Episode 201
Today we travel to Anchorage, AK where the rock gardens are beautiful and useful backyard problem solvers. Then, we’re off to an authentic Japanese garden; to learn how to prune our maple trees into works of art. How about framing your garden with a living hedge? We’ll give you some style ideas. Then, a visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden plant collection.
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Episode 202
We visit a Japanese garden where their advice is to look at nature and then copy it in your backyard. Plus tips for landscaping with native plants, a stop at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago reveals a botanic treasure trove of Chihuly Art Glass, prehistoric ferns, and a restored turn of the century glasshouse. Finally, a trip to Juneau, Alaska, where gardening is a community affair.
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Episode 203
Today the rose takes center stage in Portland, Oregon, where The City of Roses, is throwing a party for the queen of the garden and Smart Gardening is taking you as a guest. We’ll also take a look into our garden globe of the future and learn how scientists around the world are trading shovels for microscopes and digging into plant materials to breed some new varieties. Then, two lessons from the past: a plant that fed our ancestors is revitalizing wetlands and a visit to Burlington, Vermont where the people of the Interval are renovating historic farmsteads and gardening on a large scale.
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Episode 204
Visit the lush green valleys of Burlington, Vermont where a group of forward thinking people have been taking yard waste and making it into the stuff gardeners love- compost! We’ll also learn about Buck Roses that are as tough as nails. A trip to an herb garden in the far reaches of Alaska shows us that useful is also beautiful. Then, what happens when our beautiful trees outgrow our yards and gardens? We’ll take a look at a few great trees that won’t over-power our small spaces.
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Episode 205
Today on Smart Gardening, we’ll run wild in the wildflower fields of Alaska and learn a few tips on how to enjoy these rugged yet dainty plants in our own backyard. Then, did you know the time spent in your garden could mend a broken heart? We’ll take a tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden and learn how gardening is good for our mind, body, and spirit. We’ll learn ways to celebrate our nation’s trees with a trip to the National Arbor Day headquarters in Nebraska City, Nebraska and then a few tips for getting rid of those pesky weeds. It’s all here, on Smart Gardening.
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Episode 206
Today on Smart Gardening, make magic happen in your garden with a little pruning at just the right time. We’ll show you the right way to clip and snip the deadheads. Then, a slow moving killer pathogen is attacking the oak forests of California and threatening our rhododendrons and azaleas. We’ll take a closer look at Phytophthora ramorum..Sudden Oak Death, and find out how gardeners can help stop the spread. Next, we’ll take a tour of a premier winery in California where the grape vines are hard at work and always planning ahead. Then, a lesson from a floral arranging pro, we’ll arrange a miniature version of your garden that’s just right for the table. All this and more on Smart Gardening.
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Episode 207
The train has just arrived! Today on Smart Gardening, we’ll make tracks to the Chicago Botanic Garden where model train lovers and plant collectors have created a miniature world with one of the busiest garden railroads in the nation. Then, a lesson for the home gardener about sustainable practices, we’ll learn from the nation’s busiest farmers, who garden on a large scale every day of the week. Next, trees that have fancy leaves but shed their bark to reveal their inner beauty and then the breathtaking beauty of the Filoli Estate in Woodside, CA where hundreds of volunteers work to keep a grand garden alive. It’s all here, on Smart Gardening.
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Episode 208
Today on Smart Gardening, roses that aren’t finicky, we’ll show you how to get the best from your climbing roses. Then, a great garden picture is worth more than a thousand words, we’ll show you how to capture your most precious garden moments in a photograph suitable for framing. Next, the colorful lilies of Alaska stand tall and beautiful. We’ll take a closer look at this hardy garden plant that grows as well in a container as it does in the garden. Then, the latest Must Have tool for Master Gardeners, we’ll take a lesson from an online course by the Horticulture Gardening Institute.
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Episode 209
Today on Smart Gardening, flowers that fly! We’ll help you put out the welcome mat and invite butterflies into your yard. Next up: compost 101. We’ll learn a lesson or two about making beautiful dirt from master composters in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Then, a look at the quality of water we use when we soak our soil. A quick pH test will help us determine any nutrient deficiencies. And gardening on a hillside? We’ll show you how to let the lay of the land be your guide. It’s all here on Smart Gardening.
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Episode 210
Visit a unique garden in Juneau, Alaska where the root balls of upside-down trees stand tall and beautiful in the air, covered by mounds of flowers. Then, looking for that elusive elixir that will give you the most gorgeous blooms and flavorful vegetables? We’ll talk with an expert about compost tea and brew up a batch of our own. Then, a walk through a beautiful demonstration garden in Vermont. This and more on Smart Gardening.
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Episode 211
Today on Smart Gardening, we visit the Chicago Botanic Garden and explore a garden designed to be accessible to everyone. Then, it smells good, looks good and soothes the soul. We’ll talk with lavender experts at the Oregon Garden and learn how to choose the very best variety and how to grow it. Next, some tips on how to stabilize a slope. Then, you won’t want to miss a tour of the Gardens of Grey-stone, in Beverly Hills, CA.
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Episode 212
Today on Smart Gardening, we travel to New England and visit a master gardener with an amazing yard full of colorful surprises. Then, we explore the world of primula on our visit to Juneau, Alaska. Next, we’ll stop by a garden where kids and plants grow happily together. In this kid-approved garden, we’ll find flowers for picking and veggies for nibbling. Then, we talk with a pro and find out the best, most efficient ways to get water where our plants need it most.
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Episode 213
Nine things to know about trees, ethnobotany, soil textures, and growing warm weather crops in cooler climates.
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Episode 214
Today on Smart Gardening we travel to Alaska and Oregon to check out hot garden colors and some cool plants for shady locations. Then, a trip to the farm stands at the Intervale’s Healthy City Youth Farm where kids are learning and growing the freshest veggies and fruits in Vermont. Lastly, more tips on how to preserve your bountiful harvest.
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Episode 215
Today on Smart Gardening, we’ll talk science, flowers, and business with a trip to the Ohio Short Course where floral industry professionals are gearing up and preparing plants ready for the marketplace. Then, she may need a little more care from you, but growing heather in the garden is well worth a little extra attention. Next, a trip to Alaska, the land of giant vegetables. Wait until you see this 70 pound cabbage! Then, all lawns have warm spots and shady locations. We’ll give you some tips on how to work with micro-climates and ways to keep your lawn lush and green.
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Episode 216
Today on Smart Gardening, we visit a garden in California, where large succulents & cool cacti dominate the landscape. Next, some tips on how to keep your fruit trees healthy and strong, all year long. Then, how to construct a landscape plan for your new home, we’ll give you some tips from the pros. Finally, lawns from seed or sod, we’ll visit a grass grower from grass seed capital USA, with all the facts to help you choose.
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Episode 217
Today on Smart Gardening, we’ll visit a multi-generational garden in California. Then, growing palm trees in Ohio? We’ll visit with scientists and find out how it can be done. Next, learn ways to get more fruit out from your fruit trees with less spraying. Lastly, we’ll learn all about the orchid with a visit to the special orchid collections at the Huntington Botanical Garden.
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Episode 218
Today on Smart Gardening, we’ll give you more tips and techniques for keeping your lawn lush and green. Then, narrow beds can be difficult to landscape. We’ll talk with an expert and get some plant ideas for filling in those skinny beds. Next, a trip to the Ruth Bancroft’s garden, where cacti and succulents mingle together to form dramatic works of art. Then, all the facts on hardy fuchsia: with a little extra care over the winter, you’ll find they’ll thrive and blossom all spring and summer long.
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Episode 219
Today on Smart Gardening we’ll learn tips to attract curious creatures to our garden. Then, fresh is best, we’ll cook up a feast with Chef Chris, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Next, an update on our homegrown Japanese fiber banana tree (musa basjoo). Then, all the facts on Clematis; with a little help from a Northwest author, we’ll find the best varieties to grow in our gardens.
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Episode 220
Today on Smart Gardening, we’ll learn about a program that helps feed the hungry. Then, container recipes from Master Gardeners. We’ll put together some color combinations for the pots on the porch. Next, we’ll learn about the cycle of life in our gardens with nurse logs and mother stumps. Then, a look at a rehabilitated historic Northwest garden estate.
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Episode 221
Hanging garden baskets in the land of the Midnight Sun, fresh produce from the farm to the table, transforming tired trees and shrubs, and some surprises about bamboo.
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Episode 222
Moving day for plants, sugars from the sun, planning a low maintenance garden and ironwork for the landscape.
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Episode 223
Straw bale gardens, spring-flowering bulbs, Community Supported Agriculture, and a historic landscape garden design.
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Episode 224
Visit a visionary gardener in Vermont; grow your own salad greens and fruit trees, and tips on how to identify sick plants.
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Episode 225
Dazzling daylilies, improving soil pH, wild natives at home in the landscape, and how to make a hypertufa trough.
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Episode 226
Turning Mother Nature’s rubbish into garden art, lettuce beds on wheels, Luther Burbank the father of hybridizing: and native plant conservation.
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