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This podcast has just launched but already has a large reach of listeners, given the profile of its presenter.

This podcast has just launched but already has a large reach of listeners, given the profile of its presenter.
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This podcast has just launched but already has a large reach of listeners, given the profile of its presenter.

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English


Episodes

20: Men who stare at orchids

6/24/2018
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The latest episode of the #wildflowerhour podcast includes an interview with a man who has created a wild orchid haven in his back garden, a look at Orchid Hunter Leif Bersweden's adventures studying orchids for his PhD, and another one of those lovely readings from Zoe Devlin's book, Blooming Marvellous.

Duration:00:28:43

19: Hutton Roof

5/27/2018
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Isabel Hardman visits Hutton Roof, a massive limestone pavement in Cumbria, with Bryan Yorke, who studies the rare orchids that grow there.

Duration:00:31:55

18: Plants ARE cool

5/14/2018
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In the latest #wildflowerhour podcast, Isabel Hardman challenges Dr Jonathan Mitchley of the University of Reading to explain why plants are important and even cool. We also hear a reading from Zoe Devlin's lovely book, Blooming Marvellous, and find out about why Dom Price from the Species Recovery Trust likes to lie down in fields and stare at ants. More information on #wildflowerhour on [wildflowerhour.co.uk](wildflowerhour.co.uk)

Duration:00:36:14

17: A violet obsession

5/1/2018
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In the latest episode of the #wildflowerhour podcast, we find out about Moira O’Donnell’s love of violets, discover one of your favourite nature reserves, and learn about the fight to save Oxfordshire’s endangered plants.

Duration:00:26:47

16: Fake news and frauds

4/22/2018
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On the latest episode of the #wildflowerhour podcast, Isabel Hardman interviews Professor Mick Crawley about the English Bluebell and the threat from its Spanish relative and hears about the great botanical fraud of the 20th century from the journalist who revealed the full story, Karl Sabbagh. More details on this podcast and on #wildflowerhour on our website, [wildflowerhour.co.uk](http://www.wildflowerhour.co.uk)

Duration:00:26:29

15: The best nature reserves

4/15/2018
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#wildflowerhour members share their favourite nature reserves for wild flower hunting.

Duration:00:28:21

14: The wild flower that inspired LSD

4/9/2018
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In the latest episode of the Wild Flower (Half) Hour, Isabel Hardman explores some of your favourite nature reserves, learns about a very popular roadside verges plant, and discovers the plant that inspired the creation of LSD.

Duration:00:30:12

13: Wild flowers in the city

4/1/2018
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In the latest episode of the #wildflowerhour podcast, Isabel Hardman learns about botany in a city, and how wild flowers have adapted to London life, finds out about the flowers in our latest challenge, and hears a reading from Zoe Devlin’s beautiful book, Blooming Marvellous. More information on the show and #wildflowerhour at [wildflowerhour.co.uk](Http://www.wildflowerhour.co.uk)

Duration:00:28:34

12: How to make your own wild flower meadow

3/25/2018
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In the latest episode of the #wildflowerhour podcast, Isabel Hardman discovers the joy of small, overlooked plants in an interview with Peter Creed, speaks to Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Neil Harnott about how to create a hay meadow in your back garden, and hears from Kevin Widdowson about how to identify the plants in our latest challenge. More information on the [Wild Flower Hour website](http://www.wildflowerhour.co.uk/).

Duration:00:28:21

11: Floodplain meadows

3/18/2018
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In the latest episode of the #wildflowerhour podcast, Isabel Hardman learns about the Starved Wood Sedge and why it needs some help from the Species Recovery Trust's Dom Price, and interviews Emma Rothero from the Floodplain Meadows Partnership. There's also details of our latest challenge. More information on the show and #wildflowerhour on our website, [wildflowerhour.co.uk](http://www.wildflowerhour.co.uk/)

Duration:00:24:47

10: Roadside wild flowers

3/12/2018
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In the latest episode of the #wildflowerhour podcast, Isabel Hardman finds out about our most important network of nature reserves: roadside verges. Mark Schofield works for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and waxes lyrical about the importance of these scraps of land in saving wild flowers. We also learn about the Brassicaceae, or cabbage, family, which is the topic of this week's challenge, with some tips from expert botanist Tim Rich. And it's time for our monthly wild flower reading from...

Duration:00:30:02

9: Blooms for bugs and the joy of monads

3/4/2018
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Isabel Hardman finds out how urban wild flowers are saving our bugs and bees with Nick Packham from Buglife's Urban Buzz project, introduces the latest challenge, which is to find wild flowers growing on the pavement, and hears about the joy of monads (and what they are).

Duration:00:32:03

8: A wild flower Glastonbury?

2/25/2018
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In the latest episode of the #wildflowerhour podcast, Isabel Hardman interviews Joshua Sparkes, a gardener at Sissinghurst, about how we can make wild flowers culturally important in Britain and Ireland. We also hear a reading from Zoe Devlin from her book, Blooming Marvellous, and find out about the new #wildflowerhour challenge, on rosettes.

Duration:00:23:44

7: The truth about snowdrops

2/11/2018
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Isabel Hardman interviews Professor Mick Crawley about where snowdrops really come from and why they can cause an affliction called Galanthomania in some people. Also in this episode: the secret hunt to find a Tongue Orchid, and how on earth it turned up in a corner of Essex; and 6 year old Rebecca on wild flowers for butterflies. For more information on the plants featured on this podcast, go to [http://www.wildflowerhour.co.uk/](http://www.wildflowerhour.co.uk/)

Duration:00:22:47

6: The trouble with meadows

1/28/2018
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On this latest episode of the #wildflowerhour podcast, Isabel Hardman interviews Trevor Dines from Plantlife about why those well-known brightly-coloured 'wild flower' mixes are so misleading and potentially bad for our countryside. We also hear from Venetia, a #wildflowerhour member who has managed to find ten wild plants in bloom each week during the winter, and follow Adam Cormack from the Wildlife Trusts around as he goes on a #herbologyhunt with his 5 year old daughter. Read more here:...

Duration:00:29:31

5: Winter trees and wasp orchids

1/14/2018
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Isabel Hardman interviews Kevin Widdowson on how to identify trees in winter, asks David Steere (also known as @Barbus59) how he became quite so good at botany so quickly, hears Lydia Massiah's tale of her wasp orchid hunt, and discovers what you all found in your New Year Plant Hunts.

Duration:00:30:14

4: Children's wild flowers

12/31/2017
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Isabel Hardman launches the junior section of #wildflowerhour, with young botanists explaining why they love wild flowers.

Duration:00:37:48

3: Ghost Orchids and favourite wild flower finds

12/16/2017
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Isabel Hardman interviews Sean Cole about why he has spent 17 years looking for an orchid he has never seen growing in Britain, hears from a number of #wildflowerhour members about the stories behind their favourite wild flower finds in 2017, and interviews award-winning botanist Brian Laney about how he spends his spare time saving plants from extinction.

Duration:00:28:10

2: A year of wild flower hunting and finding fruits

12/2/2017
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Isabel Hardman interviews Zoe Devlin on her new book, Blooming Marvellous: A Wild Flower Hunter's Year; learns about identifying flowers by their fruit with Kevin Widdowson; and speaks to 22 year old botanist Joshua Styles about his mission to save rare plants in the North West.

Duration:00:27:35

1: An orchid gap year and winter wild flowers

11/19/2017
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Isabel Hardman interviews Leif Bersweden about his new book, The Orchid Hunter, chats to Trevor Dines from Plantlife about the Back from the Brink project, and explores winter wild flowers.

Duration:00:34:54