In The Perennial Gardener with Karen Strohbeen, Karen shares the
beauty and bounty of her garden, and offers information useful to both the
novice and seasoned gardener. The Perennial Gardener with Karen Strohbeen
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Noted garden authority Rick Darke welcomes Karen Strohbeen to his renowned
gardens in Landenberg, Pennsylvania to explore the role and beauty of
light in garden design - a key element too often overlooked. He also stresses
the importance of making connections - between the gardener and the land,
as well as the land and its community. Karen and Rick also visit the nearby
White Clay Creek Preserve and Karen visits with Rick's wife and gardening
partner, Melinda Zoehrer. PLANT LIST
Poppies - a joy when in bloom, but it's no easy trick to get them there.
Karen Strohbeen welcomes viewers to her own garden and also ventures to
the Netherlands to visit with Nico and Arno Rijnbeek of Rijnbeek & Son,
perennial growers and exporters in Boskoop, Holland. Back home, Karen
and fellow gardening expert Harlan Hamernik divide and plant poppies.
Contrary to popular opinion, the use of lush tropical plants is an option
in nearly all locations. Elvin McDonald, "dean" of American garden writers,
works with Karen to divide and plant tropicals with stunning results.
Blooms in August
Passionate about peonies? So is Karen Strohbeen. From coaxing peonies
to bloom in the heat of August to planting them from a pot and dividing
them, Karen learns the do's, don'ts and delights of this perennial favorite
with Lee Zieke Lee and Lindsay Lee at Willowglen Nursey in Decorah, Iowa.
Fellow gardening expert Harlan Hamernik joins Karen to help plant the
tricky tree peony. PLANT
There are tricks to getting the most from tulips and narcissus. Karen
Strohbeen begins at the end: gathering spring flowers for bouquets, showing
how to "harvest" and display them to the best advantage, and how to plan
so there is color after the spring bulbs are gone. A special highlight
includes a visit to the Netherlands for a glimpse at the summer bulbs
in Loes Langendijk's garden. PLANT
Plants and Old Tires
Again in the glorious gardens of the Netherlands, Karen Strohbeen visits
bulb grower and exporter Hans Witteman in Hillegom. At the Trompenburg
Arboretum in Rotterdam she views more beautiful plants and also joins
forces with fellow American Felder Rushing for further gardening adventures.
Back in Iowa, Felder shows Karen how anything - even an old tire - can
be used creatively to have fun gardening; the key is using your imagination
and taking gardening risks! PLANT LIST
Karen Strohbeen visits photographer and author Starr Ockenga in New York's
Hudson River Valley. Amid Starr's landscaping set against the verdant
valleys and mountains of the region, Karen and Starr explore the gardening
and landscaping possibilities created by a deer fence. They also go inside
to plant some spectacular Amaryllis. PLANT
in the Bath and Winter Sparks
Karen Strohbeen has it "made in the shade" this week as she takes viewers
on a tour of her spring flowering plants under an old oak tree. An old-fashioned
bleeding heart is turned upside down to reveal a "lady in the bath." Preparing
for "winter sparks," Karen learns about forcing bulbs during a visit with
Brent Heath, the "Bulb Man." PLANT
Tools and Toys
Karen Strohbeen and fellow garden expert Lindsay Lee fight the battle
of the weed, demonstrating how to handle weeds in plant crowns and keeping
them, as well as unwanted grasses, out of garden edges. The pair also
explores the world of garden tools: what's essential, what's necessary,
and what's just plain fun! PLANT
How, where and when should garlic be planted, and how do you know when
it's ready to be harvested? Karen Strohbeen is joined by Larry Cleverly,
a.k.a. "The Garlic Guy," to explore the fascinating twists and turns of
growing organic garlic. The tricky business of what makes something "organic"
(versus not) is also examined. Also, special guest Neil Hamilton, a law
professor from Drake University, literally takes his class to market to
explore the tricky terrain of direct farm marketing and helps them - and
us - distinguish between a good sales pitch and good food. Additional
information on the regulations that govern organic gardening is also provided.
Combining the art of nature with man-made fine art, like sculpture, takes
the beauty of gardening to a new lovely and sophisticated level. Artist
and gardener May Hobijn joins artist and gardener Karen Strohbeen on a
trip to the Netherlands to demonstrate the delicate and dramatic "third
art" of creating and placing art in the garden. PLANT
a Face on Our Food
The personal garden reflects the larger order of the modern food chain.
Karen Strohbeen takes viewers step by step through the world of tomatoes,
from seeding the flats, potting up and planting out. PLANT
New Garden Vision
World-renowned garden designer Piet Oudolf takes series host Karen Strohbeen
on a unique tour of his magnificent gardens in the Netherlands and helps
gardeners capture, and maintain, the spirit of "controlled spontaneity."
Special guidance is offered on creating a vision for one's garden and
combining plants and other elements to realize that vision. PLANT