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The Timber Press podcast

The Timber Press gardening podcast highlights conversations with our authors, the experts and authorities in the gardening world and beyond, from design to sustainability, edibles to ornamentals. You can subscribe to the podcast using iTunes or RSS.

Rick Darke

Rick Darke is a landscape design consultant, author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes. Darke served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for twenty years, and in 1998 he received the Scientific Award of the American Horticultural Society.

Read more about Rick Darke.

View The Living Landscape, the latest book from Rick Darke.

Episode #49:

Rick Darke interview, part 5 of 5

Rick talks about getting away from the notion of "control" in our gardens, and why that doesn't mean not doing anything. (14:49)

Or you can download episode #49 as an MP3 (21.2 MB).


Episode #48:

Rick Darke interview, part 4 of 5

Rick notes the similarities between his co-author William Robinson and Charles Darwin, as well as the influence of other thinkers on our notion of "wild". (13:34)

Or you can download episode #48 as an MP3 (19 MB).


Episode #47:

Rick Darke interview, part 3 of 5

Rick discusses what's new in this edition of the 1870 book, as well as the book's connection to New York's Central Park. (11:28)

Or you can download episode #47 as an MP3 (16.2 MB).


Episode #46:

Rick Darke interview, part 2 of 5

Rick discusses the sustainability and longevity of the wild style of gardening, and the difference between mere nativism versus picking plants that work for your conditions. (12:28)

Or you can download episode #46 as an MP3 (17.5 MB).


Episode #45:

Rick Darke interview, part 1 of 5

Rick talks about the new edition of this book and how influential it's been since 1870 in terms of understanding wildness, ecology, and garden design. (12:53)

Or you can download episode #45 as an MP3 (18.6 MB).


John Greenlee

John Greenlee has been creating grass ecologies in gardens of all sizes all over the United States and Canada since 1984. He was named horticulturist of the year in 2002 by the Southern California Association of Horticulturists. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ornamental horticulture from Cal Poly, Pomona, California.

Read more about John Greenlee.

View The American Meadow Garden, the latest book from John Greenlee.

Episode #44:

John Greenlee interview, part 4 of 4

John discusses the problems with a one-size-fits-all approach for America's many different environments, as well as our obsession with perfection. (14:38)

Or you can download episode #44 as an MP3 (21.7 MB).


Episode #43:

John Greenlee interview, part 3 of 4

John discusses the aesthetics of grass ecologies, and bringing back the local grasses that once defined our communities. (12:36)

Or you can download episode #43 as an MP3 (17.9 MB).


Episode #42:

John Greenlee interview, part 2 of 4

John continues his discussion of the negative impacts of lawns — both environmental and economic — and the many benefits of meadow gardens. (17:36)

Or you can download episode #42 as an MP3 (25.7 MB).


Episode #41:

John Greenlee interview, part 1 of 4

John talks about taking care of the planet, not just decorating it, and how his book isn't just a gardening book, but a manifesto on the American lawn. (11:58)

Or you can download episode #41 as an MP3 (16.5 MB).


Love Albrecht Howard

Love Albrecht Howard has owned her landscape and garden design business since 1994. Her design work has been featured in national magazines and on the HGTV and DIY cable networks and she has taught local adult education classes in gardening as well as chemical-free lawn and land care.

Read more about Love Albrecht Howard.

View So You Want to Be a Garden Designer, the latest book from Love Albrecht Howard.

Episode #40:

Love Albrecht Howard interview, part 5 of 5

Love talks about clients who want instant gratification and shares how being a designer changes her personal approach to gardening. (10:06)

Or you can download episode #40 as an MP3 (11.9 MB).


Episode #39:

Love Albrecht Howard interview, part 4 of 5

Love talks about environmental issues, her favorite landscape features, and how to find a crew you can trust. (8:50)

Or you can download episode #39 as an MP3 (10.7 MB).


Episode #38:

Love Albrecht Howard interview, part 3 of 5

Love discusses useful education and organizations for someone starting out, dealing with difficult clients, and disasters she's experienced. (9:22)

Or you can download episode #38 as an MP3 (11.6 MB).


Episode #37:

Love Albrecht Howard interview, part 2 of 5

Love shares the best and worst parts of the job and discusses how being a successful garden designer is different from being a successful gardener. (7:38)

Or you can download episode #37 as an MP3 (9.2 MB).


Episode #36:

Love Albrecht Howard interview, part 1 of 5

Love discusses how she came to be a garden designer herself, her first client, and the toughest part about starting your own business. (9:54)

Or you can download episode #36 as an MP3 (12.4 MB).


David Deardorff

David Deardorff, Ph.D., is a plant pathologist and botanist who uses public speaking, writing, and photography to explain the science and beauty of the natural world. Together, David and his co-author, Kathryn Wadsworth, present classes and workshops with a focus on diagnosing and curing plant problems. They live and garden in Port Townsend, Washington.

Read more about David Deardorff.

View What's Wrong With My Fruit Garden?, the latest book from David Deardorff.

Episode #35:

Deardorff and Wadsworth interview, part 5 of 5

David and Kathryn give advice on plant placement as well as mites and nematodes. (14:48)

Or you can download episode #35 as an MP3 (19.1 MB).


Episode #34:

Deardorff and Wadsworth interview, part 4 of 5

David and Kathryn talk about the basics of pruning and improving your soil, as well as dealing with insects. (13:40)

Or you can download episode #34 as an MP3 (17.2 MB).


Episode #33:

Deardorff and Wadsworth interview, part 3 of 5

David and Kathryn discuss the most common misunderstandings people have about plants and how to fix them. (9:41)

Or you can download episode #33 as an MP3 (12.1 MB).


Episode #32:

Deardorff and Wadsworth interview, part 2 of 5

David and Kathryn talk about the many different maladies covered by their book, and why they only recommended organic solutions for them. (8:50)

Or you can download episode #32 as an MP3 (11.3 MB).


Episode #31:

Deardorff and Wadsworth interview, part 1 of 5

David and Kathryn explain how the book evolved as a system for diagnosing plant ailments step-by-step, and how it works for all plants in all places. (9:49)

Or you can download episode #31 as an MP3 (12.9 MB).


Debra Lee Baldwin

Read more about Debra Lee Baldwin.

View Succulents Simplified, the latest book from Debra Lee Baldwin.

Episode #30:

Debra Lee Baldwin interview, part 4 of 4

Debra discusses the sophisticated appeal of succulents and why they're better than flowers, as well as what plants to look for and buying succulents online. (14:26)

Or you can download episode #30 as an MP3 (18.8 MB).


Episode #29:

Debra Lee Baldwin interview, part 3 of 4

Debra talks about the increasing focus on plant staging — how to choose a pot, where to get them, and where to go to see the best succulent displays. (11:42)

Or you can download episode #29 as an MP3 (14.1 MB).


Episode #28:

Debra Lee Baldwin interview, part 2 of 4

Debra talks about how easy it is to care for succulents, how to deal with a succulent that you've over-watered, and the use of succulents in green roofs and as fire-retardants. (11:33)

Or you can download episode #28 as an MP3 (14.5 MB).


Episode #27:

Debra Lee Baldwin interview, part 1 of 4

Debra explains how containers make a difference for succulents, especially in colder climates. She also discusses succulents' role in basic design concepts. (13:22)

Or you can download episode #27 as an MP3 (17.1 MB).


Valerie Easton

Valerie Easton is a weekly garden columnist for Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times. She has contributed articles on gardens, homes, and the people who make them to a variety of magazines. Valerie trained as a Master Gardener and was for eighteen years the horticultural librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Read more about Valerie Easton.

View The New Low-Maintenance Garden, the latest book from Valerie Easton.

Episode #26:

Val Easton interview, part 5 of 5

Val reminds us not obsess over the details, trying to control everything. She also discusses what the criteria should be for your favorite plants. (7:44)

Or you can download episode #26 as an MP3 (11 MB).


Episode #25:

Val Easton interview, part 4 of 5

Val talks about the bane of weeding and the ultimate solution. She also discusses how organic practices actually make gardening easier. (9:47)

Or you can download episode #25 as an MP3 (13.6 MB).


Episode #24:

Val Easton interview, part 3 of 5

Val discusses succulents and hardscaping, and why native plants sometimes do — and sometimes don't — make gardening easier. (10:00)

Or you can download episode #24 as an MP3 (13.7 MB).


Episode #23:

Val Easton interview, part 2 of 5

Val talks about how lawns and edibles fit into the idea of a low-maintenance garden. (7:36)

Or you can download episode #23 as an MP3 (10.8 MB).


Episode #22:

Val Easton interview, part 1 of 5

Val explains what "low-maintenance" is and isn't, and why it's not just for beginners. She also discusses how a truly modern garden goes beyond just design to consider resources. (10:01)

Or you can download episode #22 as an MP3 (14.1 MB).


Alan L. Detrick

Alan L. Detrick is a professional photographer whose images of nature and gardens appear in media worldwide. He has lectured and conducted photography workshops at Longwood Gardens, the New York Botanical Garden, and Chanticleer Gardens, as well as for the American Horticultural Society, the Garden Club of America, and the Garden Writers Association, which named him a Fellow in 2005.

Read more about Alan L. Detrick.

View Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers, the latest book from Alan L. Detrick.

Episode #21:

Alan Detrick interview, part 6 of 6

Alan talks about photographing insects and small animals and how to make them less nervous. (6:08)

Or you can download episode #21 as an MP3 (8.2 MB).


Episode #20:

Alan Detrick interview, part 5 of 6

Alan walks us through a typical shooting scenario — considering the background, depth, and the histogram — and discusses the importance of patience. (7:53)

Or you can download episode #20 as an MP3 (10.6 MB).


Episode #19:

Alan Detrick interview, part 4 of 6

Alan talks about exposure settings and how to get them right. He also discusses why you can't fix everything in Photoshop. (10:24)

Or you can download episode #19 as an MP3 (13.9 MB).


Episode #18:

Alan Detrick interview, part 3 of 6

Alan talks about thinking in macro and finding good subjects and good light, as well as how digital compares to film. (8:38)

Or you can download episode #18 as an MP3 (11.5 MB).


Episode #17:

Alan Detrick interview, part 2 of 6

Alan talks more about equipment, including cable releases, diffusers, and reflectors, and why tripods are so useful. He also discusses what to do on those pesky windy days. (7:17)

Or you can download episode #17 as an MP3 (9.7 MB).


Episode #16:

Alan Detrick interview, part 1 of 6

Alan explains what macro photography is, what equipment you'll need — including his favorite lenses — and even how to get your family to pay for it all. (8:48)

Or you can download episode #16 as an MP3 (12 MB).


Sean Hogan

Sean Hogan is the co-founder of Cistus Design in Portland, Oregon, a nursery world-famous for its collection of rare plants and display gardens. He was formerly a horticulturist at the University of California, Berkeley Botanic Garden, where he managed the New World Desert, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, and California-cultivar gardens. He lectures widely, is a frequent contributor to horticultural journals such as Rock Garden Quarterly and Pacific Horticulture, and was the chief consultant for Flora: A Gardener's Encyclopedia.

Read more about Sean Hogan.

View Trees for All Seasons, the latest book from Sean Hogan.

Episode #15:

Sean Hogan interview, part 4 of 4

Sean talks about selecting plants for your climate that'll survive the winter. (9:00)

Or you can download episode #15 as an MP3 (12.9 MB).


Episode #14:

Sean Hogan interview, part 3 of 4

Sean talks about his favorite broad-leaved evergreens and cold-hardiness. (9:26)

Or you can download episode #14 as an MP3 (12.9 MB).


Episode #13:

Sean Hogan interview, part 2 of 4

Sean talks about the range of places where broad-leaved evergreens can grow, how local climates affect zone ratings, when leaves drop and what to do with them. (9:11)

Or you can download episode #13 as an MP3 (12.8 MB).


Episode #12:

Sean Hogan interview, part 1 of 4

Sean talks about broad-leaved evergreens, what they are, and why he thinks more people should grow them. (8:58)

Or you can download episode #12 as an MP3 (12.7 MB).


Tom Fischer

Before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2004, Tom was the editor of Horticulture magazine in Boston, Massachusetts. His experiences as a bi-coastal gardener and his inexhaustible curiosity about plants have shaped his new garden, which in 2008 was profiled in The Oregonian. A prolific writer as well as an editor, his articles have been featured in magazines such as Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, and Martha Stewart Living.

Read more about Tom Fischer.

View Perennial Companions, the latest book from Tom Fischer.

Episode #11:

Tom Fischer interview, part 2 of 2

Tom talks about watering and organic practices, what do to with plants that won't grow, going beyond aesthetics, and what's going on in his personal garden. (14:52)

Or you can download episode #11 as an MP3 (23.3 MB).


Episode #10:

Tom Fischer interview, part 1 of 2

Tom talks about successful plant combinations and thinking beyond just flowers, as well as using shape to avoid boredom and where to get new plants. (15:00)

Or you can download episode #10 as an MP3 (23.3 MB).


Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy is currently professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. He won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home.

Read more about Doug Tallamy.

View The Living Landscape, the latest book from Doug Tallamy.

Episode #9:

Doug Tallamy interview, part 5 of 5

Doug talks about what best to replace your lawn with, the most destructive landscaping practice, and the difference between native and invasive insects. (11:29)

Or you can download episode #9 as an MP3 (15.1 MB).


Episode #8:

Doug Tallamy interview, part 4 of 5

Doug talks about whether you can make a difference in the world by what you plant, and getting more plants into your yard. (9:15)

Or you can download episode #8 as an MP3 (12.4 MB).


Episode #7:

Doug Tallamy interview, part 3 of 5

Doug talks about what constitutes a "native" plant, the spread of invasive species, herbicides, and organic gardening. (9:24)

Or you can download episode #7 as an MP3 (12.5 MB).


Episode #6:

Doug Tallamy interview, part 2 of 5

Doug talks about which native plants give the most bang for the buck, finding a balance between native and non-native plants, and getting the biodiversity message out. (11:11)

Or you can download episode #6 as an MP3 (15 MB).


Episode #5:

Doug Tallamy interview, part 1 of 5

Doug talks about the crisis facing wildlife populations, how it affects us, and why insects are our friends. (8:02)

Or you can download episode #5 as an MP3 (10.5 MB).


Tracy DiSabato-Aust

Tracy DiSabato-Aust has earned international acclaim as one of America's most entertaining and knowledgeable garden writers and professional speakers. She has extensive experience in the United States and abroad with more than 35 years in the industry and is a gifted and award-winning designer who combines artistic vision with practical horticultural strategies.

Read more about Tracy DiSabato-Aust.

View The Well-Designed Mixed Garden, the latest book from Tracy DiSabato-Aust.

Episode #4:

Tracy DiSabato-Aust interview, part 4 of 4

Tracy talks about fixing your soil by amending it, and the problems of over-mulching. (7:37)

Or you can download episode #4 as an MP3 (10.8 MB).


Episode #3:

Tracy DiSabato-Aust interview, part 3 of 4

Tracy talks about more of her favorite plants, and selecting the right plant for the right place. (8:17)

Or you can download episode #3 as an MP3 (11.6 MB).


Episode #2:

Tracy DiSabato-Aust interview, part 2 of 4

Tracy shares her top tips for making your garden look professional. (9:09)

Or you can download episode #2 as an MP3 (12.8 MB).


Episode #1:

Tracy DiSabato-Aust interview, part 1 of 4

Tracy talks about how to select plants, some of her favorite plants, and how to stay sane in the garden center. (9:16)

Or you can download episode #1 as an MP3 (13 MB).