The Gardens, weeds & words podcast, Series 1 Episode 2

Gardening in the landscape

As the leaves fall, we begin to see our gardens in their wider context, which makes it a perfect time to consider how they relate to the surrounding landscape. In this episode I’m joined by the artist Celia Hart, who discusses her earliest plant memories, and the role that her local Suffolk landscape has upon her work.

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Episode 2 of the Gardens, weeds & words podcast is out today, with huge thanks to anyone and everyone for their support for the first episode! This time, I’m talking to Celia Hart, whose wonderful lino cuts have been among my favourite illustrations every since I discovered Celia and her work years ago on social media. And since I’ve been thinking about how our gardens sit in the landscape, I was particularly interested to be able to talk to someone whose intimate knowledge of their local area is such a clear influence on her work. It also helps that Celia’s a fellow pelargonium fan – we pellie nuts have to stick together.

There’s another micro review of one of my favourite books, this time of Monty Don’s The Ivington Diaries, Beth Pinkerton kindly lending her voice to read the passage for us. And I take a trip to Dungeness, where I get rather confused about where people’s gardens stop, and the landscape begins – and just where you’re supposed to put your feet. Boundaries are most definitely not a Dungeness thing.

Once more, all of this is set to a laid back soundtrack of the natural world doing its seasonal thing, with the odd interjection of church bells, gardening activities, and a somewhat disgruntled cock pheasant.

By the time you read this, the new episode should have hit your podcast app of choice – assuming you’ve subscribed, and if you’ve not, it’s just a short search away (just type in “Gardens, weeds and words”). I hope you enjoy it – and if you do, I’d be immensely appreciative if you could leave me a review in iTunes, or wherever you’re listening. It just helps to keep the podcast visible to as many people as possible.

Gardens, weeds and words podcast, S01E02 show notes

A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.

Garden soundtrack

October reflections

A micro review of Monty Don’s The Ivington Diaries, published 2009 by Bloomsbury. Criminally, this now appears to be out of print, but I’m sure you can track a second hand copy down.

Gardening in the landscape. How we impose ourselves on the landscape with our gardens (as well as our towns and cities and all the built infrastructure of modern life) – which might sound a little overcooked but, really – hear me out here. 

An interview with the splendid Celia Hart, whose illustrations you may well know from Gardens Illustrated Magazine and now the new Almanac for 2019. Celia’s website is here.

Gardens Illustrated Magazine

A review of The Almanac: a seasonal guide for 2019 by Lia Leendertz with illustrations by Celia Hart on the blog at

An interesting article on green corridors for wildlife in urban environments. The role of green corridors for wildlife conservation in urban landscape: a literature review. H A Aziz and M H Rasidi, 2014

Derek Jarman at Prospect Cottage.

Modern Nature: The journals of Derek Jarman 1989-1990, which details the creation of the garden at Prospect Cottage

Derek Jarman’s Garden, a hardback volume dedicated to the garden, including Jarman’s own handwritten notes.

Dungeness links

Dungeness Old Lighthouse

RSPB Dungeness

Dungeness page of the Romney Marsh website

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Beth Pinkerton, our charming reader for this episode's book review. Twitter Instagram 

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