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Tag: joe lamp’l

  • Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2011 Report

    February 24, 2011
    Recycled Garden Art in Theresa's Home Garden

    Recycled Garden Art in Theresa's Home Garden

    It’s been a fast, furious, frigid few days heading into the 2011 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Finally, at the Arbor Eden Garden Show Fundraising Gala, I had a chance to sit down with my friend Theresa Loe, founder of Living Homegrown Fresh® & Associate Producer of GGWTV,  to chat about this year’s Seattle garden show & Growing a Greener World TV‘s choice to feature it in Season 2 of their program. Theresa not only spilled the beans about her favorite gardens at this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show, but she also shared some of the story lines and big names about what’s to come in Season 2 of Growing a Greener World.

    Read my interview with Theresa on the Northwest Flower & Show Garden Blog page here. During the show, you’ll find reports from me and few other guest bloggers, sharing what’s happening around the show.

    And, don’t forget to visit the show to meet me in person on the Sprout! Stage where I’ll be teaching kids (and parents) about the wonderful way composting worms can transform many of our kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich compost for our gardens.

    Too, I’m teaming up with apiarist Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company on Sunday afternoon at 2:45 in the Hood Room to discuss urban beekeeping from politics to pollination, we’ll have answers and great gardening ideas for anyone interested in keeping honeybees or just gardening to attract them. Love bees? Don’t forget to cast your vote right now for AMDVisionary Award finalist Corky Luster. Your vote may be the one that puts him over the edge for a win. And his win will be a win for the bees!

  • Grants for Gardens – Get Your Application in Before It’s too Late!

    November 19, 2010
    Thunder-hail - The Icing on the Portland Project Orange Thumb 2010 Garden

    Thunder-hail - The Icing on the Portland Project Orange Thumb 2010 Garden

    Quite often I’m approached by non-profits, schools, community centers, public gardens, historical gardens and other struggling organizations seeking donations. Groups like this are constantly struggling to stay afloat and build new learning opportunities and beautiful spaces. The economy is tough right now. Donations are down, communities are strapped, but that doesn’t mean a community as to go without the financial assistance necessary to get their gardens growing! Sure small donations from folks like me help, but why not tap into those with deeper and quite generous pockets as well?

    Each year Fiskars® grants over $50,000 in tools and cash toward the development of gardens all over the world. Each year they accept applications from communities in need and from those applications select 10 winners to each receive a $5000 “Project Orange Thumb” grant. Five grand may not seem like an awful lot, but really it goes quite a long way. Matched with the enthusiasm and labor of your community, some pretty amazing transformations happen quickly.

    Plus, it isn’t hard to apply for the program. Why not? You have nothing to lose and a fantastic garden to (potentially) win! Read on for details and deadlines. (more…)

  • Bee Tuned Into Growing a Greener World

    June 25, 2010
    Joe Lamp'l & Robin Haglund in the Garden - Brrrr!

    Joe Lamp'l & Robin Haglund in the Garden - Brrrr!

    Earlier this year I enjoyed a day of filming in my garden with Joe Lamp’l and his wonderfully friendly, talented and patient crew from Growing a Greener World TV.  Their purpose in visiting my garden was to learn more about bees from beekeeper Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company and from me, a horticulturist seeking to encourage bees in the garden. It’s hard to believe, but just three months later, the show is available to PBS for airing tomorrow!

    Since the Growing a Greener World folks were here in late March, it’s been a wild spring ride for the bees, Ballard Bee Company owner Corky and our household. We’ve watched the comings and goings of the mason bees, which have already completed their seasonal cycle. The hive you’ll see in the show has returned to their first home with Willi of Digginfood.com. Corky has brought in new baby bees, established their queens, feed them loads of sugar water so they don’t die out, and cared for them regularly. He’s become a true friend. Even his dog has come to think of our house as a second home, coming to visit often to help us through the mourning period following the passing of our sweet Shiloh dog just a few weeks ago. And, uh-oh, Corky’s even had to visit us three times just to manage swarms. And, lucky me, he suited me up the last time to teach me how to gather the swarm myself.

    It’s been a rough spring for the bees. It’s been really rainy and cold in Seattle, which has blown out flowers, slowed plant growth, and has often kept the bees trapped in their hives. Fortunately, our two boxes are still plugging along, making honey, making queens and making my flowers turn into fruit!

    I encourage you to check your local PBS listing so you’re able to tune in as soon as it airs in your area.  Our local Seattle affiliate has picked up the show, but they won’t be airing the program until later this summer. So, Corky, the Ballard Bees and I will have to catch it online a few days after the original weekend air date — too bad we don’t have a bit of honey mead for toasting the event together. Maybe I’ll have to find some before then.

    Enjoy the show. I know I had a fantastic time working with Joe, Theresa, Corky and the rest of the crew. Actually, I’m so inspired by my entire honeybee experience that I’m saving up for a bee suit, gloves, smoker and hive I can call my own. I hope that by being a part of bringing the bees to your desktop and television screen we’ll inspire you to consider how you’ll do more to help the bees help the planet be a greener world.

  • Pitching in with Fiskars Project Orange Thumb in Portland

    April 26, 2010

    Earlier this Spring, Joe Lamp’l, host of Growing a Greener World TV,  invited me to pitch in and help on a community garden project he is heading up in Portland, Oregon. In addition to picking my brain for ideas while developing the garden, he also invited me to join him in Portland later this week as the garden itself is installed. How could I resist? So, tomorrow, I’m grabbing a good friend and truckin’ down to Portland where we’ll be helping the community build this new garden space, which is a part of the Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Grant Program.

    "Happiness" = A Child Who Just Learned to Plant Her Own Sunflowers

    "Happiness" = A Child Who Just Learned to Plant Her Own Sunflowers

    Project Orange Thumb is a generous grant program that began in 2003 to assist communities meet their needs in building gardens and garden education programs. Each year, Fiskars receives over a thousand applications for these grants from around the world. From those thousands of applications, 25 programs are selected to receive Fiskars tools, shirts and other gardening materials like mulch and seed, which enable them to put together their gardens. Together with learned volunteers like Joe, my powerhouse gardening pal Kristin, me, and anyone else willing to lend a hand, communities are empowered through these grant programs to grow and flourish in spaces that speak to togetherness and good food!

    Be sure to tune into Growing a Greener World TV over the months ahead to catch Joe and me chatting about honeybees in my own garden in their honeybee segment in June. And, keep your eyes on the schedule to catch a glimpse of the Portland community garden we’re working on as well as  many other community gardens growing together in their forthcoming segment on community gardens around the country.

    And, stay tuned to gardenhelp.org. I hope to share photos and tales of our Portland visit — from the community garden project to the stunning Portland Chinese garden we plan to visit to specialty nursery Cistus where I’m likely to break the bank to the fun, quirky The Kennedy School where we’ll be staying.

    If you have questions about Project Orange Thumb or are interested in submitting a grant application for your own community garden needs, read more here. (Note: the 2010 submission period is now closed.)

  • Bee Here Now

    March 09, 2010

    Yep, I can’t stop talking about my newest tenants. I’m pretty sure I have a crush on all of them.

    First Brave Honeybees Exiting the Hive on a Cool Day

    First Brave Honeybees Exiting the Hive on a Cool Day

    They don’t pay rent. Instead, as they feed themselves and build their families, they earn their keep in my garden by pollinating. Or, er, they will when this cold weather passes and warm days encourage them to exit their hives to hit the blossoms. Right now, I’m closely watching the new honey bee hives Corky dropped off Sunday from Ballard Bee Company — a slight blast of sunlight and they start buzzing out to do their good works.

    Plus, adding to the fun, I ran into Dave from Hunter’s Mason Bees just as he was dropping off my Orchard Mason Bee Boxes and tubes earlier today. And, how cute was the first male bee he had me hold?! That rambunctious guy had just hatched in his car during the warm drive over. Now, to find the time to get out and mount the boxes for the bee tubes on the South side of the house where it is warm — what the bees love.

    Believe me, with Joe Lamp’l and his crew coming to meet and film my bees in my garden later this month for his new, forthcoming PBS Program, Growing a Greener World, I’m very focused on learning and sharing as much as I can about the bees in my garden! (And, yes, I’m trying to make my garden extra pretty early in the year. If the cold would pass, it would be a lot easier!)

    Over the past several years, I’ve become more aware of the on-going declining populations in the bee world. I realize if they go, so too goes our food. These tiny little creatures not only produce the nectar of the gods (okay, that’s just the honeybees while there are so many other fantastic bees out there like my stinger-less masons.), but to produce it they have to do the work of spreading pollen from plant to plant — making fruits, nuts and what some would call vegetables. Still, I have so much more to learn — not only through reading and attending lectures, but also through observation and participation. And believe me, this garden mentor has a lot to learn from experts like Corky and Dave. For any of my clients I’ve talked into a glazey-eye’d stupor, know that these guys are putting me in my place in return! With the help of my new bee-keeping friends, I look forward to learning even more and continuing to do the right thing to improve the bees’ survival odds in our rapidly changing world.

    Heck, today alone I convinced myself that I must add a Ceanothus to honor them; truly, this genus is an all-time bee favorite! And what fun it will be to watch and listen to them buzzing about its beautiful blue blossoms. Ah, a garden really is never done!

    Stay tuned for more adventures with the bees! And be sure to tune in your DVR to catch Growing a Greener World, coming your local PBS affiliate later this year! You might even get a chance to see me dancing with the bees! Perhaps the motivation to bring even more urban hives to more communities around the world!

  • When and Where to Meet Your Garden Mentor at the 2010 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

    January 27, 2010

    Next week the Northwest Flower and Garden Show opens in Seattle. I love this kick-off to the gardening season. It’s a time for professionals (and non-professional gardeners) from all over the world to gather and geek out on all things gardening. I meet up with co-horts I otherwise rarely see, sneak a peek at all the cool new gadgets, ideas and plant cultivars coming out in the new year. And, I always experience some sort of winter-end metamorphosis from which I feel like a new-born butterfly ready to take on everything-garden.

    Coloring and Sorting Through Worms!

    Coloring and Sorting Through Worms!

    This year I’m more involved in the show than in the past few years. I’m helping Jessi Bloom of Northwest Bloom plant her fantastic show garden design, A Family’s Little Farm in the City. I’ll be volunteering at the WSNLA show garden during the show — a tradition for me. I’m donating a garden coaching session to Seattle Arboretum Foundation Gala Silent Auction. I’m meeting up with some of my gardening mentors and gurus like Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott and Joe Lamp’l for article interviews and just to put faces with names. Too, I’ll be grabbing a coffee or just a hug now and again with my many friends who attend the show. And, of course, I’ll be presenting two seminars that I invite you to attend:

    • If you’re bringing your kids to the show, or if you just want to learn about vermicomposting in a fun, low-key, hands-on way, please stop by the Sprout Stage over the weekend for my encore presentation of Who Wants Garbage for Dinner? The Wonderful Way of Worms! Details here.
    • And, if you’re interested in learning fun easy methods for incorporating beautiful, edible plants into your landscape, patio or even tiny balcony garden, please drop by the Rainier Room on Sunday for my seminar Ornamedibles: Ornament Your Garden with Edible Plants. Details here.

    It’s a busy time, but despite the hustle and bustle it is, in may ways, the most wonderful time of the year! Hope to see you there. And thanks to everyone who participated in our ticket giveaways. Congrats to Angela and to Margaret on winning!

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