When Alice Vincent asked me to take part in a panel discussion at the Garden Museum about houseplant trends past, present and future, I couldn't have been more excited, and when I heard my fellow speaker was Catherine Horwood I nearly bit her hand off.
This week I am bringing you a recording of the talk that took place last Tuesday, April 10. It's long, and the sound isn't of the best quality, but I hope you'll forgive that for the chance to listen to a really interesting discussion that goes deeper than the usual "ten houseplants you can't kill" stuff.
If you haven't come across Alice Vincent before, she's a Telegraph journalist and plant addict who featured in episode 14 of On The Ledge talking about balconies. You'll find her on Instagram as @Noughticulture and her book How to Grow Stuff is an excellent guide for beginner gardeners.
Catherine Horwood is a social historian whose book Potted History is a wonderful insight into the houseplant's back story. She appeared in episode six of On The Ledge talking about pots, and is on Instagram as @potted_history. She talks about the origins of my favourite houseplant book, The Houseplant Expert, but she also mentions another great book about houseplants, The Indoor Garden Book by John Brookes.
Thanks to the Garden Museum for hosting the event - if you've not come across this place before, it's a wonderful place! The museum explores and celebrates British gardens and gardening in various ways, including exhibitions, talks, displays and its garden. If you're ever in London, do visit - the restaurant is excellent too!
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On The Ledge talks, live show and houseplant chats
I'll be making an appearance at Gardeners' World Live in Birmingham on June 14 on the Blooming Interiors stage - check out the schedule here, and stay tuned as I'll have a ticket giveaway coming up in the next few weeks.
I am also going to be at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on the afternoon of July 4 giving talks on houseplants in the roses theatre - do join me if you can. And on the evening of Friday October 26 I'll be bringing a live show of On The Ledge to the RHS London Urban Garden show, with special guests including Alys Fowler and all kinds of leafy fun! Put those dates in your diary NOW!
This week's show featured Roll Jordan Roll by the Joy Drops, An Instrument the Boy Called Happy Day Gokarna and A Man Approaches With Bowed Sitar, Rishikesh, by Samuel Corwin, and Oh Mallory by Josh Woodward, all licensed under Creative Commons.