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/)
Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. If there is a subject that gets regularly looked at on the Talking Heads Podcast its Saul and Lucy's meadows which they are both very rightly proud of! And the late summer into autumn period is an essential period in any meadows meadows maintenance, as it is usually (but not always!) time to cut any meadow and start thinking about sowing or planting any new additions for next years display. So join Saul and Lucy as they chat about the hard work they are doing now, required to keep your meadow vigorous and beautiful in the coming year.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/)
Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. This week, Lucy is on her lonesome but she keeps herself busy by giving us a tour of the autumnal highlights (and lowlights) of her home kitchen garden. She's also been run off her feet organising the Hall's garden for a major event, so she gives us an insight into what's happening in the brain of any Head Gardener in the build up to such significant dates. There have been plenty of lists....!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/)
Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. Our main role at BBC GWLive is to man the Plant Experts Desk. Over the 4-day show period Lucy and Saul answered nigh on 1,000 plant-based queries, from how to control a nuisance pest to where to buy that must-have plant. Being at the coalface puts us in a unique position, so let these two Head Gardeners reveal what the most popular questions were at this year's Special Edition show.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/)
Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. As the show draws to a close Saul and Lucy focus on the show gardens - a blend of contemporary cottage chic, fiery urban jungles, 21st century living and an amazing garden from the Association of Professional Landscapers that highlights the stellar and somewhat underappreciated work that goes into building much of the hard landscaping in our precious green spaces. 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/)
Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. On Day 3 of the show, Saul and Lucy had the great privilege of sitting down with Monty Don, the face of Friday Night Gardening, to talk about his great love for Longmeadow (his garden in Herefordshire), how he manages its creation and maintenance and his plans for its future while juggling the demands of being one of the most filmed gardens in the world. 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/)
Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. As Day 2 ends Saul and Lucy spend some time in one of the inspirational ends of the show - the Beautiful Borders - a showcase of talented new designers building and plant small borders and mini-gardens to show off their skills. We take a look at luscious tropical themes, subtle and calming Meadows, a slice of country heaven and a chic contemporary space. Plus we fit in some time to look at the yearly fun of the Schools Wheel Barrow competition.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/)
Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live - Special Edition as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 26-29th August and consists of a Special Edition from the outside areas of the usual show ground and the Floral Marquee - bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. Tonight Lucy and Saul have a wander around their favourite part of the show - the Floral Marquee - and look at four of their favourite exhibits - Robinsons (MAmmoth Onion), Shropshire Sarracena, Larchfield Trees and Alchemy Ferns.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/)
Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. Ahhh - Lucy and Saul finally get loose of the shackles in their gardens and are allowed out for some well deserved Flower Show action. Next week - between the 26th and 29th August - it's BBC Gardener's World Live from the NEC in Birmingham, and as with every year we've been there we'll be manning the Plants Expert desk giving first rate advice, plant ID's and pest and disease consolation to anyone who wants to come and chat with us - so see you there!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/)
Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. Lucy and Saul love their jobs - don't get us wrong - but rather than paint a rose-tinted picture we thought our listeners would appreciate an authentic, honest account of Head Gardener life. So, whether it's being attacked by swans, flexing your flat-pack muscles with furniture or just managing the general juggle of jobs, welcome to the busy, exciting - and occasionally frustrating - world of the modern Head Gardener!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/)
Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. If there is one thing your guaranteed to be able to talk to any Head Gardener about in the UK - it is the weather - and Lucy and Saul are no different, in fact you may have noticed on the podcast that we're quite obsessed with it. There is good reason as the weather dictates much of our gardening practice and planning. Over the year we've seen many weather extremes and unseasonably strange weather patterns, which if climate change makes them the 'new normal', we may have to look how we manage and tend our green spaces.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/)
Summer is upon us at last! The warmer weather seems much overdue this year, so Lucy and Saul are relieved to at last see the abundance of growth that this season can bring. This explosion requires selective intervention and management, so get ready for lively conversations about how these two experienced Head Gardeners keep calm - and cool - during the garden's peak period. If you do one thing this weekend, complete a project to entice pollinating insects into your garden. That's the message that the @BBCRadio2's #BigBeeChallenge want to spread, so Lucy and Saul are very happy to oblige. In this special episode, we interview wildlife gardening guru, Kate Bradbury, to glean some expert tips on how to encourage bees onto your plot.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/)
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Sue Ken

the RHS offers a practical course at level 2

Mar 24th
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asoulwithnofootprint

Loved it! Fellow tree huggers, was having a hug with an obliging oak yesterday. Thank you for the mention, really appreciated it ❤

Apr 1st
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