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Life lessons and conversations from the garden. Whether you are a beginner or life long gardener, we all have something to learn from our gardens. Conversations include topics on edible gardens, flower gardens, permaculture, urban farming, pollinators, natural history, and much more!

The Garden Path Podcast Misti Little

    • Leisure
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

Life lessons and conversations from the garden. Whether you are a beginner or life long gardener, we all have something to learn from our gardens. Conversations include topics on edible gardens, flower gardens, permaculture, urban farming, pollinators, natural history, and much more!

    Putting the Podcast Into the Compost Heap – A Heartfelt Goodbye!

    Putting the Podcast Into the Compost Heap – A Heartfelt Goodbye!

    Since starting to produce this podcast in November 2015 all the way through May 2023, it’s been a wonderful ride to learn about gardening from so many great people. I’ve truly enjoyed interviewing and getting to know so many folks through this podcast, but all good things must end. And it is time to put this podcast into the compost heap. It’s time to cultivate some other projects I’ve got going and maybe some day there will be another incarnation of The Garden Path Podcast. I truly thank everyone who has listened or been interviewed over the years!

    You can still find me writing about gardening at the In the Weeds newsletter:



    Thanks for the wonderful gardening conversations!

    • 3 min
    Wildscape | Nancy Lawson

    Wildscape | Nancy Lawson

    Today’s episode features a return guest, Nancy Lawson! Nancy was first on the podcast in November of 2017 to talk about her book The Humane Gardener. Nancy’s book said so much of what I was already thinking and really pushed me to think harder when it came to looking at the garden landscape as an ecosystem. When I found out she was writing a new book I was ecstatic. That new book is Wildscape: Trilling Chipmunks, Beckoning Blooms, Salty Butterflies, and other Sensory Wonders of Nature. The book is such a delight and I hope it will have you wandering around your yard with new eyes, and ears and nose and mouth—taste? Lol anyway, I hope it will make you approach your landscape in a different way. We have a delightful conversation about the book, as well as writing the book during the height of the pandemic. Talking with Nancy is always wonderful and there are so many things to learn from her!

    • 51 min
    Ned Fritz’s Texas Environmental Legacy | Amy Martin

    Ned Fritz’s Texas Environmental Legacy | Amy Martin

    I am excited to bring this episode to y’all, an interview with Amy Martin, a writer and researcher from Dallas who is currently compiling a biography on Texas environmentalist Ned Fritz. Now, you may be asking, who the heck is Ned Fritz? And I was right there with you up until last spring when I read his book Realms of Beauty about the Wilderness Areas of east Texas. His writing cracked me up and was so relevant to today that I was sad to see that Ned had passed away in 2008 after a half century or more of environmental activism in Texas for places and things you may or may not have heard of. I heard Amy Martin give a talk to the Dallas Sierra Club back in January and knew I needed to interview her for the podcast. More people need to know about Ned Fritz and what he stood for, how much he fought to protect Texas land and water and why we need more Ned Fritz’s more than ever.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Get Your Prairie On: Native Plant Garden Design with Benjamin Vogt

    Get Your Prairie On: Native Plant Garden Design with Benjamin Vogt

    Way back in 2018 I had today’s guest on to talk about his book, A New Garden Ethic. Today Benjamin Vogt is back on the podcast to talk about his latest book, Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design. A lot has changed in the last five years in regard to native plants in gardening and I think Benjamin has driven some of that change. Prairie Up is the garden design book that many of us have been looking for. An approach for native plant enthusiasts that is both attainable and manageable, contrary to so many other beautiful garden design books out there. As you’ll hear me say in the interview, the book blew away my expectations and I think even the most experienced native plant gardener will be able to find something to take away from both the book and the conversation.

    • 27 min
    Native Plant Gardening in Austin, Texas | Michelle Lay

    Native Plant Gardening in Austin, Texas | Michelle Lay

    Today’s guest is Michelle Lay, a native plant gardener in Austin, Texas. Michelle and I have been Instagram acquaintances and friends over the last few years and I’ve enjoyed seeing her central Texas native plant garden evolve. Michelle has the same passion for conversation and protection of the environment that I do and we talk a lot about that in our conversation. We chat native plants, the Native Plant Society of Texas, the sadness that comes with seeing our open spaces bulldozed for development, and Michelle’s own recent experiences rescuing plants from a development. We pack a lot into the episode and there’s a lot to learn! Let’s hear what Michelle has to say!

    • 51 min
    Herbariums, Botanizing New Jersey, and Ecosystems as Backdrops | Bonnie Semmling

    Herbariums, Botanizing New Jersey, and Ecosystems as Backdrops | Bonnie Semmling

    Happy 2023 everyone! Spring is trying to spring here but like every year in Texas we brace ourselves for a surprise freeze in February, so I’m not getting too antsy about the growing season yet. But almost! Today’s episode is a fun one and a little bit different than how I normally conduct a podcast. I was feeling overwhelmed from some other projects and not in the mood for my usual interview style episodes and opted to be a bit more relaxed with this one with an Instagram friend, Bonnie Semmling. You may know her over there as @Bonntany and she always shares wonderful botanical finds from her home state of New Jersey and anywhere else she travels. I’ve learned a lot from her over the last couple of years and know I will be learning a lot from her in the coming years! Bonnie works in an herbarium and it’s a subject I’m fascinated by and so we talk about that, how she got into botany as a career, and her recent travels to Texas. We got deep a few times on issues like plant blindness, conservation measures in both states and throughout the country…it’s a great conversation and I had fun chatting with Bonnie! Plus, I now have some plants to go look for!

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

URG...! ,

The Garden Path is an apt metaphor

It’s nice to have a local voice from SouthEast Texas talking about gardens and plants and gardeners and the lack of natives in nurseries and all the other complexities of getting to know our nature. And it’s nice to have a voice for the kinds of gardens that are mostly not yet in vogue, but that will one day soon dominate the landscape if we we ever learn (again) how to live well on the planet. I like Misti’s takes. I like her timing. I like her frustrations because they are often mine too. Good Stuff all around.-David C.

BravoGol ,

Gardening is so important.

Thank you for sharing success and failures in the garden and talking about wildlife. Looking forward to hearing how your concrete planters grow. -Brad G.

Minnesota Lori ,

A great way to learn more about the FNST!

Interesting! Thanks for all the time and energy producing these podcasts. I’ve hiked Ecofina ( before Michael), Suwannee and will be hiking St Marks soon. As a Minnesota resident this is a fun way to connect to the trail.

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