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The Good Life Unravelled: Ep.20 – Rewilding a Life: The Joy of Greenery with Alice Vincent

 

Alice Vincent Rootbound

In today’s podcast episode I am chatting to Alice Vincent, a journalist, author and avid balcony gardener. 

Alice Vincent is the Features Editor at Penguin Books, having previously worked as a writer and editor on the arts desk of The Telegraph. After teaching herself to garden in 2014, Alice started to share her adventures in urban gardening through Noughticulture, a newsletter and Instagram account, as well as in a column for The Telegraph.

She has since written for Gardener’s World and Gardens Illustrated, and appeared on Gardeners’ Question Time. Her first book, How To Grow Stuff, was published in 2017.

In this episode we chat about her upcoming her brand new book Rootbound: Rewilding a Life which is a nature memoir out today.
 
Alice shares how she got into gardening and why it has been so important to her life in her twenties. 
 
We also talk about the resurgence in gardening amongst young people and Alice shares some of the reasons for this. 
 
Alice gives some advice for how to get into gardening for those that possibly haven’t even considered it. Plus how to start container gardening if you have a small space or a balcony. 
 
Alice also shares what a good life means to her and what her self-care routines looks like.
 
I first came across Alice via Instagram @noughticulture last year when I first started dabbling in gardening myself. I have loved watching her mini tours of her balcony garden and have gleaned some useful and inspiring knowledge along the way. 
 
As gardening is a new passion and hobby of mine, which has been surprisingly transformative, I really wanted to chat to someone who has been doing this for a while to find out a bit more about how something like connecting with nature in this way can be transformative and supportive of mental wellbeing for everyone. 

LEARNING POINTS

  • Resurgence in interest in gardening as our generation realises we’ve lost touch with nature.
  • Plant blindness describes the phenomenon where you don’t notice something you don’t have a name for.
  • Studies show gardening is linked to mental wellbeing.
  • It’s hard to engage with something if you don’t have an emotional connection to it. So get outside and take notice of plants and see what interests you.
  • Prioritise foliage over flowers when you get started.
  • Figure out what makes you happy rather than what you think will make you happy.

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Previously on The Good Life Unravelled … Episode #019 – Body Neutrality: 7 Reasons Why I’m No Longer Talking About My Body