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Gardening with the RHS is here to help you grow. Each week we talk to RHS experts, along with garden designers, scientists, growers, and the movers and shakers of the horticultural world

Our award-winning Gardening with the RHS podcast offers seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems.

Trusted gardening professionals give you the latest horticultural advice, scientific research and tried-and-tested techniques to bring out the best in your garden.


The legacy of the rose (21 Oct)

It's almost a year since Zehra Zaidi told us the remarkable story of John Ystumllyn, an 18th century African gardener in North Wales, as part of our Hidden Horticulturists series. This week she's back with the joyful news of a new rose that has just been launched to commemorate his life. It's believed to be the first rose named after an ethnic minority Briton.

Author Simon Morley tells how a fusion of Chinese and European rose species created the repeat-flowering garden roses we know and love today, and Julia Bridger of Keyneston Mill in Dorset explains the history and selection of roses grown for fragrance. 

Useful links: How to grow roses ►Hear the story of John Ystumllyn ►Harkness Roses ►Zehra Zaidi  – We Too Built BritainSimon Morley: By Any Other NameKeyneston Mill ►Find rose suppliers online

Selected roses mentioned: 'John Ystumllyn', 'Lady Hillingdon', 'Maigold', Rosa damascenaRosa centifolia, 'Champagne Moment', 'Hot Chocolate', 'Enchantress'


Chilean guavaGrow a taste sensation! Berries special (14 Oct)

Discover the brilliant berries you can grow at home. RHS Editor Gareth Richards talks to Guy Barter about his experiences growing exciting novelties such as Chilean guavas and juneberries, while allotmenteer Kirsty Ward offers first-hand advice on growing blueberries. 

Anna Greenland is a cook and gardener to Michelin-starred chefs; she shares favourite berry-based recipes and her star varieties of strawberry.  Plus RHS historian Fiona Davison explores the fascinating history of British gooseberry growing. 

Useful links: ►RHS grow your own: fruit A–Z  ►Blueberry growing guide ►See Alexis Nikole's guide to making aronia berry hot sauceGooseberries ►Chilean guava ►Find plant suppliers online

Selected plants mentioned: ►Juneberries (Amelanchier alnifolia, A. lamarckii and others) ►Chilean guavas (Ugni molinae) ► Elaeagnus multiflora, E. umbellata ►Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa, A. x prunifolia) ►Strawberries 'Gariguette', 'Malling Centenary', 'Malwina' ►Alpine strawberries 'Mignonette', 'White Soul', 'Alexandria' ►Gooseberries 'Captivator' and 'Xenia'

Contributors: Guy Barter, Gareth Richards, Kirsty Ward, Anna Greenland, Fiona Davison


Daring to be different (6 Oct)

Rakes and rhinestones, wigs and water butts… Daisy Desire the Drag Queen Gardener explains how she's bringing a touch of glamour to the potting shed and hopes to attract new audiences to gardening.

Back at Wisley, RHS Gardening Advisors Chris Taylor and Michaela Freed give a seasonal update on how to get your garden looking great for the season ahead. Plus our resident history expert Fiona Davison tells the story of the mysterious Miss Harrisson, a horticultural high-achiever who, over a century ago, helped pave the way for women to break through into the world of professional gardening. 

Useful links:  Daisy Desire on Instagram  October gardening advice from the RHS  RHS Libraries  ►Study with the RHS 


The wonder of trees (30 Sept)

Dr Amy Jane Beer explores the marvels of all things arboreal – from the world's loneliest tree that also helped define our current geological era to the 400 year-old apple tree that inspired Newton's theory of gravity. Plus she takes a look at trees' wellbeing benefits too.

Curator Matt Pottage explores the concept of Champion Trees, highlighting some of the magnificent specimens to be found at RHS Garden Wisley. And did you know that some conifers are deciduous and offer fabulous autumn colour? Matt is a conifer fanatic and shares some suggestions to light up your autumn garden.

And finally... there's a call for citizen scientists as we're on the hunt for a new tree pest with RHS scientist Jassy Draculik. Her 'Check a sweet chestnut' campaign seeks to track the spread of a recent arrival to Britain, the Oriental chestnut gall wasp. Tune in to find out how you can help protect our precious chestnut trees.

Selected plants mentioned:
►Cercidiphyllum japonicum (katsura or candyfloss tree) ►Liquidambar styraciflua 'Wisley King' ►Pinus coulteri (Coulter pine) ►Pseudolarix amabilis

Useful links: More information on choosing and planting trees  Check a sweet chestnut  Visit RHS Garden Wisley  Join the RHS for free visits to Wisley and to get your monthly copy of The Garden magazine


Chelsea Flower Show special (23 September)

Join us for an inspiring delve into this Chelsea one-off - the year the famous flower show took place in September. This year the show has some unique aspects to explore, including the gorgeous houseplant studios and the brand new balcony and container gardens. Find out how to create pure garden escapism in even the smallest of spaces with designer Martha Krempel,  hear how landscape architect James Smith made his balcony into a green oasis of calm, and designer of the tiny Pocket Forest Container Garden, Sara Edwards, explains how to think big in a small space. 

Plus an in-depth interview with Arit Anderson on how her show garden will go on to have a special life after Chelsea, and a look into the RHS COP26 Garden that focuses on how gardeners can respond to climate change. 

Useful links: RHS COP26 GardenHouseplant studios
Chelsea's new balcony and container gardensThe BBC One Show and RHS Garden of Hope


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