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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Developing Your Strategy for This Year’s Bugs – Susan Mulvihill -163

By Craig McManus | May 23, 2024

Developing Your Strategy for This Year’s Bugs – Susan Mulvihill -163 Susan Mulvihill is passionate about growing vegetables! Her organic growing methods and pest control have yielded some mighty good eating. She and her husband, Bill, live and garden on 5 acres in Spokane, Washington. Their large raised-bed garden where they grow all sorts of edible […]

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Developing Your Strategy for This Year’s Bugs – Susan Mulvihill -163

By Craig McManus | May 23, 2024

Developing Your Strategy for This Year’s Bugs – Susan Mulvihill -163 Susan Mulvihill is passionate about growing vegetables! Her organic growing methods and pest control have yielded some mighty good eating. She and her husband, Bill, live and garden on 5 acres in Spokane, Washington. Their large raised-bed garden where they grow all sorts of edible […]

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Cultivating Your Epic Tomatoes – Craig LeHoullier -162

By Craig McManus | May 16, 2024

Craig LeHoullier is known for many things in the tomato world. Some know him as the NC Tomatoman. Some know him as the fellow who named the very popular heirloom tomato Cherokee Purple. To others, he is the author of two books Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales. Craig is the co-host of Tomatopalooza and a […]

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Embracing the New Perennial Movement in the South – Sarah Carter -161

By Craig McManus | May 9, 2024

Embracing the New Perennial Movement in the South – Sarah Carter -161 Sarah Carter and her team have brought the New Perennial Movement to the south on a large scale. The new Entrance Garden’s large sweeps of grasses, perennials, native plants presented in a naturalistic style welcomes you to the Atlanta History Center. The garden […]

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The Soil Solution: Unlocking Your Garden’s Potential – Bryce Lane – 160

By Craig McManus | May 2, 2024

The Soil Solution: Unlocking Your Garden’s Potential – Bryce Lane -160 What can you do to improve your garden’s soil to reduce failures? In this episode 160 – The Soil Solution: Unlocking Your Garden’s Potential with Bryce Lane, we discover how understanding soils influences abundant plant growth. This is a remix and encore presentation. They […]

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Antique Roses for Today’s Garden – Jason Powell -159

By Craig McManus | April 25, 2024

Antique Roses for Today’s Garden – Jason Powell – 159 Jason Powell declares the queen of the garden to be antique roses. Who could argue with old garden roses that exude excellent fragrance, shape, disease resistance and low maintenance? We talk about how these fragrant flowering shrubs make a huge impact in your garden when […]

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Smart Water Practices and Your Garden – Jenny Rose Carey -158

By Craig McManus | April 18, 2024

Smart Water Practices and Your Garden – Jenny Rose Carey – 158 In this episode Jenny Rose Carey, a seasoned horticulturalist, shares how her garden thrives with her smart water-wise practices. Despite 45 inches of rain annually, she emphasizes harmony with natural weather patterns, practical tips and personal anecdotes. She offers valuable insights into tricks […]

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Exploring Field Style Planting: A New Approach to Annuals and Perennials – C.L. Fornari – 157

By Craig McManus | April 11, 2024

Exploring Field Style Planting: A New Approach to Annuals and Perennials – C.L. Fornari -157 In this episode we delve into the fascinating world of gardening with none other than C.L. Fornari. We explore innovative approaches to plantings that challenge traditional gardening norms and embraces the beauty of nature’s design. C.L. is an accomplished artist, […]

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Roots of Revitalization: The Transformative Power of Memphis Garden Walks – Kim Halyak – 156

By Craig McManus | April 4, 2024

156 – Roots of Revitalization: The Transformative Power of Memphis Garden Walks – Kim Halyak This episode of the Garden Question podcast, hosted by Craig McManus, features Kim Halyak, the co-founder of Experience Memphis Gardens. They discuss the impact of garden walks on community connections, local economies, and neighborhood aesthetics. Kim shares her journey from […]

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Savoring Edible Flowers in Cooking and Gardening – Denise Schreiber – 155

By Craig McManus | March 28, 2024

Savoring Edible Flowers in Cooking and Gardening – Denise Schreiber – 155 Exploring the vast culinary experiences of edible flowers offers an explosion of flavors, colors, and textures. I had the pleasure of speaking with Denise Schreiber, an aficionado in the field of edible flowers, to unearth the inspirations, insights, and practices behind her fascination […]

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Cultivating Relationships with Tropical Plants in Your Not So Tropical Garden – Marianne Willburn – 154

By Craig McManus | March 21, 2024

Cultivating Relationships with Tropical Plants in Your Not So Tropical Garden – Marianne Willburn – 154 In this episode we explore gardening using tropical plants, with Marianne Wilburn. Marianne shares insights on how to successfully incorporate tropical and subtropical plants into your not so tropical garden. She breaks down the gardening process into relational categories […]

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Choosing and Growing the Right Summer Bulbs for Your Garden – Brent Heath – 153

By Craig McManus | March 14, 2024

Choosing and Growing the Right Summer Bulbs for Your Garden – Brent Heath – 153 In this episode we talk with Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs exploring the vibrant world of summer-blooming bulbs. He guides us through making the most out of our gardens with these colorful gems taking center stage. We cover […]

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Growing Winter Citrus – Donna Balzer -152

By Craig McManus | March 7, 2024

Growing Winter Citrus – Donna Balzer – 152 In this episode we welcome Donna Balzer, an award-winning horticulturist, keynote speaker, and author with over three decades of experience in gardening. Donna’s journey from her roots as a farmer’s daughter with an agriculture degree to her current role as a media personality has equipped her with […]

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151 – American Roots: A Conversation with Nick McCullough

By Craig McManus | February 29, 2024

American Roots: A Conversation with Nick McCullough – 151 In this episode we talk with award-winning garden designer Nick McCullough. He has developed a distinctive style he calls Midwest Modern, one that relies on a balance of natural paving and innovative perennial plantings. Based in Ohio, he and his team at McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery […]

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Gardening with Kids and Reaping the Benefits – Em Shipman – 150

By Craig McManus | February 22, 2024

Gardening with Kids and Reaping the Benefits – Em Shipman – 150 Gardening is not just for adults. In fact, getting kids involved in gardening can have a multitude of benefits for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Gardening has the power to transform children’s lives and instill in them a love for the outdoor […]

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The Maximum Abundance Plan for Your Mini Garden Space – Christy Wilhelmi – 149

By Craig McManus | February 15, 2024

The Maximum Abundance Plan for Your Mini Garden Space – Christy Wilhelmi -149 Christy Wilhelmi shares valuable insights for building and maintaining an organic home food garden. Up to 80 percent of her family’s produce comes from less than 300 square feet of her own garden. We discuss her approach to designing gardens while understanding […]

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Square Foot Gardening: Growing More Food with Less Space – Steve and Laura Bartholomew -148

By Craig McManus | February 8, 2024

Square Foot Gardening: Growing More Food with Less Space – Steve and Laura Bartholomew – 164 For 40 years the Square Foot Gardening method has been transforming traditional gardening practice around the world. It is known as a highly efficient method of growing food in small spaces. In this episode of The Garden Question Podcast, […]

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Resolving the Bee Keepers and Gardeners Dilemma – Charlotte Ekker Wiggins -147

By Craig McManus | February 1, 2024

Resolving the Bee Keepers and Gardeners Dilemma – Charlotte Ekker Wiggins – 147 In today’s enlightening discussion, Charlotte Ekker Wiggins takes us on a journey through the fascinating intersection of beekeeping and gardening. She breaks down the perceived barriers between these two practices and highlights their inherent connections. Get ready to explore the importance of […]

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Growing Herbs for Health, Wellness, Cooking, and Crafts – Kim Roman – 146

By Craig McManus | January 25, 2024

Growing Herbs for Health, Wellness, Cooking, and Crafts – Kim Roman – 146 Herbs have been around forever, but how well do you understand them? In this episode we have a conversation with Kim Roman. Kim Roman shares her expertise, derives from her forthcoming book “Growing Herbs for Health, Wellness, Cooking, and Crafts.” We talk […]

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Creating Dry Shade Gardens and Other Adventures at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens – Hayes Jackson -145

By Craig McManus | January 18, 2024

Creating Dry Shade Gardens and Other Adventures at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens – Hayes Jackson – 145 Dry shade is often a challenge in creating a successful garden. Such conditions require careful plant selection and insights. Hayes Jackson believes “there’s a plant that loves that spot no matter how bad or how difficult you think […]

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Breaking the Garden Mold: A Conversation on Garden Constraints and Adaptation – Marianne Willburn -144

By Craig McManus | January 11, 2024

Breaking the Garden Mold: A Conversation on Garden Constraints and Adaptation – Marianne Willburn – 144 In episode 144 of the Garden Question podcast, host Craig McManus interviews Marianne Wilburn, a garden writer and expert. opinion columnist for the American Horticultural Society’s The American Gardener and is a contributing editor at GardenRant.com. She authored the […]

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Gardening for Stress Relief: Exploring Wellbeing in Nature – Perla Sofía Curbelo Santiago – 143

By Craig McManus | January 4, 2024

Gardening for Stress Relief: Exploring Wellbeing in Nature – Perla Sofía Curbelo Santiago – 143 In this episode we talk with Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago, a passionate gardener and professional communicator from Puerto Rico. Perla Sofía is the founder of Agrochic, a gardening lifestyle platform in Spanish that advocates for the profound benefits of gardening for […]

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Crape Murder Season – Craig McManus -142

By Craig McManus | December 28, 2023

Crape Murder Season – Craig McManus -142 In this episode of the Garden Question podcast, the host, Craig McManus, explores the practice of ‘crepe murder’. He emphasizes the damage improper pruning can cause to crape myrtle trees, detaching their natural beauty and weakening their growth potential. McManus suggests proper pruning techniques to maintain the tree’s […]

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Cultivating Change: The Power of Gardens – Jennifer Jewell – 141

By Craig McManus | December 21, 2023

Cultivating Change: The Power of Gardens – Jennifer Jewell – 141 Host Craig McManus discusses the transformative power of gardening and the incredible impact they have on our lives with guest Jennifer Jewell. Jennifer is a garden advocate, author, and award-winning podcast and radio host, shares examples of how gardens influence our lives. She addresses the […]

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Nurturing a Garden: Adventures, Wisdom, and Insights from Cox Arboretum and Garden – Tom Cox – 140

By Craig McManus | December 14, 2023

Nurturing a Garden: Adventures, Wisdom, and Insights from Cox Arboretum and Garden – Tom Cox -140 Starting a garden isn’t just about planting seeds and tending greens. It’s a compelling journey that goes beyond the soil – a tale that’s not only visually enthrall but emotionally connect. To learn more about this horticultural expedition, we […]

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