Ready, Set… GARDEN!

May 4, 2018 Susannah Brooks Leave a Comment

Whether you planted your bulbs last year or are still mulling over mulch, WPT has inspiration for your weekend digging. Our video archives and broadcast programs offer handy tips with visual cues that bring ideas to life.

Read on for more!

Spring is the perfect time to revisit The Wisconsin Gardener.  For 21 seasons, the late Shelley Ryan and her guests brought a wealth of Wisconsin-specific expertise to the air.

Visit here for dozens of segments, all sorted into helpful categories such as “Containers,” “Edible Landscape,” “Garden Basics,” “Garden Design” and more.

Also: Celebrate Shelley’s life and career with this special episode. 


P. Allen Smith smiles behind a trellis and some purple flowersP. Allen Smith’s Garden Home
WPT: 10 a.m. Saturdays (no episodes May 4)
Create: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays

Garden design expert P. Allen Smith demystifies the process of designing beautiful gardens and opens up new possibilities for homeowners looking to create their own garden paradise. Novice and experienced gardeners alike can apply Allen’s easy how-to projects and expert tips to their own homes.

Also: Check out P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table, too!

Create: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. Sundays
The Wisconsin Channel: 9 a.m. Saturdays

GardenSMART is a “hands in the dirt” experience that features expert knowledge from horticulturists in fantastic garden locations. Hosted by plantsman Eric Johnson.

Growing a Greener World
Create: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturdays
The Wisconsin Channel: 10 a.m. weekdays

Growing a Greener World blends the latest trends in eco-friendly living with traditional gardening know-how. The series highlights the diverse people, organizations and events that seek to raise environmental awareness and encourage better stewardship of the planet.

Also: Check out one of the three Growing a Greener World podcasts!


It’s tough to go into detail about all of the garden and planting lectures available through University Place; there are just too many! From UW-Extension experts to popular presentations filmed at our annual Garden Expo, you’ll find a plethora of knowledge by searching our videos online.


Don’t forget Wisconsin Public Radio favorite Larry Meiller, offering Garden Talk 11 a.m. Fridays (encore 7 a.m. Saturdays) on The Ideas Network.
(Search the archives here for answers to your most pressing questions!)

And if you’ve ever wanted to be the next Shelley Ryan – or you simply want to turn that black thumb a little greener – why not check out the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program? UW-Extension offers training throughout the state; it’s easy to get started!

Happy gardening from WPT!

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