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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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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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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Becki Griffin

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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Greg Huber

Successful Landscape Renovation – Greg Huber – 009

By Craig McManus | June 10, 2021

Successful Landscape Renovations – Greg Huber – 009 Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Blubrry Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Greg Huber is a public service and outreach faculty member of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and a Georgia registered landscape architect. His 26-year career includes a dynamic range of field experience as […]

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Joe Raboine Belgard

Landscape Hardscapes – Joe Raboine – 008

By Craig McManus | June 3, 2021

Landscape Hardscapes – Joe Raboine – 008 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Joe Raboine started his career as a landscape contractor over 25 years ago. His garden hardscape expertise and innovation led him to Director of Residential Hardscapes at Belgard. Known as the best in class Belgard is a trend setter with their landscape pavers, […]

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Speaking for Trees – Christy Bryant – 007

By Craig McManus | May 27, 2021

Speaking for Trees – Christy Bryant -007 Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Blubrry Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Christie Bryant speaks for trees every day. She loves to be in a person’s yard meeting their dogs and talking about what is best for their trees. Climbing to the highest heights and exploring soil […]

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Dr. Bodie Pennisi is an Extension Horticulture Specialist at the University of Georgia

Successful Herbs and Fresh Garden Plants – Dr. Bodie Pennisi – 006

By Craig McManus | May 20, 2021

Successful Herbs and Fresh Garden Plants – Dr. Bodie Pennisi – 006 Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Blubrry Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Dr. Bodie Pennisi is an Extension Horticulture Specialist at the University of Georgia. She has statewide responsibilities for the Georgia landscape industry and conducts applied research with emphasis on sustainable […]

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Attract Hummingbirds To Your Garden – Gail Woody – 005

By Craig McManus | May 13, 2021

Attract Hummingbirds To Your Garden – Gail Woody – 005 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Gail Woody knows Hummingbirds and how to attract them by the hundreds each day. Her garden is a must stop for thousands of hummers on their migration journey from and to Central America. She talks about her feeding […]

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Garden Design Starts Inside Your Home – Tara Dillard – 004

By Craig McManus | May 6, 2021

Garden Design Starts Inside Your Home – Tara Dillard – 004 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Tara Dillard is a nationally recognized garden designer, author, and speaker. She has hosted her own CBS television program, The Better Gardening Show. After earning degrees in engineering and horticulture she began designing and installing low-maintenance organic landscapes. […]

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The Pruning Guru – Rick Smith – 003

By Craig McManus | April 29, 2021

The Pruning Guru – Rick Smith – 003 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Rick Smith is the pruning guru. In today episode your deepest pruning fears are comforted with Rick’s interesting and high impact stories. He explains why Smart landscape design matters and how to avoid the not so smart design mistakes. After listening […]

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Attracting Butterflies To Your Garden – Gail Woody – 002

By Craig McManus | April 22, 2021

Attracting Butterflies To Your Garden – Gail Woody – 002 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Gail Woody is an expert at enticing a Butterfly kaleidoscope   to her garden. She knows what they like and how to keep them happy year-round. She has been studying these fly jewels for many years and regularly attracts […]

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Organic Vegetable Gardening – Mike Cunningham – 001

By Craig McManus | April 15, 2021

Organic Vegetable Gardening – Mike Cunningham – 001 Ask Your Garden Question – Click Here Mike and Judy Cunningham are the founders of Country Gardens Farm. They have been teaching people how to grow, cook, and preserve good organic food for over 10 years. Mike’s plant love began in high school when his father helped […]

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