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The Scottish Garden Podcast is a podcast for plant lovers who want to know more about the gardens and growers of Scotland. Julianne Robertson ventures into Scottish gardens, nurseries and horticultural events, meeting interesting people and plants along the way. This podcast explores what's special about Scotland through the eyes of a garden lover and plant addict!
 
A Child's Garden of Verses is a collection of poems for children by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. The collection first appeared in 1885 under the title Penny Whistles, but has been reprinted many times, often in illustrated versions. It contains about 65 poems - some quite short - including the cherished classics "The Lamplighter," "The Land of Counterpane," "Bed in Summer," "My Shadow" and "The Swing." (Summary by Wikipedia and Sweet Pea)
 
“Many who scoff at a book of etiquette would be shocked to hear the least expression of levity touching the Ten Commandments...” Thus opens the introduction to one of the most popular American non-fiction books – one that was avidly studied by both men and women, children and adults, leaders of society and those who yearned to be part of the charmed circle! Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home by Emily Post was first published in 1922 and became an instant bestseller. I ...
 
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A chat with Serena from Seeds of Hope Scotland, which supplies wildflower seeds to good causes. It was developed during lockdown in 2020 and has grown into a social enterprise with a focus on biodiversity and mental health. We talk about how Seeds of Hope Scotland started up and how we can all garden and grow more sustainably. Seeds of Hope website…
 
Episode 16 of the Scottish Garden Podcast is a chat with Sallie Sillars, Head Gardener at Horatio’s Garden Scotland, which is located within the grounds of Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. The charity Horatio’s Garden works across the UK and creates beautiful, accessible gardens in N…
 
An episode for daffodil-lovers everywhere! A chat with Caroline Thomson of Backhouse Rossie, location of Scotland’s Daffodil Festival and the National Collection of Backhouse daffodils. Caroline Thomson is a direct descendant of the Backhouse family and in our conversation we talk about the family history with daffodils, as well as their surprising…
 
Episode 14 is a chat with MT O'Donnell, editor of the Scottish Gardening Magazine, a new, free, digital, bi-monthly publication aimed directly at gardeners in Scotland. Our discussion is a celebration of Scottish gardening! We talk about why MT created the magazine, its content and format. We also discuss her gardening background and her love of lo…
 
The guest for this episode is Brian Cunningham, one of the regular presenters on the BBC Scotland TV programme Beechgrove and Head Gardener at Scone Palace in Perth. We discuss his career in horticulture, how he puts his stamp on the Scone Palace gardens, how he ended up on Beechgrove and we also talk about a brand new project - the Scottish Garden…
 
We're back after a break to bring you a conversation with Ray Cox, a photographer based in Perthshire and specialising in plants and gardening. His images are frequently published in newspapers and magazines like Scotland on Sunday, The English Garden, Scottish Gardener - and he also contributes to many gardening books. We discuss the process of lo…
 
A catch up with an Italian plantsman I befriended while working in Oregon. We enjoyed hikes and visits to nurseries, including a 8 hours drive to collect some Pinus lambertiana (Sugar Pine) cones - the longest pine cones in the world. Things everyone does when in America I'm sure... Luca has since moved to Australia, working for one of the best nur…
 
A conversation with Simon Milne, the Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. We talk about its 350th anniversary celebrations, its history and wealth of plant material, education, community and the future - plans for restoring and renovating its historic glasshouses. The RBGE website has links to its Virtual Spring tours and those of i…
 
A conversation with Susie Walker-Munro, a founder member of the Tea Gardens of Scotland collective, producers of the first 100% Scottish-grown tea. We discuss how the project began, how they grow and make their tea and their hopes for the future of Scottish tea. **Please note - because my conversations with guests are informal and usually recorded …
 
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