Science Behind Green Thumb |Joe Hanson |Central Texas Gardener

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Biologist and science writer Joe Hanson of PBS Digital Studios’ innovative online-first programs It’s Okay to Be Smart and Hot Mess (climate changes) explores how curiosity opens new adventures of knowledge. Host: Tom Spencer.

Native Plant Riparian & Shade Garden |Zilker Botanical Garden |Central Texas Gardener

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At Zilker Botanical Garden, David Mahler of Environmental Survey Consulting and architect Evan Taniguchi created a new riparian garden that illustrates how to grow native plants in shade, along streambeds, and in ponds.

Meet 3 Beekeepers | Central Texas Gardener

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Beekeeping is the latest locavore pursuit for distinctive honey that rivals craft beer. Three beekeepers explain why they got started, how they do it, and what’s important to know. From relocating swarms to honey collection, get the buzz from Tanya Phillips and Chuck Reburn at Bee Friendly Austin, Tara Chapman from Two Hives Honey at the Sustainable Food Center, and family beekeepers, Christine Giordano and Ryan Thomas.

Why to Love Mountain Cedar |Elizabeth McGreevy |Central Texas Gardener

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Achoo! Do mountain cedars make you see red? Hey, they’re just doing their job like other trees, grasses, and wildflowers! There’s LOTS to love about these native Ashe juniper trees. Landscape designer and ecologist Elizabeth McGreevy explains why to love these trees you love to hate! Watch for her tell-all book in August 2019, Wanted! Mountain Cedar: Dead and Alive! Host: Tom Spencer.

Ashe juniper, cedar tree pollen, allergies, Austin landscape designers

Sustainable Design Meets Art | Claudia Reese | Central Texas Gardener

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On a rocky hilltop in West Austin, Cera-Mix Studio artist Claudia Reese sculpted a compressed earth home and sustainable garden tied into the land with the intricacy and passion she brings to her mosaics, tiles, and sculptures. Inspired by Pliny Fisk of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, she designed resourceful living, from rainwater collection to a compressed earth house and outdoor living.

Propagate Woody Plants |Ann McCormick |Central Texas Gardener

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What’s the trick to making free plants from your woody perennials? Herb n’ Cowgirl Ann McCormick shows the sweet spot to make the cut and how to root (tip: no rooting hormone needed).

Rollingwood City Hall lawn to garden |Central Texas Gardener

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Rollingwood City Hall’s become a venue for the neighborhood and pollinators since replacing lawn with gardens and paths that invite interaction all year. As a waterwise demonstration garden, it captivates each season with annuals and perennials arrayed among structural evergreens. Designed by Lauren and Scott Ogden, and Patrick Kirwin, the game-changing garden found its new roots thanks to neighborhood donations.

Oak Tree Gall |Central Texas Gardener

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Oak tree galls are fun to look at, but usually don’t harm the tree. Daphne Richards, Texas A&M AgriLife horticulturist shows off one that looks like acorns. And get a recipe for spicy chile pequin salsa and how to make plant starter pots with leftover tamale corn husks.

Flooding to Organic Food | Ally & Richard Stresing | Central Texas Gardener

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Ally & Richard Stresing |Flooding to Flood of Ideas for Food

Ally and Richard Stresing started with a flood of ideas to control flooding. Now, they head to the garden for dinner. On their menu: organic fruits, vegetables and fresh eggs from happy hens in a raccoon-proof coop they built themselves. In between projects, they take a break to enjoy the wildlife getting a drink at their ponds and nabbing their own dinner on native plants.

Clay to Ceramics |James Barela Container Designs|Central Texas Gardener

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Graphics designer James Barela turns a lump of clay into distinctive containers. Find out how plants prompted his ceramics venture, Baetanical, assisted by quality control manager, young cat Luna.

Best Tips for Growing Fruit Trees |Central Texas Gardener

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Yum! It’s so fun to pick juicy fruit right from your own trees. This week, we round up your questions: containers, growing on rocky soils, common problems, and which trees need another to pollinate. Get the answers with Jim Kamas, Fredericksburg Extension Fruit Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Drought Design Philosophy |Flora Grubb |Central Texas Gardener

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As drought widens its borders, explore design philosophy in dry times with Texan-gone-to-California Flora Grubb of Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco. Host: Tom Spencer.

Gardening Under Lights with Leslie Halleck |Central Texas Gardener

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Lighten things up indoors! Certified professional horticulturist Leslie Halleck shares tips from her book, Gardening Under Lights, to cultivate food and ornamentals in dim conditions. Host: Tom Spencer.

Mrs. Saigon Farms Good Health Gardens | Carolin Le | Central Texas Gardener

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In Kempner, Carolin Le is growing good health for her and husband, Victor Cardona, a U.S. Army veteran, and her neighbors. Originally from Saigon, she’s dubbed her permaculture food forest gardens Mrs. Saigon Farms. Alongside typical garden fare, she grows hard-to-find herbs and edibles packed with medicinal, beneficial properties. Her permaculture food forest benefits neighbors, who rely on her to pick their dinner blends, since the closest grocery store is 15 miles away.

Warrior and Family Support Center healing gardens | Central Texas Gardener

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At the Warrior and Family Support Center, another kind of healing is going on at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Along with its homelike Hill Country ranch-style activities center and dining room, acres of gardens assist soldiers and their families through physical and emotional recovery. In 2015, the American Horticultural Therapy Association presented them the Therapeutic Garden Design Award. Funded by Returning Heroes Home, the gardens are maintained by volunteers from the Bexar County Master Gardeners and Gardening Volunteers of South Texas.