Scotland Grows Show

Scotland Grows Show

The Scotland Grows Show celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.

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May 23, 2024 31 mins

In this episode, M.T. O'Donnell chats with Rona Dodds, the passionate owner of Quercus Garden Plants. Nestled at 850 feet above sea level on a northwest slope with poor clay soil, Rona’s nursery is a testament to resilience and dedication.

As she shares her journey of transforming a challenging landscape into a thriving garden space, Rona provides insights into plant propagation, weathering storms, and the daily hurdles and triumph...

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Ray Cox is a seasoned professional photographer who has specialised in garden photography for over 22 years. Ray’s deep-rooted passion for horticulture has carried him through a diverse career that includes farming, journalism, and environmental writing. His stunning photography work has graced the pages of national newspapers, magazines, and iconic garden publications.   

Ray shares his journey from his family's horticultural ba...

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Meet the inspiring Katrina Gelderbloem, a passionate gardener and permaculture enthusiast from East Ayrshire. Katrina, alongside her family, has transformed their quarter-acre plot into a thriving food forest and a productive vertical garden, practicing permaculture principles, reducing and repurposing waste whenever they can. 

Their eldest son, Clayton, is autistic and nonverbal, and Katrina delves into how gardening has significa...

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Have you ever wanted to chuck your corporate job and retrain as a gardener? Or even try your hand at designing a garden to be judged at a national competition?

 

Kate McClorey did both, leaving a high-powered IT career to turn her gardening hobby into a new career. Kate talks us through completing the RHS L2 with distinction, a 6 month course at RBGE in practical gardening to help back up the theory, followed by a WRAGS (Work and R...

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Michael Lawrie, Head Gardener at Threave Garden at Castle Douglas in Dumfries & Galloway, and Head of The School of Heritage Gardening there, is the guest in this episode.

 

Threave’s wonderful garden has been created over the years by students at the National Trust for Scotland’s School of Heritage Gardening and is a fine example of landscaped beauty, and we chat not only about the garden but about the adjoining nature reserve...

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Season 5 of the Scotland Grows Show kicks off with horticultural heavyweight Dougal Philip taking us on a Director's journey through the thriving community of over 120 member gardens united under Discover Scottish Gardens.     We unfold the map to these botanical beauties and discuss how this organisation not only markets, but supports member gardens throughout the seasons and encourages a slow tourism approach by immersing yo...

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We dive deep into the world of sustainable garden accessories with the inspiring Karen Sawyer, co-director of Scottish company Livingreen Design Ltd. in this episode and discuss their mark on the world with their sophisticated planters, setting the standard for green luxury in hotels, banks, and airports alike - even in James Bond's 'Casino Royale' - and why their fiberglass planters were the talk of the COP26 Conference.

 

With ov...

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Pam Whittle served as President of The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (The Caley) for 5 years and currently co-ordinates The Caley Shows. This is a great episode to learn more about these shows and the role The Caley plays in Scottish gardening and horticulture.

 

Passionate about the benefits of gardening, Pam has a large garden of her own – although she says never finds enough time to devote to it, and she shares her love...

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In this episode with Head Gardener Andrew Hinson, we delve into the enchanting world of Greenbank Garden, a National Trust for Scotland property nestled less than six miles from Glasgow city centre which features a two and a half acre walled garden and a 16 acre woodland.

 

Andrew completed his BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship at SRUC in 2020, was a finalist in the Scottish Regional Young Horticulturist of the Year Competitio...

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Janice Clyne, a well-versed food scientist, gut health enthusiast, and foraging expert chats to us in this episode.

 

We delve into the unexpected treasures of your very own garden: weeds like nettles, dandelion, sorrel, rosebay willowherb, and ground elder that are often overlooked but pack a punch for your immune system, liver, and overall detoxification. Janice will inspire you to rethink these wild plants as potent sources of n...

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Victoria George is the National Organiser for the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s ‘Young Horticulturist of the Year’ competition, a competition open UK and Ireland wide to find the brightest horticultural minds under 30 years old, and in this episode, we’ll find out much more about what the competition involves, and how you can enter, as well as hear from Victoria about starting her own career in horticulture at age 35 and he...

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Are you ready to fall in love with snowdrops in this episode with Helen Rushton, arguably Scotland’s Queen of Snowdrops!

 

Helen has a rural garden in Aberdeenshire with a snowdrop collection that extends to over 550 named varieties, all from a chance find of double snowdrops in the garden. The collection was awarded National Plant Collection status in 2020 by Plant Heritage and you may have seen some of those gorgeous snowdrops on...

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This is a special episode with a giant in Scottish horticulture. A man who’s career has covered not just gardening, but teaching, advising, writing, and broadcasting about all aspects of horticulture, north and south of the border. A man that a nation of Beechgrove fans took to their hearts, as well as taking his timely weekly advice, and a presenter who has won the Royal Television Award for ‘Presenter of the Year’.

 

For his serv...

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Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.

 

Chelsea Lowe is head gardener at Horatio’s Garden Scotland, one of 6 UK gardens built by the charity to nurture the wellbeing of people after spinal injury in beautiful, vibrant sanctuaries wit...

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Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.

 

Inverewe Garden is garden like no other. It’s a lochside garden amid a barren wilderness on the Atlantic coast in the North West Highlands. Aided by the effects of the Gulf Stream on the west c...

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Clive Johnson-Cooper, winner of Gardeners’ World ‘Garden of the Year’ 2023, chats about his jungle-themed, urban garden in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Clive has created a garden from scratch and the results of his passion, in his tiny, courtyard space, won him the Judges’ Choice vote. Listening to Clive talk about the creation of his garden and his bold planting choices is nothing short of inspiring.

 

Clive had his fingers crossed to ...

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Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.

 

In this episode, I’ll be talking to Eli Appleby-Donald, one half of 'In the Garden With Eli and Kate'.

 

Eli tends an urban garden in East Lothian which she has managed to make beautiful and pr...

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Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.

 

Simon Jones is a Gardens & Designed Landscapes Manager for the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), managing gardens such as Threave, Culzean, Broughton, Greenbank, Hill House, Geilston, Crar...

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Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.

 

Kim Light is well known on Instagram for her absolutely gorgeous cut flower garden, at @my_scottish_garden, but it is no regular cut flower garden that Kim has created in Wishaw, just outside G...

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Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.

 

Scott Smith is becoming a well-kent face as on our screens as Head Gardener at Beechgrove Gardens and a new presenter for ‘Beechgrove’ in 2023.

 

Scott came to Beechgrove after Head Gardener po...

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