Best Mastergardener podcasts we could find (Updated March 2019)
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Still Growing is a weekly gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. Jennifer Ebeling is a home and garden blogger at 6ftmama.com & host of the Still Growing gardening podcast (available on iTunes & Stitcher Radio). Jennifer writes and records for the show in her home studio in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. You can read more about Jennifer on her About Page. You can contact her at Jennifer {at} 6ftmama.com.
 
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Luke Ruggenberg is on the show today. Luke is the author of Twenty Reasons Not To Garden (And Why I Ignore Them All) and it was that clever book title that lead me to buy Luke’s book and then track him down on Twitter and get him to be a guest on the show. Luke has worked in horticulture for quite some time. He’s currently the plant manager at ...…
 
Ethan Kauffman (pronounced cough-man) is on the show today. Ethan’s the director at Stoneleigh - America's newest public garden - and we’re talking all about this exciting addition to our nation's collection of public gardens. Plus I got the chance to talk plants with Ethan (that was exciting!) and not surprisingly, I learned a ton from him - w ...…
 
Mark Highland (SG 565), The Organic Mechanic, is back on the show today and we’re talking about Practical Organic Gardening. Mark is the owner and operator of The Organic Mechanic Soil Company. When it comes to building healthy soil, Mark is a master. He has taught classes at Longwood Gardens, The Tyler Arboretum, Mt. Cuba Center, Callaway Gard ...…
 
Al Zelaya is on the show today and we’re talking about the real value of trees. You know the old saying, "money doesn’t grow on trees”? Well, Al Zelaya might beg to differ. He's been working on tree valuation for quite a while and he’s about to show us just how to value a tree. I think you’ll discover that we’ve been underestimating the value o ...…
 
Michelle Balz (pronounced Balts) is on the show today and she’s the author of Composting for a New Generation: Latest Techniques for the Bin and Beyond . A long-time backyard composter with a passion for reducing our impact on the planet, Michelle offers laid-back advice for home composters in the Confessions of a Composter blog, teaching class ...…
 
Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz are on the show today and they are the authors of Gardening with Foliage First: 127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More. As landscape designers, Karen and Christina see gardens through a different lens. They like to begin their work on a garden space by b ...…
 
Barbara Pleasant (SG584) is back on the show and she's the author of The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual It’s always such a treat for me to chat with Barbara because she is a master in the garden and at the writing desk; she’s been writing about gardening for over three decades. Anyway, I thought it would be lovely to get one more show abou ...…
 
Wendy Kiang-Spray is on the show and she's the author of The Chinese Kitchen Garden. And boy, do I love this book. It’s half how to grow, half how to cook, and half an amazing glimpse into the wonderful Kiang-Spray Family - so that’s 150% worth of yummy, beautiful, love in one book. Plus - it’s a great way to kick off Chinese New Year this week ...…
 
Today’s show is a dream come true for me - Leslie Buck is on the show and she's the author of Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto. Cutting Back is Leslie’s charming memoir of her time spent in the gardens of Kyoto, Japan. Now, I read about Leslie and her memoir last year when she was featured in the Washington Post in an art ...…
 
Megan Cain (SG557) - The Creative Vegetable Gardener - is back on the show today and we’re discussing how to garden smart and how to be a smart gardener with the help of her Smart Start Garden Planner. Think of all the adjectives you associate with the term gardener: Hopeful Constant Keen Enthusiastic Practical Skilled Tired How about Smart? As ...…
 
Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, a.k.a. The Houseplant Guru, is on the show today and guess what we’re talking about? Ding! Ding! Ding! You’re right! Her new book on houseplants published by Cool Springs Press called Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing and Caring for Indoor Plants. In September of last year, The Washington Post wrote an ...…
 
SG597: How to Speak Chicken with Melissa Caughey Guten Tag. Ola. Bonjour. Bur-dup? That’s the official greeting of the world's most abundant domestic animal - chickens. Today we’re learning How to Speak Chicken with expert chicken translator Melissa Caughey of the blog Tilly’s Nest and the new book with the intriguing and quirky title, How to S ...…
 
Naturalist Nat Wheelwright is on the show today and he’s sharing an incredible resource he created with Bernd Heinrich - it’s a 5-year-calendar-journal and it’s called The Naturalist’s Notebook. When Storey Publishing sent Nat's book to me before Thanksgiving, I have to tell you I actually gasped when I opened it, because it is so beautiful and ...…
 
Columnist Lynn Gendusa is back on the show today and she’s sharing a beautiful article she wrote last year for Thanksgiving and it’s called Thanksgiving in a Garden. This article is super special to me because it's the reason Lynn and I connected. In fact, I remember feeling so moved after reading Lynn’s article, I tracked her down and we start ...…
 
Herbalist Katja Swift joins me on the show today and we’re discussing "Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season with Plants From Your Garden" Here in Minnesota, temps have fallen into the teens over the past few days. Already my hands are dry and cracking, my mom has come down with a virus, and it seems I’m constantly reminding the kids to wash ...…
 
Katie Dubow is back on the show today and she’s sharing the 2018 Garden Trends Report released by Garden Media Group. It’s their 17th annual Garden Trends Report for 2018, Nature’s Rx for Mental Wellness - nature is the best medicine! “We already know gardening works wonders for our health,” says Garden Media Group founder Susie McCoy. “Now we’ ...…
 
Trees are the Gentle Giants of our Gardens and today we are so fortunate to learn from Master Arborist and Beloved Industry Expert Rex Bastian. Trees are so essential to our lives. They give us oxygen. They anchor the soil. They provide shelter and store carbon. In the garden, trees provide so very much, yet many gardeners often feel uncertain ...…
 
In most parts of the country, winter is making an early entrance. In Minnesota, snow and sleet arrived four full days before Halloween. Snow events and freezing temperatures bring gardening to a hard stop. This week, we’re saying goodnight to our 2017 gardens and I’m sharing my final punch list to inspire your to have a fantastic finale in your ...…
 
Seed Saver Extraordinaire and co-author of The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs, Cheryl Moore-Gough is on the show today. Cheryl is going to help us learn how to save our seeds to use in next year’s garden, to share with our fellow gardeners, or to donate to the community through our loca ...…
 
On today’s show, I welcome a tender-hearted friend of the Monarch cause - Kylee Baumle and she’s written a book called The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly. Now I’m going to tell you something most professionals in the gardening industry already know and that is this: Kylee is a huge supporter of the Monarch cause. She’s in the army of ...…
 
On today’s show, I welcome award-winning designer Jan Johnsen to the show to discuss her book - The Spirit of Stone - in which she presents a beautifully photographed, inspiring guide to 101 Practical & Creative Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden: from practical steps, paths, and garden walls, to naturalistic dry streams, inspired rock gardens, ...…
 
Today’s show is all about top tomato varieties - with one of the country’s leading tomato experts - Craig LeHoullier the author of Epic Tomatoes. In his book, Epic Tomatoes, you get a chance to have Craig mentor you through the wide, wide world of tomatoes. You learn how to grow and harvest with Craig’s experienced advice. The book is both prac ...…
 
If you are a fan of succulents - and it seems that they’ve justifiably charmed every living, breathing gardener on planet earth - then today’s show will be a total joy for you. I got the chance to talk succulents with the Queen of Succulents - Debra Lee Baldwin. Debra has a new book out, it’s the 2nd edition of her book Designing with Succulent ...…
 
The always fabulous Marta McDowell - the garden author from Chatham New Jersey and the author of All the President’s Gardens from Episode SG545 - is on the show today to talk about her latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder; which tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author of the Little House series. If you read Laura ...…
 
The witty and wise garden author Barbara Pleasant is on today’s show and we’re talking about her book Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round. How many potatoes should I plant for a family of four? Which fruits should I freeze and which should I dry? ...…
 
Are you ready to get cozy? I hope so - because today’s show is all about hygge ("pronounced "hoo-gah"). Hygge is a Danish cultural phenomenon and a word that really it too all-encompassing to have an English equivalent. However, to get a feel for it: hygge generally describes the feeling of being cozy, comfortable, and at peace with the world. ...…
 
I’m so delighted to have Karen Rexrode on the show today. Karen is giving an encore presentation of her keynote presentation, Plant Explorers, heard Saturday night at the 2017 Garden Blogger’s Fling. Karen is a gem of horticultural wisdom - she's quite a find in her own right! Karen is a Northern Virginia Gardener, a popular garden speaker and ...…
 
In Today’s show I’m getting to do something I truly love to do, talk DIY with two DIY Divas - Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray. They are the authors of the new book Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers. Decorating can be incredibly expensive, but Annette and Mary are masters at repurposing and they often troll hardware stores for insp ...…
 
Today’s show is all about Echinacea - it’s my all-time favorite American native perennial. In fact, one of my first recommendations to new gardeners who are looking for ornamental perennials is Echinacea. Like my Grandmother Bernadette, Echinacea is a daughter of the prairie, absolutely beautiful, and tough as nails. And, I predict you’re going ...…
 
In today’s show, I’m wrapping up my three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC. at the end of this past June. Day 3 was focused on gardens in rural areas outside of DC area, so we will be reviewing wonderful private and public gardens in areas like: The Plains (Linda Hostetler’s Garden) Middleburg (a ...…
 
In today’s show, I’m continuing my three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC. at the end of this past June. We will be reviewing Day 2 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling. On this day, we saw gardens in the suburbs of DC area, so we’ll be talking about the wonderful private gardens in areas like Bethe ...…
 
I am really so thrilled about today’s show. It’s the beginning of a three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC at the end of this past June. To start off the series, we will be reviewing Day 1 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling. We’ll be sharing highlights from venues like Hillwood, the Franciscan Mon ...…
 
I am really excited about today’s show. I’m going to review a variety of ornamental grasses and provide tips on how to incorporate them into your landscape. Ornamental grasses add so much to your landscape. They offer a diverse number of benefits to any garden: amazing structure throughout all four seasons, a romantic & hazy relaxed quality to ...…
 
Stacy Stoldt of the Chicago Botanic Garden is a rare book specialist and a true gem of information in the world of horticulture. As luck would have it, we had a fascinating chat back in November of last year. Stacy gave me a glimpse into her work as a librarian at the Botanic Garden and we also discussed one of the exhibitions she curated about ...…
 
Today we are going to explore the various methods to make your new garden feel much older! Back when I first started gardening, I remember learning with a little sense of frustration the old adage about perennials - the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap. I remember thinking, "Three years?! Really?" ...…
 
Basil is my all-time favorite edible to grow in the garden. In fact, my first purpose for digging in the dirt every Spring is to plant my basil crop - and despite getting a late start after rotator cuff surgery, this year was no exception. Like me, many gardeners associate the smell of basil with summer. Whenever I’m smell basil - that earthy, ...…
 
Productivity is a constant area of focus for me. I’m always trying to maximize my efforts in the garden - streamline my time and feel a sense of accomplishment after working outside. Every gardener is wired a little differently: some people want to get up and garden first thing in the morning while others wait to tackle their garden work late i ...…
 
In today’s show, I’m sharing the Top 40 Most Wanted Planted List or as I like to call it, "The Plants We Pine For”. These are the plants that gardeners around the country mention when you ask them to finish this sentence: “I wish I planted more….” This particular Most Wanted List is compiled from my garden friends, listeners of the show, and ga ...…
 
In today’s show, I’m sharing my gardening tote essentials - yes I am! I’m sharing all my favorite and wonderful items I like to use when I'm in the garden. Every gardener uses pruners and garden gloves, so today I’m talking about some of the more unique things I’ve incorporated into my gardening practice over the years. These are the things tha ...…
 
Have you been wanting to add edibles to your garden but feel you simply don’t have the space? Are you tired of having a cookie cutter property, but don't know what to add to bring excitement and a unique design esthetic to your landscape? Over the years, I’ve naturally gravitated toward adding edibles into my own landscape - first with herbs, t ...…
 
Are garden parties, garden tours, or open days on your summer calendar this year? No matter the occasion, sharing your garden is a lovely, generous, and memorable gift for your guests. But, the most important question for you, as the gardener and host, is: how can you make the gift sharing of your garden life-giving to you? Certainly, hosts who ...…
 
I'm pretty sure I experienced a divine alignment the day I discovered Lynn Gendusa's column in the LaGrange Daily News. I don't remember how exactly I found Lynn's column - Flipboard, Facebook, Pinterest, etc - it was not important. What stands out to me now, is how I felt reading her story about her dad's funeral. I only know that I felt like ...…
 
Are you needing to find help with your garden this year? Have you ever tried to find neighbor kids or local students to help out but it doesn’t seem to work out? Over the years, I’ve worked with lots of kids in my garden. And with my upcoming surgery, I’ll be needing help again. But how can you find good helpers and what is the best way to trai ...…
 
Are you an organic gardener? Do you use organic potting soil? Back in 2006, the idea of organic potting soil would have been an emerging area in the world of horticulture - but it was a question and a concept that Mark Highland had been thinking about for a while. Mark Highland is known as The Organic Mechanic and produces some fantastic organi ...…
 
Jodi is the creator of Inspired Living Home Body Spirit. She started her study of herbs over 15 years ago. Jodi is the soulful mother of three boys. Her specialties include: herbal consultations, hand-crafted herbal remedies, energy healing, herbal instructional classes and inspiration. Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. In fact, I a ...…
 
How do you get kids interested in gardening? That’s a question I get asked often. It’s a big question, because kids are pretty sophisticated these days. Their lives are fast-paced and they process information just as quickly. Indeed, they are growing up in the age of acceleration. So when it comes to fostering a love for gardening, it’s importa ...…
 
Trevor Johnson is the Resident Farmer at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan. In 2012, the hospital launched an organic greenhouse with the main goal of feeding the sick patients. Little did Trevor know, the hospital’s greenhouse has become a community center where Michigan residents can take cooking classes right inside the hos ...…
 
Rick Sherman was hired by the Oregon Department of Education in 2012 as the Farm to School/School Garden coordinator after working for 32 years for a food service management company. The last 20 of those years have been spent as a Director of Nutrition Services in Eugene, Albany and Dallas (Oregon). Rick is a Master Gardener, loves home brewing ...…
 
Josh Volk is a farmer turned inventor and author. In his book, Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less, Josh profiles the winning strategies and systems that transform these unique compact spaces into successful growing operations. During our chat, Josh personally guides us through every single farm - all while introd ...…
 
I was having a chat with a woman a few weeks ago who asked me about becoming a better gardener. I asked her how long she had been gardening, and she said five years. Looking embarrassed, she sort of looked down at the ground; as if this was not enough time to qualify her as a REAL gardener. To me, the number of years spent gardening is not rele ...…
 
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