Episodes

SG554: Tools and Tactics to use Craigslist for your Garden

Over the years, I’ve found surprising, wonderful items for my garden by strategically using Craigslist. So, I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks with you – things you can do right now (in the off season – or in the peak time in your garden) – to score some great finds without breaking the bank. Plus, I’ll walk you through the 25 search terms in my account right now that help me filter out the junk and find the perfect pieces for my garden.

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SG553: How Native Plants Bring Nature Home with Peggy Anne Montgomery

Peggy Anne is a passionate plantswoman with more than 30 years of experience. Peggy Anne went from studying and practicing landscape design in the Netherlands to working for reputable garden powerhouses like Bailey Nurseries and the Mount Cuba Center where she cultivated her passion for native plants. Today, Peggy Anne is the Brand Manager at American Beauties Native Plants and she’s leading the charge for bringing nature home in gardens across America by encouraging the use of native plants. A fellow Minnesotan, Peggy Anne gave a fantastic talk about native plants at the evening reception on Day 2 of the Garden Bloggers Fling and I knew within the first five minutes that I had to get her on the show for a repeat performance.

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SG552: Experimental Gardening with Megan Phelps

Megan Phelps approaches gardening with curiosity and a guilelessness that makes her experiences and experiments utterly fascinating and even shocking. Defying tradition, Megan (who often uses the image of a single dandelion as her profile picture on social media) grows plants that mainstream gardeners have long ago turned their backs on – burdock, dandelion, and amaranth, to name a few. Megan blogs at Seeds, Mulch and Weeds where she shares her tales and photos of her Northeast Kansas garden.

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Christmas Replay Bonus — 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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SG551: Robin Parer and The Plant Lovers Guide to Hardy Geraniums

Robin Parer is the author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Hardy Geraniums. Robin is also the lovely owner of the Geraniaceae Nursery, located in Kentfield, California. Robin is a wonderfully knowledgeable plantswoman, She is a generous teacher and a thoughtful spokeswoman for the geranium family – both hardy geraniums and pelargoniums (the later being the plant group most people incorrectly refer to as geraniums). In fact, even after interviewing Robin, I still slip and refer to pelargoniums as geraniums! Robin explains the origins of taxonomy confusion for these plants. Undoubtedly, Robin understands this plant family better than almost anyone on this side of the globe. I like to think of Robin as the modern day mother of the geranium family. In typical mom fashion, when it comes to hardy geraniums and pelargoniums, she loves them both the same.

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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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