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 .

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Jo Anne van den Berg-Ohms
Jo Anne van den Berg-Ohms
Jen McGuinness - Frau Zinnie
Julie Thompson Adolf - Garden Delights
Susan Vollenweider - The History Chicks Podcast | KC Star Columnist

Interview Questions

Jo-Anne, why don't you take a moment to introduce yourself and tell us a little bit of your connection with Van Engelen, John Scheepers and Kitchen Garden Seeds.

Time Stamp: 10:25

Tell us the Van Engelen, John Scheepers and Kitchen Garden Seeds story and your special place in the American bulb market.

Time Stamp: 15:50

What is the difference between Van Engelen and John Scheepers?

Time Stamp: 27:35

Jen McGuinness top five picks.

Time Stamp: 32:05

Julie Thompson-Adolf top five picks.

Time Stamp: 57:30

What are some of your favorite tulips for bouquets?

Time Stamp: 1:10:50

Which tulips should Julie grow in the green house over the winter?

Time Stamp: 1:12:40

Susan Vollenweider top picks.

Time Stamp: 1:17:00

Should we add blood meal to the bulbs?

Time Stamp: 1:25:20

How do you plant bulbs in the grass without ripping up all the sod?

Time Stamp: 1:30:00

Jennifer's top 5 picks.

Time Stamp: 1:33:45

What's is Van Engelen's best selling bulb?

Time Stamp: 1:41:20

Is it okay to braid the leaves?

Time Stamp: 1:42:20

How late in the season can you typically plant bulbs?

Time Stamp: 1:45:10

How many bulbs are coming over from Holland on ships right now?

Time Stamp: 1:46:00

Jo-Anne, what did we miss?

Time Stamp: 1:48:25

What are some of the popular colors for this upcoming growing season?

Time Stamp: 1:54:50

How can Still Growing listeners order bulbs from Van Engelen and John Scheepers?

Time Stamp: 1:57:05

Jo-Anne, you also share recipes on your Pinterest account, correct?

Time Stamp: 1:58:10

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I never write reviews but this is the best gardening podcast out there. Jennifer has interesting topics and guests and is not one bit annoying like some others are. I love that she involves her kids at the end of the podcast - usually with poetry or music. Really good podcast.

- Barbcfc, Mar 23, 2016

Still Growing is one of the reliably informative gardening podcasts from North America. The format consists of an intro (personal gardening status chat, seasonal remarks), an extended interview with a guest, and an outro with funny outtakes, side remarks, and some chatter (poems, readings) from the host's children. The podcast is focused on reliable knowledge - the guests are typically experts like academics, master gardeners, gardening entrepreneurs or public garden leaders. The intro and especially the outro give it a homey feel. Given I live in the high northern region, just a little below the Polar Circle, I'm always looking for more cold-weather oriented gardening information. Jennifer Ebeling is in Minnesota, so that's helpful to me! Vegetable gardening (my main interest) gets a good share, but is not predominant. Most topics transcend your specific gardening interest and are applicable to many styles: landscaping principles, vermicomposting, greenhouses. The episodes are typically an hour long, which is just fine for me.

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Best gardening podcast out there. Her preparedness leads to a good interaction with the guests and brings out the best in them. Very informative and yet personable.

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This is a great podcast. Really well produced and organized with good sound quality. I love the mix of information and personal touches. Jennifer has great guests and asks the best questions. You can tell she really does her homework. I listen to several gardening podcasts and this is my absolute favorite!

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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