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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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Jan 30, 2020

In this week's episode of Down The Garden Path, Natalie Carmolli of Spring Meadow Nursery joins us to discuss the new varieties of flowering shrubs for 2020.

Natalie is rooted in horticulture. When she was six years old, her family moved to a farmhouse on 40 acres in Michigan. This house was unique in that it had a full-sized glass greenhouse in the side yard. So, of course, her mother started a small seasonal business selling spring bedding plants, which quickly turned into a full-service flower shop.

Natalie grew up working in that shop, learning floral design and customer service. She'd take these skills with her to college where she continued working in the floral industry while earning her degree in performing and fine arts. So how does one combine a fine art and theatre degree with a lifetime immersed in horticulture? As public relations specialist for Spring Meadow Nursery, Natalie puts the communication skills she learned in the theatre to express herself clearly and confidently when talking about one of her favorite subject, the art of gardening using Proven Winners® ColorChoice® flowering shrubs!

Tune into this week's podcast to hear Natalie of Spring Meadow Nursery discuss some new varieties of flowering shrubs:

  • Winecraft Gold Smoke Bush
  • Rose of Sharon - Chiffon Series has expanded
  • Pieris Interstella
  • Fothergilla Legend of the Fall
  • Dandy Man series of Rhododendron
  • Plus a few more landscaping favourites!

You'll also learn more about Spring Meadow Nursery, their acres of greenhouses and how they choose their selections each year.

Click here for the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs 100-page magazine.  If you'd prefer a free hard copy, email your mailing address to Joanne Shaw at or Natalie at

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