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 (, Virginia blogger Tammy Schmitt of Casa Mariposa (, Ontario blogger Joanne Shaw of Down2Earth (, and Wisconsin blogger Beth Stetenfield of Plant Postings ( 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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“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson.

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

Interview Questions


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Tammy Schmitt, Casa Mariposa (

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Joanne Shaw, Down2Earth (

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Beth Stetenfield, Plant Postings (

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Bren Haas, Creative Living and Growing with Bren (

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The welcome reception was held the night before at the newly remodeled Minneapolis Central Library.

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The  Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

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Donna Hamilton’s Studio Garden

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Lyndale Park Gardens

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The private garden of author Rhonda Fleming Hayes (Pollinator Friendly Gardening)

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Bachman's Flagship store off Lyndale Avenue in Richfield, MN

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Noerenberg Memorial Gardens

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Kelley and Kelley Nursery

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Minneapolis Dining Night One

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How did you become a garden blogger?

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How do you manage the post-production of all the photos after the fling?

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Can you share your social media strategy with us?

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Bren, tell us a little bit more about Garden Chat on twitter?

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Final thoughts & contact information

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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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