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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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Oct 18, 2022

There’s nothing quite like a fresh bouquet of flowers in the house. This week, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing welcome Heather Moran of Heirloom Heather Flower Farm to the Down the Garden Path podcast. Heather shares her tips and tricks on how to grow summer flowers and cheerful spring bulbs to create a cut flower garden of your own.

About Heirloom Heather Flower Farm

Heirloom Heather started as a small-scale flower farm in 2021. Dedicated to farming sustainably and using organic methods, they preach low waste and try to be as eco-conscious as they can when making decisions about the farm. Currently, they are learning about soil health, low tiling, and regenerative farming.

Named after the Scottish flower, Heather is the Head Farmer Florist at Heirloom Heather. She does all the planning, prepping, and planting. She has a background in Graphic Design and loves to make stunning colour palettes with flowers. In 2020, newly sober Heather found solace in gardening when the world was basically turned upside down. Heirloom Heather started as a way to spread happiness and joy through flowers when people needed it most.

Tune in to hear Joanne and Matt speak with Heather Moran of Heirloom Heather Flower Farm.

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

  • Tell us more about the farm. How did it get started?
  • We met at the Toronto Flower Market.
  • What plant do you grow throughout the different seasons?
  • Can people visit the farm?
  • Some of the flowers you grow are bulbs. Do you have some to lift for the winter?
  • Do you have to start some things inside?
  • What hardy bulbs are you planting this season?
  • Do you plant all new bulbs every year?
  • How do we take care of bulbs?
  • What is your bulb subscription?
  • What is your fresh flower subscription?
  • What other services do you offer?

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Where to find Heather:

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.