The Gardens, weeds & words podcast, Series 1 Episode 9

Who is gardening for?

with Sara Venn

Gardening has something to offer everyone – but there’s a danger it can come across either as a slightly exclusive club with its own language, or even an irrelevance. I’m joined by Sara Venn, the woman behind Incredible Edible Bristol, to talk about access, representation, and just who gardening is for.

Episode 9 begins in the garden, listening to bees in the goat willow and hiding from April showers. There’s a micro review of Alys Fowler’s Letters to a Beekeeper, before we dive straight into the chat with Sara, where we talk about everything from candles in garden centres to grass roots gardening organisations who are crying out for members from all backgrounds and walks of life.

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Gardens, weeds and words podcast, S01E09 show notes

A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.

These notes may contain affiliate links. 

Garden soundtrack

April in the garden

Bees on the goat willow.

Micro book review

Letters to a Beekeeper by Alys Fowler and Steve Benbow, published by Unbound 2017

Extract read by Rose White

How accessible is gardening to everyone? Or…Who is gardening for?

Interview with Sara Venn

07:45 Why should people care about gardening?

11:37 Gardening helping people to reclaim agency

16:30 Access to gardening – can the industry and the media get in the way?

20:46 Entry points to gardening – the problem with garden centres...

22:35 The Independent Plant Nursery Guide

The Hardy Plant Society

The Herb Society

The Alpine Garden Society

26:41 How is gardening doing as regards representation?

29:30 How about gardening jargon as a barrier?

34:08 Who is gardening for?

36:50 Three reasons to get involved with gardening

A huge thank you to Sara for joining me on this episode. You can find Sara here:





Thank you to Rose White and Richard Chivers for contributing their warm and wonderful tones to this episodes with the readings. Rose is an intuitive eating coach, and you can find her on instagram at, or on her website at Richard is the man behind the highly acclaimed Grow Your Own blog at, also hanging out in the tiny squares at 





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