Articles: WRS

Dig It! Conifers (12 November 2018)

Dig It! Conifers (12 November 2018)

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Michel Meylan is a Swiss nursery owner and has a particular passion for conifers. His nursery www.meylan.ch and garden centre are in Renens near Lausanne, and the nursery produces 100,000 grafted c...

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Dig It!  Expat Expo questions and answers (1 5 November 2018)

Dig It! Expat Expo questions and answers (1 5 November 2018)

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The first of our shows recorded at the Expat Expo in Geneva, with listener questions from visitors and exhibitors. Rylla Resler, one of the authors of "The Trailing Spouse Reimagined" to be publish...

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McKay Interview: The Swiss tourist industry with Urs Eberhard (October 30)

McKay Interview: The Swiss tourist industry with Urs Eberhard (October 30)

The McKay Interview

    Urs Eberhard, the Head of Markets at Switzerland Tourism, discusses the Swiss tourist industry and how it's influenced by environmental and political changes such as Global ...

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Dig It! Climate Change and gardens  (29 October 2018)

Dig It! Climate Change and gardens (29 October 2018)

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The Dutch climatologist and TV weather presenter has plenty to say on the subject of climate change and horticulture. I caught up with him at Groot Groon Plus in Zundert in the Netherlands, the sho...

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Win 2 Months of Sky Show TV

Win 2 Months of Sky Show TV

Tune in to WRS every morning for a chance to win 2 months of free viewing with Sky! Listen to Mark and Katt from 6.30 to find out what you need to do to get a magic code for free viewing for two...

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Dig It! Ivy for Hedges (22 October 2018)

Dig It! Ivy for Hedges (22 October 2018)

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If you don't have the space for a traditional hedge, perhaps think about a ready made hedge, grown on a frame, with climbers instead of hedging plants? Marianna of the Dutch company Hedgeworld www....

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McKay Interview: Global Risk and Resilience with Jean-Marc Rickli (October 15)

McKay Interview: Global Risk and Resilience with Jean-Marc Rickli (October 15)

The McKay Interview

  Jean-Marc Rickli, from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, discusses what puts Switzerland at risk and the measures taken to keep security as a national priority. Join Michael McKay...

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Dig It! Cameliia (15 October 2018)

Dig It! Cameliia (15 October 2018)

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Paolo Zacchera is a camellia, azalea and Japanese maple specialist with a nursery La Compagnia del Lago Maggiore in Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore. He tells us all about those marvels of a...

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Dig It! Sir Roy Lancaster (8 October 2018)

Dig It! Sir Roy Lancaster (8 October 2018)

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The Italian garden show, Orticolario, has just finished, and I managed to catch up with the Guest of Honour for this year, the British plantsman, Sir Roy Lancaster. If you missed his talk on plants...

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Dig It! Zurich Botanical Garden (1 October 2018)

Dig It! Zurich Botanical Garden (1 October 2018)

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In the centre of Zurich, just a few hundred metres from the station, is the Old Botanic Garden of the University of Zurich, or Alter Botanische Garten. Established in 1837, the garden sits on top o...

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McKay Interview: Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell (1 October 2018)

McKay Interview: Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell (1 October 2018)

The McKay Interview

Michael McKay speaks to British/Australian human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. He is best known for his work with LGBT social movements. He has devoted much of his life to being an advocate ...

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Dig It! Alternatives to an evergreen hedge (24 September 2018)

Dig It! Alternatives to an evergreen hedge (24 September 2018)

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If your evergreen hedge has suffered a bit this summer and you're thinking about an alternative, maybe a hedge made of perennials is the solution. Nils Honetschläger of the Grüental site of the ZHA...

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McKay Interview: British restaurateur in Paris: Oliver Woodhead (17 September 2018)

McKay Interview: British restaurateur in Paris: Oliver Woodhead (17 September 2018)

The McKay Interview

On this McKay Interview, Michael talks to Briton, Oliver Woodhead,who's made a name for himself by cooking for the most discerning of customers - the Parisians. https://lefooding.com/en/re...

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Dig It! Chateau de Gruyères (17 September 2018)

Dig It! Chateau de Gruyères (17 September 2018)

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In my travels all around Switzerland this summer, researching for a book, I've been able to visit some marvellous, magical gardens, and the garden in the Chateau de Gruyères is one of my...

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Dig It! Plants For Autumn (10 September 2018)

Dig It! Plants For Autumn (10 September 2018)

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With thousands of new plants to be launched every year, it can be difficult to choose which ones to plant in your garden. Peter van Rijssen from Plantipp has a good eye for a good plant, and this y...

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Dig It! Plants for students (3 September 2018)

Dig It! Plants for students (3 September 2018)

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With lots of students off to college this autumn, perhaps a plant might make them feel more at home? The American Horticultural Therapy Association have shown that having plants in your immediate e...

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McKay Interview: Dame Stephanie Shirley. Philanthropist, IT pioneer and business leader

McKay Interview: Dame Stephanie Shirley. Philanthropist, IT pioneer and business leader

The McKay Interview

On this week's McKay Interview, Michael talks to Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley who set up a software company in 1959, she's a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fello...

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New and improved DAB signal in Zurich!

New and improved DAB signal in Zurich!

WRS Music

We've switched on new transmitters covering central Zurich!

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Dig It! - Unconnected Thoughts on Gardening, by William Shenstone (16 July 2018)

Dig It! - Unconnected Thoughts on Gardening, by William Shenstone (16 July 2018)

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Following on from last week's show about Chinese gardens, this week we are looking at the English Landscape garden and the writer, William Shenstone, who could be said to have first described i...

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Dig It! Books and Gardens (9 July 2018)

Dig It! Books and Gardens (9 July 2018)

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The earliest examples of garden writings are from China, such as the 373 AD work "The Preface to the Orchid Pavillion" by Wang Xizhi, and the importance of Chinese gardens globally waxed and waned ...

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Dig It! Dahlias (25 June 2018)

Dig It! Dahlias (25 June 2018)

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Want to add a bit of pep to your veggie patch and your plate? How about growing some dahlias? The French bulb company, Ernest Turc, launched a new range of edible dahlias, under the "Bio Bulb Eat" ...

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McKay Interview: Former US Ambassador Hon. Charles C. Adams, jr(25 June 2018)

McKay Interview: Former US Ambassador Hon. Charles C. Adams, jr(25 June 2018)

The McKay Interview

Michael McKay speaks to Charles Adams who served as a member of the National Finance Committee of the 2008 and 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaigns and was the US Ambassador to Finland. He'...

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Can't hear us? We know why

Can't hear us? We know why

The Breakfast Show

Okay okay, we didn't let Katt out with pliers (she's not allowed to touch sharp things)...

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Dig It! Gardening and Books  (18 June 2017)

Dig It! Gardening and Books (18 June 2017)

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The Fondation Martin Bodmer in Cologny in Geneva, hold over 150,000 titles in their possession, and manage to display a small number of the extraordinary treasures, like first editions of Shakespea...

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