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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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Aug 11, 2020

A new month means a new topic on the Down the Garden Path podcast. Each week in August, we'll be talking all about deciduous trees and upright evergreens. On this week's episode, we're kicking off the month with a pseudo-follow-up to our discussion on nativars with a look at native trees.

Tune into this week's podcast as we discuss native trees.

Joanne and Matt share their top five picks for deciduous and upright evergreens and why each made it to the list:

Matt's top five deciduous trees:

  1. Flowering Dogwood
  2. Hickory
  3. Oak
  4. Hackberry
  5. American Beech

Joanne's top five deciduous trees:

  1. Red Oak
  2. Redbud
  3. Serviceberry
  4. Sugar Maple
  5. Pagoda Dogwood

Matt's top five evergreen trees:

  1. Thuja occidentalis "Skybound" and "North Pole"
  2. White Pine
  3. Eastern Hemlock
  4. Jack Pine
  5. Blue Spruce

Joanne's top five evergreen trees:

  1. Thuja occidentalis
  2. Hemlock
  3. White Pine
  4. White Spruce
  5. White Fir

Tune into the Down The Garden Path podcast each week in August for our discussions on deciduous and upright evergreens.

  • 10th: Japanese Maples
  • 17th: Trees for Small Spaces
  • 24th: Growing Trees

Join us each week on Down The Garden Path, as 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.