Gardening Podcasts: Do You Listen?

Gardening is often a solitary hobby, only shared with friends when they come by for a tour or to take some of our extra zucchini off our hands. But every so often during those marathon weeding days, don’t you wish you had some goofy gardening buddies to keep you company? I mean, the dog’s cool and all, but he doesn’t crack jokes about rude-sounding botanical names, now does he? Gardening podcasts seem to be all over the place in terms of what to expect – some are friendly and funny but not instructional, some are radio shows that are meant to teach a broad beginner’s audience, and some are very instructional indeed, but maybe a little too serious. Many gardening podcasts are new enough that they’re still finding their voice, which is awesome. If a podcast doesn’t strike my fancy one day, I’ve found future episodes often will, so I just download everything and see what mood catches me as I’m gardening.

Timber Press

One of my favorite podcasts is the Timber Press Podcast, which is just a bunch of interviews with Timber Press’ authors, who are universally awesome. They’ve interviewed Val Easton, Debra Lee Baldwin, Douglas Tallamy, Tracy DiSabato-Aust, and the editor at Timber Press (and author!) Tom Fischer. The music is snappy, the interviews have high-quality audio, and the discussion is always great. The one complaint I have about the podcast is they cut each interview into parts, and the parts don’t stand alone – they still need to be listened to in order. I think they should have a monthly podcast that is a full interview instead of making us download each portion of an interview. Small quibble – it’s a hit with me either way.

Good Enough Gardening

Another favorite is the Good Enough Gardening Podcast with Jean Ann Van Krevelen and Amanda Thomsen. Jean Ann VK, a super-sweet Portland-er, often sings show tunes and occasionally raps. Sometimes they talk about gardening too. They don’t usually try to teach in the podcast – it’s more light banter about cool plants, veggie gardening, and recipe ideas. If you’re in the mood to hang out and giggle with some girlfriends in the garden, this is the podcast.

A Way to Garden

Margaret Roach of A Way to Garden has an appealingly practical, straightforward approach to gardening. Ever read a pruning tutorial that makes things seem even harder? That’s totally not her style – Margaret simplifies things and has such a quiet, encouraging love for gardening. If you’re a new gardener and wanting to learn some simple gardening tips, or if you’re a seasoned gardener like me and just want the peaceful camaraderie of a fellow friend-in-the-dirt, the A Way to Garden Podcast will teach you something new each time.

Nest In Style

Nest in Style is a new podcast in 2010, with Teresa sharing historical tidbits about plants and gardening and Jayme talking about gardening style and trends. They’ve chosen some great topics and guests – my favorites so far have been the two from the San Francisco Garden Show, but that’s probably because I was so wicked jealous that all the cool kids got to go and I stayed home. (Next year!!!) They’ve got a good combination of conversation and teaching – I have come away from every podcast with a few helpful bits of info that were fun to share with others or put into action.

Wiggly Wigglers

The Wiggly Wigglers Podcast seems to be the longest-running gardening podcast that I can find. They’ve been discussing life on the farm in their adorable British accents since 2005. I love that the podcasts have a sense of continuity from episode to episode, and I also love whenever they discuss hedgehogs. I think that’s a recipe for podcasting success: baby hedgehogs and British accents. Works for me!!

Other gardening podcasts:

Ken Druse’ Real Dirt: Ken and his co-host Vicki are garden writers who have a diverse selection of guests. On the shows I listened to, the information was fairly specific to colder climates than my Zone 9 garden, so it never became a favorite for that reason. But the easy dialogue between Ken and Vicki, and Vicki’s fun recipes made it fun to listen to. Anarchy in the Garden: This is from vegan urban gardener Adriana in Southern Cali. There’s punk music, recipe ideas, and fun tips, and Adriana’s got an engaging personality. There have only been a few episodes though, so while it’s a fun listen, it’s not going to keep you in podcasts for that day-long ripping-up-the-lawn project! Jean Ann Van Krevelen also mentioned some favorite gardening podcasts, some of which I have never listened to, so go on over and read about her favorites after you download a few Good Enough Gardening episodes! Some other cool audio stuff: a free NPR piece – Amy Stewart on Lady Bird Johnson, Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver on audio (I LOVED this audiobook), More Writers in the Garden, an Anthology (an audio download from audible.com), and Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan (available in CDs and as a download).

Do you like to listen to anything while you garden, or do you have a favorite gardening podcast to provide solace on those days when you’re stuck indoors? Let me know in the comments!!

Comments

  1. says

    Hi:

    Thanks so much! What an honor to be included on such a great list. We’re delighted that you find value with Nest in Style podcasts, as that is definitely our goal.

    We’re always improving, so look for more interesting podcast guests coming up soon. We have some wonderful gardeners, foodies and others sharing helpful tips in the next few months. Meanwhile, I love your blog and find it loaded with information.

    All the best,
    Teresa O’Connor
    (@SeasonalWisdom on Twitter; co-host of Nest in Style with Jayme Jenkins of @aHaModernLiving)

  2. says

    Hi Gen,

    Thanks for the round up of podcasts, some I’m familiar with and others are new and sound exciting. I listened to all the Doug Tallamy podcasts over at Timber Press and found it fascinating to listen to him speak. BTW, I agree with your assessment of the podcasts there…would prefer to not have them broken up.

    I’ve also listened to Margaret Roach’s podcasts of her radio show and always pick up a few interesting tidbits. I’m going to a tweetup at Margaret’s home on Sunday and I’m, so excited to finally meet her in person. And I can’t wait to get a tour of her garden!

  3. Jessica says

    I would like to suggest Felder Rushing’s podcast The Gestalt Gardener. His show is more angled towards southern areas (he’s from Jackson, Mississippi) but he is so fun to listen to I don’t care.

  4. says

    Hi
    I have been enjoying “gardeners question time” from the BBC. Radio 4.
    They move about the country and locals come by and ask the panel for advice on what to do with their gardens. There is usually an an interview or two with someone from the district they are visiting. Good fun, informative and again those accents you enjoy.
    All the best
    Mike

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