Mike chats to… Tom Hart Dyke

In 2000, modern day plant hunter, Tom Hart Dyke attempted to cross one of the world’s most hostile terrains, the Darien Gap, between Panama and Columbo. He was on a plant hunting mission to track down rare and unseen orchids.

Just six days into their crossing, Tom and his travelling companion, Paul Winder, were kidnapped at gunpoint and held hostage for nine months, under the constant threat of execution.

On Tuesday, 13 October, 7pm (GMT), I talk to Tom LIVE about his horrific ordeal, plant hunting and his magnificent ‘World Garden’ in Lullingstone, Kent and much more.

Join us LIVE on Instagram (@mikepalmer01) to hear all about Tom’s amazing story.

Mike met Tom recently at ‘The World Garden’ in Lullingstone, Kent.

Mike chats to… Ellen Mary

In the third of the current series of ‘Mike chats to…’ I speak to vegan gardener, broadcaster and allotmenteer, Ellen Mary.

I’ve know Ellen for a few years but we’ve only met once, earlier this year before the craziness started and I’m really looking forward to finding out what she’s been up to.

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, 22 September at 7pm GMT on Instagram – @mikepalmer01.

I bumped into Ellen Mary in March at the Garden Media Guild press event.