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On the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes.

Joanne and Matthew believe it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

Each week, they educate their listeners on how to seasonally manage their gardens and landscapes. Joanne and Matt learn right along with their listeners, from each other, from their research, and from the many guests who join them on their show. 

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Nov 10, 2020

This month on Down the Garden Path, we’re speaking with gardening authors about their interesting and informative books. In this episode, we head to our bookshelves to take a closer look at Houseplant Party: Fun Projects & Growing Tips for Epic Indoor Plants by author Lisa Eldred Steinkopf.

Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is The Houseplant Guru and features all things houseplants on her blog Lisa grew up in rural mid-Michigan, where being immersed in nature everyday nurtured her love for all things outdoors, especially plants. Living “down the road” from her grandma meant spending a lot of time watching her lavish attention on her African violets and other houseplants. This is where the love for them began.

Also an avid outdoor gardener, Lisa has a column for Michigan Gardener magazine. She has written for,,, Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, and the houseplant section of Allan Armitage’s Greatest Perennials and Annuals app. She lectures extensively around the country, spreading the word about the importance of houseplants and how to care for them.

Lisa’s latest book is Houseplant Party: Fun Projects and Growing Tips for Epic Indoor Plants. This fun book is not only about growing plants but also about making projects that will add to the beauty of your plants. Have fun with your plants! The projects include building shadow boxes, air plant displays, macrame and so much more. There is something for every age and “crafty” level. It includes basic plant care and also more advanced techniques such as bonsai and grafting cactus.

Tune into this week's podcast to learn more about houseplants with our guest, author Lisa Eldred Steinkopf.

Lisa answers a few of our questions:

  • Tell us about your blog, The Houseplant Guru.
  • What inspired you to write your new book?
  • What are some of your favourite, fun projects in Houseplant Party?
  • Share your growing tips to help our listeners grow epic plants.
  • Tell us about the other books she's written.

You can learn more about how to purchase Lisa's books here, find her online at and on social media:

Join us in November for more conversations with gardening authors:

  • 23rd: Daryl Beyers, author of The New Gardener's Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Grow a Beautiful Garden
  • 30th: Solar Power with Ray Jarvis of Solar Direct Canada

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.

And Matthew Dressing is a horticulturist and landscape designer. He owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, Joanne and Matthew do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and helpful topics. Their goal is to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.