Episode 12: Helen & Monarch ButterfliesHelen Hogue is a Winnipegger with an interesting hobby, or rather, passion. Helen raises monarch butterflies, from egg to adult, then sets them free. It is estimated that people like her increase the survival rate from 5 percent to 95 percent. For more info about Canada’s Local Gardener Episode 12, click here.
Episode 11: Shauna and Dorothy’s Garden Tour
Shauna and Dorothy discuss their garden tour of BC and Alberta over the summer. This was the first part of Shauna’s 2021 cross-country trip of seeing and photographing gardens.
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Episode 10: Mario DoironShauna and Dorothy talk to Mario Doiron, a modern Acadian guy in New Brunswick who moved his family from the city to an acreage in Kent County. He and his wife now enjoy excellent health, spring water and an incredible diversity of food they grow themselves. He calls himself a homesteader, and we cannot think of a better way to describe what he does. For more info about Canada’s Local Gardener Podcast Episode 10, click here.
Episode 9: Landscaping with Keith Lemkey
Dorothy and Shauna talk with Winnipeg landscaping expert Keith Lemkey. He has worked on gardens in Canada’s Local Gardener and Manitoba Gardener in the past and has contributed stories to the magazines over the years. Hear about why you should consider hiring a landscape professional for your garden.
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Episode 8: Talk about TreesMike Rosen, the former President of Tree Canada, joins Dorothy and Shauna to talk about these gentle giants who influence our gardens. Tree Canada is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to planting and nurturing trees in rural and urban environments. For more info about Canada’s Local Gardener Podcast Episode 8, click here.
Episode 7: Shopping at the Garden CentreColin Remillard is a co-owner of St. Leon Gardens in Winnipeg, a seasonal shop selling locally grown fruits, vegetables, seeds and plants. He talked to Dorothy and Shauna recently about the business and they traded tips about what he’s doing in his brand-new yard and what gardeners should look for when buying plants at the garden centre. For more info about Canada’s Local Gardener Podcast Episode 7, click here.
Episode 6: What’s growing in your gardenLarry Hodgson is a blogger and broadcaster in Quebec who has written over 60 books on gardening in English and French. His blog can be found at laidbackgardener.blog, and he adds to it every day. Dorothy and Shauna have a chat with him about so many things, ostensibly on the topic of “What’s growing in your garden?” For more info about Canada’s Local Gardener Podcast Episode 6, click here.
Episode 5: Vegetable Gardening with Greg Auton of MaritimeGardening.com
Episode 4: Birds with Sherrie Versluis of The Preferred PerchGardeners love the birds that come to our yards and we have a fascination with watching our feathered friends at the end of winter and beginning of spring. Which ones stay through the winter and which ones go south? Some of the answers in episode 4 of our podcast about birds may surprise you.
Episode 3: Flowering Shrubs with Jan Pedersen of Shelmerdine Garden CenterFlowering shrubs are a giving type of plant in gardens across Canada, with every season bringing a different bloom or colour or shape. Jan Pedersen of Shelmerdine Garden Centre talks about various varieties with Dorothy and Shauna, giving a few tips about pruning and cultivars that really perform. For more info about Canada’s Local Gardener Podcast Episode 3, click here.
Episode 2: Starting Tomatoes with Kevin Twomey of T & T SeedsStarting tomatoes from seeds seems like an easy thing to do, but once you actually do it, there are a number of things to remember. What do you plant them in? Do you need a heat mat under the seedlings? Do you need special lights? For more info about Canada’s Local Gardener Podcast Episode 2, Click here.
Episode 1: Seeds with John Barrett of Vesey’s Seeds
Hosts Shauna and Dorothy Dobbie interview John Barrett of Vesey’s Seeds to learn how Vesey’s and other seed suppliers coped with the explosion of seed orders when the pandemic hit. “It was March 12, 2020 and 3,200 orders came in!” said John. They thought that was a nice blip in the order routine, but it not only continued, but the orders also grew and grew!
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