Episodes

SG550: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners

I’ve prepared my 2016 Gift Guide for Gardeners so that you can shop thrift stores, traditional brick and mortar, online, and even score some last minute finds on Amazon. I’m a gardener and a shopper – so this list was a lot of fun for me to put together. If you’re looking for some different ideas, or if you’re not a shopper at heart, then I hope my Gift Guide for Gardeners will be a great resource for you and the special gardener in your life!

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SG549: An Inside Peak Into The Chicago Botanic Garden

Today, I invited two people onto the podcast from the Chicago Botanic Garden. The first is Jodi Zombolo. She is the Associate Vice President of Visitor Events and Programs at the botanic garden and discusses some of the exciting events the botanic garden hosts each year. The next guest is Lisa Hilgenberg, who is the lead Horticulturist for the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. As a fellow Minnesotan, she is in charge of over 50,000 vegetable plants at the botanic garden, which she discusses a bit more in-depth on the show!

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SG548: How to Draw Insight From the Gardens and Plants of the Bible with Shelley Cramm

Shelley Cramm is the author of God’s Word for Gardeners Bible. Shelley beautifully reveals the powerful garden imagery and metaphors of the Bible so that you can grow your faith while growing your garden at the same time. With insightful devotions that draw on the reader’s love for gardening, Shelley lovingly shares her personal discoveries about the plants, landscapes, and common cultivating practices shared throughout the bible. Shelley is a gem of biblical gardening wisdom. In fact, she spent over two years researching and personally growing many of the plants mentioned in the bible. Shelley’s industrious research and humble faith make the Gardeners Bible a special treasure for gardeners everywhere.

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SG547: Holiday Menus with the Lovely Anna Thomas from Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore

The holiday season has started and Anna Thomas is here to inspire us with menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Anna Thomas is the author of several books including Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore and she also appeared on episode 537 of the Still Growing podcast. Anna’s scrumptious holiday menus create excitement for the upcoming holidays. With wisdom and warmth, Anna reminds us once again that the most important part of the holiday season is not what is served, but who is present, at your holiday table.

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SG546: The 2017 Garden Trends Report with Katie Dubow #Grow365

Katie Dubow is the Creative Director at Garden Media Group. A trend spotter and passionate gardener herself, Katie shares an overview the 2017 Garden Trends Report! Every year Garden Media Group produces a fantastic trend report on the state of gardening for the coming year. In this year’s report, there are eight trends that inspire clean gardening which, thanks to technological advances and consumer demand, can happen 365 days-a-year. #Grow365

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SG545: From Passionate Plantsman George Washington to the modern Kitchen Garden of Michelle Obama in All The Presidents’ Gardens with Marta McDowell

Marta McDowell combines her love for history and gardening in her books and the trend continues with All the Presidents’ Gardens. In her book, Marta curates facts and stories – from the fascinating to the charming – about each of the Presidents’ gardens and their significance over the years. This interview offers an in-depth look into the delightful aspects of the White House Grounds and how they have evolved along with the gardens of America.

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SG544: Day Three Highlights from the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling

Welcome to day three, the final day, of the Garden Bloggers Fling. Today I’m joined by fellow garden bloggers Gail Eichelberger of Clay and Limestone, Julie Thompson-Adolf of Garden Delights, Diana Kirby of Sharing Nature’s Garden, and Helen Battersby of Toronto Gardens. Day Three was full of exciting venues and we review the highlights of the gardens on the itinerary and even offer helpful tips on for new bloggers who wish to attend next year’s fling in the Capital Region around Washington D.C.

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SG543: Day Two Highlights from the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling

Today, I’m sharing my insights and commentary on the beautiful gardens featured on Day Two of the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis. Day Two brought the garden bloggers to the western suburbs of Minneapolis where we visited gardens featured on the 2016 Carver-Scott Extension Master Gardener Garden Tour as well as other special venues that were even new to me. These gardens showcased great design principals as well as a few special tricks and tips that I found especially inventive and adaptable. Day Two was jampacked with gardens and the itinerary of each of the locations and all of the blog posts about Day Two can be found in the links below.

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SG542: Day One Highlights from the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling with Bren Haas, Tammy Schmitt, Joanne Shaw & Beth Stetenfeld

On this special episode of Still Growing, I’m reunited with four fellow garden bloggers and new fling friends as we review the gardens and nurseries featured on Day One of the 2016 Garden Blogger’s Fling in Minneapolis, MN. Ohio blogger Bren Haas of Creative Living and Growing with Bren (https://brenhaas.com), Virginia blogger Tammy Schmitt of Casa Mariposa (http://ts-casamariposa.blogspot.com), Ontario blogger Joanne Shaw of Down2Earth (http://www.down2earth.ca), and Wisconsin blogger Beth Stetenfield of Plant Postings (https://plantpostings.blogspot.com) offer their unique insights and impressions of the horticultural venues that made up Day One of The Garden Bloggers Fling. It was a day jampacked with private gardens, nurseries, and public parks… and loads of fun!

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SG541: How to Ease into Homesteading One Choice at a Time With Laurie Neverman

Laurie Neverman homesteads in Northeast Wisconsin in a home that would make any gardener drool. In fact, Laurie’s home is annually opened to the public so that followers can check out the attached greenhouse, freestanding greenhouse, solar power, root cellar, and storeroom for preserves. Jealous yet? In 2009, Laurie started sharing her practical tips and simple choices to become more self-sufficient on her blog, Common Sense Homesteading. Today, Laurie’s blog has over 25,000 admiring fans and her e-book Common Sense Homesteading 101 is available for free to all new subscribers.

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SG540: Double Feature with Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity and Benedict Vanheems of Big Bug Hunt

Welcome to Still Growing’s first double feature! Our first guest is Laura Eubanks from Design for Serenity. Laura’s work on succulent plants has been featured all over the country and she is an absolute master on creating beautiful and creative succulent designs. I was blown away by Laura’s succulent pumpkins when I first saw her work in the 2014 August edition of Country Gardens.

Our second guest on this week’s podcast is Benedict Vaheems of The Big Bug Hunt. He is also my first guest who is based out of the UK! The Big Bug Hunt is a citizen science project that reports pests in the area. It is also a fantastic app for gardeners who want to deter these bad bugs from reaching their garden in an organic way; as many organic control methods need to be place on the plant before the pests arrive.

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SG539: Top 27 Spring Bulbs from Van Engelen and John Scheepers with special guests Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms, Jen McGuinness, Julie Thompson Adolf, and Susan Vollenweider

Welcome to Part Two of Still Growing’s 1st Annual Spring Bulb Party! This week, I continue the Spring Bulb Party with my amazing garden friends: Jen McGuinness from Frau Zinnie, Julie Thompson-Adolf from Garden Delights, and Susan Vollenweider from The History Chicks Podcast and a Columnist at the Kansas City Star. Together, we shared our top picks for Tulips, Daffodils, and Spring Bulbs from the John Scheepers and Van Engelen catalog. Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms shares her amazing family history in the Dutch bulb business and coaches us on planting Our Top 27 Spring Bulbs from Van Engelen and John Scheepers .

Don’t Forget! Join The Still Growing Podcast Group on Facebook to win one of three gift packages from Van Engelen, John Scheepers, and Kitchen Garden Seeds.

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SG538: Top 20 Tulips and Daffodils from Colorblends with Tim Schipper, Jen McGuinness, Julie Thompson Adolf, and Susan Vollenweider

Welcome to Still Growing’s 1st Annual Spring Bulb Party! This week, I’m joined by some amazing garden friends: Jen McGuinness from Frau Zinnie, Julie Thompson-Adolf from Garden Delights, and Susan Vollenweider from The History Chicks Podcast and a Columnist at the Kansas City Star. Together, we shared our top picks for Tulips, Daffodils, and Spring Bulbs from the Colorblends Catalog. Keeping us on track for beautiful displays in our Spring 2017 Gardens, Tim Schipper from Colorblends was on hand to review on Our Top 20 Spring Bulbs from the Colorblends Catalog. We laughed, we learned, and we ordered some gorgeous flowers – a true garden party!

Don’t Forget! Join The Still Growing Podcast Group on Facebook to win one of five 100 bulb Spring Loaded Daffodil Blends courtesy of Colorblends!

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SG537: All Together Now: How Anna Thomas Creates Dinner for Everyone at the Table with Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore

Anna Thomas is one of the most versatile and talented women I’ve had the pleasure to interview. An academy award nominated filmmaker and imaginative home cook, she is the author of several incredible cookbooks including The Vegetarian Epicure and the James Beard Award–winning Love Soup. Her latest book, Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore welcomes all types of food eaters and in Anne’s warm and lively style, she shows us how to cook for the family table; with over 150 recipes for all tastes, and menus for every occasion.

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