Gardens, Weeds & Words podcast

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It was an absolute pleasure speaking to Andrew O’Brien on his Gardens, Weeds & Words podcast.

Andrew is an online garden coach, podcaster, blogger. He spoke about Lemon Tree Trust’s garden at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in his first ever podcast, and so it was great to join him for this episode, three seasons in.

Jennie Spears from Lemon Tree Trust chats to Andrew about her own gardening background, and some of the people who are gardening against the odds in refugee and IDP (internally displaced people) camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Plants bring joy and help to transform a shelter into a home, no matter who you are or where you live.

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Ahmed Ibrahim Ismail lives in the Azar neighbourhood of Domiz 2 camp. “I have a humble garden in my house, and I started working on it with my children two years ago. We have spent many good times in it, especially during the curfew for the coronavirus.⁣  ⁣“My garden contains 20 different types of roses and … Continued

We’re thrilled to welcome Hamid Abdullah to the Lemon Tree Trust as our Horticulture & Landscape Consultant. Based in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Hamid will support Aveen and our team with horticulture training and landscape design for existing and new projects.  We asked him a few questions to get to know him better:  Which landscape designers are you influenced by and why?  … Continued

One thing that Covid-19 has highlighted is that gardening has no borders. We are all finding solace in our personal green space, wherever we are in the world. Your support throughout 2020 and beyond – whether that’s sending seed to our emergency appeal, making a one-off or regular donation via our JustGiving page, or liking, … Continued