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Welcome to the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast. We discuss down to earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As landscape designers, Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing think it is important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

On this show, we try to help educate you seasonally to manage your garden and landscapes, engage with Garden Authors and educate ourselves right along with you as we learn together about interesting topics on the environment. 

You can listen live at www.realityradio101.com on Monday’s at 7 pm EST. or subscribe to download this show and past episodes from your favourite podcast app. 

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Dec 1, 2021

In this week's episode of Down the Garden Path, Matt and Joanne welcome author Sarah Battersby to discuss the 2022 Toronto & Golden Horseshoe Gardener’s Journal, now celebrating its 30th year. This wonderful publication will help both you and your garden stay organized for the new year.

About Sarah Battersby
Along with coaxing anything to grow in her dry-shade city rock garden, Sarah has been carving a cultivated space out of a forest of lilacs and sumachs at her schoolhouse in Hastings County for 30 years. Sarah got the gardening bug with indoor plants as a teenager, co-writes at TorontoGardens.com and is particularly interested in planting for wildlife and for scent. She wishes she’d never planted that goutweed.

Don't miss Joanne and Matt's conversation with Sarah Battersby, co-author of The Toronto & Golden Horseshoe Gardener's Journal.

Some of the questions and topics covered:

  • How did the garden journal start?
  • How did you and your sister Helen become involved?
  • Tell us about the digital sourcebook.
  • How is the book's creator, Margaret Bennet-Adler, still involved?
  • What feedback have you received from last year which prompted changes this year?

To purchase a copy, visit GardenJournals.ca.


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.