Gardening, particularly of the window-ledge variety, has seen a surge in popularity recently (a trend that I am convinced has been fuelled by Instagram’s love of the succulent). But here’s the thing, for those of us who don’t have extensive (if any) outdoor space to grow stuff in, the traditional channels for consuming gardening-related content – the age old TV shows, magazines and radio call-ins – can often feel a little irrelevant.
But do not fear, because thanks to that thing called the internet, there’s a great big eclectic mix of plant-related goodness just waiting for a new generation of gardeners to dive right in. Here are three of my favourite online follows.
Alice Vincent @noughticulture
I am a tad obsessed with Alice Vincent’s instagram feed. I even fangirled a little when she responded to one of my comments. Her weekly pictures and stories document the life of her South London balcony garden – a little haven filled with everything from bamboo to tomato plants.
She’s also written a book, which is a great place to start if you’re a gardening novice, and sends out a weekly newsletter with tales from her balcony, as well as calming observations about the natural world. If you ever fancy escaping the click-baity content that is all too prevalent online nowadays, then I recommend signing up. Why sift through endless online feeds when you can have good-quality writing delivered straight to your inbox?
Becky Crowley @beckycrowley_
As head of the cutting garden at Chatsworth House, Becky’s Instagram feed is a little awe-inducing. I hear what you’re thinking and no, you didn’t misread the previous sentence. She works at Chatsworth House. She grows flowers. Chatsworth. Flowers. Gardening at Chatsworth House. That’s right people, it literally doesn’t get any better than that.
Becky’s feed is peppered with exquisite blooms and shots of the effervescent cutting garden. I particularly love it when Chatsworth can be seen in the background, surrounded by the Derbyshire hills and atmospheric morning mist. The flat lays showing the various goings-on of the cutting garden – such as the annual sweet pea trials – are so wonderful to look at you would think they’d come straight from an illustrated Victorian botanical guide. There is so much to delight in on this Instagram feed.
Jane Perrone @j.l.perrone
For the podcast lovers among you, take a listen listen to Jane Perrone’s ‘On the ledge’. Each episode is structured around a different topic, and usually involves discussions with experts and fanatics. The recent episode on Pileas, for example, looked at the history of the plant, how to best look after it, and its surge in popularity over in the USA and Australia – where it can sell for up to $50! One of my favourite episodes so far included a chat with James Wong (botanist and presenter of ‘grow your own drugs’ on the BBC) who seems to know everything there is to know about the science of plants.