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Join columnist and garden designer Mary Stone in sharing dilemmas, delights, & discoveries in the garden of life.

Garden Dilemmas, Delights & Discoveries Mary Stone

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    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

Join columnist and garden designer Mary Stone in sharing dilemmas, delights, & discoveries in the garden of life.

    Episode 75 - Designing Seasonal Garden Layers

    Episode 75 - Designing Seasonal Garden Layers

    In this episode, we chat about a presentation given by Claudia West, author of Planting in a Post-Wild World, about the importance of layering plant communities and designing garden layers.
    "Plant more plants" was music to my ears – you'll see why! 
     Link to Related Stories:
    Designing Garden Layers
    Native Plants for Native Pollinators
    Butterfly Garden of Growth
    Native Plants, especially Oaks, are Essential – featuring Doug Talamy's book The Nature of Oaks.
    Other helpful links:
    American Horticultural Society's – list of  Native Plant Societies 
    North Creek Nurseries links to suggested resources 
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    Kind listeners, I'd love to hear about your garden and nature stories. And your thoughts about topics for future podcast episodes. Please email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com. 
    You can Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page —Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page
    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com 
     

    • 7 min
    Episode 74 - Native Plants for Native Pollinators

    Episode 74 - Native Plants for Native Pollinators

    While director of Rutgers Gardens in New Jersey, Bruce Crawford gave a talk, he coined Sexy Native Plants. He's now with Willowwood Arboretum bringing a reflection on his presentation about Native Plants for Native Pollinators (the G-rated version – smile). 
    We chat about sources to find more native plants specific to your area. Such as my go-to book by Doug Tallamy: Bringing Nature Home- How you can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. And other helpful sources such as plant lists provided by Native Plant Societies.
      Link to Related Stories:
    Native Plants for Native Pollinators
    Native Plants, especially Oaks, are Essential – featuring Doug Talamy's book The Nature of Oaks.
    Other helpful links:
    American Horticultural Society's – list of  Native Plant Societies 
     ***
    Kind listeners, I'd love to hear about your garden and nature stories. And your thoughts about topics for future podcast episodes. Please email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com. 
    You can Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page —Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page
    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com 
     

    • 9 min
    Episode 73 - Delights in my Dry Summer Garden

    Episode 73 - Delights in my Dry Summer Garden

    I invite you to walk with me to find the delights in my dry summer garden. There are garden treasures despite the drought, such as the tiny yet plentiful baby Bottlebrush Buckeyes, polka-dotted Tuliptree leaves, a Mother Earth Face pot sporting forest grass bangs, and a hat of brunette snakeroot. The Best of Show sharing their happy faces as summer ends is an afterthought of sunflower seeds stuck in pots. 
    Yes, the leaves are a tad tattered. But let's not scrutinize things so closely. Instead, look at the big picture and marvel over the magnificence. Enjoy your garden. Enjoy the Garden of Life.
      Link to Related Stories:
    Delights in my Dry Summer Garden
    Treasured Tuliptrees

    A Happy Ending to Naked Pots 
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    Kind listeners, I'd love to hear about your garden and nature stories. And your thoughts about topics for future podcast episodes. Please email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com. 
    You can Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page —Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page
    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com 

    • 10 min
    Episode 72 - Beauty and Beast of Roses

    Episode 72 - Beauty and Beast of Roses

    After meeting Stephen Scannilello and purchasing his book A Year of Roses, my love-hate relationship for the Beauty and Beast of roses turned to respect. As you may guess, the fairytale Beauty and the Beast has something to do with it.
     We chat about how to fertilize and care for roses, the benefits of planting Knockout Roses, and a favored climbing rose, Rosa' Dr. Van Fleet.'
     The episode wraps up an outlook on Rose Leafhoppers leading to a life lesson shared by Beauty and the Beast - one should not judge another on appearances.
      Link to Related Stories:
    Beauty & Beast of Roses 
    Rose Remedies 
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    Kind listeners, I'd love to hear about your garden and nature stories. And your thoughts about topics for future podcast episodes. Please email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com. 
    You can Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page —Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page
    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com 
     
     
     

    • 9 min
    Episode 71 - Diehard Campers - Tent & Webworms

    Episode 71 - Diehard Campers - Tent & Webworms

    Have you noticed what looks like cotton candy decorating trees? I thought they were Eastern Tent Caterpillars, also called Tent Worms, we see in spring. But the white webs are Fall Webworms –Tent Worms' close cousins.
    Think of them as Diehard Campers with a nifty lifecycle instead of a threat. Besides, the native insects are a food source for our beautiful birds, adorable toads, and beneficial insects. 
    It's true, though; they can be rather icky when they fall on your plate at a barbeque. And so, we chat about safe ways to remedy them if need be.
    We wrap up the episode with a hilarious story of brother Rick's rose dilemma once caused by Tent Capterpilars until a Scarlet & Green Leafhopper hopped in. 
     Link to Related Stories:
    Fall Webworm vs. Eastern Tent Caterpillars 
    Rose is a Rose Pest Remedies
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    Kind listeners, I'd love to hear about your garden and nature stories. And your thoughts about topics for future podcast episodes. Please email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com. 
    You can Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page —Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page
    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com 
     
     
     

    • 9 min
    Episode 70 - Planting a Steep Woodland Garden

    Episode 70 - Planting a Steep Woodland Garden

    In this episode, we chat about Stephanie's severe back slope overlooking a magnificent forest - a dilemma for those who wish to meander amongst the trees. That's where a steep woodland garden comes in.
    We talk about perfect plants for a hillside woodland garden, the delightful day of digging them in, and tips on planting on a hillside.
    We wrap up the episode with a story about a cherished Red Maple planted by my sister on a hillside when our dear Mom was living with her. It endured severe damage and recovered after becoming half a tree. Plants genuinely are resilient, especially with the love and admiration of caregivers.
     Link to Related Stories:
    Planting a Steep Woodland Garden
    Proper Planting Hillside
     ***
    Kind listeners, I'd love to hear about your garden and nature stories. And your thoughts about topics for future podcast episodes. Please email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com. 
    You can Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page —Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page
    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com 

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

NJK9unit ,

Informative and heartwarming

It feels like I’m on the screened porch too. Very relaxing, informative, and heartwarming.

Rock_26 ,

A much needed tranquility!

Along with admiration for heros, compassion with helpful action for those struggling to make ends meet and prayers for those suffering from illness both medically and emotionally, take the time to find a quiet place and listen to Mary. A welcome dose of the regeneration of hope!