Posts in "Garden Product Previews"

MobileGro 3-Tiered Portable Planter Giveaway on Home & Family Show


The Home & Family Show on Hallmark Channel is giving away amazing products during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

I was asked to select my favorite garden product to give away this week.

I chose the MobileGro portable planter designed by Angela DiMaggio.




The MobileGro planter is constructed of strong, powder-coated metal and features heavy-duty casters that make it easy to move indoors or out.

I like the deep planters that are suitable for growing root vegetables.

Well designed, the MobileGro planter accommodates a large amount of plants and takes up very little floor space.



To enter for the drawing for the MobileGro planter, you must do the following:

1. "Like" the Home & Family show Facebook page.

2. Comment under the photo of the MobileGro planter on their Facebook page.

3. Drawing ends on Friday, Dec. 6, 2014 at midnight.


Don't waste time, get over to their Facebook page.

Good luck!



Watch my garden and landscaping segments on the "Home & Family" show, weekdays at 10am PST on the Hallmark Channel.



New Garden Products: Coverage of Independent Garden Center Show!

SnapNShapeTomato reviewed by Garden Center TV

I'm in Chicago for the Independent Garden Center Show (IGC Show) to cover and preview new garden products for my web series, "Garden Center TV."


Watch this short Garden Center TV highlight reel.


Don't tell me you never heard of my "Garden Center TV" series!

I think you may be interested in it after I tell what it's about.


Garden Center TV with Shirley & Garden Bloggers preview new garden products


I started the Garden Center TV web series three years ago and have released a few select videos to my  Youtube channel of the same name.


Recently, I've developed a partner website where gardening fanatics like you and me can upload and share photos and videos of garden products and plants that we have used and recommend..or don't recommend!


Garden Center TV website garden product previews

Screenshot of Garden Center TV community website.

I love it when people "tell it like it is!"


Back to the Independent Garden Center Show….

The "IGC Show," (as it is referred to by people who  shorten their phrases to save time), is among the top rated garden industry shows in the nation and is starting to enjoy more press coverage these days.

Once a year, local garden center owners trek to Chicago to attend this world class show to preview and purchase the latest gardening products and plants for their stores.



SnapNShapeTomato reviewed by Garden Center TV

A tomato shaper? Yes, I found this at the IGC Show last year.


With full video crew in tow, I tape segments of some of my favorite product finds, I interview garden product creators, ( usually a gardener with a great story to tell) and I get other garden bloggers and experts involved in the show!


The UCAN watering system on Garden Center TV

Have you heard of the UCAN watering can? It's beyond "normal."


On Garden Center TV, you will see Shawna Coronado of the Casual Gardener, Kylee Baumle of  Our Little Acre blog, Mary Ann Newcomer of "Gardens of the Wild West,"  Robin Horton of Urban Gardens Web, Jenny Peterson of J Peterson Garden Design plus garden guru, P Allen Smith and many others reviewing garden products!



Garden Center TV Product Review Experts and bloggers in Chicago for Independent Garden Center Show



We have a great time taping together and along with my other show, Garden World Report, it is one of the few times that you will see award winning garden bloggers and writers on screen together!


Look for upcoming articles about how to select plants & trees for purchase, gardening tools, fertilizers, soils and more.


If you are a Twitter user, please friend the show, @GardenCenterTV and follow my tweets this week from the IGC show.

There will be dozens of other garden media members Tweeting from the show for comprehensive IGC Show coverage!

I'll be using the hashtags #IGC11 and #GardenCenterTV and posting photos and videos.

You can also "Like" Garden Center TV on Facebook.


As a person interested in gardening, I'd love to have a conversation with about what you have used in your garden or would like to buy for your garden in the future.


Do you need some advice?

I'll answer your questions!

We will be adding giveaway and contests for garden products and plant soon!


I encourage Garden Center TV members (free) to create a personal profile, upload photos or videos of garden products they have used , and share details.

  • Name of product
  • Price they paid
  • Short description
  • Information website
  • Opinions- would they buy it/use it again?

Through the community, gardeners learn from each other about the "great waterfall skimmer" they purchased and other details like this that help us create our gardens!


Garden photos are labeled "Garden-Razzi" for the fun of it!

You get to rate the videos and photos and let your inner critic shine.


I'm having a great time browsing through the videos and photos and many more will be uploaded once I return from the IGC Show.


Will you join me at Garden Center TV?

I'm waiting to say "Hi" to you, so get over there now!

Just don't forget to come back to EdenMakers for garden design ideas and inspiration.








Independent Garden Show Twitter and Facebook!

Gardening fans, you can follow my garden product and plant discoveries on my Facebook and Twitter accounts.

fudge vendor

I'm at the world's largest gardening tradeshow in Chicago, the "IGC Show" and I'm "twittering" and updating my facebook daily and posting photos of some of the products that I will be videotaping today for my online garden product series, "Garden Center TV!"


moss milk shake

So far, I've got the new "Moss Milkshake" on my list,"invisible plant hangers," the new drought tolerant lawn, "Eco Lawn" and much more.

Stay tuned for more Garden Center TV updates from Eden Maker, Shirley Bovshow!

Independent Garden Center Show 2009: Here I Come!

Chicago, make way!

chicago street

The streets of Chicago may be congested, but I’m impressed with the beautiful streetscapes of this old windy city.

The gardening world will be descending upon you this week for the world’s largest garden trade show. The Independent Garden Center Show (IGC Show) is where local, independently owned garden center owners preview and purchase products for their stores.

I have nothing against big box stores, but I do my best to support my local nursery.

How about you?

Last year, I was introduced to some clever and useful gardening products and videotaped many of them for my Garden Center TV website.


One of these products was “Cowpots”, a plantable pot made from what else? Cow dung! You can plant and fertilize at the same time!

If you haven’t visited Garden Center TV yet, I invite you to do so. I will be posting a whole series of video blogs in the upcoming weeks featuring the latest and best for your garden- according to this Eden maker!

Check out this video highlighting “Potlifters” a low-tech but very efficient strapping system that helps you lift heavy objects in the garden.

GCTV is a video sharing site for the gardening industry, but “curious gardeners” are always welcome!

Lechuza “Self Watering” Plant Containers!

Lechuza Self Watering Containers


The Lechuza, "Self Watering" Plant containers were a hit at the Independent Garden Center Show, Chicago.


Garden Center TV: Post #5


The reason why I have failed with some of my container plants is because of improper watering.

Sometimes I over-watered my plants and "killed them with kindness" and other times I didn't give them enough water and they died a slow, thirsty death.

Sound familiar?


I was intrigued when I saw an ad in a garden trade magazine for "self-watering" plant containers by Lechuza.

I wasn't paying attention to the  self watering feature at first, I just liked the way they looked.


Once I noticed that the planters were designed with a sub-irrigation system, I was curious to see them  up close.

Take a look at this short video where I interview Anton Van Zevenbergen, of Lechuza.  

 Anton explains how the planter works.


When used correctly, the planter can maintain a plant for up to 12 weeks with no human intervention!


The Lechuza self watering containers come in different styles, sizes and shapes and are available at your independent garden centers throughout the country.


 The planters are lightweight and very convenient to use.


Watch the whole video series of  Garden Center TV posts!

Post #1: "Monrovia Growers: Would You Like Some Design Inspiration to go with that Plant?"

Post #2: "Hort Couture Plants for the Plantonista?"

Post #3: "An Indoor Plant Named "Tweed that Looks Like Weed!"

Come visit me again at Eden Makers Blog,


Visit the Garden Center TV website and community to preview new garden products from around the world and share your opinion about them!


Have You Tried the Back-Saving “Potlifter” in Your Garden?

Garden Center TV Post #4

Independent Garden Center Show 2008


Gardening can provide a great physical workout especially when you are involved in sustained gardening activity. I  even enjoy lifting heavy objects because I can skip my weight lifting routine at the gym and build muscle mass while outdoors! While these benefits are great, I’ve also been known to be a little over-zealous lifting the heavy stuff and have ended up with hernias and back aches.

While at the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago recently, I came across a product that must have been made especially for me- the “Potlifter.” The Potlifter is a versatile lifting tool designed to help move heavy and awkward-to lift objects such as large flowerpots, landscaping stones, tree root balls, heavy soil, cement or mulch bags and much more. 

Designed to be used by two people, the Potlifter is an ergonomic lifting tool that uses a strap system that will help you lift up to 200 pounds and comes with a lifetime warranty. 

Check out my video interview with the inventor of the Potlifter, Dan and watch us lift a heavy boulder together with ease!

The Potlifter is available at Independent Garden Centers throughout the United States and is affordable with prices averaging about $30.- this  is a lot cheaper than back surgery!

Watch the whole video series of  Garden Center TV posts!

Post #1: “Monrovia Growers: Would You Like Some Design Inspiration to go with that Plant?”

Post #2:  “Hort Couture Plants for the Plantonista?“ 

Post #3:  “An Indoor Plant Named “Tweed that Looks Like Weed!”

Come visit me again at Eden Makers Blog,

Garden Center TV: Hort Couture for the “Plantonista!”


Independent Garden Center Show, Chicago

''Hort Couture,'' is a plant brand  with an unconventional marketing plan.

The name is a play on the word "haute couture," or "high fashion" as it is referred to in the fashion design world.

Jim and Jennifer Monroe, founders of Hort Couture,  had a clever idea to create a "fashion-inspired" line of plants that would capture the attention of the non-gardening market by appealing to their "inner plantanista" and desire for stylish living.


Stylish living, after all, includes beautiful outdoor living "spaces," or as us dirty hand gardeners refer to, "gardens." 


Has the "House of Hort Couture" come to your area yet? I want to know!

They accomplished this with unique packaging and by offering the the most in-demand plant varieties of succulents, tropicals, edibles, phormiums, and specialty annuals and perennials.


"Fashion for the garden at an accessible price" is how Jennifer Monroe describes her Hort Couture plant collections.

Apparently, they must be on to something, because demand for the brand is growing fast, according to Jennifer.


The plants come in chic white pots that are decorated with black diamonds and gold Fleur de lis.

These pots look ready  "as is,"  for decorating a table or for special events.

They also offer an eco-pot made out of black rice hulls- their answer to the "little black dress." 


Check out my video interview with Jennifer Monroe of Hort Couture



Their vegetable and herb collections have names such as "Designer Basils," "Connoisseur Veggies," (tomatoes), "Salsa in the City," (cilantro, garlic, jalapenos and tomatoes), and other names borrowed from the fashion design vernacular.


Exciting gifts like this Box of Succulents is what I want to receive!


For approximately $30  dollars, this is sure to become a Hort Couture favorite!



Hort Couture brand plants may be targeted to the non gardener who wants to dress up their home, but I think the seasoned gardener will also appreciate the quality of their plants.


I know the difference between a fine specimen and a lesser quality plant, and the plants I previewed looked healthy, vibrant and seemed to be grown with care. 

If these plants are not much more expensive than non- brand plants, as I was told, then they are worth a look.


Hort Couture plants are available at independent garden centers throughout the country and can be found where ever you see the stylishly dressed model display that represents the brand. 


Missed Garden Center TV Post #1 on Monrovia Growers? Go here