More people than ever are appreciating the importance of plants in our day to day lives. Whether it's a plant-based diet, clothes made from plants, the wellbeing qualities of plants, or simply a fun shelf of cacti and succulents!The Plant Based Podcast is about anything that can be traced back to plants… with subjects ranging from foraging for medicinal plants and baking with edible flowers, to plant-based body builders and clothes made from bamboo...This is not just another gardening podcast.. this is The Plant Based Podcast!
In this episode of the Plant Based Podcast, Ellen meets Jimmy Turner, the Director of Horticulture at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Jimmy looks after not just one, but three high-profile gardens in Australia - perhaps one of the best horticultural jobs in the world!
Jimmy and Ellen chat about how plants can provide therapy, improve communities, and rebalance our digitally-focused lifestyles.
Michael and Ellen meet Neil Urry and Alex Allen, owners of Vegepod UK. They moved from Australia to England in 2018 to launch Vegepod in the UK. This is their story as to how they came to be part of the Vegepod family.
Then in part two, Ellen meets Simon Holloway from Vegepod Australia on the beautiful shores of Manly beach. Over a beer, they have a chat about the origins of Vegepod, how Vegepod encourages people to Grow Your Food and some of the communities Vegepod is helping along the way.
Leon and Michael from Honest Hemp, a pioneering grower of organic hemp and producer of superior cannabidiol CBD products, talk to Michael and Ellen. They unpack the misconceptions about the legalities, and the confusion between CBD and cannabis, making the distinction clear about how it is perfectly legal!
Honest Hemp, based in Surrey, produces 130,000 bottles of CBD oil a day, so these guys really know their stuff! They explore what the future holds for CBD and what some of the reported benefits are.
Among chirping bird song, nestled in Highgate Woods in North London, the Plant Based Podcast meets Kim and Vicky from Handmade Apothecary to learn about foraging, and how to use plants to create healing remedies and recipes.
Join them in this episode of the Plant Based Podcast to learn how to forage, what to pick (and what not to pick!), and then what to do (and when) to ensure that your hoard is safe for using as natural remedies.
RHS gardens are one of the most stunning displays and are a true dream for any horticultrual fan to explore. But just what does it take to look after one? With such variety and high standards expected it’s no mean feat. The star of this episode of The Plant Based Podcast is Peter Goodchild, leader of the Alpine team at RHS Wisley.
Peter talks to Michael and Ellen about his journey from gardener at Legoland to being responsible for a stunning display of Alpines which attracts visitors from far and wide.
Gabriel Reid fell in love with flowers as a child. Over the years she evolved that passion into a cut flower business, and Gabriel’s Garden was soon formed.
Michael and Ellen visit the stunning gardens to meet Gabriel and find out how she started selling salads and edibles at farmer’s markets, and how that grew into selling cut flowers. As an artisan florist and grower of fine flowers, Gabriel now sows, grows and delivers seasonal flowers fresh from her Norfolk gardens.
Howard Nurseries grow over two million plants a year and is one of the country’s largest, wholesale perennial specialists.
Take a peek behind the scenes at Howard Nurseries to find out how the nursery business came about and grew to have a range of more than 1,500 varieties.
David Howard, and his daughter Christine, chat to The Plant Based Podcast about how quality of plants has always been the number one force behind the business, and share their secrets on how to grow using bare root plants.
Join the Plant Based Podcast to explore the world of aquascaping and creating stunning landscapes underwater.
Ray McCune and George Farmer from Scaped Nature in Norwich speak to Michael and Ellen to discuss how creativity needn’t be limited to houseplants and how unusual spaces and scenery can be created within landscaped tanks and aquariums – without needing a snorkel! From moss art to terrariums and complete aquascaping kits, for novices and experts alike, Scaped Nature has it covered!
Plant based drinks are a huge growth area and one company specialising in this is Botanic Lab. Michael and Ellen meet founder Rebekah who explains how, with eating and drinking becoming about so much more than just stopping thirst and hunger, Botanic Lab is expanding its range to create drinking experiences.
Plant milks, juices, teas and cold presses are the drinks that are getting people talking. They also dissect the CBD taboo and delve in to find out what CBD is and how it is good for you.
Embracing plants and nature can brighten the darkest of days, and taking time out of a busy day to step outside for a moment’s peace can have a huge impact on your wellbeing. Someone who knows this exceptionally well is Emma Mitchell, author of "The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us”.
In this episode, Emma chats to Michael and Ellen to discuss gardening, wellbeing and her passion for nature and they explore how nature can boost your mood and help fend off depression as a means of self-medicating.
In a special bonus episode, Ellen and Michael have been to the Hampton Court Flower Show. Like the true plantspeople they are, they spent most of the time in the floral marquee, marvelling at how many retro plants seem to be back on trend. From previously disdained Heathers to mumsy Chrysanthemums, the tide has changed. New breeding, new innovation, and new attitudes mean that lots of plants are being re-invigorated for new and old gardeners alike.
Ever wondered what goes into being an exhibitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show?
It’s the most prestigious gardening show in the world and unites plant lovers from every corner but just what goes into producing a Chelsea exhibit?
In this special episode of the Plant Based Podcast recorded at the show, Michael Perry and Ellen Mary meet some of the people behind these show stopping displays, who are true plant experts dedicated to producing the very best plants in the world.
Each year, the RHS crowns one new plant its Plant of the Year and, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, the Plant Based Podcast got to meet the team behind this year’s winning plant.
It just so happens it has been created by our sponsor Suttons!
Michael and Ellen go behind the scenes at the world’s most prestigious gardening show to chat to the team at Suttons who created Sedum ‘Atlantis’, the 2019 Plant of the Year which is the first time a sedum has won.
Put your feet up, put the kettle on and find out how to brew up a plant based tea in the latest episode.
Hackney Herbal is a social enterprise promoting health and wellbeing through herbs and Michael and Ellen meet Nat from Hackney Herbal to discuss how herbal teas can help!
From blends to help digestion to the best tea to stop a caffeine addiction whilst still getting an afternoon boost, and even the best cure from stress and anxiety - Hackney Herbal has it all!
This tasty episode of The Plant Based Podcast takes plant-based diets to new levels by exploring the world of edible flowers.
Nurtured in Norfolk supplies micro cress, pea shoots, micro herbs and edible flowers to wholesalers and Michelin star restaurants to help add something extra special to their dishes.
Alex Drane talks about how they work with the top chefs to meet the demand for something different by delivering unusual tastes and distinctive flavours that go way beyond the everyday garnish!
In this special National Gardening Week episode of The Plant Based Podcast, Michael and Ellen chat to Markus about how the only way to truly get the best, brightest colours in fruit is to grow them yourself.
Markus talks about the seedless fruits he has developed, how he is changing the world of apples and the difference between breeding plants for home use vs. commercial.
His passion for finding something different in plants is inspiring, as is his patience and dedication to fruit plant breeding .
Houseplants are one of the biggest trends in gardening at the moment - they’re taking over! One place that is certainly true is The Plant Den in Norwich.
Roscoe, and his partner Michelle, started The Plant Den, as a tiny treasure chest of a shop in Norwich that is the same size as a garden shed but packed to the ceiling with a huge variety of plants. People travel from far and wide to visit their shop, and Roscoe chats about the houseplant trend and discusses his favourite varieties.
The Chelsea Physic Garden in London is a secret garden originally established by the Apothecaries in order to grow medicinal plants. Nowadays, it’s bursting with edible and useful medicinal plants, and the gardens are open to the public to explore.
In this episode Michael Holland, head of education at the garden, talks about how plants can be used in our lives for good, as well as shedding light on plants for herbal medicines and what plants you can use at home to create your own, safe remedies.
Seedball is on a mission to fill the world with wildflowers whilst saving bees and butterflies! And, they’re starting with your garden.
The concept is simple. A ball is made up of a variety of wildflower seed surrounded by clay to protect it, simply scatter the balls and wait for them to grow!
Co-founder of Seedball, Emily Lambert, talks to The Plant Based Podcast about her love of plants and wildflowers, biodiversity and helping pollinators like bees and butterflies survive.
“Don’t you miss meat?”
It’s probably the most common question vegans face. But one London restaurant is changing that by incorporating creativity, art and technical culinary skill to replicate the tastes and textures of meat but in plant based dishes!
In this episode, The Plant Based Podcast visits Plates London, a plant-based restaurant in Shoreditch and our bellies were rumbling!
Plant genetics, boring huh? Not a chance! Emma Howard is as passionate as it gets when it comes to plant genetics. Did you know some of the most commonly enjoyed plants are actually genetically modified? Would you believe us if we told you that includes Daffodils?
Emma will surprise you and break down some seriously awesome plant studies into language we can all understand in a relaxed and cool tone. After listening to this podcast, you may even change your view on genetically modified plants.
Bees are an incredibly important part of our day to day lives. As the world's most important pollinator of food crops, one third of the food we eat every day relies on bees but are we doing enough to help them in our gardens?
Beverley Glover of Cambridge Botanic Garden is on a quest to discover the plants that provide the most attractive colours, textures and shapes to bees. We find out which blooms are the best, and worst, at hosting that nectar buffet!
More people than ever are appreciating the importance of plants in our day to day lives. Whether it's a plant-based diet, clothes made from plants, the wellbeing qualities of plants, or simply a fun shelf of cacti and succulents!
…with subjects ranging from foraging for medicinal plants and baking with edible flowers, to plant-based body builders and clothes made from bamboo...
This is not just another gardening podcast.. this is The Plant Based Podcast!