Gardens, Weeds & Words podcast

Gardens, Weeds & Words podcast graphic

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.

Listen to the podcast.


We have awarded prizes to 72 winning gardens in our 2021 Lemon Tree Trust (LTT) annual garden competitions. LTT competitions took place in a record nine camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), despite ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. Winners have received cash prizes and gifts of seeds and plants, and all participants have received certificates.  … Continued

Land restoration in refugee camps and wider communities has enormous potential to enhance the living conditions of forcibly displaced people and the ecosystems of war-torn regions. To coincide with the official launch of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and World Environment Day on 5 June 2021, we were delighted to take part in a ‘Refugees and Restoration’ roundtable … Continued

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