Savor Life's weekly hour dedicated to the splendor and beauty of everything growing in our region.
Since 1994 your host Michael Warren Thomas has brought his knowledge of gardening, landscape design, and horticulture to listeners through this show.
Callers often have questions about when to prune trees, when it's safe to put new plants in the ground, and how to care for their gardens. Additionally, Michael is often sent photos of things that callers are hoping to identify and learn more about!
Tune in weekly to hear more about garden life, seed planting, and more on Naturally Green.
Stay tuned to this page to listen to new episodes weekly!
Community Composting has grown quickly in a relatively few years to process many tons of organic waste each year. Brent Arnold was one of the founders of the organization. He provides an update on the options for the general public to participate in this composting operation. Laurie Broccolo has been at the forefront of horticultural trends and has emphasized need for more native plants for pollinators.
Fruition Seeds in Naples is at the cutting edge of a new generation of seed producers, and now is the time to get many of the seeds in the ground. Petra Page-Mann discusses the timing of various vegetable and herbs seeding, as well as their plans for curbside service for pre-orders. Jane Milliman founded The Upstate Gardener’s Journal 25 years ago, and it remains the best gardening publication for our region. Several years ago she purchased 585 Magazine which covers all aspects of lifestyle in our region.
Todd Lighthouse of Lighthouse Gardens, has been on the cutting edge of certified organic transplants and vegetables. He discusses their new Salad CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), the plans to reopen the Brighton Farmer’s Market in late May, and the use of beneficial insects to control pests in the greenhouse.
Erik Fellenz of Fellenz Family Farms has a large CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) with some shares still available for the main summer season. He also grows lot of transplants and vegetables for farmers markets.
Larry Nau of Bergen Water Gardens is the featured guest. He is building a Lotus, Tropical Waterlily, and Carnivorous Plant empire on Buffalo Road just west of Churchville. He is shipping some of these plants around the country and around the world.
This month before the lilacs bloom might be the most beautiful time of the year in Highland Park, with the first cherries and magnolias starting to bloom along with all the bulbs. Jean Westcott’s shop The Artful Gardener, is right across Mt. Hope Avenue from Highland Park and adjacent to Mt. Hope Cemetery. Jean called to give an update on her method of business during the shutdown, curbside service at the back door of the shop, and lots of new artwork/jewelry/planting containers on her website, www.TheArtfulGardenerNY.com
The Yellow Dogwood is in bloom now, often mistaken for Forsythia, but the Shad (Serviceberry) Tree makes a better small ornamental tree that is also a native species. The show includes a short discussion about alternatives to a chemical crabgrass control, letting your grass grow taller, adding grass seed, and fertilizing your existing grass.