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On the Down the Garden Path Podcast, landscape designer Joanne Shaw discusses down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes. She believes it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

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Jun 12, 2023

In this episode of Down the Garden Path, Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing are joined by Tamara Urben-Imbeault from Plantzza Hut to discuss how to select, care for, and grow carnivorous plants.

Here are some of the questions and topics covered in this episode:

  • Tell us what inspired you to found Plantzza Hut. 
  • How are carnivorous plants different from what we might consider a traditional plant?
  • What do carnivorous plants eat? 
  • If we don’t have insects to feed them, how can we keep them healthy?
  • What are some of the common carnivorous plants people find in garden centres?
  • How many different species are there and where are they native to? 
  • In Ontario, we know carnivorous plants to be tropical indoor plants. Are there any that are hardy here?
  • What are some of your favourite carnivorous plants?
  • How are carnivorous plants produced? Is it the same way annuals and perennials are started in the nursery?
  • Carnivorous plants indoors: How do we care for them? Is it easy?
  • Carnivorous plants outdoors: How do we care for them? Is it easy?
  • What are some of the common pests and diseases that affect carnivorous plants?

Where can you find Tamara and Plantzza Hut online?


Instagram: @plantzzahut

Facebook: Carnivorous Plant Club Toronto & GTA

Carnivorous Plant Society of Canada

California Carnivores  

Resources mentioned during the show

Down the Garden Path: A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden

Down the Garden Path Podcast

Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade. A horticulturist and landscape designer, Matthew Dressing owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, they do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and useful topics to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.

In their new book, Down the Garden Path: A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden, Joanne and Matthew distill their horticultural and design expertise and their combined experiences in helping others create and maintain thriving gardens into one easy-to-read monthly reference guide. It's now available on Amazon.

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