Listen to our garden podcast series

Podcast host Alan Power interviewing the gardening team at Stowe

Download or listen to episodes from our podcast series that go behind the scenes of our great historic gardens. Join our presenters as they delve into the stories and characters that make each place so special, and meet the teams and volunteers who look after our places for everyone to enjoy.

Download or stream episodes from the series

Each episode is available from a variety of platforms including iTunes, SoundCloud and Acast.

The temple at Sheringham Park

Repton's vision at Sheringham 

In this episode we’re at Sheringham in Norfolk to discover 1,000 acres of glorious parkland, woods and clifftops. Learn about the designer who sculpted the landscape, Humphry Repton, and meet the staff and volunteers who keep his vision alive today. We’ll take you on a stroll through Sheringham’s magnificent rhododendron gardens as we unearth the colourful history of these exotic flowers – from the adventures of the plant hunter who sourced them to their starring role in the Upcher family’s 1950s champagne parties.

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Parterre Cliveden Summer 2016

Beauty and scandal at Cliveden 

We're starting out at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire. Set high above the Thames, Cliveden is home to a world famous parterre, Japanese Garden and topiary-lined long walk. Around every corner you’ll find stories of mystery, decadence and the fame and misfortune of Britain’s political elite. We’ll take you behind the scenes of the Trust and shed light on how our staff and volunteers keep the gardens at Cliveden looking spectacular all year round.

Geese on water with the Palladian Bridge in the background at Stowe

Breaking new ground at Stowe 

Come and explore the immersive landscape, ornate monuments and tranquil lakes at Stowe, Buckinghamshire. It's a garden shaped by the ground-breaking landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Learn about the beginnings of the British landscape garden movement and the hidden meaning behind many of Stowe’s monuments and sculptures.

Garden at Mount Stewart

Sub-tropical Mount Stewart 

Our third garden is in Northern Ireland at one of the Trust's most unique gardens. Full of exotic plants more usually found in the jungles of Burma or the Australian outback, the garden of Mount Stewart, County Down is designed by 'Society Queen' Edith, Lady Londonderry and needs to be seen to be believed. Discover how her sense of adventure and quirky sense of humour shaped the gardens we see today.

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A view across the lake at Stourhead in autumn


Presented by Head Gardener Alan Power, this series began in autumn 2016. In the first episode Alan goes behind the scenes at Stourhead to reveal the planting, wildlife and autumn colour.

St Mary Magdalene Church

Croome, Worcestershire 

In the second episode Alan visits Croome in Worcestershire. Croome was garden designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s first large-scale commission which he described as his 'first and most favourite child'.

The White Garden in summer at Sissinghurst Castle

Sissinghurst, Kent 

In the last episode we visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent. Sissinghurst was once home to Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, where the colour schemes, garden rooms and rich herbaceous borders are the epitome of an English garden.

Garden cuttings – short features

Along with the 20-minute episodes there will be a further six 5-minute 'garden cuttings' recorded at each location.

What is a podcast?

A podcast is an audio show, usually spread across a series of episodes, which can be downloaded from the Internet and listened to either on a computer or an MP3 player. New instalments of each series can be received by subscribers automatically. 

Why are we doing it?

Podcasts are a great way to find out more about a subject while simply listening – you can listen on your daily commute, at the gym, while you're in the car, or relaxing at home. As a medium, audio is evocative and immersive – an ideal way to go behind the scenes at our places to discover more about the history, and how the Trust looks after these places for ever, for everyone.

" The podcasts are a great way to experience our places, whether you love Trust places, gardens or history. We delve into the rich history of our gardens, speaking to the people who now look after these landscapes day-in day-out and know them most intimately"
- Alan Power