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Insider Information on Garden Tourism, New Plants and Garden Products, and What on Earth is GWA?

Insider Information on Garden Tourism, New Plants and Garden Products, and What on Earth is GWA?

We’re pleased to take you into the world of garden communicators and garden tourism in this episode. Fresh out of the GWA annual meeting and trade show, Ellen and C.L. share what they’ve learned about new plants and products for the home landscape. We talk about how GardenWalk Buffalo is a model for other regions when it comes to tourism dollars and community development. We talk about new plants and products that we discovered at the Garden Writers Association meeting. And we answer a listener’s question about bringing Meyer lemons indoors.

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Winter Squash, Fall Cleanup and Saving Summer Annuals

In this episode we talk about how to tell if winter squash is ripe and how to preserve it. We discuss saving annuals from year to year, and give the pros and cons of fall yard cleanups. Ellen and C.L. also invite you to become inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy.

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Barbecued Greens, Firepits, Preserving the Harvest & Our Secret Six Tools

I’m hoping that you’ll try the barbecued chard recipe we talk about in this episode – even non-vegetable eaters and kids often love this dish! We also give you several ways to preserve the bounty from your garden. Whether you dry or can it, as Ellen prefers, or roast and freeze it as C.L. does, you’ll enjoy your garden-grown or foraged harvest through the winter with these methods. We also speak about your firepit plantings, and give our favorite “secret six” tools that will make your outdoor adventures easier. (Link to barbecued chard: http://coffeeforroses.com/barbecued-chard/ )

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Pesto, Stinkhorn Fungus & Watering Containers

Ellen and C.L. give you ideas for making the most delicious, fresh pesto on earth…and then move on from great taste to horrible smells! Yes, after talking about garden-grown pesto we discuss stinkhorn fungi…a creepy and spooky fungus that smells like dead meat. After a trip to the all together ooky we move on to the practical: how to water your outdoor containers.

And as always we answer a listener’s emailed question. Art, Science and Dinner: it’s all in your own backyard!

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Books by Ellen and C.L.

The Wildcrafted Cocktail
by Ellen Zachos

The Cocktail Hour Garden
by C.L. Fornari

Backyard Foraging
by Ellen Zachos

Coffee for Roses
by C.L. Fornari