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Gardens, weeds and words

Jul 3, 2019

S01 Episode 13: Joined-up gardens. With Jo Thompson
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
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Garden soundtrack
The fox who ate my socks.
Joined-up gardens
Micro book review
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury, published by Bloomsbury 2018
Full review
Extract read by Rachel Coldbreath
Interview with Jo Thompson 07:46
08:27 The BBC Springwatch garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower show
17:05 Talking to the neighbours
17:44 Does a wildlife garden have to look messy?
21:45 Letting nature find its balance
22:46 A conversation with nature – a cooperative way to garden
26:12 An ongoing relationship between a designer and her gardens
30:42 The concept of “rewinding” in garden design
34:08 Jo’s planting style
38:21 Jo’s love for roses: what’s the attraction of roses?
Arne Maynard’s head gardener Steve Lannin on roses
An article by Sarah Raven in the Telegraph on growing roses at Sissinghurst
Light touch gardening – a winning situation for all
A huge thank you to Jo for joining me on this episode. You can find her here:
Thanks also to Rachel Coldbreath for reading the extract from The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. You can find Rachel on Twitter at
And I’m indebted as ever to Richard Chivers, for giving voice to the Garden Jargon Buster. You can find Richard’s blog here, or seek him out on Instagram or Twitter