The Gardener on Lifestyles 55 Radio

The Gardener on Lifestyles 55 Radio

Lifestyles 55 Radio (digital) serves the same audience providing music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, reaching out to other decades on occasion and offering fun and entertaining talk about the issues of the day and more.

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September 21, 2022 66 min

We spend an hour with former Shelmerdine owner, Jan Pedersen, who is a wonderful garden designer with shrubs. He tells us how to refresh out favourite shrubs after they have completed their first flush in the spring, whether this means flowering or spring foliage colour.

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Our old friend Kevin Twomey comes to chat with us about what has been going on in the growing world this summer. On one hand it has been hot and humid most of the summer after a heavy rainfall this spring, and that was good for some plants – many trees for instance. But some plants did quite the opposite.

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July 15, 2022 60 min

Some people are born into their calling and tree man – Tree Dog -- Dave Lutes is one of those. From the first moment he took a job planting trees, he understood this was the life for him. He was captivated and has never looked back despite some serious falls and many broken bones and other parts. “I learned from every experience,” he says proudly, adding that he learns from others but enjoys imparting what he knows.

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July 6, 2022 55 min

The Schriemer name has been synonymous with gardening for 50 years and now a third generation of Schriemer’s has dedicated his life to plants. Harry Schriemer’s son, Matt, the 6-foot, 7-inch former wonder on the volleyball court, bought Patterson’s Greenhouse on Roblin Blvd. in Winnipeg about four years ago and he has carried on Marge Patterson’s tradition of excellence.

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May 12, 2022 57 min
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How deep should a raised garden be? Should your garden have a floor or not? How do you keep a raised garden hydrated and how often should you water? How can you tell if the garden needs water? What can you grow in a raised garden and more importantly, what should you NOT grow in a raised garden? What kind of soil should you use and where should you locate the garden? How much can you grow, how far apart should you plant things, can...

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You know spring is most here when Preferred Perch store owner, Sherrie Versluis comes on the air to talk about our feathered friends.  We have been hearing and seeing flocks of geese honking overhead and Sherrie says the puffy little dark-eyed juncos are back. 

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Even though it is the middle of March and the earth in middle Canada is covered with four feet of snow, spring is in the air. It is hard to believe, says Kevin, that last year, at this time, it was plus 12 C and there was no snow!

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Are you a gardener with a passion for plants but wish you knew more about his whole fascinating world? Maybe you should consider becoming a Master Gardener. Marilyn Dudek, one of Manitoba’s first master gardeners tells us she reached her dream and helped other Manitobans with a like passion, discover how they could do the same.

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February 24, 2022 75 min

Tim Chapman is the CEO of the International Peace Garden, a beautiful place on the border of Manitoba and North Dakota where you can move seamlessly from one country to another without interference.

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John Barrett, vice president of Veseys Seeds met Dorothy way back in Winnipeg before he moved to Prince Edward Island and became a garden man.

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February 2, 2022 65 min

Dorothy Talks to Mr. Tomato, Brian, about his leadership in the garden product world. He tells how his gardening interests started back when he was only 11 years old, and his mother would have him mow the grass with an old rotary lawn mower. He was captivated by the smell of fresh grass, and he remembers distinctly the feeling it gave him.

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Kevin and Dorothy spend a soothing hour or so talking about the wonderful things in the world that make life worthwhile. Listen while you go for a walk in the forest or spend a quiet afternoon dreaming of spring.

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January 20, 2022 68 min

Shea and Dorothy talk about what to be planting right now: garlic chives, everbearing strawberries and Asclepias (the red ones).

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Jan Pedersen’s personal garden is kaleidoscope of colour, shape, texture and form all created by his skill in landscaping with trees and shrubs. Jan, who was once the co-owner of Shelmerdine Garden Centre, the largest garden centre in Manitoba, also spent 10 years working for one of the foremost growers of hardy shrubs and trees in Canada, Bylands Nurseries out of Kelowna. Jan is a knowledgeable guy.

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Dorothy Dobbie and Matt Vinet of Green Drop Trees discuss the world of Winnipeg trees. They touch on the special trees of this is city and indeed the province. Why do we see lone trees set against the vast prairie sky in the middle of a field with no other trees for miles around? Were they planted by some former pioneer or by a passing bird?

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January 2, 2022 55 min

The Year of the Garden 2022 is a celebration of our national garden culture and also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

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Kevin Twomey returns home from an eco-conference in the United States. He is filled with wonder and excitement over what he learned, and he shares his excitement with Dorothy.

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Dorothy and Shea discuss how to keep your favourite houseplants alive and healthy. They talk about why poinsettias lose their leaves when you bring them home from the shop and how to prevent this.

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When was the last time you went to the International Peace Garden or even thought about the fact that this one-of-a-kind garden straddles the border between Canada and the United States near Boissevain? Today, current chair of the board, Dorothy Dobbie, and former Chair (and awardee of a Manitoba 150 medal) Charlie Thomsen, take you on a journey of discovery into how the garden came to be and how it looks now.

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