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.
Gardeners Never Retire: Overcoming Challenges in Your Senior Years – Duane Pancoast – 129 In this episode we talk about adapting to various gardening challenges. We explore making tough decisions in gardening through the later seasons of life. Also, having the best attitudes toward tough decisions. Mobility restrictions began taking a toll on 84-year-old Duane […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List Susanne’s Garden Rooms – Susanne Hudson -105 You’ll never want to leave a Susanne Hudson designed garden. Each garden room is an invitation to relax and enjoy again. Susanne has been designing homes and gardens for over 40 years. She believes your home is for living and […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Click Here to Receive the 57 Plants List Decrease Maintenance and Increase Value in Your Landscape with Bruce Holliday – 104 In this episode we will talk with Landscape Architect Bruce Holliday about his landscape design philosophy and how you can enhance your property’s value. Bruce has seen just about everything in his many years […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List Designing Your Spring Container Garden – Dewayne Gallatin – 103 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 […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List Winning with Succession Gardening – Meg Cowden – 102 In between being a stay-at-home Mom, volunteer, writer, photographer, and speaker Meg Cowden has been a full-time gardener for 25 years. Her first vegetable garden crop was tomatoes grown in 5-gallon buckets in the city. Now she gardens […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List 57 Annual & Perennial Plants Bugs Don’t Bother – Jason Reeves – 101 Text Here Photo Courtesy of Jason Reeves Annabelle Hydrangea – Photo Courtesy of Jason Reeves Bottle Wall – Photo Courtesy of Jason Reeves Photo Courtesy of Jason Reeves Photo Courtesy of Jason Reeves Photo […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Ecological Gardening – Andy Pulte – 100 How would you like to impact the environment in a positive way with your garden? In this episode we talk with Dr. Andy Pulte about having fun and succeeding in a dynamic ecological vibrant garden. Andy grew up in the nursery industry in Grand Island, Nebraska. He received […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Container Food Gardening Abundance – Pam Farley – 099 Pam Farley talks about what it takes to grow a high yield container food garden in this episode. Her successful methods has produce many a good meal for her family. Since grade school Pam has been gardening and writing. These two interests collided in 2009, when […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Inspiring Your Garden Soul – Nancy and Pierre Motrier – 098 In this episode we talk with Nancy & Pierre Moitrier about how they approach garden creation as a wife and husband team. Why inspiring your garden soul is important to them as they design and build an outdoor space. Bringing life to your garden […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Dry Climate Gardening – Noelle Johnson – 097 When Noelle Johnson arrived in the desert she kill every plant she owned. She fancied herself a green thumb, but she wasn’t from around here, the desert. She was determined to succeed and earn her B.S. degree in Urban Horticulture from Arizona State University. For a few […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Planning for Your Successful Vegetable Garden – Susan Mulvihill – 096 Growing organic vegetables is Susan Mulvihill’s passion. She has learned many lessons from her consistent gardening of 5 acres in Spokane, Washington with her husband Bill. Their large raised-bed garden yields some mighty fine edible crops. Always curious and researching answers to their garden challenges. […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Adaptive Gardening – Toni Gattone – 095 Toni Gattone believes there is always another way to get it done with adaptive garden tools and mindset. She believes that gardening is one of the healthiest activities for anyone. In this episode we talk about how being resilient and resourceful are the keys to not giving up […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Boxwood’s Garden Future – Pat Reilly – 094 In this episode we talk about the future of boxwood in the garden, a visit to Bunny Mellon’ Garden, and the return of the Norton Grape to Virginia with Pat Reilly. Pat educates homeowners and landscape professionals. Teaching them how to select, care and thrive the plants […]Read More and Listen to Episode
The Groundcover Revolution – Kathy Jentz – 093 In this episode I talk with Kathy Jentz about groundcovers and how they may solve many of your garden issues. We explore how to make wise selections when seeking the perfect groundcover. Kathy is a life-long gardener. She believes that growing plants should be stress-free and enjoyable. […]Read More and Listen to Episode
When Plant Geeks Get Married – Adrienne and Jon Roethling – 092 Today we talk with two plant geeks that meet in a garden. Both are now Directors of two prominent public gardens in North Carolina. Adrienne Roethling is the Director for Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville, NC. Jon Roethling is the Director […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Introducing Biodiversity to a Formal Garden – Ethan Kauffman – 091 At Stoneleigh, Ethan Kauffman is introducing biodiversity to a formal garden. Using sound design reasoning and creative native plants for formal hedges and knot gardens. He is always looking to fill a function and not just an expectation of what a plant should be. […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Art Scaping Your Outdoor Space – Jordan Daneker – 090 In this episode we talk with Jordan Daneker about the little things that bring your outdoor spaces to life. He walks us through the process on how he discovers and builds the perfect outdoor space for you and your family. We explore the artful details […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Your Garden’s Next Tree – Paul Chappell – 089 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 it takes for you to be a successful […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Be a Student of Your Garden – Jenny Simpson – 088 Jenny Simpson meets people on their gardening journey and helps them grow, bloom, and thrive both in their garden and life! In this episode we talk about how being a student of your garden puts you on a track to success. Jenny & Jerry […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Smithsonian’s Ripley Garden – Janet Draper – 087 Janet Draper gets to play in the dirt and talk to people from around the world. This is her 25th year as the sole horticulturalist for Smithsonian’s Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. This tiny 1/3 of an acre garden is located on the National Mall and in Washington, […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Poinsettia Stories – Jim Faust – 086 How did the Poinsettia become the Christmas flower? It is a series of intriguing stories full of human drama, mysteries, secrets, challenges, and world domination. Find out why every poinsettia plant sold today carries a critical pathogen that is a key to its success and is detrimental all […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Real Christmas Tree Stories – Dr. Mel Koelling – 085 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 Farms in central Michigan. A nationally recognized expert […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Designing Beautiful Functional Outdoor Living Spaces – Pearce Butcher – 084 Pearce Butcher has always known that she is an artist who loves nature and science. In this episode we dissect Landscape Design as a unique combination of art, science, and problem-solving. Pearce loves the challenge of looking at a space, listening to the concerns and dreams of the […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Where Do Camellias Grow Best – Charles Daniel – 083 So much of Charles Daniel’s garden world revolves around camellias. In this episode he talks about how to be successful with Camellias and their surprising history. He shares why Camellias are a key plant for year-round blooms. We also talk about how to overcome garden […]Read More and Listen to Episode
Designing From The Garden – David Brown – 082 You will often find David Brown studying plants in the gardens at Hills and Dales Estate. 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 […]Read More and Listen to Episode