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 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 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 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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Episode 2

Charlotte Howard - Capability Charlotte

On this week’s episode Charlotte Howard of Capability Charlotte shares her trials and tribulations as a woman working in horticulture, from adequate facilities to comfortably fitting workwear. We also discuss Charlotte’s campaign to see plastic grass banned, or plastic death carpet as she likes to call it!

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Episode 1

Vicky Nuttall, GIMA

We’re delighted to welcome our first guest onto the Underground. Vicky Nuttall, the Director of GIMA, gives us an overview of the role of GIMA and we discover how the organisation is supporting their members. Vicky dispels some common garden sector misconceptions and shares some thoughts and insights. From current challenges such as the move to peat-free, to the need for fresh approaches in order to attract and retain the next generation of gardeners.

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