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!
Just Give Us Some Native Milkweed! Native Plants vs the Horticulture Industry
This episode is more or less a recording of a blog post I wrote a few weeks ago regarding the stark divide in native plant media versus what is available for sale in the nursery industry. A summary of the issues...The Issues at Hand A diverse and locally native plant landscape for the home gardener is not easily within reach to the majority of home gardeners. Nursery stock to create a diverse home landscape for gardeners on the scale touted by native plant enthusiasts doesn’t exist and is consistently unsupported by the horticulture industry. Most homeowners will never delve into gardening, native or otherwise. Gardeners should be intensely focusing on preserving large, existing tracts of undeveloped land within the suburban/urban/wildland interfaces to counteract the shortcomings of native plant home landscapes.
The Horticulturati | Colleen Dieter & Leah Churner
Today’s episode is one I have been wanting to make for quite a while and I’m glad it finally happened, an interview with Leah Churner and Colleen Dieter from The Horticulturati, a garden and horticulture podcast based out of Austin, Texas. Leah and Colleen are both garden designers with extensive knowledge of the garden industry in and around Austin and produce what I find to be the most delightful garden podcast out there! It certainly isn’t a podcast only for gardeners in Austin or Texas because Leah and Colleen tackle issues in the industry from their most recent episode about problematic common plant names to Ammonium Nitrate and well beyond all of those topics. They make you think, laugh, and inquire more about the gardening life you lead. This is a longer episode than my usual podcast episodes but I hope that it gives you great insight into who each of them are and entices you to check out their podcast and hit subscribe.
Native Backyards | Haeley Giambalvo
Today's guest is Haeley Giambalvo from San Antonio, Texas. You may know her on Instagram as the person behind Native Backyards, the highly informative account that features native plants and native plant gardening advice focused on Texas. I have loved what Haeley has been doing since the very start of her account and have admired the effort she has put into the outreach and advocacy for native plants on her account. In addition, she has a website that delves into all this even more, complete with resources on where to find native plants in your region. In our conversation we talk about her entry to gardening with native plants, how and why she began the Native Backyards platform, and some of her favorite native plants to garden with. There’s a lot to learn from Haeley!
Nature Journaling Basics for Gardeners and Budding Naturalists
So, what is nature journaling you ask? It sounds simple, and it is—but there are many variations, but the most important part is to make it your own. In a blog post from the International Nature Journaling Week, also created by Bethann Burton, “Nature journaling is the practice of drawing or writing in response to nature”. In other words, we sit, observe, draw, and make notes on what we experience in nature. There are so many things to tell you about nature journaling so I will start by talking about my own nature journaling this last year and then delve into the who’s who of nature journaling and how you can get started on your own.
Welcome Back to a New Season of The Garden Path Podcast
Welcome back to a new season of the podcast!
Volunteering with the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve
A few weekends ago I trekked to the Big Thicket to volunteer with the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve. It was an excellent experience and I share some thoughts on my drive and from East Texas in this episode.
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.
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.
Walk through a garden any time of day
I always feel like I’m wherever Misti is when I listen to The Garden Path podcasts. The way she describes everything helps me picture it. I feel like I’m there with her AND I learn a lot more about gardening and plants in each episode. She also interviews other interesting gardeners that bring even more to the table. So interesting and relaxing at the same time! I love it!