Spring Garden Tips
2011 AAS Winners and More!
2011_aas_winnersIn this podcast I'll cover the 2011 All-America Selection winners. I'll also tell you about some other great additions to the garden including the Perennial Plant of the Year and the Hosta of the Year. For more information visit All-America Selections, Perennial Plant Association, and Morton Arboretum.
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Winter Wonderland Garden Tour

winter_wonder_podcastFollow along with me as I narrate the Winter Wonderland Virtual Tour! Get ideas for incorporating winter interest into your yard. Take a look at winter beauty provided by the bark, form and fruit of trees and shrubs as well as seed heads of perennials and ornamental grasses. You’ll come away with creative ideas and design solutions to add interest to your winter landscape.

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Autumn Colors Boerner Garden Tour
fall_garden_walk_2010In this podcast I'll provide the narration to my final 2010 walking tour at Boerner Botanical Gardens. This walk highlights the fall perennials and ornamental grasses that carry the color, texture and beauty into the cooler months of fall. Listen in and follow along with the Virtual Garden Tour. I'll close by answering a couple of gardeners' questions on rhubarb and groundcovers for a mound system in the woods.
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Black Velvet, Pinstripe & Phantom - What Else is New?

whats_newIn this podcast I'll share some of the new plant finds of this season. Ball Horticulture has some exciting new petunias, including Black Velvet. Their Double Zahara Zinnias, Gryphon Begonia and Pow Wow Echinacea are exciting new plants. Bailey Nursery's Little Devil Diablo Ninebark and Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea will make great additions to the shrub and mixed border. Green Leaf Nursery has introduced a brilliant green dogwood, Garden Glow. I'll answer gardeners' questions on winter container arrangements and rose pests.

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Late Summer Garden Tour

walk_4I'll narrate the fourth installment of my From Boerner to Your Backyard Garden Tour. I'll cover perennials, annuals and plant combinations to give your landscape a burst of late season color and texture. Follow along with me by clicking on the Virtual Garden Tour link.

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Summer Sizzlers: From Boerner to Your Backyard July Walk

summer_sizzlersSummer's heat can take its toll on both you and your garden. Take a walk through Boerner to find out what annuals, perennials and summer blooming shrubs sparkle in the summer heat. I offer a guided tour that you can take along with you while viewing the virtual tour online!

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Award Winning Plants

award_winning_plantsIn this podcast I thought I'd focus on a few award winning plants as well as a few new introductions.  I'll talk blue false indigo, the Perennial Plant Association's Perennial Plant of the Year for 2010.  I'll also discuss the 2010 Hosta of the Year, 'First Frost' and also the 2010 Herb of the Year, dill. I'll answer a gardeners' question on caring for poinsettia through the year and spider mites on hibiscus.

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The Fragrant Garden
fragrant_gardenThe sense of smell is one of the most powerful of the senses tied to our memories. On this podcast I'll talk fragrance in the garden and the moments in time that scent helps us capture. Then I'll answer a listener's question on beetles in the garden.  I'll discuss how to manage mealybugs in my pest tip.  I'll finish with a mention of a great eco-friendly product, the plant derived Neem.
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Create a Festive Mood with Plants & Containers

july_16_2009I'll offer tips on how to create an outdoor party with the help of colorful plants and containers. Then I answer a gardener's question on lupine seedlings.  I'll talk strategies for dealing with rose slug. I finish with container ideas from Proven Winners and Ball Seed Company.

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Topiary & Design

June 4, 2009 Gardening 101

I'll talk topiary, which is the art of sculpting or training plants into ornamental shapes. Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on compost tea and miracle fruit tree that needs help. I'll finish with a wonderful book, Secrets of Disney's Glorious Gardens by Kevin Markey (ISBN 0-7868-5552-5)

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