Saturday, May 06, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 149: Garden Design for Plant Collectors

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with garden designer Linda Hostetlerabout designing gardens for plant collectors. The plant profile is on Bletilla and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with Sean and Allison McManus of the Spoken Garden, who share the Last Word on why you should plant Liatris.

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Show Notes: 01:27 Meet Linda Hostetler, garden designer! 01:52 The “pot walk” 03:13 “So I learned to love nature as a kid.” 03:52 Fireflies, luna moths, and praying mantis. 05:30 “I bought a house full of ghosts…” 09:24 “Every property has a painting in it.” 11:23 What is The Plains? 17:13 Linda likes to bring her love for secrets, fantasy, and romance into her garden. 23:30 Hosta ‘Halcyon’ 26:05 “... which is probably the most revealing and demanding thing I’ve ever done in my life.” 27:30 For collections, Linda likes to keep everything simple to focus on the collector’s plants. 28:59 What does Linda use in her informal garden? 31:14 “I’m never satisfied with the garden, I’m always changing it around.” 31:40 Linda’s impatience when waiting for plants to flower. 32:48 The plants talk to Linda when she’s working in other people’s gardens. 34:50 When is non-plant material needed? 35:27 What’s the difference between “plant material” and plants? 37:14 What ornaments does Linda add for her clients? 40:30 West Coast-style containers aren’t as accepted here. 42:07 “31 years of marriage, I think I earned [a greenhouse.]” 48:25 “Mother Nature knows best,” and that’s how Linda learned to design. 49:48 “Just have fun, you can’t [go] wrong!” 51:54 Bletilla: this week’s Plant Profile! 53:36 Garden Updates: Carolina Allspice and Spirea are blooming! We are harvesting spinach, lettuce, and arugula! 54:03 Upcoming events: Bethesda Community Garden Club Plant Sale; White’s Nursery Spring Open House; Greater Brookland House and Garden Tour; Kathy’s talk for Brookside Gardens. 55:47 “Groundcover Revolution” by Kathy Jentz. 57:09 “The Urban Garden” by Kathy Jentz and Teri Speight 58:10 The Last Word on why you should plant Liatris from Sean and Allison McManus of the Spoken Garden.

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:
GardenDC Podcast Episode 53: Superior Perennials with Karen Rexrode

GardenDC Podcast Episode 89: Working with a Landscape Designer

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Jessica Harden


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