(Minneapolis, MN) Barbara Wise, Director of Garden Installation for the Nashville-based Southern Land Company, has for decades designed, planted, and maintained the gardens, window boxes, and patio and porch containers of her clients, fulfilling their seasonal expectations of massive color and texture. Her container combinations are famous for their raving color, dramatic depth, sensory overload, and groupings that defy the elements. And despite what appears to be a “for professionals only” look, Wise insists that container gardening is the perfect starting point for beginner gardeners, those who need baby-steps, those who crumble in nurseries and leave empty-handed, and those who fear dirt and spades. “Sometimes we need easy – and that’s container gardening,” says Wise.
(Minneapolis, MN) Claire Splan knows well the joys and pains of fruit and veggie gardening in California. “We tend to think we can grow anything,” she laughs. With more than a dozen hardiness zones and many more microclimates, Californians tend to test the limits of what California sun, soil, and water can produce; but Splan insists that the risk-taking side of California gardening has led to some exciting leaps forward.
(Minneapolis, MN) Charlie Nardozzi, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, and television personality, knows well the joys and pains of fruit and veggie gardening in the Northeast. “We can’t do anything about the soil and weather, but we can take action and protect our plants,” says Nardozzi. With a personal garden filled with veggies that support an ethnic cuisine, Nardozzi has packed heirloom tomatoes and eggplant alongside edamame and cilantro. Towered by a much-loved ‘Dwarf Northstar’ cherry tree, Nardozzi’s garden is primed for casual grazing and fresh eating.
(Minneapolis, MN) Greg Grant, award-winning horticulturist and seventh-generation Texan, knows well the joys and pains of fruit and veggie gardening in Texas. “Severe drought, intense heat, scorched earth - we’ve got it all,” laughs Grant. Yet infamous Texas temperatures do nothing to dampen Grant’s thriving garden of “field crops” – a backyard bursting with corn, peas, tomatoes, herbs, berries, and butterbeans. With a little orchard tucked beside a chicken coop, Grant loves nothing more than to graze his way through his beautiful landscape and fresh eggs.
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