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“Garden Inspiration for Spring!”

Shirley Bovshow reporting for Garden World Report

"Garden Inspiration for Spring" is the theme for the season premiere of the Garden World Report Show as well as a number of other exciting stories.


This is the first show of the new season for  the Garden World Report which is now being shot in HD quality.

I'm also very jazzed about a couple of new video series that are making their debut on the Garden World Report show.


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Nicholas Staddon of Monrovia preparing to tape his segment on botanical latin. 


New Series: "Say it in Botanical Latin"

"Say it in Botanical Latin," is a short 40-second video that will teach you how to pronounce the botanical names of plants.

This new series will be incorporated into the Garden World Report show and be available by demand on the website.

This is the first video series on botanical latin  and I'm very proud to bring it to my audience!


Nicholas Staddon, who is in charge of new plant introductions for Monrovia, (one of the largest plant growers in North America), will teach us how to properly pronounce the botanical name of a popular plant.

I love Nicholas's English accent, and his relaxed manner and sense of humor will put you at ease.


Isn't it about time we had a video series on botanical plant names?



New Series: "Garden Authority TV"

Another new series being introduced through Garden World Report  is called, "Garden Authority TV."

Garden Authority TV is another original series I created which features the world's most popular garden authors  presenting gardening tips, "how-to's," and insights on subjects that they have written about.

The signature "sign off" on "Garden Authority TV," is the playful line, "I know what I'm talking about, I wrote a book on the subject!"

How can you argue with that?


Award winning author, Debra Prinzing of "Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways" starts off the series talking about creative ways to add light to your garden shed.




Garden Inspiration from Garden Shows and Tours!

Those of you who are suffering from "cabin fever "get ready for some "arm chair travel!"

The Garden World Report Show takes you to the North West Flower and Garden Show,  a garden tour in Australia, and a glamorous, "Hollywood" garden party  hosted by Garden Design Magazine!



Robin Haglund                                               Christina Salwitz

Contributors Christina Salwitz, known as the "Personal Garden Coach" and  "Garden Mentor," Robin Haglund share their reports from the NWFG show in Washington state.

Robin takes us on a "behind the scenes" look at the building of an award winning show garden.


You won't believe how these gardens are built!


Shirley with Neville Passmore (l) and Trevor Cochrane (r), hosts of Australia's most popular garden TV show, the "Garden Gurus!"


Popular garden television star from Australia, Trevor Cochrane, host of the "Garden Gurus"  TV show joins the Garden World Report contributor team.

Trevor will give us a tour of his garden and will return to future shows as the "globe trotting" garden guru.



Starting Seeds and "What to Do While Waiting for Spring."


Garden World Report contributor, Brenda Haas of Ohio

Brenda Haas                                                                                 Kylee Baumle


Popular contributors, Brenda Haas and Kylee Baumle return for the new season with some inspiring garden project ideas.

Brenda shares her seed-saving and sowing tips and Kylee has a list of creative ways for cold climate gardeners to stay active while waiting for the snow to melt.


These two are so motivating that it makes me wish for some snow in my LA garden too!


All photos Copyright Photo Courtesy Jennifer Kelley Lublin Photography


Shirley with celebrated designer, Lory Johansson and her client, award-winning producer, RJ Cutler of "September Issue."

Cutler's yard is Garden Design magazine's, March cover story.

I'm taking my  viewers behind the scenes to Garden Design Magazine's, "Hollywood" party to celebrate the launch of it's March, celebrity garden  issue!

I was there last week with my  GWReport crew and photographer, (they call them "paparazzi" in Hollywood).



All photos Copyright Photo Courtesy Jennifer Kelley Lublin Photography


Watch my interviews  with  the editors of Garden Design magazine,  garden authors and garden designers at this premiere event!

This is as glamorous as gardening gets in North America!


News Flash: The editors of Garden Design magazine have agreed to be monthly contributors to the Garden World Report show. We will now be able to drop in on their editorial meetings and listen to their discussions about the next month's issue!

This is another first in garden media.

I can't wait to see how this first rate magazine selects gardens for their cover stories and more.


For more information about the Garden Design magazine party, visit my friend and Garden World Report contributor, Jane Gates who wrote a series of articles about the Garden Design bash on her blog and on her site.

Jane is an expert about chaparral plants and will be reporting on her specialty soon!

Look for her, she is a bounty of knowledge!


Yolanda Vanveen- online garden video diva!


Don't let the little photo fool you, Yolanda Vanveen has a HUGE presence online!

Yolanda has appeared in over 2000 gardening videos that are syndicated all over the web.

Yolanda joins the team of contributors on the Garden World Report show and has a special message for our viewers.

It took me a couple of months to plan this show and I hope that you all enjoy it.

I now have a talented and professional editor who has relieved me of my editing duties so you will notice the difference in the production quality of the show.

Thank God, I needed some help!

Please enjoy the show and feel free to embed the video player on your blog and make sure to tell your friends about the "new garden TV" online at the Garden World Report show!

Holiday Gift Ideas From the Garden

Mixed lettuce bouquet makes a great hostess gift!

There are many holiday gift ideas waiting for you right outside your door in the garden!


Use Plants and Recycled Materials!

It's another "recession Christmas" for most people but I'm not going to let this financial challenge get in the way of my gift giving this holiday season!

So, get ready my friends for your "living gifts" from the garden.


Here are seven of my favorite projects and crafts that I've culled from past Eden Maker blog posts to inspire you!



1. Mixed Lettuce Bouquet (or other seasonal vegetable)


Mixed lettuce bouquet makes a great hostess gift!


I put together this mixed lettuce bouquet from my garden as an unconventional hostess gift.

I picked the lettuce thirty minutes before leaving the house to preserve as much freshness as possible.

The  lettuce leaves were washed and rolled in a moistened paper towel and aluminum foil.

Read the rest of the post: "Unconventional Hostess Gift: Mixed Lettuce Bouquet



2. Palm Frond Recycled as a Succulent Planter!




Is the wind blowing palm fronds onto your street?

Don't be so fast to throw away this debris.

I was impressed with some clever succulent planters that were created by a group of  Los Angeles Arboretum volunteers using re purposed natural materials like palm fronds and hollowed tree stumps..

Read the rest of the post  "Succulent Planters: Would You Believe Palm Fronds?


3. "Living Tapestry Pillow"

This succulent pillow is a  Shirley original, as far as I know, (a vision came to me for it while watching Citizen Kane ).

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places!


I created the "Living Succulent Tapestry Pillow"  for my  presentation at the "Epcot International Flower and Garden Show" in Disney World last year.

Read the rest of the post  "Living Tapestry Pillow"



4. Miniature Rose Garden in a Container!


What do you do with those cute miniature roses that you can buy at the supermarket, big box store or discount outlet?

Take them out of their pots and make them the star of a container miniature rose garden!

Read the rest of the post "Create a Miniature Rose Garden in a Container!"



5. Hanging Edible Container Garden

This hanging, edible container garden makes a great gift.

Re-purpose kitchen items that can handle water as containers for planting herbs, like this onion hanger  from the "Dollar Store."

Read the rest of the post "Edible Gardening Containers from the Dollar Store" for more ideas like this.




6. "Antique Dresser Re-purposed as a Potting Table!"

Repurpose an antique dresser as a potting table!



Upcycle an antique dresser as a potting table!

Are you handy with a paint brush?

Here's an idea from one of my garden makeover segments on HGTV.

An antique dresser can make a great potting table.

Read the rest of the post "Garden Furniture as Art!" for a few other clever  gift ideas for the DIY'er to make.



7. "Artistic" Container Garden

Plants are inexpensive and mixed with "garden sculptures" or re-purposed decor, they can be transformed into an artistic, one-of-a-kind gift!

Read the rest of the post "Container Gardens That Catch the Eye!" for more ideas like this.


I hope some of these ideas provide a stimulus for your own creative gifts from the garden!

Thanks for reading and I invite you to watch my weekly, online Garden TV talk show, "Garden World Report."

The latest Garden World Report Show is called, "Garden Center Holiday Tour" and features tours of garden centers all over the country decked out for the holidays and more!

Portable Raised Garden Beds for the Urban Square Foot Gardener

Portable garden planter


"Portable raised garden beds for the urban square foot gardener."

I don't think I've ever written such a long blog title, but it works!


It's exciting to be able to present some space efficient options for those of you who are short on yard space but big on dreams of growing your own food.

One of the most important characteristics of all the raised container gardens presented here is that they are all portable!

When you live in an apartment or townhouse it's helpful to have portable gardens so that you can use your patio or balcony more efficiently.

If you are entertaining and need more space for furniture, roll your gardens out of the way!

Temporarily, of course.


Let's take a look at some  gardening options for apartment and small space gardeners.


1. The Home Allotment Planting Bags by Burgon & Ball


Don't let the beautiful willow basket fool you! Soil will not bleed through the wicker slots because there is a "grow bag" inside the basket.


The planting bags come in three sizes for different plants: Herb Planting Bag, Salad Planting Bag, Vegetable Planting Bag & Potato Planting Bag.

You guessed it, the potato planting bag is the deepest.


I recommend that these allotment planting bags be set on top of a 1 or 2" inch layer of pea gravel to lift the bottom of the baskets away from standing water.

A less expensive alternative to this stylish system is to grow your vegetable directly in an open bag of soil or even a potato chip bag!

Yes, you can even grow tomatoes with their deep root systems this way.

The roots will spread laterally.



2. Self-Watering Stacking Planters by Nancy Jane

stacking planters


These sturdy stacking containers can be stacked up to 10-tiers high.

That's a lot of planting space and the system is self watering for extra appeal.

Excess water from the top levels drain to lower levels where the water is caught in a removable tray.

I appreciate the rolling casters on these stacking planters so the garden can be moved around.

Vertical gardening is a smart approach when lateral space is at a minimum.





3. Eleanor's Garden ("Just Add Water") Raised Container Gardens

.eleanor's garden


What sets Eleanor's Garden apart from the other two is this container garden comes with the soil and seeds!

The "gardener," (and I use the term loosely), just has to water the instant vegetable garden.

Eleanor's Garden is a complete, compact and portable garden kitchen that is delivered to your door.


Anyone can assemble the garden bed in less than an hour and the proprietary drainage system lets you garden in a variety of locations.




If you are into  modern or contemporary design, the clean lines of Eleanor's Garden may appeal to you.


Here is some more information on this instant garden as presented on Eleanor's Garden website:

The beds are made of durable, lightweight plastic and can be moved depending on the amount of sun your fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers need. Eleanor's Garden Basic Kit comes complete with:

  • 1 garden bed  24 x 24 x 8" that provides 4 square feet of gardening space
  • 1 Quick-Start Guide  Instructions for quick and easy assembly
  • Coconut Peat growing medium – No need to drag bags of soil home from the nursery
  • 2 square foot dividers  provide a total of 4 individual square feet of gardening space
  • 4 packets of vegetable seeds. Plant a different vegetable in each of the 4 square feet
  • 4 legs  Makes raised bed gardening easy
  • 1 drainage field mat Made from non-woven 100% recycled plastic, the lightweight mat creates even, thorough drainage and allows oxygen to reach the vegetable roots.No need for rocks!
  • 1 drain outlet.  Allows recycling of water. Collect the runoff and use it again for your next watering
  • 1 watering cup.  Makes it easy to water individual square foot sections as needed
  • 1 drainage connector. Allows you to connect the drainage systems of separate boxes
  • 3 drain plugs. Let you control which side of the box your water will drain. Great for balconies so you won't flood your neighbors below

Eleanor's Garden is available for purchase at independent garden centers across the USA.



This is a system that I like because of the planter design itself.


The square foot grid appeals to me!



Everyone should thank Mel Bartholomew, author of the "Square Foot Garden Book."


Mel invented the "square foot  gardening" system that allows one to plant in square foot grids to maximize crop yield.


Now the whole world is "square foot gardening!"




For those of you who like to recyle or repurpose materials, take a look at my "Recyled Wood Tree Box as Raised Vegetable Planter" post on my Foodie Gardener blog!

Landscape tree boxes can be found for free, (or cheap) at landscape projects.



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