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Gardening Beyond the Basics: Straw Bale Gardening

May 18th, 2020

with Joel Karsten from This month on Down the Garden Path, we’re exploring “Gardening Beyond the Basics.” In this episode, we continue our month-long discussion about how to take your gardening to the next level with a look at straw bale gardening. Our guest is author, speaker and straw bale gardening expert Joel Karsten. …Read more

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Matthew Dressing & Joanne Shaw, Garden Trends of 2017

January 9th, 2017

“DOWN THE GARDEN PATH” RADIO SHOW… Happy New Year and welcome to 2017 and the first episode of Down the Garden Path for the year. Once again Matthew Dressing joins me as co-host as we discuss our favorite Garden Trends for 2017. We also chat about our own garden plans for this year. Listen in …Read more

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Gardening Can Be For The Birds!

May 14th, 2015

American Elder berries

The more I hear from people regarding their garden needs and wants and the more I research gardening for my newsletter and my gardening radio show, the more I realize that gardens are not just about plants. Birds, bees and other pollinators really should be an important part of the plan. I always say that …Read more

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Creative Ways You Can Use Trees For Privacy

July 10th, 2014

privacy hedge

Next to a request for low maintenance gardens, the request for privacy tops the list with my customers. I do my best with the use of trees and wooden screening but many are concerned about how big trees grow and how they may affect neighbors etc. On this tour I found no such concern… just …Read more

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Easy Ways To A Trendy Backyard With The Help Of These Tips

March 4th, 2014

small waterfall

One of the new trends I’ve noticed has been designing gardens that remove all or most of the lawn in my customer’s back yards. This has involved enlarging the gardens and adding or expanding a patio. This has created better use of the yard and made for an increased living space that is almost stress …Read more