SG585: The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder with Marta McDowell

The always fabulous Marta McDowell – the garden author from Chatham New Jersey and the author of All the President’s Gardens from Episode SG545 – is on the show today to talk about her latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder; which tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author…

SG584: Homegrown Pantry with Barbara Pleasant

The witty and wise garden author Barbara Pleasant is on today’s show and we’re talking about her book Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round. How many potatoes should I plant for a family of four? Which fruits should I…

SG583: Hygge in the Garden

Are you ready to get cozy? I hope so – because today’s show is all about hygge (“pronounced “hoo-gah”).  Hygge is a Danish cultural phenomenon and a word that really it too all-encompassing to have an English equivalent. However, to get a feel for it: hygge generally describes the feeling of being cozy, comfortable, and…

SG582: Plant Explorers with Karen Rexrode

I’m so delighted to have Karen Rexrode on the show today. Karen is giving an encore presentation of her keynote presentation, Plant Explorers, heard Saturday night at the 2017 Garden Blogger’s Fling. Karen is a gem of horticultural wisdom – she’s quite a find in her own right! Karen is a Northern Virginia Gardener, a…

SG581: Stylish Outdoor Garden Containers with DIY Divas Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray of Potted

In Today’s show I’m getting to do something I truly love to do, talk DIY with two DIY Divas – Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray. They are the authors of the new book Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers.  Decorating can be incredibly expensive, but Annette and Mary are masters at repurposing and they…
SG580: The Echinacea Evolution!

SG580: The Echinacea Evolution!

Today’s show is all about Echinacea – it’s my all-time favorite American native perennial. In fact, one of my first recommendations to new gardeners who are looking for ornamental perennials is Echinacea. Like my Grandmother Bernadette, Echinacea is a daughter of the prairie, absolutely beautiful, and tough as nails.   And, I predict you’re going…

SG579: Day Three of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling

In today’s show, I’m wrapping up my three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC. at the end of this past June. Day 3 was focused on gardens in rural areas outside of DC area, so we will be reviewing wonderful private and public gardens in areas like:…

SG578: Day Two of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling

In today’s show, I’m continuing my three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC at the end of this past June. We will be reviewing Day 2 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling. On this day, we saw gardens in the suburbs of the DC area, so we’ll…

SG577: Day One of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling

I am really so thrilled about today’s show. It’s the beginning of a three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC at the end of this past June. To start off the series, we will be reviewing Day 1 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling. We’ll be sharing…

SG576: Ornamental Grasses for Every Garden

SG576: Ornamental Grasses for Every Garden By | July 7, 2017 I am really excited about today’s show: I’m going to review a variety of ornamental grasses and provide tips on how to incorporate them into your landscape. Ornamental grasses add so much to your landscape.  They offer a diverse number of benefits to any…

SG575: The Victorian Fern Craze with Rare Book Specialist Stacy Stoldt

Listen to the Show Stacy Stoldt of the Chicago Botanic Garden is a rare book specialist and a true gem of information in the world of horticulture. As luck would have it, we had a fascinating chat back in November of last year.  Stacy gave me a glimpse into her work as a librarian at…
How to Make Your NEW Garden Feel OLDER

SG574: How to Make Your NEW Garden Feel OLDER

Today we are going to explore the various methods to make your new garden feel much older! Back when I first started gardening, I remember learning with a little sense of frustration the old adage about perennials – the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap.  I…


The View From Up Here This Month

Fall 2017 |

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My son, Will, is graduating from high school this year. That means I'm trying to slow down and savor my time with him - usually while quickly blinking the tears out of my eyes. 

He had his senior pictures taken last week with the uber talented Jan Vokel. It was fun to see him enjoy the photo shoot and it was a thrill to scout Jan's locations around town.

Watching Jan reminded me how important it is pay attention to good backgrounds. Textures, paint, patterns, natural elements - all of these - played a role during the photo shoot that chilly afternoon. If you're feeling like you're in a shooting slump - I'd like to encourage you to change up your backgrounds. They can bring new energy to your work and subject.

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We received a lovely gift of wine this month and it happens to be one of our favorites: Domain de Cala Prestige. 

Not only does it meet my wine criteria - not too dry, not too sweet - it's beautiful. I think it's especially gorgeous on the Autumn table and into the holidays.

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Last month, I had the rare opportunity to meet a guest on the podcast in person! I was thrilled to have a lovely lunch with Marta McDowell, author of All the President’s Gardens and The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  

After chatting about a number of topics (gardening, of course!), we discovered we both have a soft spot for embroidery. Marta showed me a lovely apron she picked up during her time in Wisconsin for her book tour. I showed her the beautiful towel set I picked up during my time in Sioux Falls.

By the way, if you'd like a set of these for yourself, you can reach out to Young and Richards in Sioux Falls at  A Set of 7 tea towels if $42 and they are made by the owner's mother. They are lovely.

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Emma has a friend who is a photographer and she took this fun picture of Emma this week. Look at that mane of hair!

I think it was Hawaiian Day at school that day.  

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Here are some pumpkin photo shoot tips:

  1. Leave lots of stem on the pumpkin.  The stems add dimension and interest.  They curl around, they are a perfect color contrast, and shooting from the top is always better with a nice chunk of stem.


2. Shooting pumpkins at eye level is the perfect height for framed photos, fall art, and cards. 


3. Group diverse pumpkins together and include at least one traditionally colored pumpkin (orange) to highlight the color variations and textures. Creeping Jenny always looks great next to pumpkins.


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One of the most popular episodes of the Still Growing Gardening Podcast was released in October and it was the show I did with Kylee Baumle on How to Save the Monarchs.

Many people remember days when kaleidoscopes of monarchs were a common summer and early fall occurrence. It's our nostalgic sense of wonder and affection for the monarch that has lead so many of us to grow milkweed - even in our front yard!
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Toward the end of summer, I recorded a show on hygge - the Danish term for coziness and comfort.
Fall marks the beginning of high hygge time here in Minnesota.  We're having a chilly Fall - perfect for fires, smores, and blankets.
It's also the time of year when I break out the carnival glass.
The coppery shimmer of carnival glass is the perfect jewelry for a drink tray or harvest table. I always serve sparkling grape juice for the kids in the petite carnival glasses. I don't think they associate drinking kiddie champaign with any other type of glass. To Tradition!
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Don't forget to incorporte ornamental grasses into your fall planters.  This one is my favorite. Doesn't it remind you of Rapunzel?
Wishing you a lovely Fall!
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Each week, I produce and host Still Growing - a long format podcast - from my home in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Why a long format? First of all, there are few podcasts in the garden space that are long format.  Secondly, there is a satisfaction that comes only from a good, long conversation.

My focus is on the journey of discovery that every gardener goes through. If I can help people find joy and the wisdom from gardening, they will be life-long gardeners.

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SG597: How to Speak Chicken with Melissa Caughey

Guten Tag. Ola. Bonjour. Bur-dup?
That’s the official greeting of the world’s most abundant domestic animal – chickens. Today we’re learning How to Speak Chicken with expert chicken translator Melissa Caughey of the blog Tilly’s Nest and the new book with the intriguing and quirky title, How to Speak Chicken. I’ve done lots of interviews over the years – and I guarantee you, this is one that I will personally never forget.

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