Gardens, weeds and words
by Andrew O'Brien: gardener, blogger, podcaster
October 26, 2022 11:38 pm
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing. With Andrew O’Brien.
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
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The joys of October in the garden.
Reading from A breath from elsewhere, by Mirabel Osler 4:28
Read by Jemma Cooper
A breath from elsewhere, by Mirabel Osler. Bloomsbury, 1997.
06:52 Gardening in the shade
08:10 Interview with Susanna Grant
08:20 First encounters
Wild about Weeds, by Jack Wallington
09:17 Sharing weeds (and weeds)
10:48 How the name – and the business – ‘Linda’ came about
12:35 A Jack of All Trades – Susanna’s other work
16:11 A Fair Weather Shop
19:26 Susanna’s childhood memories of plants and the natural world
Flower Fairy books, by Cicely Mary Barker
Observer Book of Wild Flowers
21:26 Arnold Circus and the Boundary Estate – the community garden
Radicle, edited by Sui Searle aka @decolonisethegarden
Volunteering: a problem and an opportunity? by Joanna Pidcock
29:49 From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, by Susanna Grant and Rowan Spray, published by Rough Trade Books and The Garden Museum
35:31 Practicalities of window box gardening with perennials
Thank you to Susanna Grant for giving up her time to talk to me about her creative nature-inspired practice.
Susanna’s book Shade is published by Bloom, 2022, and is available here
The Rough Trade/Garden Museum pamphlet by Susanna, with photography by Rowan Spray is From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, and is available here
Pamphlets in the same series, such as Horticultural Appropriation by Claire Ratinon and Sam Ayre, are also available here
You can find Susanna on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/hellotherelinda
Or on her website: https://www.hellotherelinda.com/
My own book, To Stand and Stare; how to garden by doing next to nothing, will be published by DK Life on Feb 2, 2023, and is available to preorder here https://geni.us/Qs2d
I’m so grateful to Jemma Cooper for lending us her lovely tones for the reading from Mirabel Osler’s A breath from elsewhere. You can find Jem on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/thecountrynurse_
I’m ever appreciative of all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at https://ko-fi.com/andrewtimothyOB. Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees.
A year of garden coaching
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