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The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, September 22
Nicole Hubley of the Mersey Tobiatic Research Institute is on the to talk about the monarch butterflies. Was it a good year? Nicole will let you know. Julietta Sorensen reutrns to the Weekend Gardener to offer an update on her 'Text a Tree' project in Halifax. Julietta has full results from the innovative initiative. Eco-landscape designer, Master Gardener and educator Sean James continues the conversation about trees and tells Niki why you should not just appreciate them, but plant them as well. Father and daughter duo Steven Biggs and Emma Biggs are on the show to discuss their new book Gardening with Emma.
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The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, September 15
Dalhousie University bug expert Paul Manning is on the show to talk everything insects and how they affect your garden. Trish Fry is the manager of the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal. Trish joins Niki to talk about how bad they were hit by Hurricane Dorian and what the garden has scheduled for the rest of the season. "Raised Bed Revolution author Tara Nolan speaks with Niki. Local houseplant and terrarium expert, and the owner of Nardin’s Gardens, Nardin Friis pays the Weekend Gardener a visit.
Sep 15, 2019, 12:03 PM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, September 1 Joe Henderson is a Horticulturist at the Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The Chanticleer is a 48-acre botanical garden built on the grounds of the Rosengarten estate. Joe talks about why people come to the "pleasure garden" and his upcoming trip to Halifax.  Joe Hood and Megan Andrus of Sound Living Nova Scotia. They discuss the ways to minimize consumption by living off what nature offers. Lunenburg farmer and seed saver Camelia Frieberg speak to Niki about the Lunenburg market, using fresh seeds, and what, exactly, is a bio-dynamic farm. Sep 01, 2019, 12:24 PM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, August 25 Local florist, and superstar, Neville McKay with My Mother’s Bloomers joins Niki in studio to talk about what else but flowers. Niki and Neville are then joined by Sean Randall of Blomindon Nurseries. Then, Sean sticks around to discuss approaching a new planting season, what can go into your garden this time of year and drops the "f world" - fall.  Finally, Joe Lamp’l, the host of the PBS show Growing a Greener World and the Joe Gardener podcast joins Niki for a chat. Aug 25, 2019, 12:28 PM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, August 18
 Zoe Beale and Rachael Delano from the Brewery Market in Halifax to chat about what’s in season and offer tips on shopping at the market. Award-winning landscape designer and award-winning author Jan Johnsen is on the show. Jan talks about her latest book Gardentopia, preparing for another planting season, and how to make your garden and backyard into your personal sanctuary. Author, radio host, and co-host of the "Plantrama" podcast CL Fornari, aka 'the Garden Lady, talks to Niki about how to use marigolds, using cinnamon as a fungicide, and so much more. Finally, to wrap up the show Niki speaks with Jill Covill of Bunchberry Nurseries in Annapolis Royal about unique plants you can add to your landscape, sourwoods, wisterias and a lot more.
Aug 18, 2019, 12:53 PM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, August 11
Perennia soil expert Amy Sangster joins the show to talk about caring for garden soil. Chef Craig Flinn of Chives Bistro is on to offer ideas on using up the homegrown harvest. Author and gardener Elizabeth Peirce visits Niki to talk gardening as therapy and the summer veggie garden.
Aug 11, 2019, 10:48 AM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, August 4 Perennia Tree Fruit Specialist Michelle Cortens is on the show to talk about different fruit and apple trees. Michelle offers advice on what to grow and how to deal with common issues. Author Susan Belsinger calls in from south of the border to talk discuss her latest book Grow Your Own Herbs: The 40 Best Culinary Varieties for Home Gardens. And finally, award-winning author Teri Dunn Chace has written over 35 gardening books and for several horticultural magazines. Based in upstate New York, Teri is visiting Halifax and stops by the studio for a chat with Niki. Aug 04, 2019, 11:27 AM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, July 28 Julietta Sorenson Kass started the Text-a-Tree project in the Halifax Public Gardens. Julietta joins Niki to talk about how she came up with the idea and how it works. Rob McNeish with the Dartmouth North Community Food Garden is on the show to tell listeners what's new and growing. Author Karen Chapman discusses her latest book Deer Resistant Design: Fence-free Gardens That Thrive Despite the Deer and one lucky listener will take home a copy. Master Gardener and eco-landscape designer Sean James calls in from the Montreal Botanic Garden to share secrets of the trade. And, to wrap up the show Niki welcomes Allan Banks of Harbour Breezes Daylilies and Japanese Iris. Jul 28, 2019, 12:12 PM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, July 21
Author of over 50 gardening books and blogs at the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgeson calls in from Quebec City to speak to Niki. Helping Nature Heal is a Nova Scotian ecological landscape company. Owner Rosmarie Lohnes talks about looking at our yards through a different lens and taking our lives outdoors. Donna Balzer is the author of several books including the Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal. She talks to Niki about growing ordinary vegetables in extraordinary ways. Tomato expert and author of Epic Tomatoes Craig LeHoullier joins the show to talk about, you guessed it, tomatoes.
Jul 21, 2019, 12:21 PM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, July 14
Dave Belt is with Seafoam Lavender. He joins Niki in studio to talk about the Seafoam Lavender Festival that runs July 20 and 21 in Seafoam, NS. Author Amanda Thomsen calls in. Thomsen wrote Backyard Adventure and is the blogger behind "Kiss My Aster". She talks about her writing and everything funky in your garden.  Angie Oriana Jenkins of Sister Lotus Herbal Body Care chats with Niki. And author Barbara Pleasant is on the program to discuss her book Homegrown Pantry.
Jul 14, 2019, 11:25 AM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday July 7 It's a beautiful Sunday morning. Niki is joined by David Currie from the NS Bird Society to discuss the reoccurrence of the disease affecting local birds. The owner of Plants Overhead, a Halifax company that makes plant pots and hangers, joins Niki in studio. Kelly Smith Trimble is the author of Vegetable Gardening Wisdom. A copy of her book is given away. Niki covers a lot of ground with Matt Mattus, who wrote the book Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening. Brie Arthur is the author of The Foodscape Revolution and the upcoming book, Growing - Gardening with Grains. Jul 07, 2019, 11:08 AM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, June 30 Todd Boland, the research horticulturalist at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Botanical Gardens is the author of several books, including Wildflowers of Nova Scotia, Wildflowers of New Brunswick, Wildflowers and Ferns of Newfoundland, Trees and Shrubs of the Maritimes, and Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador. And he just got back from a plant trip to the country of Georgia. We'll hear all about it. - Katie Keddy of Valley Harvest Sweet Potatoes will join me to chat about growing this yummy crop in the Maritimes. Plus, they're trying a new, short-season variety this year. We'll get an update on how things are growing. - Trish Fry of the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal is busy planning their Wine and Roses event and House and Garden tour... it's all coming up soon and we'll get the details on how you can take part. - Lisa Mason, a cut flower farmer and the author of Vegetables Love Flowers and Cool Flowers will join me to talk flowers!! What we can still plant and tips on growing your best cutting garden ever! - Cathy Oulton of Bloom Greenhouse and Garden Centre is also the president of Greenhouse Nova Scotia. We'll chat about the season, how it impacted local nurseries and what can still be planted now. Jun 30, 2019, 07:48 AM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday June 23 It's a beautiful Sunday morning. Niki is joined by Paul Manning from Dalhousie University to talk about a new pest: the daylily gall midge - what do you need to know? Then, Leslie Halleck joins the show. She's the author of Plant Parenting to talk plant propagation. For the 2nd hour of the show, it's a Q&A with Dave and Kirk of Arbor Plant Health Care.     Jun 23, 2019, 10:25 AM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, June 16, 2019 The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, June 16, 2019 Nicole Hubley with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute tells us about the endangered monarch butterfly and how we can help its population with milkweed. Jane Rostek of Sun and Water Horticultural is up next, giving us some tips on gardening like pruning. Author Stephen Biggs then tells us about growing lemons in Canada.Today's final guest is author Kevin Espiritu. We talk with Kevin about urban gardening. Jun 16, 2019, 12:08 PM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday June 9 Scott Croucher from Lee Valley - new tools, gifts for dad.  Norna Hugasdottir from Lee Valley repurposing your lawn for veggies or flowers.  Crystal Godfrey - local garden designer, container expert Noon.  Sound living NS - Megan Andrus and Joe Hood are local homesteaders and we’ll talk about their recent re-location and new garden/wallipini (underground greenhouse) they’re now building. Sarah Griffiths from Lee Valley - preserving/drying the homegrown harvest. Scott Croucher from Lee Valley - tools, tips, fun products Jun 09, 2019, 07:20 AM