Episodes
In this week's Plant Based Podcast episode it's the news round up with @mrplantgeek and @ellenmarygardening   Find out what the latest horticultural news is from Japanese Knotweed, to Aubergine seed packets not being quite as you'd expect, happy hedgehogs and a rare plant competition. There's the usual gossip about anything and everything as well.    This series is sponsored by Hillier Garden Centres    The Plant Based Podcast:  www.theplantbasedpodcast.net   Instagram Twitter ...
Published 05/15/22
Published 05/15/22
In this weeks episode @mrplantgeek and @ellenmarygardening chat with foraging expert Monica Wilde who took the pledge to eat only foraged food for a whole year. Intrigued to find out how the experiment went, Michael and Ellen delve into cravings, the winter months and changing bowl habits! Monica's book 'The Wilderness Cure' is being released in June 2022. Contributors this week are Dr Radha talking about mental health and Vivara UK with tips for wildlife. And after all of that the gossip...
Published 05/08/22
In this weeks episode, hear the latest horticultural news from finding a lost wedding ring in the garden to the temperature in Edinburgh. @mrplantgeek and @ellenmarygardening have a gardening gossip chat including all the news and schedules for the RHS Malvern Spring Show.    This series is sponsored by Hillier Garden Centres    The Plant Based Podcast:  www.theplantbasedpodcast.net   Instagram Twitter Facebook 
Published 05/01/22
We are excited to announce our new sponsors for series 7 - Hillier Garden Centres. In this first episode of the series find out more about Hillier, their history of plant breeding, the process of discovering new plants and the latest in plant trend news.   @ellenmarygardening is left speechless (for a second) and @mrplantgeek is in his true element chatting about breeding new and exciting plants. Afterwards and as you would expect, Ellen and Michael have a gossip about ancestry, trends they...
Published 04/24/22
Bonus episode! Meet Adam from VivaraUK, sponsors of this series, as @mrplantgeek and @ellenmarygardening chat about feeding the birds, hedgehog poop and having fun at work.  This series is sponsored by Vivara UK suppliers of wildlife accessories, food and plants, helping you to create a biodiverse garden. Find them at:  www.vivara.co.uk Instagram     The Plant Based Podcast:  www.theplantbasedpodcast.net   Instagram Twitter Facebook  Instagram
Published 04/18/22
We are very excited to bring you this episode, which is an exclusive conversation with Frans Beijk, part of the growing and designing team at Keukenhof, the worlds largest spring bulb garden!  Mr Plant Geek got the opportunity to ask all the important questions, quite a few of which were suggested by our followers and listeners! He found out how the garden came to be, how it’s actually a living bulb catalogue, and got all the technical detail around the planting and growing! You’ll soon be...
Published 04/17/22
In this weeks episode, hear the latest horticultural news from banning Daffodil planting to decriminalising psychedelic plants. @mrplantgeek and @ellenmarygardening have a gardening gossip chat including Michael missing his garden and speaking at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. This series is sponsored by Vivara UK suppliers of wildlife accessories, food and plants, helping you to create a biodiverse garden. Find them at:  www.vivara.co.uk Instagram     The Plant Based Podcast:  ...
Published 04/10/22
In this weeks episode find out how floral art graces film sets and runways as Gillian O'Brien and team create botanical worlds for model shoots and immersive floral experiences for brands, retail and events. The Flower Laboratory works with photographers, artists and film makers encouraging creativity and discovery through the world of plants and nature. Hear from @Lornasnaps with the latest gardening gadget lowdown and get some plant photography tips from @Carolinehorne.s.photography And...
Published 04/03/22
In this weeks episode, hear the latest horticultural news from Morrisons Supermarket to Kew Gardens, and cannabis growing in Suffolk.   @mrplantgeek and @ellenmarygardening have a gardening gossip chat including pink Daffodils and the RHS Malvern Show.      This series is sponsored by Vivara UK suppliers of wildlife accessories, food and plants, helping you to create a biodiverse garden. Find them at:  www.vivara.co.uk Instagram     The Plant Based Podcast:  ...
Published 03/27/22
This weeks episode is a taste of how plants can benefit health with best-selling author Emily Johnson. Emily talks about her journey to heal her body with plant based food and healthy living to take control of her debilitating arthritis. Beat Arthritis Naturally is available in all good bookstores and you can find out more by following @arthritisfoodie   @mrplantgeek and @ellenmarygardening have their usual plant based and often nonsensical chat plus regular contributors @rootyfuel and...
Published 03/20/22
In this weeks episode, hear the latest horticultural news from slugs to high lines, an RHS update and nutmeg in the UK. As always, @mrplantgeek and @ellenmarygardening have a chat about houseplant conundrums and maintaining plants while travelling.    This series is sponsored by Vivara UK suppliers of wildlife accessories, food and plants, helping you to create a biodiverse garden. Find them at:  www.vivara.co.uk Instagram     The Plant Based Podcast:  ...
Published 03/13/22
Grow big with Gerald Stratford known as Grandad Gerald. Not only does Gerald grow giant vegetables but he also models for Gucci! Find out where his love of gardening started and hear his words of wisdom.    Hear from @Lornasnaps with the latest gardening gadget lowdown and get some plant photography tips from @Carolinehorne.s.photography     This series is sponsored by Vivara UK suppliers of wildlife accessories, food and plants, helping you to create a biodiverse garden. Find them...
Published 03/06/22
Another news and gossip episode covering the peat ban and expensive snowdrops to gifting terrariums. This is also the second part of a double careers in horticulture chat where Michael and Ellen delve deeper into their careers and the vast array of career paths in the industry. The first part can be found in the podcast library dated 13th February.    This series is sponsored by Vivara, suppliers of wildlife accessories, food and plants, helping you to create a biodiverse garden. Find them...
Published 02/27/22
Michael Gunton is the Creative Director of Factual and The Natural History Unit for BBC Studios. Most recently, Mike was executive producer on Green Planet with Sir David Attenborough. Remember the scene with the rowing boat and the subsequent social media flurry of concern for Sir David in the middle of the Amazon on his own? All was not as it seems! Find out how that scene was filmed, the joy at finding a Fire Lily and so much more all about the epic series about plants. In this truly...
Published 02/20/22
This episode is packed full of plant based news including potato milk and bamboo homes for tarantulas. Plus after a successful Young People in Horticulture event, Michael and Ellen were inspired to talk about careers in horticulture to promote the vast array of jobs involving plants. This is the first of a two part episode, with the second due to be released on 27th February.    This series is sponsored by Vivara, suppliers of wildlife accessories, food and plants, helping you to create a...
Published 02/13/22
Kicking off series 6 of the podcast, this episode is packed full of new and exciting vegetable varieties you will definitely want to grow! Michael and Ellen visit Pro Veg for a tour of the trial gardens and get to taste some along the way. From huge tomatoes to vibrant radish, incredible peas and all shapes and sizes of squash, indulge in the world of vegetable trials. * please note we were out in the field, so sound quality varies.    Also we are excited to announce our first two new...
Published 02/06/22
It's been sometime since Michael and Ellen have been together in person, so in this excitable catch up that not only includes a news round up including plant friendly milk and the energy crisis impact on the horticulture industry...there's admiration for David Attenborough, love for Nandina and a beach that looked like the moon.    This series is sponsored by Vivara, suppliers of wildlife accessories, food and plants, helping you to create a biodiverse garden. Find them at...
Published 01/30/22
In a solo episode, Mr Plant Geek gets Stefan Burger on the Zoom, as they discuss the wonderful world of cacti and succulents. Stefan grew up in Australia, and ended up in South America a few years back, having bought a one way ticket. He now calls Chile home, and it was really interesting to delve into the world of how cacti work; their life cycle, what the spines are really for, and more.  We also touch on the increasing problem of plants being poached in the wild, and discuss what can be...
Published 01/23/22
For the first winter session episodes where Ellen and Michael go solo until series 6 starts, Ellen digs deeper into the wellbeing benefits of gardening with Jordan Mara from Mind and Soil.   Jordan shares his journey into gardening and explains what mind and soil is all about. With a big target of reaching 1 million people, Jordan gives tips for mindful gardening and future plans. He even puts Ellen on the spot! But no fear, all is resolved with a white board. Download to find out more and...
Published 01/16/22
New year, new gardening plans! In this episode hear from some of Instagrams top allotmenteers with their plans for gardening and growing their own food this year. Get some inspiration from your favourite growers and check them out online:    @mitch_grows @rachels.allotment @allotment.fight.club @bnbkitchengarden @allotment4life @lisamaries_kitchengarden And as ever, Michael and Ellen have a gossip about just about everything from new years resolutions to gardening against the...
Published 01/09/22
To round off the end of series 5, Michael and Ellen look back through some of their favourite episodes from all the series so far, giving you snippets of each to enjoy. It’s a mash up of the best! From wildlife hero Chris Packham to plant hunting with Ambra Edwards, all guests have been so interesting and exciting. Series 6 coming soon…   The Plant Based Podcast: www.theplantbasedpodcast.net Instagram Twitter Facebook 
Published 01/02/22
It’s our Christmas episode this week, and we have a fun quiz for you to play. It’s not just for fun though, there are voucher prizes to be won! Open up the webpage as you play the quiz, to fill in your answers, and find out your score- https://bit.ly/pbp-big-fat-quiz-2022 Throughout the episode, you will also hear some seasons greetings from some of Ellen and Michael‘s favourite podcasters, perhaps go and give them a follow, if you fancy. And of course, where would we be without the gossip?...
Published 12/26/21
Have you ever wondered where the flowers come from on TV sets? Or perhaps you’ve noticed a Rose blooming at the wrong time of year on your favourite TV show! Michael and Ellen speak with Phillip Corps an award winning floral stylist to find out how it’s all done! Plus hear from regular contributors, Natalie from @homeofhappyplants with nursery gossip plus Jo @diyjobehari with some handy garden DIY tips!
Published 12/19/21
In this news and gossip episode, find out where a new woodland is being planted for Captain Sir Tom Moore, how many steps it takes to import plants and who won the lifetime achievement award at the garden media guild awards in this week’s horticultural news. Plus Michael and Ellen gossip about Christmas decorations and the anti Christmas party live on Instagram Monday 13th December. There’s also fail of the week and the most beautiful new plant of the week.
Published 12/12/21