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In a special bonus episode, Ellen and Michael have been to the Hampton Court Flower Show. Like the true plantspeople they are, they spent most of the time in the floral marquee, marvelling at how many retro plants seem to be back on trend. From previously disdained Heathers to mumsy Chrysanthemums, the tide has changed. New breeding, new innovation, and new attitudes mean that lots of plants are being re-invigorated for new and old gardeners alike.
We speak to Andy’s Airplants, Chrysanthemums Direct, Ottershaw Cacti, The Hebe Society, Calamazag Nursery and Forest Edge Nursery.
Plus, we also had a chat with Hayley‘s Lottie Haven (a gardening Instagram luvvie!) who is much younger than Ellen and Michael, and gives an interesting viewpoint. She has largely been gardening without judgment, although she did raise a few eyebrows on the allotment..
Lastly, we find out what happens to all of those plants when the flower show closes. We chat to Wayward Plants about their fantastic plant recycling scheme, filling community gardens with colour and wildlife across the UK.