Articles: WRS

Dig It! Rosemary name change (4 November 2019)

Dig It! Rosemary name change (4 November 2019)

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It's the first week of the month so we have a question from a listener. Beatrice wanted to know about the name change for rosemary, which sees it switch from being Rosmarinus officinalis to Sal...

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Dig It! Edible Roses (28 October 2019)

Dig It! Edible Roses (28 October 2019)

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Eating rose hips in jam or tea, is a popular and well-known source of Vitamin C, but how about eating the rose, petals and all? Williane Sluiter of Incredible Roses in the Netherlands, has been doi...

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McKay Interview: Lord Robert Armstrong (2 November 2019)

McKay Interview: Lord Robert Armstrong (2 November 2019)

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On this edition of the McKay Interview, Michael McKay talks to Lord Robert Armstrong. During his long career, he was: • Principal Private Secretary to Prime Ministers Edward Heath and Harold W...

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Dig It! Tillandsia (21 October 2019)

Dig It! Tillandsia (21 October 2019)

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As the weather gets colder, it's time to think about plants for indoors. At the Orticolario show in Italy, I met Paolo Michieli, a Tiallandsia specialist and owner of Michieli Floricultura. You can...

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McKay Interview: Michael Moller, former UNOG Director General

McKay Interview: Michael Moller, former UNOG Director General

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Michael McKay speaks to Michael Møller. If you are a Geneva listener, and even if you are tuning in from other parts of Switzerland or abroad, you will know his name and that he was for a nu...

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Dig It! Shrubs for autumn (14 October 2019)

Dig It! Shrubs for autumn (14 October 2019)

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As the autumn draws on, it's the perfect time of year to plant something new in your garden, particularly shrubs and trees. Andy McIndoe's new book for Timber Press, called "Shrubs: Discover the Pe...

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Dig It! Listener Questions (7 October 2019)

Dig It! Listener Questions (7 October 2019)

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This week's show is a listener question from Marie, who has a problem with non-flowering and leaning roses. The roses are suffering from a lack of sunlight, as they are in the shadow of a large...

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McKay Interview: Lord Howell, former UK government energy minister(5 October 2019)

McKay Interview: Lord Howell, former UK government energy minister(5 October 2019)

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Michael McKay's guest is the Rt Hon The Lord Howell of Guildford. Older British listeners may remember him as David Howell MP. He is an expert on government policy and strategy in the field of e...

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Dig It Berrying Plants (30 September 2019)

Dig It Berrying Plants (30 September 2019)

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At the start of autumn there are dozens of excellent garden and plant events happening all over Europe, and one of my favourites is Orticolario. It's only 3 hours by train from Zurich to Como, ...

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McKay Interview: David Bennett, Chairman Sotheby's Jewellery Division (21 September 2019)

McKay Interview: David Bennett, Chairman Sotheby's Jewellery Division (21 September 2019)

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This week Michael McKay speaks to David Bennett. He's the Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Division and regarded internationally as an authority in the field of precious stones a...

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Dig It! Orchids (16 September 2019)

Dig It! Orchids (16 September 2019)

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Hardy orchids, like Cypripedium, or Ladies' Slipper Orchids, or Bletillas, are easy to grow in a shady spot in the garden, or a large container on a shady part of the terrace- Christian from Anthur...

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Dig It! Listener Questions (9 September 2019)

Dig It! Listener Questions (9 September 2019)

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This week's show is a listener question from David about his lawn. There is very little grass underneath a large tree, and he wants to know if it's beyond help? Luckily, there's always a solution a...

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McKay Interview: Jonathan Nott, Director OSR(7 September 2019)

McKay Interview: Jonathan Nott, Director OSR(7 September 2019)

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Michael speaks with the music and artistic director of the world renowned Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, formed 101 years ago. Jonathan Nott is originally from Birmingham in England and has wor...

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Dig It! Lausanne Jardins (2 September 2019)

Dig It! Lausanne Jardins (2 September 2019)

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The Lausanne Jardins event is in full swing and continues on until mid October - have a look on line for details of each garden and explore the interactive map https://lausannejardins.ch/en/ Pro...

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Dig It! Clematis (26 August 2019)

Dig It! Clematis (26 August 2019)

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After a summer break, Hester Macdonald is back with the first Dig It! of the autumn. Inspired by the sprays of Old Man's Beard, or traveller's Joy she has been seeing in the hedgerows aroun...

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McKay Interview: Dominique De Buman, former president of the Swiss National Council

McKay Interview: Dominique De Buman, former president of the Swiss National Council

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Michael McKay's first interview after the summer break is with Dominique du Buman. Until recently, he held a very important position often considered the highest ranking representative of the S...

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McKay Interview: Bonnie Carroll, Founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (29 June 2019)

McKay Interview: Bonnie Carroll, Founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (29 June 2019)

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This week Michael McKay speaks with Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of TAPS, which stands for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. She herself has been touched by personal tragedy, bein...

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Dig It! Summer proof your garden (24 June 2019)

Dig It! Summer proof your garden (24 June 2019)

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With the first of the summer heatwaves hitting Switzerland this week, it's a good opportunity to take stock of your garden or terrace and summer-proof it as well as you can. Watering systems, DIY k...

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Dig It! Flowering Bulbs (17 June 2019)

Dig It! Flowering Bulbs (17 June 2019)

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As the spring-flowering bulbs start to fade, it's a good time to check out what autumn-flowering bulbs you could use to replace them, for containers or straight in the ground. Anne van der Elst fro...

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McKay Interview: Yves Daccord, Director-General ICRC

McKay Interview: Yves Daccord, Director-General ICRC

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On this week's Mckay Interview, Michael talks to Yves Daccord, the Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The humanitarian organisation based in Geneva. Michael and Yve...

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Dig It! Irises (11 June 2019)

Dig It! Irises (11 June 2019)

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The Goddess of the Rainbow, Iris, has definitely been playing with all the colours at the Merian Garten in Basel.Wwith over 1500 varieties of bearded iris, you're sure to find a favourite, see if y...

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Dig It! Roses and the Estaveyer-le-Lac festival (3 June 2019)

Dig It! Roses and the Estaveyer-le-Lac festival (3 June 2019)

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June is the month for roses, and this year sees the big Festival des Roses in Estavayer-le-Lac, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of June. For details, go to www.festivaldesroses.ch My "tried and ...

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McKay Interview: Alain Barbey, regional director SBB/CFF

McKay Interview: Alain Barbey, regional director SBB/CFF

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Swiss railways are the envy of the world. But to stay successful the network needs continuous development and improvement. Michael McKay talks with the regional director of Swiss Federal Railways ...

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