Rank #1: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 28, 2019 – Katie Dubow on Garden Trends
2020 Garden Trends: I have to confess that I have weeded out and discarded a lot of press releases and new product announcements I’ve received each week as a garden writer all these years, touting this new gimmicky gadget or other.
But there’s one announcement I look for each year, as I have for the 19 years it’s been issued—because it’s fun, but it also makes me think. It’s from the specialty public relations agency called Garden Media Group, and it’s their annual Garden Trends Report.
Katie Dubow is creative director of the Kennett Square, Pennsylvania-based company, a women-owned and run public relations firm specializing in the home and garden industry, celebrating its 30th year in business.
She’s also author of the agency’s annual trends report, and we discussed the forecasts—most of them related to sustainability. Then we talked about some obstacles gardening is having gaining traction with the next generations (unless you’re talking houseplants!), and why that concerns us both.
Oct 25 2019
Rank #2: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 10, 2015 – Heather Holm on Attracting Pollinators
Sep 16 2017
Rank #3: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 23 – Lee Reich on Helpful Garden Science
I love the science behind gardening, the stories that reveal what makes things tick in the natural world. A new book by Lee Reich called, “The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden,” is loaded with such stories. Lee Reich, or should I say Dr. Lee Reich, has degrees in chemistry, soil science and horticulture, and is author of many previous books including, “Landscaping With Fruit,” “The Pruning Book,” and “Weedless Gardening.” The topic of our recent conversation was more about wondering and explaining not just the how-to, but the why and how things happen in those subjects and more: ways to know your soil better, to propagate bulbs by understanding their physiology, or nudge fruit trees not to skip a year of bearing fruit and more.
Apr 20 2018
Rank #4: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Feb 19 – Q&A with Ken Druse
Feb 16 2018
Rank #5: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 4 – Judith Jones of Fancy Fronds Ferns
Mar 03 2018
Rank #6: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 24, 2018 – Best Design Ideas of 2018
Best design ideas 2018: The garden might be mostly sleeping where I live, but it’s not out of mind by any means. I keep going back to a couple of conversations that I had on my public-radio program and podcast with guests this last year, discussions aimed at helping all of us who garden to think about tying things together better visually—about making more successful design decisions.
I think that’s one big area that stymies a lot of gardeners, myself included, and I looked back on highlights of what I learned from interviews on the show in 2018. Where to put what–a bed, a border, a patio, or even several different plants in relationship to one another—can be elusive, to say the least.
One conversation that really stayed with me, and also one of the most popular interviews of 2018 with listeners, was my chat with Susan Morrison,a California-based garden designer and author of “The Less Is More Garden,” a book that really helps us try to identify what our signature style is.
In an anecdote in the book’s introduction, Susan talks about visiting two women’s gardens near each other on the same day, each with its very own distinctive style despite the fact that each garden was relatively small–and again, practically neighbors. They could not have been more different–one was all about color, the other nearly flower-less and all about textural plays.
To me that really speaks to what the goal is, bottom line: to establish what Susan calls a signature style of our own. I love that idea. Not to mimic something in particular, or follow some set of rules from some lofty textbook on landscape architecture, but to put OUR signature on our garden.
Dec 21 2018
Rank #7: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 22, 2015 – Dr. Susan Pell on Poison Ivy
Sep 16 2017
Rank #8: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 17, 2015 – Bill Thomas of Chanticleer on Design
Sep 16 2017
Rank #9: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 21, 2015 – Thomas Rainer on Native Design
Sep 16 2017
Rank #10: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 4, 2019 – with Margaret Renkl on Late Migrations
Margaret Renkl: In her recent book, “Late Migrations,” and also in big letters displayed across the homepage of her website, “New York Times” contributing opinion columnist Margaret Renkl reminds herself and her readers where to focus their attention.
“Every day, the world is teaching me what I need to know to be in the world,” she writes.
Margaret Renkl—gardener, lifelong student of nature, and writer—lives and gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Each Monday, her opinion column appears in “The New York Times,” billed under the loose rubric “Flora, fauna, politics and culture in the American South,” and covering topics as diverse as hummingbird migration and the recent dire assessment of bird population decline, to capital punishment, and even country music. Since reading her book not long ago, I couldn’t wait to tell all you listeners about “Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss.”
We talked about our connections to nature, about the way we garden, and more.
Nov 01 2019
Rank #11: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 24, 2015 – Joe Lampl on Backyard Beekeeping
Sep 16 2017
Rank #12: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 11, 2015 – Andy Brand on Best Native Plants
WHY CELEBRATE NATIVE PLANTS? Nurseryman and naturalist Andy Brand offers many reasons, including this one: butterflies. As manager of Broken Arrow rare-plant nursery and founder of the Connecticut Butterfly Society, Andy has intimate insights into whether native species, in particular, really work—as in, work for pollinators, birds and other species in a particular habitat.
Sep 18 2017
Rank #13: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 25 – Tony Avent on Aroids
If you’ve got elephant’s ears or calla lilies, some Jack-in-the-pulpits in your shade garden, or maybe a philodendron indoors on your windowsill, you’re well on your way to a collection of the plants called Aroids. I don’t know anyone with more of these diverse and curious creatures than today’s guest, Tony Avent, who’s here to tempt us to collect some, too.
Aroids are some of the most popular perennials at Plant Delights Nursery, where they are a specialty and a particular passion of founder Tony Avent’s. I kind of have a thing for them, too, lately, so selfishly I am extra-delighted to have him on the line today to give us—me!—a tour of the best of the bizarre bunch.
Mar 19 2018
Rank #14: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Dec 19 – Craig LeHoullier on the Best Tomatoes
It’s time: time for the A Way to Garden annual winter seed series kickoff, when I virtually shop the catalogs with various expert friends and otherwise talk about seedy stuff, like what to grow and how to grow it, and how in the world we can each resist ordering one packet of everything we see. With Craig LeHoullier, author of the hit book “Epic Tomatoes,” and a co-founder of the Dwarf Tomato Project—and also the guy who named the beloved ‘Cherokee Purple’ tomato in 1990—I talked about a couple of the tomato’s Solanaceous cousins, eggplants and peppers. And I basically learned what tomato-mad Craig grows when he’s not growing tomatoes.
Craig is known to many as the NC Tomato Man and to others as the straw-bale gardening guy, but besides his expertise in both breeding tomatoes and writing a book about them—you can enter to win a copy of “Epic Tomatoes” in the comment box at the bottom of the page—Craig also has an epic collection of seeds of heirloom eggplants and peppers. Shop the catalogs with us, from new developments in greens, plus learn to grow beets unexpectedly from indoor sowings, and eggplants and peppers, too.
Jan 06 2018
Rank #15: A Way to Garden – May 20, 2013 – Hellebores and Shade Natives with Barry Glick
Barry Glick has been involved in the plant world since 1954, when at the young, impressionable age of 5, he witnessed Don Herbert (“Mr. Wizard” on TV) put a cutting of a plant in a glass of water only to sprout roots a few shows later. Barry replicated the experiment with his one of his mother’s prized Coleus plants, and as he watched the roots grow, knew that he was hooked for life.
Growing up in the 60s in Philadelphia, a Mecca of horticulture, Barry would hitchhike to Longwood Gardens before he was old enough to drive. In 1972 he realized there was just not enough room for him and his plants in the big city environment, so he bought 60 acres of a mountaintop in Greenbrier County West Virginia where he gave birth to Sunshine Farm & Gardens, started his plant collection, and has remained there since.
The collection now numbers more than 10,000 taxa, many unknown to cultivation. Several of these plants have been introduced to gardening in recent years. Barry exchanges seeds and plants with people at Botanic Gardens, nurseries and private gardens in virtually every country in the world.
Apr 29 2018
Rank #16: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Aug 6 – Katherine Tracey on Late-Season Perennials
I had to talk myself off the ledge repeatedly through the last half of July and into early August. The trigger? A garden that looked pooped and a gardener that felt the same. With the right plants and tactical tricks, though, the beds and borders can carry on right through fall. Garden designer Katherine Tracey helped me with advice on how achieve that.
Ready to tune up your garden with a longer view into autumn with some tweaks now and some long-range plans and planting for coming years? Kathy of Avant Gardens retail and mail order nursery in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, also helps clients design and refine their landscapes, creating spaces she describes as intimate but not fussy, like her home garden, using a wide palette of perennial plants." data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/robinhoodradioondemand.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/make-a-donation.jpg?fit=244%2C36&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/robinhoodradioondemand.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/make-a-donation.jpg?fit=244%2C36&ssl=1" class="alignright size-full wp-image-4060" src="https://i0.wp.com/robinhoodradioondemand.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/make-a-donation.jpg?resize=244%2C36&ssl=1" alt="" width="244" height="36" data-recalc-dims="1" />
Aug 04 2018
Rank #17: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 9 – Ken Druse Q&A
You know the routine: I ring up my longtime friend Ken Druse on Skype each month and then we tackle your Urgent Garden Questions. Thanks for submitting lots of good Urgent Garden Questions to me and Ken. You can always ask us anything, urgent or otherwise, on Facebook, or in comments on my website, or using the contact form there or on Ken’s web site
Apr 07 2018
Rank #18: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Jan 15 – Joseph Tychonievich on Annual Flowers
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach -Joseph Tychonievich on annual flowers
Joseph Tychonievich, a garden writer and backyard plant breeder and passionate flower grower, has gone on a bit of a sunflower binge, declaring it his personal Year of the Sunflower. He and I chatted recently about the best of the old and new Helianthus, some favorite catalogs for sunflowers and many other easy flowers—and also about growing sweet peas, which apparently are also front-and-center on Joseph’s wish list this year.
You may recall previous confessionals from Joseph, about his “issues,” shall we say, with gladiolus and hollyhocks. He is the author of books on backyard plant breeding and also rock gardening, among his many botanical interests. Our interview is another episode of the A Way to Garden annual winter seed series, when I virtually shop the catalogs with various expert friends and get growing advice, too.
Jan 13 2018
Rank #19: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 2 – Q&A with Ken Druse (Overtime Edition): Overwintering Plants
A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach-Ken Druse Overwintering Plants Q and A (Overtime Edition)The mad stash: overwintering tender plants, a Q&A with Ken Druse
IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN, or almost. Startling as it may seem, the mad stash is looming as fall takes tighter hold, meaning time to figure out where which of those gorgeous but tender plants you couldn’t resist at the garden center this spring can possibly be overwintered to live to grow again another season.
I’ve asked garden writer, photographer and longtime friend Ken Druse of Ken Druse dot com to help me answer all your Urgent Garden Questions about overwintering tactics, which is the topic of this month’s Q&A on my public-radio show and podcast. In a regular segment plus an overtime bonus 15 minutes, we covered lots of plants, from figs and rosemary to cannas and callas and dahlias and elephant ears, to potted trees (including citrus) and shrubs and more. After each brief discussion of a plant, I’ve also included a link to more comprehensive how-to about caring for it in the offseason.
Sep 29 2017
Rank #20: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Dec 18 – Joe Lamp’l on Garden Resolutions
In the garden-to-come in the new year, I intend to do some things differently, or better, and I figure it can’t hurt to say them out loud, in case my resolutions are maybe on your list, too. My friend Joe Lamp’l of joegardner.com and his accompanying podcast is thinking likewise, and together we recapped our highs and lows of the year and set some of those new intentions together.
Joe gardens in the Atlanta area, but has for years visited gardens around the nation as the longtime creator and host of the much-loved “Growing a Greener World” program on public television. I’ll confess that he’s also someone I treasure as a virtual colleague, someone I often email with my own Urgent Garden Questions for advice, so I’m especially glad he’s helping us get started on our 2018 paths.
Dec 15 2017