99 episodes

The podcast for people who love plants—but not always the same ones.

Brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening, this fun, informative podcast tackles all things topical in gardening. You’ll listen to the insights (and arguments) of Editor-in-Chief Steve Aitken and Senior Editor Danielle Sherry as they discuss various horticultural subjects on a deeper level. You will also hear from today’s leading horticultural minds who will offer their wisdom and opinions about what you might want to grow in your garden. We guarantee you’ll be entertained and feel like a better gardener.

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    • 4.7 • 37 Ratings

The podcast for people who love plants—but not always the same ones.

Brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening, this fun, informative podcast tackles all things topical in gardening. You’ll listen to the insights (and arguments) of Editor-in-Chief Steve Aitken and Senior Editor Danielle Sherry as they discuss various horticultural subjects on a deeper level. You will also hear from today’s leading horticultural minds who will offer their wisdom and opinions about what you might want to grow in your garden. We guarantee you’ll be entertained and feel like a better gardener.

    Episode 161: A Field Trip to the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill

    Episode 161: A Field Trip to the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill

    There’s nothing nicer than being outside on a beautiful late spring day, especially if it means you get a whole day away from your desk. Danielle, Carol, and digital editor Christine Alexander recently played hooky from their editorial duties and went on a horticultural adventure at one of New England’s great public gardens. Located in Boylston, Massachusetts, Tower Hill is filled with fun places to explore, including formal gardens, woodland trails lined with native plantings, and two conservatories. After exploring the grounds and chatting about some of the great plants they came across, Danielle and Carol sat down for a chat with Tower Hill’s director of horticulture, Mark Richardson. We hope this episode inspires you to get out and enjoy a field trip to a public garden near you! 

    • 48 min
    Episode 160: The RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Annie Guilfoyle

    Episode 160: The RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Annie Guilfoyle

    Did you ever wonder what it would be like to get exclusive access to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show? Well, your dreams have come true because in this exclusive interview we got an all-access pass to THE horticultural event of the year thanks to Annie Guilfoyle, a 2024 judge. Annie is co-founder of Garden Masterclass in the UK and an award wining garden designer who earned a Silver Medal at Cheslea years ago for her innovative landscape design. Annie is just back from the show this year and shares details from her favorite gardens, interesting new plants that caught her attention, and even some celebrity gossip from those stars that were in attendance at the show. (Spoiler alert: she did not  see Lady Whistledown at the Bridgerton -themed garden). We discussed how native plants and sustainable practices played a role in this year’s event and talk about themes of water conservation and hardscape upcycling.  
    Looking to attend the show next year? Then you’re in luck because Annie shares some tip sand tricks for navigating the show grounds and insights on how to make the most of your visit. Who needs Monty Don when you’ve got Annie Guilfoyle? Not us! 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 159: Plants that Take Sun and Shade

    Episode 159: Plants that Take Sun and Shade

     
    Chances are, you’ve got mixed conditions in your garden. One area might be in full sun, while another spot a bit farther away is in full shade. Even beds that have the same exposure on paper may have larger plants that shade out the ground below. This presents a challenge for developing a cohesive look within a landscape. As gardeners, we’ve been taught that repetition is one of the tenets of good garden design. But how can one repeat groupings of a plant throughout a border that stretches from bright light to dappled shade? The answer is by utilizing plants that are highly adaptable and will thrive in both sun and shade. In today’s episode we’re singing the praises of these flexible species. They are invaluable assets to the landscape and, as a bonus, will hold their own when the light conditions of a garden inevitably change over time.   
    Amy Galloway is a horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. 

    • 55 min
    Episode 158: Plants That Earn Their Keep with Irvin Etienne

    Episode 158: Plants That Earn Their Keep with Irvin Etienne

    Irvin Etienne is the curator of herbaceous plants and seasonal garden design at Newfields, a 152-acre campus with art galleries, performance spaces, world-class public gardens, and a nature park in Indianapolis. Irvin has been a frequent contributor to Fine Gardening, sharing his horticultural expertise through informative articles like A Bright Idea for Spring Containers, Big and Bold Plants for the Back of the Border, and Bring It In!, a primer on overwintering all kinds of tropical plants. In this episode he delves into the path that brought him to horticulture, the lessons learned from decades of gardening in public, and some of the (many, many) plants that earn their keep in his home garden.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 157: Flowering trees for every season

    Episode 157: Flowering trees for every season

    Due to their size and expense, gardeners tend to put a lot more thought into the trees they ultimately buy for their landscape. While a perennial might only live for 6 or 7 years, a tree might grace your garden for 50 years or more—outliving the person who so carefully selected it, in fact. Here at Fine Gardening, we feel strongly that trees should look good in more than one season (for all of the reasons above AND because they take up a lot of real estate). Therefore, on today’s episode, we may be highlighting our favorite flowering trees for every season, but these choices have more going for them than just some fleeting blooms. Listen to hear about which trees we’re willing to sacrifice a chunk of our paycheck on and why.   

    Amanda Bennett is vice president of horticulture and collections at Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Georgia. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 156: Finding Design Inspiration with Jay Sifford

    Episode 156: Finding Design Inspiration with Jay Sifford

    Jay Sifford is an award-winning landscape designer based in North Carolina. Several of his garden designs have been featured in Fine Gardening, including a one-of-a-kind modern meadow garden and a series of beautiful, functional dry creek beds.
    Jay’s immersive, naturalistic landscape designs are based around four cornerstones: art, magic, story, and horticulture. In this episode, Jay offers insights into the ways that these elements can be incorporated into a truly personal garden space.
    Jay sees this modern meadow garden as a stylized version of nature where fantasy and reality collide. 
    Grasses and perennials planted in large masses and punctuated with unique conifers give the meadow garden its unique appeal. 
    In winter, evergreens and grasses add structure and interest to the snowy landcape.
    Another view of the meadow garden at the peak of summer. 
    A dry streambed designed to manage stormwater doubles as a dynamic visual element. 
    Gravel pathways were the perfect solution for this pet-friendly landscape. 
    Every garden design that Jay creates includes a little bit of magic. 

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

derpy derpus ,

Im a landscaper by trade.

I really appreciate this show. Being able to listen while I work is such a privilege. Thank you ladies.

mackenzie h o king ,

Thank you!

I’ve loved this podcast for years, and I was so excited to see they’ve started putting the plant list in the show notes. So helpful, thank you!

elliejoy3 ,

One of my favorites!

I enjoy this podcast so much! Danielle and Carol have so much knowledge for me to soak up! I listen while walking, commuting, making dinner! Whenever I can! 💐

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