Columnist's Garden Showcased on PBS Show

By For, Susan Mulvihill | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), June 4, 2017 | Go to article overview

Columnist's Garden Showcased on PBS Show


For, Susan Mulvihill, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)


IN THE GARDEN

It all began with a simple email in March 2016:

"Hey, Susan, I have a question for you. With your love of gardening, birding and nature, we are considering doing features on special gardeners. I think you definitely qualify! When would be the ideal time to show off your garden on TV? And does this even sound of interest to you?"

That email was sent by Joe Lamp'l, host of the popular PBS gardening show, "Growing a Greener World." To say it had an impact on my garden season would be an understatement.

I've known Joe through my affiliation with the Association for Garden Communicators and have long been a fan of his program, which showcases those who garden sustainably.

Knowing this should be a joint decision, I consulted my husband, Bill. His response of "Sure, why not?" - instead of "Are you crazy?!" - was a pleasant surprise.

After sending a reply, the full enormity of what we were getting ourselves into suddenly hit. While our simple country garden gives us so much joy and feeds us year-round, we wondered if it would be appealing and inspiring to the fans of "Growing a Greener World."

We soon learned Joe and his cameraman Carl - who are both based in Atlanta - would fly to Spokane in early August. After hearing this was their only opening for filming an episode, our hearts sank. After all, whose garden looks good in August?

Bill and I proceeded to make a list of what needed to be done to make our garden camera-ready: new edging around some of the front and back perennial beds, weeding, planting, more weeding, pruning, primping ... oh, and did I mention weeding? I've never weeded so much in my life.

As our luck would have it, we had a couple of minor catastrophes along the way:

One of the centerpieces of our back garden - a gorgeous flowering crabapple - decided to die. …

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