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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It’s Christmas Keep It Real – Dr. Mel Koelling – 33

By Craig McManus | November 25, 2021
Mel Koelling

It’s Christmas Keep It Real – Dr. Mel Koelling – 33 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here We are at the beginning of Christmas season and it is time to display the Christmas Tree. Dr. Mel Koelling knows Christmas Trees. He and his wife Laurie have grown thousands of trees every year at Tannenbaum […]

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It’s Christmas Keep It Real – Dr. Mel Koelling – 33

By Craig McManus | November 25, 2021

It’s Christmas Keep It Real – Dr. Mel Koelling – 33 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here We are at the beginning of Christmas season and it is time to display the Christmas Tree. Dr. Mel Koelling knows Christmas Trees. He and his wife Laurie have grown thousands of trees every year at Tannenbaum […]

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Hardscape Details That Matter – Aaron Phifer – 032

By Craig McManus | November 18, 2021

Hardscape Details That Matter – Aaron Phifer – 032 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here It’s the details that matter when design, building, or maintaining your hardscape outdoor living spaces. Our guest for this episode, Aaron Phifer entered the hardscape industry in 2012. He is now the director of US Sales for Techniseal an […]

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Are Backyard Chickens Worth It? – Doug Scott -031

By Craig McManus | November 11, 2021

Are Backyard Chickens Worth It? -Doug Scott – 30 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Doug Scott‘s path to his own landscape design firm is anything but typical. After earning a BA degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Emory University he worked with several consulting firms. In his spare time Doug feed […]

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Floral Designs from Your Garden – David Brown – 30

By Craig McManus | November 4, 2021

Floral Designs from Your Garden – David Brown – 30 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here He seeks to acquire the perfect cutting for his amazing indoor arrangements. In our conversation he tells us how you may accomplish the same with your garden plants. Before coming to Hills & Dales Estate, David taught high […]

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Why Camellias Work in Your Garden – Charles Daniel – 029

By Craig McManus | October 28, 2021

Why Camellias Work in Your Garden – Charles Daniel -029 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here So much of Charles Daniel’s Garden world revolves around camelias. In this episode he talks about how to be successful with Camelias and their surprising history. He shares why Camelias are a key plant for year-round blooms. We […]

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Successful Container Gardening – Dewayne Gallatin – 028

By Craig McManus | October 21, 2021

Successful Container Gardening – Dewayne Gallatin – 028 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Dewayne Gallatin earned his nickname “King of Containers” while overseeing The Sibley Horticultural Center at Callaway Gardens. His primary horticultural focus today is managing and developing future projects for private gardens and estates. A close friend once suggested he enter […]

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Creating Home Outdoor Spaces Children Love – Eric King – 027

By Craig McManus | October 14, 2021

Creating Home Outdoor Spaces Children Love – Eric King – 027 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here For decades Eric King has been designing award-winning gardens that work with nature and encourages people to be outside. He is a landscape architect and co-owner of King Landscaping, a residential design + build firm serving the […]

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Your Most Successful Lawn – Jutt Howard – 26

By Craig McManus | October 7, 2021

Your Most Successful Lawn – Jutt Howard – 026 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Jutt Howard loves what he does. Every day is a new adventure when growing hundreds of acres of grass for your home and athletic venues. In this episode he talks about how you can be successful also. How years […]

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Designing a Garden that Fights Off Harmful Insects – Dr. Bethany Harris -025

By Craig McManus | September 30, 2021

Designing a Garden that Fights Off Harmful Insects – Dr. Bethany Harris – 025 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Dr. Bethany Harris is the Director of Education at Callaway Gardens, where she oversees the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center and the Callaway Gardens Discovery Center.   She leads the horticultural educational programs and […]

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How Healing Gardens Work – Dr. Richard La Fleur – 024

By Craig McManus | September 23, 2021

How Healing Gardens Work – Dr. Richard La Fleur – 024 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Today we are having a conversation with Dr. Richard La Fleur about the importance of healing gardens. We will discover how they promote physical, mental, and spiritual healing as well as encourage self-care. Dr. La Fleur is […]

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Lisa’s Garden Revealed – Lisa Nunamaker – 023

By Craig McManus | September 16, 2021

Lisa’s Garden Revealed – Lisa Nunamaker – 023 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here This is episode 023 Lisa’s Garden Revealed on The Garden Question Podcast. A follow up to episode 22 Communicating Your Garden Ideas on Paper with Lisa Nunamaker. Lisa reveals her strategy in designing her new garden under the shade of […]

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Communicating Your Garden Ideas on Paper – Lisa Nunamaker – 022

By Craig McManus | September 9, 2021

Communicating Your Garden Ideas on Paper – Lisa Nunamaker – 022 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Award-winning designer, artist and educator, Lisa Nunamaker is a master at teaching others how to communicate garden design and landscape graphic ideas on paper. Her website Paper Garden Workshop.com is a fun and spirited place to begin […]

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Get Acquainted with Your New Garden – Connie Cottingham & Mike Sikes – 021

By Craig McManus | September 2, 2021

Get Acquainted with Your New Garden – Connie Cottingham & Mike Sikes -021 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Connie Cottingham and Mike Sikes’ garden is every plant collector’s fantasy. Each of their lifetime garden adventures are intertwined in their eclectic Athens Georgia garden. Connie is a landscape architect and a garden travel writer. She […]

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Hiring a Professional for Your Next Garden Project -Mary Kay Woodworth – 20

By Craig McManus | August 26, 2021

Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Mary Kay Woodworth talks about how to hire your next professional for your garden or landscape needs. In this episode she reveals some of the best questions to ask when qualifying your potential garden and landscape professional. Mary Kay serves as the Executive director of the Georgia Urban […]

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Becki Griffin

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census – Becky Griffin – 019

By Craig McManus | August 19, 2021

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census – Becky Griffin – 019 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Being a self-confessed “Geeky Kid” with a great love for insects she wore out the bee book in her local library.  Now Becky  is the coordinator of The Great Georgia Pollinator Census taking place this year on August 20th and […]

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Gardening with Children – Becky Griffin – 018

By Craig McManus | August 12, 2021

Gardening with Children – Becky Griffin -18 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Becky Griffin knows gardening connects future generations to agriculture and how they will benefit from that experience. Our children today need food and agriculture knowledge in order to yield wise policy decisions for their future. She talks about how a child’s […]

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Organic Fall Vegetable Gardening – Mike Cunningham – 017

By Craig McManus | August 4, 2021

Organic Fall Vegetable Gardening – Mike Cunningham – 017 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Mike and Judy Cunningham are harvesting the last summer crops at Country Gardens Farm. Fall gardening is just around the corner and Mike takes a break to talk about his favorite time of the year in the garden. Some […]

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Hills and Dales Garden Wisdom – Jo Phillips – 016

By Craig McManus | July 29, 2021

Hills and Dales Garden Wisdom – Jo Phillips – 016 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Jo Phillips is the Horticultural Manager for the best-preserved 19th century garden in the United States. The first planting at Hills and Dales Estate occurred in 1841 with the still growing original boxwoods. The garden estate is a […]

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Where Do Trees Come From – Paul Chappell – 015

By Craig McManus | July 22, 2021

Where Do Trees Come From – Paul Chappell – 015 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Paul Chappell grows trees headed to a landscape garden near you. He talks about the fascinating journey your tree might take before finding a home in your garden. Once your tree finds its home, Paul lays out what […]

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Designing Garden Rooms – Susanne Hudson – 014

By Craig McManus | July 15, 2021

Designing Garden Rooms – Susanne Hudson – 014 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here You’ll never want to leave a Susanne Hudson designed garden. Each garden room is an invitation to relax and enjoy again and again. Susanne has been designing homes and gardens for over 40 years. She believes your home is for […]

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Native Plant Wisdom – Gail Woody – 013

By Craig McManus | July 8, 2021

Native Plant Wisdom – Gail Woody – 013 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Gail Woody knows native plants and why they are important for our gardens. She has been gardening for over 30 years. Creating the perfect eco system with native plants for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. Her passion for gardening is […]

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Pollinator Garden Success – Lanie Riner – 012

By Craig McManus | July 1, 2021

Pollinator Success – Lanie Riner – 012 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Lanie Riner knows pollinator gardens and why thy are so important to our lives. In this episode Lanie explains how to be pollinator successful. She teams with her husband Gray to grow hundreds of thousands of pollinator plants every year at […]

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Building a Great Garden – Brooks Garcia – 011

By Craig McManus | June 24, 2021

  Building a Great Garden-Brooks Garcia – 011 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Brooks Garcia is fulfilling his dream in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. The sun awakens him every day to his new adventure at Villa del Sole. A Tuscan style home and garden complete with long vistas to far mountain ridges. He […]

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Wild Flowers and Native Plants – Carol Hight – 010

By Craig McManus | June 17, 2021

Wild Flowers and Native Plants – Carol Hight – 010 Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Blubrry Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here She is a 30-year retired 5th grade science teacher. Carol is currently active with the West Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society where she has served as chairman of the […]

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