Past Shows

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Sat, January 12
Amelie Aust from Fall Creek Nursery talked about some amazing, new blueberry cultivars as well as a thornless raspberry.

Sun, January 13  Hour 1
Kathy Childers executive director of the National Home Gardening Club explained the advantages of club membership.

Sun, Jan. 13  Hour 2
Bradley Gates owner of Wild Boar Farms suggested some new and exciting tomatoes to consider for 2013 including Indigo Apple.

Sat, January 5
Diane Blazek announced the National Garden Bureaus flower and vegetable seed winners for 2013.

Sun, January 6  Hour 1
Jill Plumb explained how we can build a raised bed quickly and easily, no hammers, nails, tools, just her patented M Brace!

Sun, Jan. 6  Hour 2
Dr. Jim Myers from Oregon State University talked about tomatoes that do particularly well in cool regions such as the Pacific Northwest.

Sat, December 29
Melinda Myers gave her tips on recycling Christmas tree as well as how to revitalize holiday plants and important care recommendations.

Sun, December 30  Hour 1
From Rainforest Sprinklers, Allen Spigelman explained how their fine mist sprinklers are the most effective low water consumption systems with less runoff and are safe for plants and seedlings, small or tall.

Sun, December 30  Hour 2
Peter Gierlack, aka Petie Mesquite,is the producer and host of Tucson's KXCI radio program, Growing Native. He talked about the beauty of desert grasslands, wildlife and sang a heartfelt song about the coyote and the badger.

Sat, December 22
So that the GardenLife time can enjoy time with their families, there will be a re-broadcast of the previous weekend's show. Mort White was our guest on Dec. 15.

Sun, December 23  Hour 1
Christian Bedard from Week's Roses.

Sun, December 23  Hour 2
Ralph Rhoads from Nature's Footprint.

Sat, December 15
Mort White, host of The Magic Garden" radio show shared some stories based on his book, "A Face Made for Radio," and gave some great Christmas tree selecting hints.

Sun, December 16  Hour 1
Christian Bedard from Week's Roses gave us a sneak peek into the 2013 rose introductions and spoke about his own award-winning roses.

Sun, December 17  Hour 2
Ralph Rhoads from Nature's Footprint taught us how to reduce our garbage and improve our soils through worm composting.

Sat, December 8
Barbara Melera, owner of D. Landreth Seed Company, suggested some plants that grow best from seed and some that do well started indoors.

Sun, December 9  Hour 1
Debra Lee Baldwin, author of two books on succulents, gave a few important care tips for succulents this time of year. Be sure to look for her latest book, "Succulents Simplified" coming out in the spring of 2013.

Sun, December 9 Hour 2
Natalie Bovis from The Liquid Muse shared a recipe from her latest book, " The Edible Coctail."

Sat, December 1
Ashton Ritchie helped us keep unwanted mice, insects and other pests from invading our homes during the winter months.

Sun, December 2  Hour 1
Chris Sabbarese from Corona Tools suggested some wonderful gift ideas for gardeners.

Sun, December 2 Hour 2
John Valentino from John & Bob's GrowGreen Solution producs gave us a few tips on how to prep our soils for the spring season as well as keepour winter plantings healthy and vigorous.

Sat, November 24
Helen Yoest talked about her new book, "Gardening with Confidence" as well as her information-packed website of the same name.

Sun, November 25  Hour 1
From Great Britain, Michael Marriott gave us a sneak preview of the 2013 David Austin Roses introductions.

Sun, November 25 Hour 2
From Sweden, Petra Maison told us the story behind her company Garden Girl and how it all started with a pair of dungarees. The US Garden Girl company and the wonderful line of clothing was also described by Linnea Geiger.

Sat, November 17
National gardening expert Melinda Myers taught us about the different kinds of composting for small and large spaces.

Sun, November 18  Hour 1
From the mail order company, Brent and Beckys Bulbs, Brent Heath suggested Narcissus and Hippeastrums for indoor forcing and for outdoor landscapes.

Sun, November 18 Hour 2
The education director at Alaska Botanical Gardens, Pat Ryan, talked about hyper tufa containers - how to make them and what to plant in them.

Sat, November 10
Scott Aker was our virtual guide through the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

Sun, November 11  Hour 1
Radio host of Portland's "In the Garden" Mike Darcy talked about prize-winning chrysanthemums and other plants that have fall color.

Sun, November 11 Hour 2
Founder of Seeds Trust and executive director of Native Seeds, Bill McDorman introduced us to some exciting and unique heirloom seeds.

Sat, November 3
The "Moss Maverick," Al Benner from Moss Acres talked about the benefits of moss as well as introduced us to the moss Milkshake as a solution for a shady spot.

Sun, November 4  Hour 1
Spokesperson for Scotts garden products and agronomist reminded that this is still a good time to feed most kinds of lawns in many parts of country.

Sun, November 4 Hour 2
Miryana Navarro-Monzoto told us the details of The Welcome Home Garden that she and the chairman of Burpee, George Ball, have begun.

Sat, October 27
National gardening expert Melinda Myers helped us with fall landscaping care, clean-up chores and winterizing our plants.

Sun, October 28  Hour 1
Rosarian and owner of Paul Zimmerman Roses, Paul talked about the Biltmore Rose Collection, roses that are disease resistant, easy care and hardy.

Sun, October 28 Hour 2
The "Garden Boss" William Moss star of HGTV's "Dig In" gave us some time-saving advice on growing edibles no matter how small the space.

Sat, October 20
Amy Kimmich, owner of Mad Mats, explained how to turn a so-so patio, porch or deck into a colorful gathering place for relaxation.

Sun, October 21  Hour 1
Plant expert from Spring Hill Nurseries, Debbie Zary, gave us the award winners for the Rose Hills International Rose Trials held last Oct. 6.

Sun, October 21 Hour 2
President of Organic Mechanics Soil Company, Mark Highland helped us get our seed starting off to a great beginning.

Sat, October 13
Saturday's show featured a repeat highlighting Mike Duncan as our guest interview talking about his unique ranch in Colorado raising free range buffalo.

Sun, October 14  Hour 1
Sunday's show was a repeat of Sunday, October 7 because John and Sharon were in Tucson, Arizona for the annual Garden Writer's Symposium. Chief ornithologist for Scotts Wild Bird Food Research in Marysville, Ohio, helped us prepare our gardens to enable our native and migratory birds to survive during the cooler months.

Sun, October 14 Hour 2
Our favorite "calendar girl" Laura Taylor talked about her special tomato calendar as well as a coupon code for GardenLife's Mighty 'Mato plants with a purchase of her calendar.

Sat, October 6
Since John and Sharon were judging at the International Rose Trials, today's show was a replay featuring Jamie Durie, author of The Outdoor Room as our interview guest.

Sun, October 7  Hour 1
Chief ornithologist for Scotts Wild Bird Food Research in Marysville, Ohio, helped us prepare our gardens to enable our native and migratory birds to survive during the cooler months.

Sun, October 7 Hour 2
Our favorite "calendar girl" Laura Taylor talked about her special tomato calendar as well as a coupon code for GardenLife's Mighty 'Mato plants with a purchase of her calendar.

Sat, September 29
Mike Duncan explained about his company BuffaLoam and why buffalo compost and tea are superior.

Sun, September 30  Hour 1
Garden expert Melinda Myers shared her ideas about planting bulbs creatively.

Sun, September 30 Hour 2
Steve Cissel took us to a "virtual" garden to beautify via his GardenQuest location.

Sat, September 22
Paul Isley from Rainforest Flora gave some important pointers about the care of Tillandsias and recommended varieties suitable for indoors and outdoors.

Sun, September 23  Hour 1
Jamie Durie, author of "The Outdoor Room" offered a few suggestions to transform our outdoors while the weather is still warm.

Sun, September 23 Hour 2
Randy Ritchie from Malibu Compost explained about biodynamic gardening and compost tea.

Sat, September 15
Chef Debbi Dubbs gave out some great ideas on what to do with our end-of-the-season bountiful harvests.

Sun, September 16 Hour 1
Since John, Sharon and Bryan were out of town, there was a re-broadcast of last Sunday's program, but the show will return live on Sept. 22-23. Jere Gettle from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds gave us a sneak peek into the 2nd annual National Heirloom Exposition held from Sept. 11-13.

Sun, September 16 Hour 2
Claire Splan shared some of her recommendations for the best edibles to grow in the autumn months.

Sat, September 8
John Valentino from John & Bobs GrowGreen Smart Soil Solutions helped us with some seed-starting tips.

Sun, September 9 Hour 1
Jere Gettle from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds gave us a sneak peek into the 2nd annual National Heirloom Exposition held from Sept. 11-13.

Sun, September 9 Hour 2
Claire Splan shared some of her recommendations for the best edibles to grow in the autumn months.

Sat, September 1
John Kondo had a special surprise for our radio listeners courtesy of Scotts garden products. He also told us about Scotts MiracleGro Gro1000 initiative that is helping to establish public neighborhood gardens throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada.

Sun, September 2 Hour 1
Tom MacCubbin offered some planting ideas to take us into autumn and possibly into winter.
Sun, September 2 Hour 2
No guest scheduled.

Sat, August 25
Paul Wallace gave us the latest news on the 2nd annual National Heirloom Exposition to be held Sept. 11-13 in Santa Rosa, CA.

Sun, August 26 Hour 1
Melinda Myers gave us her top picks for new plants and gardening ideas that she gleaned from the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago.

Sun, August 26 Hour 2
Therese Ciesinski, managing editor of Organic Gardening magazine offered some great late-summer garden makeover ideas.

Sat., August 18
From Specialty Produce, Dana Chaldekas guided us through their impressive product database available on their website and mobile app., covering everything from a product's availability, history, geography and recipe suggestions.

Sun, August 19 Hour 1
John Valentino explained how to create healthy soil as well as how to help plants grow.

Sun, August 19 Hour 2
Author of "The Photographic Garden," Matthew Benson shared some professional hints about photographing our plants and gardens.

Sat., August 11
Doug King shared some water conservation tips as well as his idea to use 20% less water while irrigating our trees and shrubs.

Sun, August 12 Hour 1
Ashton Ritchie talked about helping local communities with our bountiful crops and what plans to make for a successful fall vegetable garden.

Sun, August 12 Hour 2
George Meiling with the Columbia Park of Roses was our guide through the park and he also explained about Earth-Kind roses.

Sat., August 4
Karen Dardick recommended rose varieties that stand up to heat and humidity.

Sun, August 5 Hour 1
Lauren Eyer from Havart offered great tips to discourage critters in our gardens without harming them or the environment.

Sun, August 5 Hour 2
Myrtle von Damitz III talked about shrubs, a popular 18th century beverage that is making a resurgence among chefs today.

Sat., July 28
Repeat of July 21 show.

Sun, July 29 Hour 1
Repeat of July 22 show.

Sun, July 29 Hour 2
Repeat of July 22 show.

Sat., July 21
Executive Director of the All-America Selections, Diane Blazek, invited us to vote and boice our opinion for the American Garden Award.

Sun, July 22 Hour 1
Ed Hume shared some tips for what to grow in the fall as well as how to control garden pests this time of year.

Sun, July 22 Hour 2
Ed Laivo gave us some ideas for planting citrus and other fruit-bearing trees whether in the ground or in a container.

Sat., July 14
Ashton Ritchie offered several tips to keep our summer lawns in beautiful condition.

Sun, July 15 Hour 1
Scot Medbury, president of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, gave us a virtual peek through the extensive plant collection and new visitors' center.

Sun, July 15 Hour 2
Keith Muraoka helped us to beautify our landscape with great plant ideas and garden art suggestions.

Sat., July 7
Dr. Tommy Cairns, a world-renowned rosarian and curator of the Bob Crane owner of CCrane Radios talked about the importance of radios and why some have poor reception during the summer.

Sun, July 8 Hour 1
From Altman Plants, Bob Reidmuller talked about summer care for succulents and cacti.

Sun, July 8 Hour 2
Shirley Bovshow spoke about the 5 common and costly mistakes we make when planning our garden.

Sat., July 7
Dr. Tommy Cairns, a world-renowned rosarian and curator of the Pageant of Roses Garden in Whittier, CA, gave out some important care hints for growing roses in the summer.

Sun, July 8 Hour 1
From Altman Plants, Bob Reidmuller talked about summer care for succulents and cacti.

Sun, July 8 Hour 2
Television personality and designer, Shirley Bovshow spoke about the 5 common and costly mistakes we make when planning our garden.

Sat., June 30
Bob Crane owner of CCrane Radios talked about the importance of radios and why some have poor reception during the summer.

Sun, July 1 Hour 1
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds founder and owner Jere Gettle shared some harvesting techniques based on his book, "The Heirloom Life Gardener."

Sun, July 1 Hour 2
Horticulture director at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Tom Johnson shared the history and the extensive camellia and azalea collection of this public garden, owned by the same family since the 1600s.

Sat., June 23
If pests are bugging your garden, Lance Walheim helped us get rid of them organically.

Sun, June 24 Hour 1
Garden Mama Nellie Neal taught us some down-to-earth gardening techniques and recommended some plants for this time of year.

Sun, June 24 Hour 2
Tatiana Anderson, owner of Top Tropicals Nursery in Florida, suggested several fragrant and exotic plants perfect for the summer garden.

Sat., June 16
Amy Stewart took us through the subterranean world of earthworms based on her witty and informative book, "The Earth Moved."

Sun, June 17 Hour 1
Garden writer and designer Helen Yoest let us in on her secrets for creating gardens that truly reflect our personalities.

Sun, June 17 Hour 2
Garden expert from Wisconsin, Melinda Myers helped our summer gardens to survive heat and drought.

Sat., June 9
Pam Koide-Hyatt, owner of Bird Rock Tropicals told us about her plant specialties and suggested some exotic Tillandsias, Bromeliads and orchids for the novice and for the serious collector.

Sun, June 10 Hour 1
Corona's Chris Sabbarese gave us the history of this wonderful garden tool company as well as offered some gift ideas for Father's Day.

Sun, June 10 Hour 2
From Whitney Farms, Claudia Groth shared some important maintenance advice to keep our warm season garden healthy and productive.

Sat., June 2
Since the GardenLife time were out of town this weekend, the Saturday and Sunday shows were a re-broadcast of the previous weekend's excellent programs. Dr. Stephen Mitrione connected the relationship between the curative power of gardens and health issues. He also discussed his proposal for The Beterans Therapeutic Gardens Project and how we can all become involved to help our veterans.

Sun, June 3 Hour 1
Dramm's Jessica Rienhardt had some great Father's Day ideas as well as watering techniques for the warm season.

Sun, June 3 Hour 2
Noted photographer Stacy Bass has just released her first book, "In the Garden" and she helped us with tips to make our own photographs better.

Sat, May 26
Dr. Stephen Mitrione connected the relationship between the curative power of gardens and health issues. He also discussed his proposal for The Beterans Therapeutic Gardens Project and how we can all become involved to help our veterans.

Sun, May 27 Hour 1
Dramm's Jessica Rienhardt had some great Father's Day ideas as well as watering techniques for the warm season.

Sun, May 27 Hour 2
Noted photographer Stacy Bass has just released her first book, "In the Garden" and she helped us with tips to make our own photographs better.

Sat, May 19
Debra Lee Baldwin gave us her "secret" potting soil formula for succulents and cacti and helped us with creative container ideas.

Sun, May 20 Hour 1
Melinda Myers offered some tips to become greener in our gardens, the easy, low maintenance way.

Sun, May 20 Hour 2
Tony Avent talked about some must-have plants to put in your garden from his mail order company, Plant Delights Nursery.

Sat, May 12
Ashton Ritchie gave us some great ideas about how to spend "thyme" with our mothers.

Sun, May 13 Hour 1
Margo True, food editor of Sunset Magazine and the just released "Edible Garden Cookbook" helped us make the most of edible gardening as well as shared a recipe for strawberry-marmalade salad.

Sun, May 13 Hour 2
Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nursery recommended some tried-and-true- fruit tree varieties and offered several timely maintenance tips.

Sat, May 5
Colby Eierman, author of "Fruit Trees in Small Spaces," told us how we can have abundant harvests even if our yards are small.

Sun, May 6 Hour 1
Steve Goto, the Tomato King, was our guest in studio to talk about all things tomato and other veggies.

Sun, May 6 Hour 2
Tom Wienckowski had some awesome and unique ideas fro Mother's Day gifts. Hint: Think 3-6 foot tall cut roses or rainbow roses, each petal a different color!

Sat, April 28
Our resident garden expert from Bayer Advanced Lance Walheim helped us select, plant and maintain trees.

Sun, April 29 Hour 1
Jenks Farmer told us how to make plants from some of our edibles purchased at the grocery store.

Sun, April 29 Hour 2
Wesley Greene, author of "Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way" was our time-traveling guide into colonial gardening practices and why we should apply many of them today.

Sat, April 21
Delilah Onofrey from Suntory Flowers inspired us to start planting new varieties of  mandevillas, dwarf bougainvilleas and double petunias to spruce up our warm-weather containers.

Sun, April 22 Hour 1
Chief ornithologist Ghislain Rompre from Scotts Wild Bird Food Research gave us some great ideas about creating bird-friendly habitats in our back yard as well as providing supplemental food for our feathered friends.

Sun, April 22 Hour 2
Dr. Allan Armitage, noted author and founder of the University of Georgia's trial garden shared some of the recent trial plants that are showing promise for the home gardener.

Sat, April 14
Jennifer Lee Segale is a garden blogger (dirtygirlgarden.com), landscape designer and has a mail-order line of organic botanical body care products. Jenn spoke about her body care products as well as some green and sustainable garden design hints.

Sun, April 15 Hour 1
Melinda Myers helped us get our gardens ready including tips on composting, maintaining existing beds and soil preparation.

Sun, April 15 Hour 2
Alaska Botanical Garden's Education and Outreach Coordinator Patrick Ryan guided us through the 11 acres of cultivated gardens and nature trails in the midst of 110 acres of spruce and birch woodland forests.

Sat, April 7
Since Bryan, John and Sharon will be spending Easter weekend with their families, there will be a re-broadcast of the March 31 and April 1 shows with Lance Walheim on Saturday, Jamie Durie and Kathy Brenzel on Sunday.

Sun, April 8 Hour 1
One of Australia's leading garden designers and popular HGTV star, Jamie Durie had some exciting news about his new garden app as well as his book, The Outdoor Room."

Sun, April 8 Hour 2
Sunset Magazine garden editor Kathy Brenzel told us about the ultimate gardening guide, the 9th edition of "The New Sunset Western Garden Book."

Sat, March 31
Lance Walheim gave us some timely hints about how to keep weeds out of our garden beds, lawns, etc.

Sun, April 1 Hour 1
One of Australia's leading garden designers and popular HGTV star, Jamie Durie had some exciting news about his new garden app as well as his book, The Outdoor Room."

Sun, April 1 Hour 2
Sunset Magazine garden editor Kathy Brenzel told us about the ultimate gardening guide, the 9th edition of "The New Sunset Western Garden Book."

Sat, March 24
Since John, Sharon and Bruce will be at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show from March 21-25, last weekend's show will be re-broadcoast. If you plan on attending the show at the San Mateo Event Center, drop by our GardenLife booth #1345 to say "hi." Joe Lamp'l aka Joe Gardener is the author of "The Green Gardener's Guide" and also the creator and host of the national public television series, "Growing a Greener World." He talked about common gardening mistakes and how to correct them.

Sun, March 25 Hour 1
Scott Kunst, owner of the mail order Old House Gardens, specializes in unique and rare bulbs. He suggested antique dahlias, bearded iris, daylilies and other bubls ideal for summer bouquets.

Sun, March 25 Hour 2
Kay Estey gave us the latest news about this year's San Francisco Flower and Garden Show held at the San Mateo Event Center from March 21-25.

Sat, March 17
Joe Lamp'l aka Joe Gardener is the author of "The Green Gardener's Guide" and also the creator and host of the national public television series, "Growing a Greener World." He talked about common gardening mistakes and how to correct them.

Sun, March 18 Hour 1
Scott Kunst, owner of the mail order Old House Gardens, specializes in unique and rare bulbs. He suggested antique dahlias, bearded iris, daylilies and other bubls ideal for summer bouquets.

Sun, March 18 Hour 2
Kay Estey gave us the latest news about this year's San Francisco Flower and Garden Show held at the San Mateo Event Center from March 21-25.

Sat, March 10
Rebecca Sweet, co-author of "Garden Up!" and popular garden designer, brought out the hidden artist in all of us to bring "harmony" into our gardens.

Sun, March 11 Hour 1
Garden guru Charlie Nardozzi helped us successfully grow and eat veggies from our Italian garden.

Sun, March 11 Hour 2
Just in time for spring, Melinda Myers gave us tips about soil preparation, planting strategies and proper care.

Sat, March 3
Agronomist and horticulturist Ashton Ritchie offered lawn tips to prevent and minimize weeds as well as other late-winter garden problems.

Sun, March 4 Hour 1
Debra Prinzing and David Perry inspired us to take a new look at our landscape and reconnect with the flowers in our garden during every season of the year. Check out their book, "The Fifty Mile Bouquet" celebrating the "slow flower movement."

Sun, March 4 Hour 2
Jimmy Turner, senior director at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden shared some of his favorite plants tested and grown at the garden for 2012.

Sat, February 25
The Tomato King, Steve Goto recommended the best tomatoes to grow in 2012.

Sun, February 26 Hour 1
Curator of grasses at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Dr. Paul Peterson gave us an insider's look in the museum and also explained about grass species.

Sun, February 26 Hour 2
Erik Tietig of Pine Island Nursery told us all about miracle fruit, mangoes and dragon fruit.

Sat, February 18
Nan Sterman gave us some great seed-starting tips for our spring and summer garden.

Sun, February 19 Hour 1
Derek Fell told us about the benefits of gardening vertically to save space.

Sun, February 19 Hour 2
If you want to raise goats in the backyard for milk, cheese or fun, Sue Weaver gave us wonderful advice.

Sat, February 11
Nicholas Staddon was our roving reporting at the Northwest Flower Show and told us what was on the cutting edge of the gardening world.

Sun, February 12 Hour 1
Russell Kirchner from Optimara helped us keep our African violets blooming and healthy.

Sun, February 12 Hour 2
Niki Jabbour shared some of her advice for growing vegetables all year round even in winter.

Sat, February 4
Kerstin Ouellet suggested some creative container ideas and told us about the latest news in the orchid world.

Sun, February 5 Hour 1
Tim Gallagher gave us his firsthand account of the re-discovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker as well as provided an insider's view of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Sun, February 5 Hour 2
Bob Baumhower former football palyer for the Miami Dolphins and now owner of several restaurants shared his gumbo-making secrets just in time for the Super Bowl.

Sat, January 28
Tom Jesch from Waterwise Botanicals explained how water wise plants meet the landscape requisites of beauty and color.

Sun, January 29 Hour 1
No one scheduled.

Sun, January 29 Hour 2
Marty Wingate offered some solutions for making outdoor spaces more enjoyable and private based on her book, "Landscaping for Privacy."

Sat, January 21
Melinda Myers, noted author and garden television/radio host helped us with our indoor gardening chores.

Sun, January 22 Hour 1
Vicki Franz, publisher of the regional magazine, "Mason-Dixon Arrive" gave us some tips about USDA Zone 6 gardening for the winter months.

Sun, January 22 Hour 2
Ashton Ritchie, agronomist and lawn expert provided some lawn care and vegetable suggestions to keep us busy in the winter garden.

Sat, October 22
Bob Reidmuller told us everything we needed to know about succulent wreaths - how they are made, general care tips and refreshing older ones to keep them looking beautiful.

Sun, October 23 Hour 1
Nellie Neal shared some important ways to prepare our frost-sensitive plants for the winter months.

Sun, October 16 Hour 2
Ken Cameron talked about the Vanilla orchid genus including its fascinating natural history and cultivation.

Sat, October 15
Kathy Cropp shared her experiences about fall gardening in Virginia as well as the International Master Gardeners Conference held that week in West Virginia.

Sun, October 16 Hour 1
Garden expert, radio and television host Melinda Myers talked about late season care for the garden and 6 things we can do now for a better garden next year.

Sun, October 16 Hour 2
Executive director of the All-America Selections, Diane Blazek told us about North America's oldest independent plant testing organization. She spoke about some of the 2011 AAS winners that we should include in our gardens.

Sat, October 8
Chef Ray Duey has astounded audiences on the Food Network channel and at public demonstrations with his carving mastery, transforming ordinary fruits and vegetables into extraordinary works of art. He shared some of his secrets based on his DVD, "Fruit and Vegetable Sculpting."

Sun, October 9 Hour 1
Jim Long's "How to Eat a Rose," is one of two-dozen books on herbs and gardening. He told us about why the rose has been selected as the "Herb of the Year" as well as some of the recipes included in his book.

Sun, October 9 Hour 2
Ghislain Rompre is the chief ornithologist for Scotts Wild Bird Food Research in Marysville, Ohio and he gave us tips on what we need to do to prepare for the fall and winter months in order to provide birds with all they need.

Sat, October 1
The Herb 'n Cowgirl, Ann McCormick helped us select herbs that are ideal for planting in autumn as well as transplanting tips for perennial herbs. She is the author of "Ten Must-Have Herbs for Cooks"and lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sun, October 2 Hour 1
Director of Pennsylvania's Longwood Gardens, Paul Redman introduced us to the 1,077-acre display gardens, 4 acres of greenhouses, woodlands and meadows. He also gave us a glimpse into founder Pierre S. duPont's historical transformation of this late 18th-century Quaker arboretum into a horticultural showplace. .

Sun, October 2 Hour 2
Former garden editor of Mother Earth News, Pat Stone is now the editor of "GreenPrints: The Weeder's Digest," a compendium of great stories that speak to the hearts of gardeners. It recently won the Garden Writers Association's media award for Best Product for magazines with under 100,000 circulation.

Sat, September 24
Horticulturist Jessica Walliser helped us identify the good bugs from the bad and offered some management strategies for a few of our most common pests without resorting to toxic chemicals. She is the author of "Good Bug Bad Bug" and also co-hosts Pittsburgh radio's "The Orgarnic Gardeners" every Sunday.

Sun, September 25 Hour 1
Debbie Zary our garden expert from Tipp City, Ohio's Spring Hill Nursery, suggested some timely garden projects as well as what we might plant in our fall landscapes. She also helped us pick out some bulbs perfect for planting this time of year.

Sun, September 25 Hour 2
Dr. David Francko is professor of biological sciences at the University of Alabama and has also worked in the field of experimental plant horticulture resulting in the development of a revolutionary product, FreezePruf. This morning he explained how to protect cold-sensitive plants allowing us to be more daring by growing what has not grown before in our gardens.

Sat, September 17
Since John, Bruce and Sharon were at the Orange County's Master Gardeners Garden Lecture at the Great Park in Irvine, California this morning to speak with Monrovia Nursery's Nicholas Staddon on "Edibles in the Landscape," GardenLife repeated Saturday, September 10's program with our guest, Briggs Plant Propagators president Dave Jarzynka. The GardenLife team returned live on Sunday, September 18.

Sun, September 18 Hour 1
Jenks Farmer comes from Beech Island, South Carolina and owns LushLife Nursery, specializing in crinum varieties. He shared his considerable knowledge about crinum varieties, their care and why he is so passionate about them.

Sun, September 18 Hour 2
We had hoped to have Helen Babbs, a nature-loving Londoner who has just written "My Garden, the City and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London," but unfortunately technical difficulties precluded having her on our show. Go to www.amazon.com to learn more about how and why she transformed her tiny rooftop into an organic, wildlife-friendly and edible garden.

Sat, September 10
Briggs Plant Propagators from Elma, Washington has been one of the largest growers of rhododendrons and a pioneer in woody ornamentals, broad leaf evergreens, grasses and perennials for almost 100 years. President Dave Jarzynka shared some exciting news about blueberries that make "pink lemonade" and "pink champagne."

Sun, September 11 Hour 1
From Pittsburgh, PA Nancy Gift is the author of "Good Weed Bad Weed: Who's Who, What to Do and Why Some Deserve a Second Chance." She is also an assistant professor of environmental studies and Nancy shared her thoughts on lawn weeds - the troublemakers, the good guys and the ones we should keep in our lawns.

Sun, September 11 Hour 2
Jere Gettle, owner of Missouri's Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and organizer of this year's National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, California, told us about the speakers, displays and vendors who will be sharing their knowledge about pure food from September 13-15.

Sat, September 3
From the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Kathleen Pringle teamed up to write, "How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers." It is an extensive resource to develop, plan, build and maintain a school garden as well as shows us how to connect children to the natural world.

Sun, September 4 Hour 1
Agronomist and lawn expert Ashton Ritchie helped us get a jumpstart on our fall lawn care. And because he is interested in all things about gardening, Ashton also gave out some important tips for our cool-season vegetable gardens.

Sun, September 4 Hour 2
From Huntsville, Alabama, chief horticulturist Harvey Cotten was our virtual guide through the 112-acre wonderland including the perennial, rose, wildflower and daylily gardens as well as a meandering nature trail lined with flowering dogwood trees.

Sat, August 27
Since John, Bruce and Sharon will be at the Garden Writers Association's 63rd Annual Symposium at Indianapolis, Indiana, there will be a re-broadcast of last Saturday and Sunday's shows. Michael J. Cauto, author of Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun offered some fantastic ideas to get adults and children involved in hands-on projects that help make renewable energy easy to understand and fun.

Sun, August 28 Hour 1
The first hour featured Anthony Eglin, noted mystery writer and horticulturist, who shared his latest whodunit, Gardens of Secrets Past: An English Garden Mystery.

Sun, August 28 Hour 2
Paul Wallace had the latest updates about this September's first-ever National Heirloom Exposition to be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California (September 13-15).

Sat, August 20
From Vermont, Michael J. Caduto is the author of several books including his latest publication, Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Projects for Kids. Because renewable energy is so important and the fact that today's children will be the future keepers of renewable energy usage and technologies, Michael will offer a couple of exciting, educational and fun experiments for children, teachers and adults.

Sun, August 21 Hour 1
What is the next best thing to getting your hands dirty in the garden, especially on a sultry, summer day? How about a fiendish and foul tale with twists and turns like an out-of-control vine and a touch of gardening thrown in the mysterious mix? Anthony Eglin's latest mystery novel, Gardens of Secrets Past: An English Garden Mystery will explain why he combines a classic whodunit with horticulture.

Sun, August 21 Hour 2
Paul Wallace manages The Seed Bank, Petaluma's west coast wing of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. He has the latest, exciting news about the first every National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds from September 13-15. It will be the largest display of heirloom produce from all 50 states as well as heritage livestock breeds plus so much more!

Sat, August 13
Dr. Sarada Krishnan originally grew up on a family coffee plantation in India, but is now the director of horticulture at the Denver Botanic Gardens. She served as our virtual guide and explained about high altitude gardening as well as some informative "coffee talk."

Sun, Augsut 14 Hour 1
Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens in Escondido, California and GardenLife's cactus and succulent expert, recommended Mother Nature's sunburn and rash remedy as well as general summer care guidelines for cacti and succulents.

Sun, August 14 Hour 2
Debbie Zary from Tipp City, Ohio's Spring Hill Nursery, explained how to spruce up our late summer garden as well as what to do now to prepare the garden for the fall season.

Sat, August 6
Landscape architect Jennifer R. Barley from Granville, Ohio, explained how a well-designed landscape combining edible with ornamental plants can yield both bounty for the table and beauty for the soul. For gardeners who want it all - the freshness of homegrown fruits and vegetables plus the beauty of flowers - be sure to pick up a copy of her book, The Kitchen Gardener's Handbook.

Sun, August 7 Hour 1
Originally from Oxford, England, Andrew Wyatt has recently become vice president of horticulture at the Missouri Botanical Garden. He was our learned guide through the garden's Climatron, a geodesic dome conservatory inspired by Buckminster Fuller as well as other displays found at St. Louis' 79-acre botanical paradise.

Sun, August 7 Hour 2
From Pittsburgh, PA., Denise Schreiber is recognized as the expert gardener "Mrs. Know-It-All" on the radio show, The Organic Gardener. This morning she discussed how we can have our flowers and eat them too, based on her book Eat Your Roses...Pansies, Lavender and 49 Other Delicious Edible Flowers.

Sat, July 9
Diane Ott Whealy and her husband founded Seed Savers Exchange in order to save and share heirloom, open-pollinated seeds that might have been lost forever had it not been for their efforts. From her Iowa Heritage Farm, Diane shared her journey of collecting heirloom seeds.

Sun, July 10 Hour 1
Product Manager Paul Thorson from Nebraska-based Todd Valley Farms offered a solution for those who love the beauty of a lawn, but are concerned about environmental issues. He explained how to make your lawn practices green with buffalo grass.

Sun, July 10 Hour 2
Jere Gettle's Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds business took root because of his childhood love of unusual vegetables and fruits that were open-pollinated and GMO-free. He had some ideas for mid-summer to late-summer season edibles and flowers to plant from seed as well as more information about the first-ever National Heirloom Exposition to be held in Santa Rosa, California from September 13-15.

Sat, July 2
Great Lakes garden Expert Melinda Myers gave us some hints to spruce up our mid-summer garden and also shared her thoughts about the benefits of green spaces.

Sun, July 3 Hour 1
Investigative reported Barry Estabrook has just published his book, "Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit." You'll never look at a tomato the same way again after listening to Barry!

Sun, July 3 Hour 2
In honor of the fourth of July, Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at George Washington's Mt. Vernon, guided us through the gardens and farm of America's first hero. Dean's descriptions of the gardens and farm, gave us a better understanding of Washington, the passionate farmer.

Sat, June 25
Dr. Stephen Buchmann talked to us about the importance of pollinators for the world as well as for the individual home gardener. He also shared the news about this week's 5th annual National Pollinator Week.

Sun, June 26 Hour 1
Although many insects are beneficial pollinators, there are some such as the Marmorated Stink Bug that is responsible for costly damage to edible crops and flowers and becomes a smelly, intrusive pest indoors. Stephanie Cates from Rescue! offered us a safe, preemptive solution.

Sun, June 26 Hour 2
Debbie Zary from mail order companies Gardens Alive! and Spring Hills Nurseries introduced us to the allure of bearded iris as well as how to select, plant and grown them. She also revealed three specially priced iris collections available only to GardenLife listeners and subscribers. Click on our website's top bar "Bearded Iris" for more information.

Sat, June 18
Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens helped us with hints on how to make our leggy, overgrown succulents and cact look like new again as well as offered some Father's Day gift ideas.

Sun, June 19 Hour 1
Todd Greenberg from Philadelphia's Bartram's Garden, served as our tour guide through the oldest continuously running U.S. botanic garden.

Sun, June 19 Hour 2
Marketing director Dave Doolittle from Terra Nova Nurseries in Portland, Oregon told us about the latest trends in horticulture and the hot, new cultivars to include on your must-have summer plant list.

Sat, June 11
Andrea Wulf has written several acclaimed books about the history of great gardens and gardeners including her most recent work, Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. She offered a glimpse into the fascinating lives of our founding fathers and how their passions for gardening, plants and agriculture influenced our country's history.

Sun, June 12 Hour 1
Ruth Clausen has worked for 50 years as professional in the gardening world and currently lives in New York. She has just published her book, Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Shrubs that Deer Don't Eat based on her many years of practical and researched experiences.

Sun, June 12 Hour 2
Olivewood Gardens in National City, California was the former home of Sam Walton's (founder of Walmart) son John Walton and his family. The family donated the home and the gardens to the International Community Foundation and is now Olivewood Gardens. Executive director Amy Carstensen told us about the series of magical edible and ornamental gardens as well as explained why Olivewood is such a special place for all - no matter what age or background.

Sat, June 4
Gregg Lowery from Vintage Gardens in Sebastopol, California suggested some antique roses that would be perfect for landscapes and for containers. He also mentioned about a special publication that has just been released by the Heritage Rose Foundation, Mystery Roses Around the World, a new book from the editors of Rosa Mundi and the Heritage Rose Foundation.

Sun, June 5 Hour 1
Tammi Hartung and her husband live and farm in the high desert of southern Colorado. She and her husband raise more that 500 different varieties of herbs at their Desert Canyon Farm. She shared some of her secrets about planting, growing, harvesting and using herbs based on her book, Homegrown Herbs.

Sun, June 5 Hour 2
George Shakespear is the communications manager for The Garden Conservancy, the organization that seeks to preserve exceptional American gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public. He spoke about several prominent gardens across the country that his organization is maintaining and preserving as well as informed us about this summer's Open Days garden visiting program.

Sat, May 28
Master gardener Claudia Groth from Whitney Farms talked about getting our spring gardens flower-and-vegetable-ready whether for a large plot of land, raised beds or containers.

Sun, May 29 Hour 1
Paul Wallace manages The Seed Bank in Petaluma, California, the west coast wing of Missouri's Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. He shared information about the first ever Heirloom Exposition to be held on September 13-15 in northern California. Open to the public, there will be hundreds of varieties of traditional fruits and vegetables from all 50 states on display and to taste. If you are interested in the GardenLife Heirloom Exposition and Garden tour with John Bagnasco and Sharon Asakawa, contact ProTravel consultant Dori Peterson at Dori.peterson@protravelinc.com or call her toll-free at 877-367-8153. It will be a trip of a lifetime!

Sun, May 29 Hour 2
Alice Doyle our Mighty 'Mato grower from Log House Plants in Cottage Grove, Oregon gave us special grafted tomato how-tos when it comes to growing, planting and harvesting them.

Sat, May 21
Jim Duncan from the Memphis Botanical Gardens gave us a virtual tour of the many gorgeous specialty gardens and trails available to the public.

Sun, May 22 Hour 1
Lorelei Hepburn's innovative company, Environmental Factor, is based in Canada but offers her products in the U.S. Be sure to listen to her talk about the NemaGlobe, an organic beneficial nematode product for the control of ants, gnats, and other pests.

Sun, May 22 Hour 2
Nicholas Staddon from Monrovia Nursery encouraged us to dust off our barbecues and spruce up our patios with colorful and fragrant plant ideas for containers.

Sat, May 14
Diana Wells, author of "Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History" shared historical lore and fun, factual tidbits behind her love of trees. It was fun "virtually" looking upward through the branches of some of her favorite trees and their wonderful stories.

Sun, May 15 Hour 1
Great Lakes Gardener and Plant Doctor Melinda Myers is the author of over 20 books including "Can't Miss Small Space Gardening" and hosts "Melinda's Garden Moments" on television and radio. She gave some down-to-earth advice on growing a beautiful and productive garden from plant selections and soil prep to proper fertilization.

Sun, May 15 Hour 2
Dr. Allan Armitage guided us through his horticultural world at the University of Georgia where he teaches, evaluations new garden plants and heads the research gardens at the UGA. Among his many award-winning books, his latest includes "Armitage's Vines and Climbers."

Sat, May 7
Our garden expert Ashton Ritchie from Scott's Lawn and Garden Products, had some thoughtful ideas that helped make Mother's Day special and meaningful. His suggestions on how to make "thyme" as a way to celebrate and honor the mothers and grandmothers who were there for us, not just for one day, but for every day, should be considered for all of us who love to garden.

Sun, May 8 Hour 1
Paul Thorson from Todd Valley Farms in Mead, Nebraska told us about a wide variety of regionalized turf grass lawns that greens in early spring, remains verdant until late fall, uses less water, requires less mowing and resists insects and diseases.

Sun, May 8 Hour 2
Deborah Whigham of Mendocino County's Digging Dog Nursery offered wonderful plant suggestions - some tried-and-true as well as newer introductions - for formal and informal spaces, naturalized meadows, woodlands, Mediterranean and cut-flower gardens. Be sure to check out her family-run mail order nursery online.

Sat, April 30
Greg Ecsedy from Bobbex talked about the importance of recycling and how it fits in with his rabbit and deer repellent controls that are safe to use, good for plants and made from the food industry's "leftovers."

Sun, May 1 Hour 1
Amy Stewart, best-selling author of five books about the natural world including "Wicked Plants," has just completed another book about the sinister and darkly comical world of over 100 of our entomological foes, "Wicked Bugs." Amy's titillating tales about dastardly bugs gone wild is not to be missed. Also find her online at www.amystewart.com and www.gardenrant.com.

Sun, May 1 Hour 2
Dr. Carole Ann Rollins, world-renowned soil microbiology expert from Nature Technologies International explained how microbes, organic nutrients and plants all rely on each other as well as steps we can take to successfully become organic gardeners.

Sat, April 23
Nicholas Staddon, Monrovia nursery's plant expert, shared his ideas for the best ornamental and edibles to plant this spring season.

Sun, April 24  Hours 1 and 2
Since John, Bryan and Sharon spent the day with their families, there was a re-broadcast of April 17's program.

Sat, April 16
Pat Welch, award-winning garden author of several books, talked about organic gardening practices as well as some techniques to create a romantic and extraordinary garden in any size space.

Sun, April 17 Hour 1
Sara Begg Townsend, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, has co-written with Roanne Robbins, Continuous Container Gardens. Sara gave us fresh ideas for container gardening that changes with the seasons.

Sun, April 17 Hour 2
Charlie Nardozzi, former senior horticulturist for the National Gardening Association and co-host of In the Garden, a weekly, call-in radio show in Vermont, shared tips about espaliering fruit trees.

Sat, April 9
If you longed to have a flock of laying hens or milk your own cow, raise some pigs, ducks, geese, goats or rabbits, Gail Damerow author of "The Backyard Homestead: Guide to Raising Farm Animals" is the go-to expert. She and her husband own a family farm in Tennessee where they grow and preserve their own food. Listening to her is the first step toward enjoying the rewarding experience of keeping your own livestock even if you never grew up on a farm.

Sun, April 10 Hour 1
Agronomist, lawn care expert and co-author of "Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Lawn," Ashton Ritchie provided some valuable tips and tricks you can do once spring has sprung to cultivate a green, luscious lawn as well as what to do against weeds such as foxtails and crabrass.

Sun, April 10 Hour 2
Modern day plant hunter and horticulturist Josh Schneider currently owns Cultivaris, a company that helps plant breeders around the globe to get their varieties into the international marketplace. He gave us the latest scoop on the Tomaccio tomato, one of the most exciting, new tomatoes for the home grower.

Sat, April 2
Landscape designer, writer and blogger, Rebecca Sweet owns Harmony in the Garden in the Bay Area of California. She has co-written "Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces." She helped us to think vertical with arbors, trellises, skinny and expansive spaces as well as picking the right plants and hiding eyesores.

Sun, April 3 Hour 1
Julius Nuccio served as our guide into the beautiful world of camellias and azaleas. He and his cousins own Nuccio's Nurseries, growers of rare camellias and azaleas for 76 years. Nuccio's does not have a website, but they do mail order. Call them at 626-794-3383.

Sat, March 26
Since John, Sharon and Bruce were at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, Sharon called in with news about the GardenLife booth, new and interesting plants and garden displays as well as some great garden products and ideas. In studio, Bryan Main co-hosted the show with guest hosts, Cary Sharp, curator of horticulture from the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in Escondido and Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens.

Sun, March 27 Hour 1
Sharon and Bruce returned to host the program while John remained at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show's last day. Alice Doyle from Log House Plants in Cottage Grove, Oregon offered planting tips and more suggestions for rare, unusual and delicious edibles as well as several novelty plants that make amazing garden focal points.

Sun, March 27 Hour 2
Emmy award-winning producer (for his Gardens of Pennsylvania), the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Backyard Gardener and co-host of the Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday on Pittsburgh's KDKA radio, Doug Oster beckoned us into the garden with his years of gardening expertise and his latest book, "Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil."

Sat, March 19
Kay Estey has never met a plant she doesn't like which made her the perfect person to be the producer of the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show held at the San Mateo Event Center March 23-27.She told us about what it takes to produce a world-class garden show including the cutting-edge garden designs, new plants and seminar presentations. Check out www.sfgardenshow.com for more information about the show.

Sun, March 20 Hour 1
Founder of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Jere Gettle has been fascinated with unusual varieties of vegetables and fruits since his childhood days in Missouri. Through his catalog subscribers, online customers and his retail stores, Jere offers over 1200 heirloom herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruits. He gave out several recommendations for old, rare and unique seeds as well as how best to grow them. Visit his website at www.bakercreekseeds.com.

Sun, March 20 Hour 2
Home and garden television host and designer, Shirley Bovshow offered a wide range of information based on her videos, covering vegetable and container gardening to low water plants at www.gardenworldreport.com and www.edenmakersblog.com. She also shared her passionate and witty observations about landscaping mistakes learned from her own experience and from others.

Sat, March 12
From Tennessee, Billie Brownell and her co-author Jayme Jenkins have written "Garden Rules: The Snappy Synopsis for the Modern Gardener." Billie's experience as an editor for Cool Springs Press offered us a unique perspective to gardening: less is more and busy people can still incorporate gardening into their lives.

Sun, March 13 Hour 1
Dr. David Francko is the University of Alabama's Associate Provost, dean of their graduate school and professor of biological sciences and has also been a researcher in plant horticulture that developed Freeze-Pruf. He gave tips today about helping plants survive frosts and extending their growing seasons.

Sun, March 13 Hour 2

From Wisconsin, Melinda Myers has syndicated audio tips airing on radio stations throughout the United States, "Melinda's Garden Moments for Radio" and is the author of more than 20 gardening books including her latest "Can't Miss Small Space Gardening." She offered some environmental tips to stay green in our garden.

Sat, March 5
From Santa Fe, New Mexico, David Salman, founder and chief horticulturist at High Country Gardens is a recognized plant expert for eco-friendly landscapes. He recommended several hummingbird and other pollinator-attracting plants as well as his recent introduction, Blonde Ambition, a water thrifty native ornamental. Visit his mail order company online at www.highcountrygardens.com.

Sun, March 6 Hour 1
Tomato Guru Steve Goto shared his best picks for tasty, vigorous and bountiful tomato varieties and also gave us a few great tips for growing lettuce, squash and melons. Check out www.gototomato.com for Steve's spring seminar schedule.

Sun, March 6 Hour 2
Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, designs private rose gardens and international public gardens. A long-time organic gardener, Michael shared some of his common-sense practices, pruning advice and suggestions for roses that are ideal for our  organic garden.

Sat, Feb. 26
Kym Pokorny, garden writer for the Oregonian, led us on a virtual tour to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show (open from Feb. 23-27) at Seattle's Convention Center in Washington. She described some of the spectacular garden displays as well as the newest and most exciting plants. Check out her delightful gardening blog, "Dig in with Kym."

Sun, Feb. 27 Hour 1
Michele Owens is the author of "Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise" and co-founder of the popular blog, "Garden Rant." She explained how growing food on a small scale can fit into our busy lives and why it is worth the effort. Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens gave us a sneak preview into Del Mar's 26th annual Spring Home and Garden Show to be held March 4-6.

Sun, Feb. 27 Hour 2
Garden author and social media expert Jean Ann Van Krevelen helped us with planting tips and how to garden in small spaces with containers. Her website www.gardenertofarmer.net has a wealth of good gardening information plus where to order her book, "Grocery Gardening."

Sat, Feb. 19
Matthew Shepherd, senior conservation associate from the Xerces Society and four of his associates have written "Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies." He told us how to protect pollinators and how to create beautiful and environmentally healthy habitats to increase pollinator populations in a garden. Visit www.xerces.org for valuable updates about their pollination conservation resource center.

Sun, Feb. 20 Hour 1
Gregg Lowery's mail order nursery, Vintage Gardens in Sebastopol, California, specializes in antique and extraordinary roses: albas, bourbons, Chinas, gallicas, musks, noisettes, teas, hybrids and species are just a few of his many rose selections. And now he offers more than 600 varieties from Cliff Orent's EuroDesert Roses as Cliff prepares to close down his nursery. For photos, caretips and other important rose news, go to www.vintagegardens.com.

Sun, Feb. 20 Hour 2
Garden author and social media expert Jean Ann Van Krevelen helped us with planting tips and how to garden in small spaces with containers. Her website www.gardenertofarmer.net has a wealth of good gardening information plus where to order her book, "Grocery Gardening."

Sat, Feb. 12
Plant physiologist Barbara Scheer told us about her products that help enhance and strengthen a plant's defense against damaging stress, disease and insects. By using her eco-friendly and plant immune-building products, your ornamentals and edibles will yield bigger flowers or harvests. Visit www.jazspray.com for more information.

Sun, Feb. 13 Hour 1
Alice Doyle grows SuperNatural grafted tomatoes and eggplant as well as heirloom lettuce, melons, squash, peppers, artichoke, gingers, loofahs, pumpkins on a stick and nipple plants at her wholesale nursery, Log House Plants, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. She shared her expert growing tips and you can order these edibles and ornamentals at www.gardenlife.com.

Sun, Feb. 13 Hour 2
Nicholas Staddon from Monrovia Nursery suggested several enticing plant ideas not only for Valentine's Day, but for any occasion to plant in the garden from fragrant camellias to peonies. Visit www.monrovia.com to view their stunning catalog and how-to videos.

Sat, Feb. 5
Dave Jarzynka, presidenet of Briggs Plant Propagators in Elma, Washington, introduced many of his company's newest and most exciting plants to look for at your local retail nursery this year including a blueberry that makes "pink lemonade!" Briggs Plant Propagators is one of the world's largest growers of woody ornamentals, broad leaf evergreens, grasses and perennials. Go to www.briggsnursery.com to look at their plant listings.

Sun, Feb. 6 Hour 1
Susan Shetterly's latest book, "Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town," is the perfect book to read while staying warm and cozy indoors. She took us into the woods, shorelines and pathways of her rural Maine and the wild things, large and small, that live there.

Sun, Feb. 6 Hour 2
Opening the second hour, Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens, helped us with the winter care of succulents and cacti. He also told us about a plant that is as cute as a button and water-thrifty too - Crassula perforata variegata (variegated string of buttons). Check out www.gardenlife.com for this variety and many other amazing plants.


Sat, Jan. 29
Scott Kunst from Ann Arbor, Michigan's Old House Gardens provided the antidote for the winter-time blues with his collections of heirloom bulbs. He helped us dream of iris, daylilies, gladiolus and other spring-planted bulbs. Go to www.oldhousegardens.com for eye-candy photos of his rare and unusual heirloom selections and check out his new office.

Sun, Jan. 30 Hour 1
Su-Mei Yu is a nationally recognized cookbook author and owner of San Diego's popular Thai eatery, Saffron Restaurant. She offered some practical ideas on how to get our children and grandchildren to eat healthier, including eating more vegetables. For more information about her books and restaurant, visit www.saffronsandiego.com.

Sun, Jan. 30 Hour 2
For the second hour, Portland Oregon's Michael Darcy, host of "In the Garden" radio show shared his gardening knowledge about berries, hellebores and roses. Visit www.mikedarcy.com for additional information about his radio program.

Sat, Jan. 22
The Tomato King, Steve Goto talked about all things tomato - what varieties to select, how and when to plant, how to care and maintain and how to harvest them. For more information, visit his website at www.gototomat.us.com.

Sun, Jan. 23 Hour 1
Owner/hybridizer Paul Sorana introduced us to his beautiful plant world of Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses in Dolgeville, New York where he offers an astonishing array of African violets: standards, trailers, chimeras, minis, semi-minis and even some Russian varieties. View his online catalogue at www.lyndonlyon.com.

Sun, Jan. 23 Hour 2
Noted designer and consultant, garden blogger and author of "The Edible Garden," Ivette Soler talked about her ideas that can germinate into beautiful front yards mixed with edibles, ornamentals and little or no lawn. Visit her blog at www.germanatrix.com for her astute and playful garden oberservations and www.timberpress.com for informaton about her book.

Sat, Jan. 15

Tom Shappie from WaterRounds explained about putting rings around your garden plants and the importance of incorporating these non-eroding watering basins. WaterRounds funnel water and nutrients down into the root zone. Go to www.waterrounds.com for more details.

Sun, Jan. 16 Hour 1
New England's Paul Parent has hosted the Paul Parent Garden Club for over 23 years and as a resident of Kennebunk, Maine and winter resident in Florida, Paul gave us some gardening ideas for the winter months. Find out about his radio show and advice at www.paulparent.com 

Sun, Jan. 16 Hour 2
Lisa Ely along with co-author Michael Glassman has come out with a new book, "Kinder Gardens; Games and Adventures. She offered some exciting suggestions on how to get the whole family out into the garden, not only to learn, but to have fun. Check out www.kardenscorner.com for more great ideas about gardening with children.

Sat, Jan. 8
Bob Reidmuller from Oasia Water Efficient Gardens took us on a virtual visit along South Africa's meandering dry river valleys where the Aloe cillaris grow in thickets. Check out www.gardenlife.com to see this aloe and other water-thrifty succulents and cacti.

Sun, Jan. 9 Hour 1
Monrovia Nursery's plant expert Nicholas Staddon shared some fantastic new plant introductions for 2011 as well as tried-and-true varieties. To learn more about Monrovia Nursery's plant catalogue, nearest retailer and how-to-videos, go to www.monrovia.com.

Sun, Jan. 9 Hour 2
GardenLife finally revelaed its exciting news! Alice Doyle of Log House Plants is the first person to grow and introduce grafted tomato plants in the United States. GardenLife is now selling her Super Naturals 'Mighty Mato' grafted tomatoes on our website at www.gardenlife.com.

Sat, Jan. 1
Bryan, John and Sharon spent the New Year with their families, but there was a replay of a previously recorded GardenLife radio show.

Sun, Jan. 2 Hour 1
Dave Doolittle served as our guide through the wonderful world of Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries. Dave told us about some introductions that are must-haves for the garden in 2011. Visit www.terranovanurseries.com for great photos and plant information..

Sun, Jan. 2 Hour 2
Nellie Neal, aka Garden Mama, shared her wisdom gleaned from years of gardening in Mississippi and Louisiana as well as talking to other southern gardeners. Nellie hates to pontificate about New Year resolutions, Nellie spoke about changes: in our gardens, gardening habits as well as changes she sees in the gardening business. Check out www.gardenmama.com for her entertaining and informative blog, her gardening books on her Saturday radio show, "Weekend Gardening."

Sat, Dec. 25
Bryan, John and Sharon will be spending the weekend with their families, but there will be a re-broadcast of a previously recorded GardenLife radio shows.

Sun, Dec. 26 Hour 1 and Hour 2
The team will return live on Sunday, Jan. 2. Enjoy the "best of" GardenLife radio show today.


Sat, Dec. 18
What fruits and vegetables are in season and how do you prepare them? Cathy Thomas, author of "Melissa' s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce," shared a few of her recipes. Visit www.cathythomascooks.com for more great recipes, cooking classes and her publications. Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens, Bob Reidmuller suggested an Indian Corn Cob to add to our water-thrifty plant collection.

Sun, Dec. 19 Hour 1
Take your trash and transform it into dark, rich compost with the help of worms. Ralph Rhodes from the Worm Factory told us everything we needed to know about how to get a worm farm started and what to feed them. For more gift ideas, Steve Sawyer from Flexrake came to the rescue to make a gardener's life easier. And Lance Walheim gave us an insider's look into the Roe Parade's grand, floral floats.

Sun, Dec. 19 Hour 2
Owner and renowned hybridizer of Sunset Valley Orchids, Fred Clarke talked about the development of the world's first truly black orchid, Fredclarkeara After Dark 'Black Diamond.' For astonishing orchids, beautiful photos and cultural information, visit www.sunsetvalleyorchids.com.

Sat, Dec. 11
Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nursery had many "fruitful" suggestions to add to your wish list for the bare root season. Go to www.davewilson.com for more great fruit tree information.

Sun, Dec. 12 Hour 1
Denny Schrock from Better Homes and Gardens has several great books hot off the presses to keep in mind for gifts for your gardening family and friends. Visit www.bhg.com or www.wiley.com for more details about Better Homes and Gardens books, magazine subscription, recipes and so much more. To create a festive holiday decor for your front porch, Lance Walheim offered several fresh-from-the-garden hints.

Sun, Dec. 12 Hour 2
Owner and renowned hybridizer of Sunset Valley Orchids, Fred Clarke talked about the development of the world's first truly black orchid, Fredclarkeara After Dark 'Black Diamond.' For astonishing orchids, beautiful photos and cultural information, visit www.sunsetvalleyorchids.com.

Sat, Dec. 4
Bud the Pie Man has owner Royer's Round Top Cafe since 1987 and he introduces us to his famous pies, including chocolate and pecan, oh my! He also shared his "secret" pie crust recipe that you can find on our website under Information and sub-category, Recipes or in the Dec. 10 GardenLife Newsletter.

Sun, Dec. 5 Hour 1
Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens sprinkled a touch of cinnamon over our water-thrifty collection of plants and "spiced" up our first hour.

Sun, Dec. 5 Hour 2
Paula Gross, assistant director of the Botanical Gardens at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, has co-authored with Larry Mellichamp a fantastic book, "Bizarre Botanicals." This is a wonderful book for people who already prefer unusual plant varieties or for those who are just being introduced to the more unique plants. Go to www.timberpress.com to order this just-released publication. And garden expert Lance Walheim offered some important selection and care tips regarding living Christmas trees.

Sat, Nov. 27
Certified master gardener, Kathy Cropp produces and is the co-host of a weekly garden radio show, "Here's the Dirt" on WBTM 1330 AM podcasting from Danville, Virginia. Kathy had some great gardening ideas, particularly winter sowing during the winter solstice. And Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens shed a little "Moonglow" over our gardens.

Sun, Nov. 28 Hour 1
Managing editor of Organic Gardneing magazine, Therese Ciesinski shared an insider's view of gardening trends for 2011. And gardening expert Lance Walheim told us all about the benefits of houseplants.

Sun, Nov 28 Hour 2
From Montreal, Reggie Millette hosts a gardening show "en francais" every Saturday and today, he gave important tips on winter protection.

Sat, Nov. 20
North Carolinian writer, wildlife gardener and landscape designer, Helen Yoest, shared how to create a beautiful wildlife-friendly garden. For additional information, visit her websites and blogs at www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com, www.gardeningwithconfidence.com and www.tarheelgardening.com.

Sun, Nov. 21 Hour 1
We learned about Oreo cows and life on a ranch with Donna Cummins from Chappell Hill, Texas. She and her husband own Southern Rose Ranch and she revealed her yummy cranberry salsa recipe that is perfect for your holiday menu. Check out www.southernroseranc.com to find out more about her special bed and breakfast place. Also go to www.gardenlife.com, click on the top bar "info" and on the left side of the info menu is "recipes." Click on to "recipes" to find her cranberry salsa directions. To brighten up the home, Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens talked about the Christmas cactus or zygocactus.

Sun, Nov 21 Hour 2
Opening the second hour, PJ Ellison, owner of Ellison's Greenhouses, is famous for her 6-foot poinsettias as well as the latest and most beautiful poinsettia varieties. She provide a few care tips for poinsettias as well as dispelled the long-standing, but inaccurate myth that poinsettias are toxic. And Lance Walheim gave us a few fruit tree ideas.

Sat, Nov. 13
New Jersey rosarian, gardener, historian and raconteur, Stephen Scanniello, gave out some flower arranging tips. Learn more about his books, appearances and special features at www.stephenscanniello.com.

Sun, Nov. 14 Hour 1
For living alternatives to fences, Mary Walters from Great Garden Plants in Michigan, offered many plant ideas that provided privacy and focal highlights. Additional how-to informations, mail order selections and helpful videos can be found at www.greatgardenplants.com. From Oasis Water Efficient Gardens, Bob Reidmuller talked about a perfect plant for rock gardens and dish gardens that is hardy to zone 5 and bears bright pink flowers in the summer.

Sun, Nov 14 Hour 2
Kate Cromwell and Mark Painter shared the remarkable story of Stonewall Jackson Elementary's garden begun just 15 years ago in Dallas, Texas. From a modest garden plot, it has evolved into a 20,000 square foot urban oasis complete with vegetables, plant natives, chickens and greenhouse. Visit www.stonewallgardens.com for more information. Garden expert Lance Walheim had a list of "insulating" tips to protect roses from Old Man Winter.

Sat, Nov. 6
New Jersey rosarian, gardener, historian and raconteur, Stephen Scanniello, gave out some flower arranging tips. Learn more about his books, appearances and special features at www.stephenscanniello.com.

Sun, Nov. 7 Hour 1
For living alternatives to fences, Mary Walters from Great Garden Plants in Michigan, offered many plant ideas that provided privacy and focal highlights. Additional how-to informations, mail order selections and helpful videos can be found at www.greatgardenplants.com. From Oasis Water Efficient Gardens, Bob Reidmuller talked about a perfect plant for rock gardens and dish gardens that is hardy to zone 5 and bears bright pink flowers in the summer.

Sun, Nov 7 Hour 2
Kate Cromwell and Mark Painter shared the remarkable story of Stonewall Jackson Elementary's garden begun just 15 years ago in Dallas, Texas. From a modest garden plot, it has evolved into a 20,000 square foot urban oasis complete with vegetables, plant natives, chickens and greenhouse. Visit www.stonewallgardens.com for more information. Garden expert Lance Walheim had a list of "insulating" tips to protect roses from Old Man Winter.

Sat, October 30
Deb Zary gave us the latest results from the World Federation of Rose Societies judging at Rose Hills in Whittier, California, one of only two international rose trials in the United States. And Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens wished us a Happy Halloween with finger jade plants.

Sun, October 31 Hour 1
Janet Draper from the Smithsonian Institution's Horticulture Services Division suggested some more unusual bulbs and annuals that should be planted in cold-winter regions such as Washington,  D.C. And garden expert Lance Walheim gave us a fall to-do-list for our autumn gardens.
Sun, October 31 Hour 2
No guests were scheduled for the second hour, but lots of questions from our listeners!

Sat, October 23
John, Bryan and Sharon aired the show live at Oasis Water Efficient Gardens in Escondido, California. Listeners were invited to join them during the broadcast and spend the rest of the day for book signings, lectures and demonstrations. There was no charge for the event and everyone had a great time!

Sun, October 24  Hour 1
The Perennial Diva, Stephanie Cohen, gave us her funny, unfiltered opinions about the fall garden. Visit her website at www.theperennialdiva.com for more information about her plants, books and background.
Sun, October 24 Hour 2
Tom Christopher, author of "In Search of Lost Roses" told us about some of his favorite old garden roses as well as his involvement in the "no mow" lawn reform movement. You can purchase his well-written and fascinating book at www.amazon.com. And garden expert Lance Walheim gave us a list of shrubs with great fall color.

Sat, October 16
Since John, Bryan and Sharon just returned from the Scotts' Research Center in Marysville, Ohio, "The Best of GardenLife" was aired today.

Sun, October 17  Hour 1
Shawna Lee Coronado, author of "Gardening Nude"explained why her book's title was not about tending plants in the all-together, but rather a perfect metaphor for better mental and physical health. Go to www.thecasualgardener.com for her book and additional gardening and lifestyle insights. Garden expert Lance Walheim offered tips for successfully growing wildflowers.
Sun, October 17 Hour 2
Our special in-house guest was renowned rosarian, Louise Clements. She and her late husband John began Heirloom Roses in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Specializing in old roses, English and other European introductions as well as their own hybrids, Louise mentioned specific varieties and planting tips. Visit her website at www.heirloomroses.com for her extensive collections of roses available through mail order.

Sat, October 9
Dr. David Francko, University of Alabama's Associate Provost and dean of the graduate school as well as professor of biological sciences, has worked in the field of experimental plant horticulture for the last 10 years. He explained how to protect cold-sensitive plants to be able to grow what has not grown in your garden before with his revolutionary new product, FreezePruf. Visit www.liquidfence.com for additional information.

Sun, October 10  Hour 1
Raymond Evison, owner of the Guernsey Clematis nursery in the British Channel Islands and author of the award-winning book "Clematis for Small Spaces" helped us with ideas on where to plant clematis and what to do with them during the fall and winter seasons. Visit www.guernsey-clematis.com or www.raymondevisonclematis.com to find out more about Raymond Evison and his most popular, interesting and new and improved cultivars. In the spirit of the season, Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens offered some "Hairy-Scary" plants to add to our fall displays.
Sun, October 10 Hour 2
Monrovia nursery's Nicholas Staddon introduced us to a blueberry shrub that not only bears juicy berries for miler climates, but also has stunning blue foliage to match! And for USDA zones 4-8. he enticed us with exquisite hybrid Itoh peonies. And garden expert Lance Walheim spoke about little-known or under-utilized bulbs that we should plant in our gardens.

Sat, October 2
Fruit tree expert Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nursery recommended some tried-and-true as well as some recently introduced pomegranates and persimmons to add to our gardens. Go to www.davewilson.com for more fruit tree ideas. From Oasis Water Efficient Gardens, Bob Reidmuller talked about a cactus 'Pumpkin Head' for a Halloween display. 

Sun, October 3  Hour 1
Maya Shiroyama, owner of Kitazawa Seeds, America's oldest Asian vegetable seed company, suggested cool season snow peas, pak choi, carrots, Chinese cabbage and turnips to plant for stir-fry or other Asian cuisine. Her website www.kitazawaseed.com offers great recipes, specialty culinary garden ideas and an online catalog..
Sun, October 3 Hour 2
Social media expert, landscape designer and HGTV star Shirley Bovshow taught us about double-duty gardens. Visit her website at www.gardenworldreport.com for more great information.

Sat, September 25
Brent Heath, a third generation daffodil bulb grower located in Gloucester, Virginia, tempted us with tantalizing daffodils, tulips and other bulbs perfect for fall planting. For more bulb ideas visit their website atwww.brentandbeckybulbs.com. 

Sun, September 26  Hour 1
Tom Fischer, editor of Timber Press in Portland, Oregon, gave us a preview of the best garden books available for 2010-2011. Go to www.timberpress.com for more information about the latest in gardening books and how-to-videos. And Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens talked about a white-haired cactus.
Sun, September 26 Hour 2
Curator of Botany Eric Morgan from the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, Connecticut served as our guide through this living museum of rare and unusual trees and plants from around the world. And Lance Walheim spoke about why we should love the American Rose Society. Speaking of roses, John was at the Heritage Rose Garden at the Guadalupe River Park today and will re-join Sharon and Bryan on Oct 2.

Sat, September 18
The Guadalupe River Park and Gardens is an amazing regional park located along the riverbank in downtown San Jose and Linda McCabe was our knowledgeable guide through their historic fruit orchard, renowned Heritage Rose Garden and meandering trails. Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens  gave us some important guidelines on how to care for living wreaths made from succulents.

Sun, September 19  Hour 1
Garden expert Lance Walheim gave some helpful hints on how to avoid common mistakes when planting trees. 
Sun, September 19 Hour 2
From David Austin Roses, Michael Marriott spoke to us from the Cranford Rose Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and offered ideas on where to plant roses as well as recommended specific roses.

Sat, September 11
Bob Reidmuller from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens recommended a "what's that?" show-stopping plant that is exotic and wawter-thrifty too. John Bagnasco was at the Garden Writers Symposium in Dallas, Texas this weekend, but Bryan, Sharon, Bob and special guest Bruce Asakawa talked aobut all things gardening.

Sun, September 12  Hour 1
From Ann Arbor, Michigan, Scott Kunst offered some beautiful ideas for fall planting. His company, Old House Gardens is the world's oldest source for rare and unusual heirloom bulbs. Check out www.oldhousegardens.com for more information and tempting photos.
Sun, September 12 Hour 2
Lance Walheim had a few lawn tune-up tips to revitalize our lawns now that summer is over.