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Why We Garden: Anna Pavord and Tom Coward

Journalist Anna Pavord and celebrated gardener Tom Coward come together to talk about Tom's transformative work at Gravetye Manor

Leading gardening journalist Anna Pavord and celebrated gardener Tom Coward come together to talk about Tom’s transformative work at Gravetye Manor in Sussex and ask the bigger question: why do we garden?

Humans have gardened since the Neolithic era, in a symbiotic relationship with plants, growing them for both food and beauty. William Robinson, who established the iconic gardens at Gravetye, understood this relationship and pioneered the concept of the wild garden which celebrates, rather than controls nature. Anna and Tom ask what we can learn from Robinson today, and how we can create our own ‘private, personal wilderness.’