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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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Mar 20, 2023

To kick off the first day of spring, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss easy-care perennials with returning guest Dawn Golloher from GardensPlus.

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

  • What inspired you to start GardensPlus?
  • Your motto is “We focus on easy-care perennials so you can enjoy your gardens not just work in them.” Why focus on easy-care perennials?
  • In 2021, you decided to cancel the successful Canada-wide mail-order part of the business. Can you tell us more about what led you to that decision?
  • How many perennial types do you grow?
  • Where are your perennials grown? Greenhouse, field produced.
  • How big is your growing space?
  • How has your selection of plants changed over the last 4 years? Which species do you not grow anymore, and why?
  • Tell us about your perennial collections.

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Down the Garden Path - Steppingstones

Joanne and Matthew discuss how to best care for your perennials in the early spring.

  • What to look for, when to prune them.

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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