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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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May 4, 2021

This week on Down the Garden Path, landscape designers Matthew Dressing and Joanne Shaw kick off the month by answering your questions about planting and what you should be doing in the garden in May.

This week, Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing answer your May planting and gardening questions.

They cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The popularity of fruit trees: Matt discusses cocktail trees with different varieties of fruit on one tree.
  • Tomatoes & Potatoes: He also mentions a new “product” -- a tomato plant grafted on a potato, called Ketchup and Fries. Hilarious but true! Ask for it at your local garden centre. Once the tomato plant is done in the fall, you can harvest the potatoes in the pot below.
  • Hydrangeas: Joanne discusses the challenges with Macrophylla Hydrangeas and/or the Easter Hydrangeas and why they shouldn't be planted in your GTA garden.
  • Cedars: Matt discusses the differences in cedars in response to a listener's question about their hardiness.
  • Roses: The popularity of roses and the hottest varieties: Now is the time to find that specific one you may be looking for, but tune in if you want to hear Matt help you determine which variety you should get based on the space you have.

About Your Hosts

Each week on Down The Garden Path podcast, 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.