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Everything in the Garden

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 June 2010

The journalist Madeleine Bunting reflects on the appeal of gardens and gardening.

Producer: Ronni Davis
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

  • Music

    Music 1: ‘The Walk To The Paradise Garden’ composed by Frederick Delius. Performed by the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Available on the album The Sound of England, released on Deutsche Grammophon.

    Music 2: ‘Les Jeux D’eau a La Villa D’este’ composed by Franz Liszt and performed by Stephen Hough. Available on the album Annees de Pelerinage. Released by Virgin Classics.

    Music 3: ‘King Jesus Has a Garden’ arranged by Philip Ledger and performed by the Choir of King’s College. Available on the album An Advent Procession with Carols from King’s. Released on EMI Records.

    Music 4: ‘The Garden’ by Bobby McFerrin. Available on the album Medicine Music, released by EMI Records.

    Music 5: ‘Diggin’ My Potatoes’ by Washboard Sam. Available on the album We Loved You Madly, Chapter 69: Why Don’t You Do Right?.

    Music 6: ‘If It Wasn’t For The Houses In Between’ by Gus Elen. Available on the album The Coster Comedian, released by Windyridge records.

    Music 7: “La Rejouissance” by George Frederick Handel. Available on the album Music for the Royal Fireworks, released by Telarc.

  • Readings

    Reading 1: “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Published by Penguin.

    Reading 2: “The Gardener’s Essential” by Gertrude Jekyll. Published by Breslich & Foss.

    Reading 3: ‘Song of Solomon 4: 12-6’, edited by John Dixon Hunt. Available in the Oxford Book of Garden Verse, published by Oxford University Press.

    Reading 4: ‘The Sleep Garden Scatters Beetles’ by Boris Pasternak. Translated by Jan Allworthy & Peter France. Available in Pasternak: Selected Poems. Published by Penguin.

    Reading 5: “The Flame Tree of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood” by Elpseth Huxley. Published by Pimlico.

    Reading 6: ‘The Definition of Gardening’ by James Tate.

    Reading 7: ‘Lines Written in Kensington Gardens’ by Matthew Arnold. Available in “The Oxford Book of Garden Verse” published by Oxford University Press.


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