Episode 12

Glee 2024 Insights & Celebrations - Matthew Mein, Glee Event Director

Glee is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and we get a glimpse behind the scenes to understand what goes into putting on the exhibition with event director Matthew Mein. We gain an insight into the innovations coming in 2024 and the importance Glee has within the garden sector calendar as well as understanding the show’s decision to move the event back to September.
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Phil Wright: www.wrightobara.com

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Episode 11

Manufacturing a Sustainable Future - Kate Ebbens, Capi Europe

Kate Ebbens is the UK representative for Capi Europe, a manufacturer of garden products that has gone to great lengths to ensure they are as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. Kate is also the Vice President of GIMA and an ambassador for the Greenfingers Charity. We caught up with Kate to discuss her thoughts on the sector and discover more about the incredible challenge she’s taken on to raise money for Greenfingers.
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Phil Wright: www.wrightobara.com

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Episode 10

The Future of Plant Feeding - Simon Taylor, Plantworks (Empathy)

For over 450 million years mycorrhizal fungi have lived in a symbiotic relationship with plants developing a lifelong bond of mutual benefit. Science is only now identifying the secrets of these relationships and discovering how they can be harnessed to naturally improve plant health, encouraging them to thrive. On this week’s show we chat with Simon Taylor, the business development director at Plantworks, the company behind Rootgrow, and discuss the future of plant food.
Empathy / Rootgrow: https://rootgrow.co.uk
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Phil Wright: www.wrightobara.com

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Episode 9

Transformative Journey in Sustainability - Jane Hartley, Evergreen Garden Care

We’re delighted this week to have caught up with Jane Hartley, Brand Portfolio Manager, Growing Categories at Evergreen Garden Care. She shares her insights into the sustainability journey that Evergreen Garden Care has been on, as well as her passion and enthusiasm for the industry.
Evergreen Garden Care: www.lovethegarden.com
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Phil Wright: www.wrightobara.com

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Episode 8

What the hell is digestate? Toby Thomas, RocketGro

Toby Thomas, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of RocketGro joins us this week to share the origins story of the RocketGro brand. We get a glimpse behind the scenes of the company and hear of the industry challenges faced by new entrants and established businesses alike. We also learn what on earth digestate is, how it’s produced and how it’s being used as a peat alternative.
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Phil Wright: www.wrightobara.com

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Episode 7

Addressing Industry Challenges - Michael Perry (Mr Plant Geek)

This week we caught up with possibly the busiest man in horticulture, Michael Perry AKA Mr Plant Geek to get his thoughts on a range of subjects.  With years of experience and a perspective that spans across the industry we quiz Michael over gardening tips for renters, how to help new homeowners get started in the garden and what can be done to attract new gardeners into the sector.

Michael Perry: http://mrplantgeek.com/
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Phil Wright: www.wrightobara.com

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Episode 6

Gardens for Good - Linda Petrons, Greenfingers Charity

The Greenfingers Charity does amazing work emotionally supporting life-limited children, their families and carers through beautiful outdoor spaces within children’s hospices.We caught up with the lovely Linda Petrons, director of fundraising and communications at Greenfingers, to hear more about the incredible work the charity does. We also discover how businesses and in particular the garden sector have got behind the charity to support the invaluable work they do.

Greenfingers Charity: www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk

Garden Re-Leaf Day 15th March 2024: www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk/activities/29/garden-re-leaf-day-2024

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Episode 5

The Underground LIVE from The Garden Press Event 2024

Join us for a special episode live from The Garden Press Event 2024.

In a change to our usual episodes, Phil and Kate paid a visit to The Garden Press Event and caught up with industry professionals – some of whom you may just recognise! Take a listen now and join us over on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to share your highlights from The Garden Press Event.

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Episode 4

Planet Positive Printing - Gareth Dinnage, Seacourt Printers

Gareth Dinnage is the owner and MD of Seacourt printers, a revolutionary printing business, transforming one of the most environmentally damaging industries into one that makes a positive impact on the planet. Our insightful discussion will leave you questioning how you approach your own printing needs and sets out the steps you can take in this area to help reach your environmental impact and sustainability goals.

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Episode 3

Lee Connelly, The Skinny Jean Gardener

Lee Connelly, the Skinny Jean Gardener, wants to get kids out in the garden and shares his passion for growing plants and nature. He is also leading the charge to get gardening included on the curriculum for primary schools.

We caught up with Lee to hear what he’s been up to and discover how businesses within the sector can support the next generation to embrace a love of gardening. … Oh, and the allure of the water butt!

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