Spring Garden Tips
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.

JavaScript is disabled!
To display this content, you need a JavaScript capable browser.

Share
 

Related Podcasts

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.

Listen to gardening podcast...

Addressing Your Garden Problems

May 28 2009 Gardening 101

I thought I would dedicate this podcast to addressing your garden problems. Knock Out roses have yellow fuzzy caterpillars. I'm looking for a landscape company. My strawberry plants are wilting. No flowers on my Hibiscus. Japanese lilac needs help!

Listen to garden podcast...

Answering Gardeners' Questions

october_9_2009I'll tackle gardeners' questions regarding planting pussy willows, late blight and other tomato problems, managing weeds and improving the soil organically, and dealing with deer damage to sugar maple. I'll talk great resources for information on late blight -  Penn State, Food Safety & Late Blight; Cornell University, Late Blight Overview; Iowa State University, Tomato Diseases and Disorders; University of Wisconsin, Managing Late Blight in Organic Gardens

Listen to garden podcast...

Big Trees

August 3, 2007.JPG

This week's topic is “big” trees and the proper way of planting them. I'll answer gardeners' questions on planting in challenging situations and non-blooming hydrangeas. I'll follow that with a pest discussion on Japanese beetle, which feeds on 300 or more species. I'll finish with imformation on the American Forests.

Listen to podcast...

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.

Listen to gardening podcast...

Checklist for Winterizing the Landscape

oct_30_2009So much to do and so little time to do it.  In this podcast I'll offer tips on how to reduce winter damage and lighten the work load for next spring.  I'll touch on storing pesticides and fertilizers, animal protection, winter rose protection, storing tools, winter mulch and fall landscape chores.  I then answer a gardener's question on overwintering geraniums. I'll then discuss yellow leaves on plants that have been moved indoors for the winter.  I wrap things up with the sweet stevia plant.

Listen to garden podcast...

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.

Listen to garden podcast...

Create Edible Landscapes Using Fruit

January 26, 2007.jpg

I give tips on creating an edible landscape by incorporating fruit. Then I answer gardeners questions on hydrangeas that won't bloom and grasshoppers eating apple trees. Next Kristin Gies joins me for tips on eastern and forest tent caterpillars and gypsy moth. I finish by recommending a wonderful catalogue, One Green World for unusual fruiting trees and shrubs.

Listen to garden podcast...

Creating Interest in a Winter Garden

October 26, 2006.jpg

I cover winter interest in the garden. Then I answer gardeners’ questions from across the country on preventing slugs on hostas and dealing with powdery mildew on beebalm. Next Kristin Gies joins me for tips on managing multi-colored Asian lady beetles. I finish off with a favorite plant, fothergilla (Fothergilla), planted for its fragrant blooms and great fall color.

Listen to garden podcast...

Creating the Perfect Holiday Cut Flower Arrangement

Indoor holiday plants and cut flowers

I give tips on creating and delivering the perfect holiday cut flower arrangement. Then I answer a gardener's question on mushrooms growing in a lawn. Next Kristin Gies joins me for tips on protecting your pets from poisonous holiday plants. I finish by recommending a wonderful catalogue, Logee’s for unique garden gifts.

Listen to garden podcast...

Evergreen Shrubs for the Landscape

May 1 2009 Evergreen Shrubs for the Landscape

In this podcast I'll be focusing on the larger group of evergreen shrubs and selecting the right cultivar that fits in your landscape. Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on ground ivy in the lawn, ant hills, using vermiculite in square foot gardening and building a raised spiral herb garden. My pest tip centers on pine needle scale. I'll finish with a tip on growing a vertical garden.

Listen to podcast...

Fall Gardening: Perennials, Lawns Trees and Shrubs

fall_gardening_2010Fall is a great time for planting and in this podcast I'll discuss getting your trees, shrubs, perennials and spring bulbs planted before winter. I'll discuss fall lawn care from fertilizing to leaving leaf and grass clippings on the ground. I then focus on plant protection and using repellents and fencing to keep the animals at bay. I'll tackle gardeners' questions on creeping Charlie, Joseph's coat and quackgrass vs. crabgrass.

Listen to gardening podcast...

Fall Landscape Care Part II

October 3, 2008.jpgLet's keep working our way through the fall yard care list. Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on the Ixora plant, crabgrass and splitting tomatoes. New Product/Plant: Mac & Cheese and Tomato Soup echinacea.

Listen to garden podcast...

Fall Soil Care

October17-2008.jpg

Fall is a great time to take care of annual flower and vegetable gardens, also a great time to start a new bed. I'll answer gardening questions on how to protect lavender plants over the winter, overwintering bougainvilla, the best way to remove lily of the valley and a gardenia with insect damage. Finally I'll talk about Purple Cow Activated Compost.

Listen to garden podcast...

Freshen Up your Garden

august_13_2009The second summer or fall garden is the subject of this podcast. Annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that put on a show in the late summer or fall garden. I answer gardeners' questions on transplanting dogwood and white flowers on a purple rose of Sharon? Emerald ash borer is the focus of this week's pest tip.

Listen to garden podcast...

From Boerner to Your Backyard June Walk

bbg_walk_2_podcast I once again offer you a guided tour of Boerner Botanical Gardens. This podcasts focuses on my June 23rd walk highlighting ground covers and vines. This season's warm temperatures have also allowed many perennials to put on their display a little early than the norm. We have a number covered here that are sure to give you ideas on how to fill your landscape with color.

Listen to garden podcast...

From Boerner to Your Backyard May Walk

from_boerner_backyard_podcastIn this podcast I'll be doing something a little different. I'll offer you a guided tour of my May 19th walking tour of Boerner Botanical Gardens. Follow along with me by clicking on the virtural tour. I'll discuss spring flowering trees, shrubs and perennials and I'll talk groundcovers, attractive plant combinations and overlooked gems in the garden.

Listen to garden podcast...

Gardening Questions

may_22_2008

I'll focus this podcast on gardeners' questions. Grubs are invading my garden, is there a safe compound to use? How to get rid of tater bugs? How and when do I prune Knock Out roses? When do I prune back my Peking cotoneaster hedge? Help, I accidentally applied a vegetation killer? What annual plants will not be eaten by rabbits or chipmunks? How can I prevent weeds and animals in my garden? How do I kill off ornamental grass in my backyard?  Then I'll introduce you to UC Berkely and their water wise garden.

Listen to garden podcast...

Harvesting Herbs

August 31, 2006 Fruits & Veggies.jpg

I offer tips for harvesting herbs in this episode. Then I answer gardeners’ about poor fruit set on fruit trees and groundcovers suited for a roadside garden. Next Kristin Gies joins me for tips on managing powdery mildew. I finish off with describing a favorite new place, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

Listen to garden podcast...

Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family

Holiday Plants and Christmas Tree careOver the past year I have tried to incorporate ideas for family fun.  In this podcast I'll remind you of a few of these and other ideas for homemade holiday gifts.  Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on moving Black Hills spruce and rust on Pricilla hollyhocks.  I then offer tips on Christmas tree care.  I'll finish by discussing self watering systems for you Christmas tree.

Listen to garden podcast...

House Plants Move in for the Winter

October10-2008.jpgI'm going to give you detailed steps on how to move your house plants back indoors for the winter. I'll answer gardeners' questions on hostas and sedum. I'll discuss watering trees & shrubs with softened water. I'll talk about a favorite tool, Ups-A-Daisy.

Listen to garden podcast...

Improve the Health and Vigor of Your Trees

September 6, 2007.JPG

My topic this week is trees, with proper care you can keep them healthy for a lifetime. I answer gardeners' questions on raspberries and overwintering containers. I'll discuss problems and solutions for carpenter ants that nest in and decay wood.

Listen to podcast...

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.

Listen to gardening podcast...

National Get Outdoors Day

national_get_outdoorsIn this podcast I'll offer ways to help celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 12, 2010. It's a great excuse to get the whole family outside and involved in a number of fun activities. Garden with the kids, go on a bug hunt, volunteer at a local park or community garden or measure the biggest tree in your neighborhood. Visit the American Forest website for tips on measuring trees. I'll answer listeners' questions on yellow leaves on roses, a hydrangea with brown leaf margins and when to apply corn gluten. My pest tip covers strategies for dealing with ants. I finish with a mention of a new product for roses and other ornamentals, JAZ sprays.

Listen to garden podcast...

New Shrubs and Even a Few Trees

new_shrubs_trees_podKeeping the theme of new plant varieties, I'd like to discuss some newer shrub and tree introductions. Johnson's Nursery and Proven Winners Color Choice Shrubs have some exciting new varieties. I'll follow that up by answering  gardeners' questions on growing radicchio and removing cattails and restoring lake shoreline. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers some great information on Aquascaping on their website.

Photo courtesy of Proven Winners - www.provenwinners.com

Listen to gardening podcast...

Planting Hardy Bulbs

October 25, 2007 Flowers.jpgI have some great gardening tips on how to plant hardy bulbs when winter gets the ground a bit crunchy. I then answer gardeners' questions on strawberries and dividing Annabelle hydrangea. I'll discuss how to stop animals from damaging your bulbs. I finish with a great garden tool for protecting your bulbs, the bulb cage from Gardener's Supply Company.

Listen to garden podcast...

Planting Shrubs

September 14, 2006.jpg

In this podcast I discuss planting shrubs. Then I answer gardeners’ questions on alternatives to grass under a seasonal pool and controlling wild strawberries. Next Kristin Gies joins me to discuss fall leaf color. I finish off with a favorite plant, Redsprite winterberry (Ilex verticillata ‘Redsprite’.)

Listen to podcast...

Planting Trees in Your Landscape

September 7, 2006.jpg

Planting trees in your landscape is this podcast’s focus. Then I answer gardeners’ questions on moving poinsettias indoors from the garden. Next Kristin Gies joins me for tips on identifying and managing fall webworm. I finish off with a favorite plant, Washington hawthorn, (Crataegus phaenopyrum.)

Listen to podcast...

Preparing Plants for the Growing Season

preparing_plants_growing_seasonThis podcast will focus on getting your plants ready for growing outdoors. I'll discuss getting non-hardy bulbs started indoors for earlier bloom outside. Next I'll cover spring care for those overwintered geraniums. Then I'll answer a gardener's question on Canadian goldenrod. My pest tip deals with late blight on tomatoes. Click here for the University of Wisconsin Extension publication on Late Blight. I finish with a beautiful watering devise I discovered at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show that has a little history behind it, the Thumb Pot. Besides being pictured here you can get more information on this and other wonderful artistic garden items at artgardenlaura.blogspot.com.

Listen to gardening podcast...

Pruning Shrubs

March6_2009PruningShrubs.jpg In this podcast I'll talk pruning - why, when and how to prune. Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on garden therapy for the autistic and a dried-up Harry Lauder's Walking Stick. I'll then provide tips on dealing with winter kill of roses. I'll finish with recommending a great book, The Enabling Garden: Creating Barrier-Free Gardens by Gene Robert (ISBN: 0-87833-847-0).

Listen to podcast...

Summer Flowering Bulbs

june_17_2009Season long color using summer flowering bulbs leads off this podcast. Then I answer gardeners' questions on persimmon trees, maple with spotted and curled leaves and rabbits eating marigolds. I'll finish with information on bacterial blight.

Listen to garden podcast...

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!

Listen to gardening podcast...

Thinking about plants in winter?

February 15, 2008.jpg

In this podcast I'll cover tips on how to preserve and protect your plants over winter; shovel first, salt later. Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on searching for a professional when trees need pruning, gardenia that has failed to bloom and droopy cutflowers? In this week's tip I'll discuss the weather calendar.

Listen to garden podcast...

What, How and When to Prune Shrubs

when_how_what_shrubs_pruneIn this podcast I'll walk you through shrub pruning. Whether you have a lilac, dogwood or spirea, I'll discuss the different types of pruning and offer pointers on when the time is right to prune. I go on to answer a gardener's question on repellents. I'll finish with a new product to sooth skin exposed to poison ivy, Zanfel.

Listen to garden podcast...

Winter Protection for Garden Plants

November 2, 2006.jpg

The focus is winter protection for your garden plants. Then I answer gardeners’ questions on protecting container plantings through the winter and over wintering Esparanza or trumpetbush (Tecoma). Next Kristin Gies joins me for tips on managing deer in your landscape. I finish off with tips on anti-dessicants or anti-transpirants.

Listen to garden podcast...

Winter Rose Protection

November 9, 2006.JPG

In this podcast I cover winter rose protection. Then I answer gardeners’ questions on growing spring flowering bulbs in pots, pruning hibiscus, angel’s trumpet and mosquitos overwintering indoors. Next Kristin Gies joins me for tips on managing rabbits in your landscape. I finish off with a favorite plant, Baby Star Amaryllis, (Hippeastrum ‘Baby Star’) from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Listen to podcast...