The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

Great gardening podcasts are easier to find



A long time ago, when the earth was green, I wrote a post listing my Top Ten gardening podcasts. For The Guardian newspaper’s gardening blog I’ve just done a reprise of my Top Five favourite gardening podcasts, and the good news is that the overall standard of gardening shows has hugely improved since my first write-up.

BBC Radio Ulster’s Gardeners Corner is still top of my list, thanks to the skills of its lead presenter, but honestly, all five in my list (including the new show by the RHS) are essential listening if you’re as fanatical about gardening as I am…and I think you probably are.

The picture above shows my garden in July — last July, actually. Hard to believe the warm days will ever return, but this rose hedge (rose de Rescht) is wonderfully hardy, and I know she’ll come back to me this summer.

Don’t forget to let me know if you have any other great shows you’d recommend. Really, I just can’t get enough.

posted under Gardening, Roses
4 Comments to

“Great gardening podcasts are easier to find”

  1. On March 31st, 2013 at 2:00 pm Vanessa Mann Says:

    Hi Sheila

    Thanks for a great blog – superbly presented, photographed and written.

    Check out the Gardening Hour with Christopher South, live on Sundays from noon on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    Hear a wealth of knowledgable local gardeners answering listeners’ queries and regular slots from the world-renowned Cambridge University Botanic Garden on our doorstep. We’re following a number of groups down the Grow your Own path this growing season and are planning to follow a rail station’s eyesore of shrubland as it’s made-over into a garden to commemorate World War 1.

    Listen again by clicking on Christopher South, on Sundays at noon on the the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire website.

    Good gardening!

    Vanessa Mann, Gardening producer, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

  2. On March 31st, 2013 at 6:18 pm The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Dear Vanessa, I’m absolutely delighted to hear about Christopher’s show, and I will certainly be downloading it. Thank you so much for that, and for your very kind comments about the blog.

  3. On April 11th, 2013 at 4:20 am judy Says:

    Super eccentric but I am totally addicted! Mississippi (very Southern USA) It wont necessarily apply to your climate but Felder Rushing is ultra knowledgeable & very funny. His podcasts are posted sporadically so one must be patient sometimes. Find best access via Mississippi Public Radio site not thr U.S. National Public Tadio. Have fun!

  4. On April 11th, 2013 at 9:28 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Thanks Judy, I tried listening to the Gestalt Gardener for a while but I just couldn’t get into it – I’m glad you mentioned that suggestion, however, for other people reading this who might be interested in a podcast from that region

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