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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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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Perennials That Work for Heat and Humidity – Kata Kress Wallace -078

By Craig McManus | October 6, 2022

Perennials That Work for Heat and Humidity – Kata Kress Wallace – 078 Do you often find it a challenging to grow perennials in the heat and humidity of the south? In this episode we talk with Kata Kress Wallace about the best ways to overcome those challenges. It’s no secret that perennials love the […]

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Growing Baby Salad Greens all Winter – Mike Cunningham – 077

By Craig McManus | September 29, 2022

Mike Cunningham believes that having a salad every day is probably one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. In this episode we will discover how simple, easy, and quick growing greens can keep your salad bowl full all winter. Fresh tasty nutritional eating right from your deck, patio, or backyard sounds great […]

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Growing & Understanding Grasses & Sedges – Shannon Currey – 076

By Craig McManus | September 22, 2022

Growing & Understanding Grasses & Sedges – Shannon Currey – 076 Are you ready to try something new? Then grasses and sedges could be your next garden adventure. You will find the opportunities for creating a rich layered interesting garden that serves more than an ornamental function. Developing the whole ecological package. Improving the soil […]

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New Perennial Movement Goes South – Sarah Roberts – 075

By Craig McManus | September 15, 2022

New Perennial Movement Goes South – Sarah Roberts – 075 Sarah Roberts 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 has settled […]

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Antique Roses Queen of the Garden – Jason Powell – 074

By Craig McManus | September 8, 2022

Antique Roses Queen of the Garden – Jason Powell – 074 Jason Powell declares the queen of the garden to be antique roses. Who could argue with old garden roses that exudes excellent fragrance, shape, disease resistance, and low maintenance. We talk about how these fragrant flowering shrubs make a huge impact in your garden […]

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Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening – Mike Cunningham – 073

By Craig McManus | September 1, 2022

Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening – Mike Cunningham – 073 Mike and Judy Cunningham are harvesting the last summer crops at Country Gardens Farm. Fall gardening is just beginning. Mike takes a break to talk about his favorite time of the year in the garden. Some of the things you will discover in this episode are […]

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Understanding Easy Garden Color – Laura Deeter – 072

By Craig McManus | August 25, 2022

Understanding Easy Garden Color – Laura Deeter – 072 Color excites us more than any design element in the garden because it speaks emotionally to us. In this episode we will dissect and learn how color speaks to us in our garden. Dr. Laura Deeter received her PhD in horticulture from The Ohio State University […]

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Success with Naturalistic Plantings – Jared Barnes, Ph.D. – 071

By Craig McManus | August 18, 2022

Success with Naturalistic Plantings – Jared Barnes, Ph.D. – 071 Naturalistic planting design begins with understanding what roles certain plants play in nature. This is a new concept for me. I don’t remember every hearing about this classification system or how it works. We talk about this and more in this episode 071 – Success […]

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Drainage Systems in the Garden That Work – Craig McManus – 070

By Craig McManus | August 11, 2022

Drainage Systems in the Garden That Work – Craig McManus – 070 Whether rain drops are regularly falling in your garden this season or you’ve almost forgot what rain looks like, having a water drainage plan is more Important than a Planting Plan for a happy successful garden. In this episode Host Craig McManus talks […]

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How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden – Gail Woody – 069

By Craig McManus | August 4, 2022

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden – Gail Woody – 069 It’s hummingbird season. Are they swarming in your garden? In this episode Gail Woody reveals her tricks of the garden that attract hundreds of these wonderful creatures. She talks about her feeding strategies and nectar producing plants that make her garden a popular […]

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Attracting More Butterflies to Your Garden – Gail Woody – 068

By Craig McManus | July 28, 2022

Attracting More Butterflies to Your Garden – Gail Woody – 068 In this episode Gail Woody will tell us how to attract more butterflies and then keep them coming to your garden. She has been studying these flying jewels for many years and regularly attracts up to 38 different species to her garden. Monarch butterflies […]

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The Great Georgia Pollinator Census – Becky Griffin – 067

By Craig McManus | July 21, 2022

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census – Becky Griffin – 067 It’s no accident insects are a critical part of putting good food on your table. Becky Griffin knows pollinators count. Now she is counting the pollinators in the 2022 The Great Georgia Pollinator Census. Your state could be next. Being a self-confessed “Geeky Kid” with […]

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How to Begin a Simple Garden – Victoria Mininger – 066

By Craig McManus | July 14, 2022

How to Begin a Simple Garden – Victoria Mininger – 066 In this episode Victoria Mininger shares with us how she helps her clients set up simple thriving gardens. Gardens that require less work when you find the right spot. For years Victoria and her husband Brian have owned Bear Creek Outdoor Living a residential […]

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How to Grow a Moss Garden – Annie Martin aka Mossin’ Annie – 065

By Craig McManus | July 7, 2022

How to Grow a Moss Garden – Annie Martin aka Mossin’ Annie – 065 Have you got a shady location where nothing else will grow? Are you tired of mowing grass? Do you have problem  with soil erosion? How about a desire to avoid chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides? In this episode Annie Martin, moss landscape designer […]

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The Gardens of Mount Vernon Estate – Dean Norton – 064

By Craig McManus | June 30, 2022

The Gardens of Mount Vernon Estate – Dean Norton – 064 Dean Norton fell in love with the Mount Vernon Estate Gardens 53 years ago and never left. After receiving a degree in horticulture from Clemson University he began his horticultural career as the estate’s boxwood gardener. The historical gardens of the first president of […]

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A Word with Fredrick Law Olmsted – Kirk R. Brown – 063

By Craig McManus | June 23, 2022

063 – A Word with Fredrick Law Olmsted – Kirk R. Brown It’s been over 200 years since he was born. People still absorb his parks and public gardens in more than 5,000 communities across the North American continent. The goal is to “give the common man in this New World the same opportunity to experience […]

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Seeing Gardens with Creative Eyes – Dan Miller – 062

By Craig McManus | June 16, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Seeing Gardens with Creative Eyes – Dan Miller – 062 In this episode Dan Miller talks about his vision and how he executes his creative garden ideas. Dan is the author of […]

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Sustainable Soil Success – Bryce Lane – 061

By Craig McManus | June 9, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Sustainable Soil Success – Bryce Lane – 061 What can you do to improve your garden’s soil to reduce failures? In this episode 061 Sustainable Soil Success with Bryce Lane, we discover […]

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Cut Flower Gardening – Melanie Deyton – 060

By Craig McManus | June 2, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Cut Flower Gardening – Melanie Deyton – 060 Melanie Deyton has made a life connecting people to plants through her family’s flower farm Melanie’s Garden. In this episode 060 we talk about […]

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A Hydrangea for Every Garden – Lisa Bartlett – 059

By Craig McManus | May 26, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email A Hydrangea for Every Garden – Lisa Bartlett – 059 Lisa Bartlett is the Garden Manager for Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Georgia. She is responsible the over 4,000 species collection of plants. […]

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Odd Ball Planting Times – Jenks Farmer – 058

By Craig McManus | May 19, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Odd Ball Planting Times – Jenks Farmer – 058 Augustus Jenkins Farmer III is a renaissance plantsman. Born into a family of artists, musicians, and farmers, he fell in love with the […]

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Dangers Posed by the Native Purist Movement – Carol Reese – 057

By Craig McManus | May 12, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Dangers Posed by the Native Purist Movement – Carol Reese – 057 In this 057th episode with talk with Carol Reese about the Dangers Posed by the Native Purist Movement. Before your […]

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Cornerstones of a Great Garden – Jay Sifford – 056

By Craig McManus | May 5, 2022

Cornerstones of a Great Garden – Jay Sifford – 056 Jay Sifford’s passion for crafting immersive gardens that are full of magic and story guide his garden designs. In this episode 056 Cornerstones of a Great Garden, we will discover how Mary Poppins inspires and nurtures a space where reality and fantasy collide. Sifford explains […]

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Maverick Gardeners – Felder Rushing – 055

By Craig McManus | April 28, 2022

Listen & Subscribe on Your Podcast App Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcast Android Blubrry Podchaser Podcast Addict Facebook Mobile RSS Subscribe by Email Maverick Gardeners – Felder Rushing – 055 Mississippi native Felder Rushing is an 11th-generation Southerner. After retiring from Mississippi State University as a consumer horticulturist he spends half his year in his […]

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