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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Stress to Serenity: How Healing Gardens Transform Lives and Promote Well-being – Dr. Richard Lafleur -115

By Craig McManus | June 22, 2023

Stress to Serenity: How Healing Gardens Transform Lives and Promote Well-being – Dr. Richard Lafleur – 115 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 an […]

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The Marvels of Trees: Exploring Their Beauty, Diversity, and Importance – Christie Bryant – 114

By Craig McManus | June 15, 2023

The Marvels of Trees: Exploring Their Beauty, Diversity, and Importance – Christie Bryant – 114 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 depths is important to her […]

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

Mastering the Art of Growing and Harvesting Flavorful Herbs – Dr. Bodie Pennisi -113

By Craig McManus | June 8, 2023

Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List Mastering the Art of Growing and Harvesting Flavorful Herbs – Dr. Bodie Pennisi -113 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 outdoor and indoor […]

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Hydrangea for Your Garden – Lisa Bartlett – 112

By Craig McManus | June 1, 2023

Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List Hydrangea for Your Garden – Lisa Bartlett – 112 Lisa Bartlett is the Garden Manager for Smith-Gilbert Gardens. She is responsible the over 4,000 species collection of plants. This collection ranges from rare herbaceous perennials to rare and unusual trees. The largest collections of Bonsai in the […]

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Creating Outdoor Spaces Children Love – 111 – Eric King

By Craig McManus | May 25, 2023

Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List Creating Outdoor Spaces Children Love – Eric King – 111 For decades Eric King has been designing award-winning landscapes that work with nature and encourage people to be outside. He is a landscape architect and co-owner of the residential design + build firm King Landscaping serving the […]

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Companion Planting for Success – Jessica Walliser – 110

By Craig McManus | May 17, 2023

Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List Companion Planting for Success – Jessica Walliser – 110 Finding the right plant combinations can minimize diseases, reduce pest, improve soil fertility and support pollinators. Using science back methods will reward your garden decisions. For 15 years horticulturist Jessica Walliser co-hosted The Organic Gardeners, an award-winning program […]

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Healthy Turf Grass Agronomics – Dr. Clint Waltz -109

By Craig McManus | May 11, 2023

Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List Healthy Turf Grass Agronomics – Dr. Clint Waltz -109 If you have turf grass it can be frustrating? In this episode we talk with Dr. Clint Waltz about solutions to your frustrations. We also look into research practices and efforts in lowering the inputs needed for successful […]

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A Garden View – Tara Dillard – 108

By Craig McManus | May 4, 2023

Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List A Garden View – Tara Dillard – 108 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 landscape . Her designs […]

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From the Soil Up – Brooks Garcia -107

By Craig McManus | April 27, 2023

Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List From the Soil Up – Brooks Garcia -107 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. […]

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Home Grown Berries from Containers – Kristen Pullen – 106

By Craig McManus | April 20, 2023

Click Here to Request the 57 Plants List Home Grown Berries from Containers – Kristen Pullen – 106 How much fun would it be to walk out on your balcony and grab a handful of fresh strawberries and pop them in your mouth? Kristen Pullen will tell us exactly how in today’s episode. We will […]

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Susanne’s Garden Rooms – Susanne Hudson -105

By Craig McManus | April 13, 2023

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 […]

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Bruce Holliday

Decrease Maintenance and Increase Value in Your Landscape with Bruce Holliday – 104

By Craig McManus | April 6, 2023

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 […]

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Dewayne Gallatin

Designing Your Spring Container Garden – Dewayne Gallatin – 103

By Craig McManus | March 30, 2023

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 […]

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Winning with Succession Gardening – Meg Cowden – 102

By Craig McManus | March 23, 2023

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 […]

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57 Annual & Perennial Plants Bugs Don’t Bother – Jason Reeves – 101

By Craig McManus | March 16, 2023

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 […]

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Ecological Gardening – Andy Pulte – 100

By Craig McManus | March 9, 2023

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 […]

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Container Food Gardening Abundance – Pam Farley – 099

By Craig McManus | March 2, 2023

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 […]

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Inspiring Your Garden Soul – Nancy and Pierre Motrier – 098

By Craig McManus | February 23, 2023

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 […]

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Dry Climate Gardening – Noelle Johnson – 097

By Craig McManus | February 16, 2023

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 […]

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Planning for Your Successful Vegetable Garden – Susan Mulvihill -096

By Craig McManus | February 6, 2023

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. […]

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Adaptive Gardening – Toni Gattone – 095

By Craig McManus | February 2, 2023

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 […]

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Boxwood’s Garden Future – Pat Reilly – 094

By Craig McManus | January 26, 2023

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 […]

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The Groundcover Revolution – Kathy Jentz – 093

By Craig McManus | January 19, 2023

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. […]

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When Plant Geeks Get Married – Adrienne and Jon Roethling – 092

By Craig McManus | January 12, 2023

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 […]

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