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favourite garden tv shows


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Diane14-Jul-01 11:12 AM EST 5b   
Debbie14-Jul-01 12:53 PM EST   
Jude14-Jul-01 01:40 PM EST 3a   
Judy14-Jul-01 06:50 PM EST 4b   
Betty14-Jul-01 10:29 PM EST   
Ellen C.14-Jul-01 11:23 PM EST 5b   
Ero15-Jul-01 04:40 PM EST   
abe15-Jul-01 07:33 PM EST   
Joanne15-Jul-01 09:05 PM EST 5a   
Diane16-Jul-01 01:01 AM EST 5b   
Amy16-Jul-01 11:40 AM EST 5   
christine17-Jul-01 12:06 AM EST 7   
Dee17-Jul-01 11:28 AM EST 5b   
Carol17-Jul-01 04:52 PM EST 5a   
Frank24-Aug-01 10:30 AM EST 5a   
Torontogal24-Aug-01 11:51 AM EST   
Sandra24-Aug-01 12:34 PM EST 6   
Marcus24-Aug-01 01:02 PM EST 3   
Bill24-Aug-01 08:56 PM EST 5a   
Jacqueline 24-Aug-01 09:22 PM EST 3   
jacques25-Aug-01 07:19 AM EST 5a   
Ed25-Aug-01 09:26 AM EST 5   
Patty27-Aug-01 06:22 PM EST 6b   
Sandra29-Aug-01 07:10 PM EST 5a   
cindy25-Jul-03 08:32 PM EST 6   
27-Jul-03 08:41 AM EST 4b   
Doug27-Jul-03 10:02 PM EST 6   
Donna27-Jul-03 11:37 PM EST 3a   
Joelle28-Jul-03 02:58 AM EST 3a   
doris29-Jul-03 01:29 AM EST 3   
dm29-Jul-03 01:57 AM EST 3a   
GertrudeJekyll29-Jul-03 10:36 AM EST 5b   
Jim29-Jul-03 12:31 PM EST 8   
doris30-Jul-03 12:16 AM EST 3   
Julie 07-Aug-03 03:21 PM EST 4   
Suzanne12-Aug-03 12:10 PM EST 5   
dm12-Aug-03 02:07 PM EST 3   
dawn12-Aug-03 05:57 PM EST 3   
Ramblin' Rose13-Aug-03 07:49 AM EST 8a   
PatA06-Sep-03 08:49 PM EST 3   


Subject: favourite garden tv shows
From: Diane
Zone: 5b
Date: 14-Jul-01 11:12 AM EST

So, what's your fave gardening tv show? Every so often, I find Geoff Hamilton's Cottage Garden series ... loved the way he explained stuff! I also find Ken Beatty's Q/A show interesting ... but he should be careful when he gets testy with some callers. Victory Gardens is losing its edge ... too much cooking and touring, not enough hands on advice. And of course, I enjoy Kathy Renwald's garden tours show, Gardeners Journal ... I remember what I went through to prepare my gardens for my local garden club tour and can't imagine what the participants for Kathy's show undergo to prepare for their garden to be shown to the world!


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Debbie
Zone:
Date: 14-Jul-01 12:53 PM EST

Testy ..I have never seen Ken ever get testy? I think the man knows his stuff and knows it well.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Jude
Zone: 3a
Date: 14-Jul-01 01:40 PM EST

Bring back David!!!! Bring back David!!!!

But I also like Gardener's Journal (just wish Kathy would improve her interviewing technique!), and I like Mark Cullen.

The only two I won't watch are Gerry Baker on PBS and Guerrilla (sp) Gardener.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Judy
Zone: 4b
Date: 14-Jul-01 06:50 PM EST

Kathy and Mark for sure. Here in the north (sort of) Where it is all on the dish I find TOO MANY shows that originate in California. Or Victoria. These places are not normal for Canada and don't help many of us!


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Betty
Zone:
Date: 14-Jul-01 10:29 PM EST

Kathy and Mark are always good, and I enjoyed Guerrilla Gardener. The one I would never watch was Mrs. Green Thumbs ?? and I agree with Diane's comment on Victory Garden. I find I prefer the shows that tour a garden as they give me ideas.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Ellen C.
Zone: 5b
Date: 14-Jul-01 11:23 PM EST

My favourites are Gardening By The Yard, Grow It: A Gardener's Guide, Ken Beatty's garden show, and Kathy Renwald's garden shows.

I wish that at the end of her show "Calling All Gardeners" when she takes a last caller, the TV station starts rolling the credits and you can't hear what she's saying.

I also wish that Mark Cullen stops saying "that's so" at the end of his sentences which is annoying.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Ero
Zone:
Date: 15-Jul-01 04:40 PM EST

Kathy & Mark


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: abe
Zone:
Date: 15-Jul-01 07:33 PM EST

realy miss david tarrant's canadian gardener.. yes ken can get testy and the show is a bit amateurish in production values... cannot stand kathy ..teeth are too big... mark is okay... too many southern ontario shows for my liking..


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Joanne
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-Jul-01 09:05 PM EST

Kathy Renwald's shows top my list. Next is Gardening by the Yard with Paul James. Ken Beattie has a good call in show too, but it is at an inconvenient time for me to tune in regularly.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Diane
Zone: 5b
Date: 16-Jul-01 01:01 AM EST

I agree with you Jude ... bring back David. He was right-on with his info and really miss the old "Oh, hi there", as if we'd snuck up on him in the garden.I met him once upon a time, a real gentleman ... no airs whatsoever. Guerilla gardener seemed more an opportunity for the host to travel to New Zealand and Gerry Baker just keeps on selling "snake oil" as some kind of new antidote for garden ills. If memory serves me, concentrated tobacco juice, "chewing tobacco" to Jerry", was outlawed for sale because of its toxicity. Betty, I watched Mrs. Greenthumbs for about three minutes, couldn't stand the shrillness and have never returned. There's a new one I caught this afternoon on HGTV called something like Buds & Blooms. These people should stop relying on/reading the teleprompter and learn hort/gardening firsthand! Their lack of info is glaring (at least to me). Seems that quite a few of us notice the technical side of television shows too! Maybe Abe, Ellen C, Jude and I should critique these garden shows for TV guide!


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Amy
Zone: 5
Date: 16-Jul-01 11:40 AM EST

This isn't strictly a garden show, but I love it for the ideas - HGTV's Curb Appeal, on Thursday nights. True, it is in California, but they have great ideas for the amateur landscape architect!


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: christine
Zone: 7
Date: 17-Jul-01 12:06 AM EST

I love Gardener's journal the best. I think Kathy Renwald makes a lovely gracious host. Shame on you Abe, for commenting on her teeth! Are you perfect? What does THAT have to do with gardening? I also like Gardening by the Yard, it is a little silly at times, but I feel he has a lot of the same opinions as myself.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Dee
Zone: 5b
Date: 17-Jul-01 11:28 AM EST

Heres a question, what's the deal with "FOILage". It's not the same as "you say toMAto and I say tMAHto", FOILage seems to be a completely different word!!!! My Oxford dictonary stays that foliage is pronounced foh-li-ij. On the other hand, FOILage may be a derivative of the word "foil - to thwart, to frustrate."


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 17-Jul-01 04:52 PM EST

I vote for Kathy Renwald's Calling All Gardeners (my favourite) and Gardener's Journal. Mark Cullen's show is also tops on my list. I always learn something from these people, and I love that they are Canadian shows.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Frank
Zone: 5a
Date: 24-Aug-01 10:30 AM EST

How about Garden Architecture? The re-designing of backyards is interesting, and the woman on the show has some interesting garden craft projects. Even though the show is more about design and not so much about hands-on gardening, it's still good information.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Torontogal
Zone:
Date: 24-Aug-01 11:51 AM EST

1. Calling All Gardeners 2. Pools, Patios & Decks 3. Garden Architecture


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Sandra
Zone: 6
Date: 24-Aug-01 12:34 PM EST

My favourite gardening show was on the learning channel a few years ago,it was called Gardening Naturally. I taped most of the shows and watch them again and again. They discontinued the show,and when I called public relations for The Learning Channel they implied that they would be aired again in 2000....they erred. I think that if more of us called the Learning Channel and asked for it to be re-aired,they might listen.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Marcus
Zone: 3
Date: 24-Aug-01 01:02 PM EST

David Tarrent is the best garden broadcaster you ever will find, His knowledge is to the point and proctical. For the prairies I would love a gardening program with Sara Williams, her xeroscape program was the best!


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Bill
Zone: 5a
Date: 24-Aug-01 08:56 PM EST

ok... the emmy award for the garden show with:

- the lowest budget set goes to... Ken Beattie (has anyone ever noticed it is a kitchen for a cooking show?)

- landscape ideas only for people who are filthy rich goes to... Pools, Decks and Patios (how much to those 5 ton polished granite stones cost anyway?)

and finally, the award for the most annoying host goes to... the guy on Gardening by the Yard (does anyone else have to fight the urge to strangle yourself with the garden hose?)

oh, and one more, even if it is not a gardening show...

The emmy for the show that can drag out the building of a house interminably while repeating the same information incessantly is... Dream House (one can only hear about millionaire's problems so many times! - where is that garden hose again?)

Yes, it does feel good to be catty every now and again.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Jacqueline
Zone: 3
Date: 24-Aug-01 09:22 PM EST

Yes I miss David to and what ever happen to Canadian gardening with Liz Primeau? at least they talked about a prairie garden every so often


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: jacques
Zone: 5a
Date: 25-Aug-01 07:19 AM EST

It's early, so I might still have some sand in my eyes, but I must agree with Bill: they don't make hoses that are strong enough for the urges that I get when watching Gardening by the Yard. Or, is it those camera angles that make me feel too dizzy to reach over for the remote?

In response to others, I must admit that Kathy Renwald appeared to be quite nervous for the 1st few weeks, but she's certainly relaxed alot since then and I find her show to be quite enjoyable. Good for you Kathy! I just wish that these shows would take on a much more "down to earth" air, much like Meg Ruffman on Anything I Can Do (WTN): no script, let the cameras roll and record anything and everything that happens. Not only does she make me laugh, I learn lots too! Besides, isn't this what gardening is all about? Get your hands dirty and just do it!

Also, don't forget the wonderful but way-too-short call-in show on CBC Radio 1, Mondays at 1 p.m. EST. I forget his name, but the guest oversees the grounds at the Governor General's residence, and he's great!

Okay, time to water the pots before the sun gets too hot...


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Ed
Zone: 5
Date: 25-Aug-01 09:26 AM EST

Jacques, the weekly CBC Radio phone-in show hosted be Ed Lawrence is one I seldom miss.On the few occasions that he is not able to provide an immediate answer, he does his homework and provides the result of his research at the start of the following week's show.The time is 1:06 pm Mondays ( Tues. when Mon. is a holiday)


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Patty
Zone: 6b
Date: 27-Aug-01 06:22 PM EST

Yes Diane I agree with you I have seen Ken get a little short with some of the callers and the guy on Gardening by the Yard is just plain silly.I think by far Kathy Renwalds gardening shows are the best Calling all Gardeners and the Gardeners Journal.I really like seeing the garden tours,I only wish my garden looked so good!


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Sandra
Zone: 5a
Date: 29-Aug-01 07:10 PM EST

I would like to put in a plug for great gardening shows on the radio. Saturdays at l0AM on 610AM,Bruce Zimmerman has 2 hours of radio time in which gardeners can call in for advice and information about anything and everything.He is very personable and informative. If you have time this weekend dial in to 610AM and enjoy.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: cindy
Zone: 6
Date: 25-Jul-03 08:32 PM EST

Gardeners Journal is my very fav. also would like to see David T. back and as someone mentioned Liz Primeau too. I find that Victory Gardens is getting to frou frou as hubby said. he says bring back the old host! like mark cullen too. but love seeing the gardens so Gardeners journal. the beginning makes me want to make a really nice journal as I am a rubber stamper too.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From:
Zone: 4b
Date: 27-Jul-03 08:41 AM EST

But why are they all repeats?


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Doug (dsds61@hotmail.com)
Zone: 6
Date: 27-Jul-03 10:02 PM EST

Yes, why are they all repeats? Where is Gardeners Journal? Calling all Gardeners? HGTV keeps advertising as if they are new shows, but I havent seen any. Anyone know whats going on?


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Donna
Zone: 3a
Date: 27-Jul-03 11:37 PM EST

As with most shows in the summer - they repeat because the people in the shows are doing something else, or on holiday or filming the next set of shows for the fall.

Calling All Gardeners was cancelled in March so the only show that Kathy Renwald has that will have new weekly segments will be Gardener's Journal.

I would assume that they are filming this show for the fall now...this is the case with One Garden Two Looks with Denis Flanagan and Charlie Dobbin.

In the west you have Bugs and Blooms and I think they are also filming now for the fall.

Most of our gardening shows start a new series in the fall and run 13 weeks then repeat for years.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Joelle
Zone: 3a
Date: 28-Jul-03 02:58 AM EST

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Calling All Gardeners is canceled, I love that show. I PROTEST! I now must write a letter!


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: doris
Zone: 3
Date: 29-Jul-03 01:29 AM EST

A note to Diane (16 July): Just to let you know that Donna Balzer is well-known to the members of both the Calgary Horticultural Society and the Calgary Rock and Alpine Garden Society (CRAGS). She is a highly respected certified horticulturalist in Alberta. As well as co-hosting BUGS and Blooms, she has written several books on gardening (I have copies of all of them). She is a regular contributor for our largest local newspaper, and a regular guest on a local CBC radio gardening phone-in program. She is a popular speaker at local society meetings and at home and garden expos. Donna is also a successful garden consultant. Last spring, I hired her to help me redesign my front yard, and I am thrilled with the plans she made. Check out her website at: www.gardenguru.net. She is every bit as knowledgeable as Ken Beattie but, unfortunately, is not as relaxed as Ken in front of the camera. I wish I could speak on behalf of her partner, Todd R. (I can't remember how to spell his last name, so I won't attempt it) but I don't known him personally. However, I do know that he has won an industry award as host of Bugs and Blooms. Donna and Todd may be slightly inhibited on video (prairie people don't get their own TV shows as often as people out East, so we don't get the practice!) , but rest assured that they are genuine gardeners.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: dm
Zone: 3a
Date: 29-Jul-03 01:57 AM EST

Gardener's Journal is one of my favourites. Has no one else noticed that ALL of this year's episodes are repeats of last year's? When I e-mailed HGTV in early spring to ask why there were no new episodes, and no Calling All Gardeners, the reply was that the producers stopped making both those shows!! Perhaps we should start a petition to get them back?!?

Ken Beattie is also a favourite, and his new set--the potting shed--is a huge improvement over the kitchen. He seems to only get testy with callers who try to sneak in an "illegal" second question. I really liked his "Ken on Call" sections this year. Hope he does more.

David Tarrant is certainly missed. I hope he's working on a book.

Bugs and Blooms has had some good shows. The production needs to improve, though. Sometimes the background music is so loud you can barely hear the voices. The two hosts should rely less on a memorized script and just talk to the viewers. There has been improvement during the second season.

On the other hand, Mark Cullen should do more rehearsing and less ad-lib. Someone who has to constantly rephrase what he has just said ("That is to say...") has not clearly thought-out his message. As an co-owner--at least until recently, as I understand--of a nursery, he should also be more careful of plant names and pronunciations.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: GertrudeJekyll
Zone: 5b
Date: 29-Jul-03 10:36 AM EST

Calling all Gardners just gets too boring sometimes but the set decoration is always stunning. More garden tour shows are needed, desperately. Everyone loves to peek through other people's fence posts to get a look at their gardens, it's human nature. I think Des Kennedy should host his own show - he's hilarious. Garden show hosts need to find more of an unscripted sense of humour, they are often way too uptight. Gardens are not uptight, and the shows should reflect that a bit more.

My favorite is Recreating Eden. The narrator's voice is so calming and watching the beautiful gardens and learning about their keepers is truly facinating.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Jim
Zone: 8
Date: 29-Jul-03 12:31 PM EST

David Tarrant will be back next spring with a new show on H&G


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: doris
Zone: 3
Date: 30-Jul-03 12:16 AM EST

Forgot to mention in my previous message that Donna Balzer has also contributed 12 articles to this very website. Check out the articles archive.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Julie
Zone: 4
Date: 07-Aug-03 03:21 PM EST

There is a zany garden show sat mornings out of Seattle on King TV called "Gardening With Cisco" (not sure if it is spelled Cisco or Sisco). Anyways, it is more slanted to the northwest gardener (which I am not) but he is pretty "out there". Every show he comments on some garden feature he likes and says "ooh la la". It's kind of cute.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Suzanne
Zone: 5
Date: 12-Aug-03 12:10 PM EST

I have been looking all summer for new episodes of Calling all Gardners and Gardeners Journal--I am upset to learn they have been cancelled. Does anyone have an E-mail address that could be used to let HGTV know that we want more gardening shows and less builkding projects--it is nowhere equal time-wise.I think all gardeners want good info and looks at other folks gardens.


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: dm
Zone: 3
Date: 12-Aug-03 02:07 PM EST

HGTV's website has a "Contact us" link. Click on it, and you're set to send your message. I contacted them earlier this spring with the same concerns about Kathy Renwald's shows. Maybe if more people e-mailed, new episodes would be filmed. (www.hgtv.ca)


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: dawn
Zone: 3
Date: 12-Aug-03 05:57 PM EST

I've been calling HGTV for a couple of years now. I was tired of this season's show being the same as last year's and the year before. I was also very disappointed to find out that some of the shows from hgtv.com (U.S.) were not available in Canada and if they were, they are about 2 or 3 years old. It appears the U.S. dictates when and what we can watch here. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm tired of paying a premium price for "cable" and getting maybe 5 or 6 weeks of "new" programming, and then having to watch re-runs the rest of the current year and possibly the next 2 or 3. Are we simply subsidizing the Americans here? I think we should also contact the CRTC when we email HGTV. I figure that the last 6 years that I have paid for HGTV I have received maybe 12 weeks of "new" shows. Pathetic!


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: Ramblin' Rose
Zone: 8a
Date: 13-Aug-03 07:49 AM EST

My favourite to boot has been the HGTV show, "Recreating Eden" and I love the Ground Force team!


Subject: RE: favourite garden tv shows
From: PatA
Zone: 3
Date: 06-Sep-03 08:49 PM EST

I'm with you Ramblin' Rose, Ground Force is great! My husband will watch if it's a rainy day episode (note Charlie's t-shirts) Recreating Eden is beautiful, very inspirational.

Not quite a garden show but one of my favourites is At Home with Herbs. Now these people are laid back. Production is low budget but all in all very informative. It's coming back on air on ONE channel so you know the kind of spiritual/wholistic aproach you are in for. It will be repeats as well because they only filmed one maybe two seasons but well worth the watch. If you ever get the chance check out host Richard White's Hazelwood Herb Farm nursery on Vancouver Island. Quite the little treasure. Web site is www.hazelwoodherbfarm.com


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