The Garden Question is a podcast for people that love designing, building and growing smarter gardens that work.

Listen in as we talk with successful garden designers, builders, and growers. Discovering their stories along with how they think, work, and grow.

This is your next step in creating a beautiful year-round, environmentally connected, low maintenance, and healthy thriving outdoor spaces!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert there will always be something inspiring when you listen to “The Garden Question” podcast.

Host Craig McManus.

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Success with Naturalistic Plantings – Jared Barnes, Ph.D. – 071

By Craig McManus | August 18, 2022

Success with Naturalistic Plantings – Jared Barnes, Ph.D. – 071 Naturalistic planting design begins with understanding what roles certain plants play in nature. This is a new concept for me. I don’t remember every hearing about this classification system or how it works. We talk about this and more in this episode 071 – Success […]

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Success with Naturalistic Plantings – Jared Barnes, Ph.D. – 071

By Craig McManus | August 18, 2022

Success with Naturalistic Plantings – Jared Barnes, Ph.D. – 071 Naturalistic planting design begins with understanding what roles certain plants play in nature. This is a new concept for me. I don’t remember every hearing about this classification system or how it works. We talk about this and more in this episode 071 – Success […]

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Drainage Systems in the Garden That Work – Craig McManus – 070

By Craig McManus | August 11, 2022

Drainage Systems in the Garden That Work – Craig McManus – 070 Whether rain drops are regularly falling in your garden this season or you’ve almost forgot what rain looks like, having a water drainage plan is more Important than a Planting Plan for a happy successful garden. In this episode Host Craig McManus talks […]

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How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden – Gail Woody – 069

By Craig McManus | August 4, 2022

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden – Gail Woody – 069 It’s hummingbird season. Are they swarming in your garden? In this episode Gail Woody reveals her tricks of the garden that attract hundreds of these wonderful creatures. She talks about her feeding strategies and nectar producing plants that make her garden a popular […]

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Attracting More Butterflies to Your Garden – Gail Woody – 068

By Craig McManus | July 28, 2022

Attracting More Butterflies to Your Garden – Gail Woody – 068 In this episode Gail Woody will tell us how to attract more butterflies and then keep them coming to your garden. She has been studying these flying jewels for many years and regularly attracts up to 38 different species to her garden. Monarch butterflies […]

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The Great Georgia Pollinator Census – Becky Griffin – 067

By Craig McManus | July 21, 2022

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census – Becky Griffin – 067 It’s no accident insects are a critical part of putting good food on your table. Becky Griffin knows pollinators count. Now she is counting the pollinators in the 2022 The Great Georgia Pollinator Census. Your state could be next. Being a self-confessed “Geeky Kid” with […]

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How to Begin a Simple Garden – Victoria Mininger – 066

By Craig McManus | July 14, 2022

How to Begin a Simple Garden – Victoria Mininger – 066 In this episode Victoria Mininger shares with us how she helps her clients set up simple thriving gardens. Gardens that require less work when you find the right spot. For years Victoria and her husband Brian have owned Bear Creek Outdoor Living a residential […]

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How to Grow a Moss Garden – Annie Martin aka Mossin’ Annie – 065

By Craig McManus | July 7, 2022

How to Grow a Moss Garden – Annie Martin aka Mossin’ Annie – 065 Have you got a shady location where nothing else will grow? Are you tired of mowing grass? Do you have problem  with soil erosion? How about a desire to avoid chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides? In this episode Annie Martin, moss landscape designer […]

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The Gardens of Mount Vernon Estate – Dean Norton – 064

By Craig McManus | June 30, 2022

The Gardens of Mount Vernon Estate – Dean Norton – 064 Dean Norton fell in love with the Mount Vernon Estate Gardens 53 years ago and never left. After receiving a degree in horticulture from Clemson University he began his horticultural career as the estate’s boxwood gardener. The historical gardens of the first president of […]

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A Word with Fredrick Law Olmsted – Kirk R. Brown – 063

By Craig McManus | June 23, 2022

063 – A Word with Fredrick Law Olmsted – Kirk R. Brown It’s been over 200 years since he was born. People still absorb his parks and public gardens in more than 5,000 communities across the North American continent. The goal is to “give the common man in this New World the same opportunity to experience […]

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Seeing Gardens with Creative Eyes – Dan Miller – 062

By Craig McManus | June 16, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Seeing Gardens with Creative Eyes – Dan Miller – 062 In this episode Dan Miller talks about his vision and how he executes his creative garden ideas. Dan is the author of […]

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Sustainable Soil Success – Bryce Lane – 061

By Craig McManus | June 9, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Sustainable Soil Success – Bryce Lane – 061 What can you do to improve your garden’s soil to reduce failures? In this episode 061 Sustainable Soil Success with Bryce Lane, we discover […]

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Cut Flower Gardening – Melanie Deyton – 060

By Craig McManus | June 2, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Cut Flower Gardening – Melanie Deyton – 060 Melanie Deyton has made a life connecting people to plants through her family’s flower farm Melanie’s Garden. In this episode 060 we talk about […]

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A Hydrangea for Every Garden – Lisa Bartlett – 059

By Craig McManus | May 26, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email A Hydrangea for Every Garden – Lisa Bartlett – 059 Lisa Bartlett is the Garden Manager for Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Georgia. She is responsible the over 4,000 species collection of plants. […]

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Odd Ball Planting Times – Jenks Farmer – 058

By Craig McManus | May 19, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Odd Ball Planting Times – Jenks Farmer – 058 Augustus Jenkins Farmer III is a renaissance plantsman. Born into a family of artists, musicians, and farmers, he fell in love with the […]

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Dangers Posed by the Native Purist Movement – Carol Reese – 057

By Craig McManus | May 12, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Dangers Posed by the Native Purist Movement – Carol Reese – 057 In this 057th episode with talk with Carol Reese about the Dangers Posed by the Native Purist Movement. Before your […]

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Cornerstones of a Great Garden – Jay Sifford – 056

By Craig McManus | May 5, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Cornerstones of a Great Garden – Jay Sifford – 056 Jay Sifford’s passion for crafting immersive gardens that are full of magic and story guide his garden designs.   In this episode […]

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Maverick Gardeners – Felder Rushing – 055

By Craig McManus | April 28, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Maverick Gardeners – Felder Rushing – 055 Mississippi native Felder Rushing is an 11th-generation Southerner. After retiring from Mississippi State University as a consumer horticulturist he spends half his year in his […]

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Trees: Your Ultimate Win-Win – Susan Russell -054

By Craig McManus | April 21, 2022

Trees: Your Ultimate Win-Win – Susan Russell -054 Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Trees aren’t just for beauty any more. They provide your community with measurable health, financial, and environmental values. Susan is a ISA Certified Arborist that is on a mission to balance […]

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A Gardener’s Walk – Erica Glasener – 053

By Craig McManus | April 14, 2022

A Gardener’s Walk – Erica Glasener – 053 Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Erica Glasener is a plant lover, horticulturist, writer, author and speaker. She is passionate about all things green and is currently the Community Involvement […]

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The Grumpy Gardener Speaks – Steve Bender – 052

By Craig McManus | April 7, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email The Grumpy Gardener Speaks – Steve Bender – 052 When Southern Living The Grumpy Gardener speaks gardeners listen. For more than 40 years Steve Bender has strived to make gardening fun. His writings […]

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Growing Vegetable and Herbs in Containers – Amanda Bennett – 051

By Craig McManus | March 31, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Containers – Amanda Bennett – 051 Growing food on your balcony, patio, or in small yards is fun and simple. Follow a few easy steps and many […]

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Companion Planting That Works – Jessica Walliser – 050

By Craig McManus | March 24, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Companion Planting That Works – Jessica Walliser – 050 Minimizing diseases, reducing pest, improving soil fertility and pollinator support are all determined by the plant combinations you choose. In this episode 050 […]

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Proper Agronomics for Healthy Turf Grass – Dr. Clint Waltz – 049

By Craig McManus | March 17, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Proper Agronomics for Healthy Turf Grass – Dr. Clint Waltz – 049 Do you ever get frustrated with your Turf Grass? In this episode 049 Proper Agronomics for Healthy Turf Grass, we […]

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Moving and Editing Your Plants: A Case Study – Craig McManus – 048

By Craig McManus | March 10, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Ask Your Garden Question This is Episode 48 and we are introducing a new series that I believe you will find interesting and beneficial. The series will be a collection of Garden […]

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