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#406: What is So Special About Heirloom Flowers [Chris McLaughlin]



In This Episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

#406: What is So Special About Heirloom Flowers [Chris McLaughlin] In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Chris McLaughlin, author of the new book, Growing Heirloom Flowers, about why so many people are moving towards adding heirloom variety flowers to their gardens.

Chris is going to tell us about the many varieties she learned about while doing research for the book, the fascinating stories behind them and why they make great additions to any garden.

From there, she'll share some of her favorites, what makes heirloom flowers so special, and that one variety of flower that is actually illegal to grow in the United States.

This, and so much more, on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!


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Here's What We'll Cover in this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

  • Stories behind heirloom flowers
  • Why heirloom flowers should be a staple in the garden
  • The benefits of heirloom flowers
  • Differences between the heirloom flowers and hybrid varieties

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About this episode's guest, Chris McLaughlin

#406: What is So Special About Heirloom Flowers [Chris McLaughlin] Chris McLaughlin is a writer and author whose hands have been in the soil for nearly 40 years. She became a master gardener in 2000, followed up with specialy certificates in wildlife, children's, and vegetable gardening. She's the author of seven books including, A Garden to Dye For (St. Lynn's Press) and Vertical Vegetable Gardening (Alpha Books). Her work can be found in Fine Gardening Magazine, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, Urban Farm Magazine, The Heirloom Gardener Magazine, and Mother Earth Living. Online, she's a staff blogger for Finegardening.com and has written for a variety of sites including Vegetable Gardener.com, About.com, Fix.com, and From Scratch Magazine. Chris and her family live on a flower and fiber farm in the Northern California foothills where they grow flowers, food, and Angora goats. You can track her down at her brand-spanking-new website, FlowersInk.com.

I am an Old MacDonald child born into an IBM family. My brothers and I grew up being chauffeured around in one of those station wagons that had a third seat facing backwards. Looking out that big window, breathing in a little exhaust, I was able to take in expanses of land and watch it slowly disappear from view. Along the stretches of highway, I would see property with fenced land and fantasize about pumpkin patches and flowers stands where people couldn't help but stop and and visit. The dream came complete with crisp cornstalks flanking the entry to straw bale mazes. Back then I felt certain that my parents enjoyed torturing me, as they kept moving us to the suburbs that rested just on the shoulders of my beloved farmland. They carefully chose housing developments that seemed to always bring me within feet of my true love. I spent my weekends walking to nearby farms, pretending they were mine.

When I shuffled back to my side of the fence, I was determined to create my own little farm. As I dug into the hard pan soil of our backyard, the difference in the freshly cultivated earth of the neighboring land was clear. Would it have really been a stretch for my parents to move just one street over and onto the farmland? But, I digress. When I was ten, I snagged some Dixie cups from the upstairs bathroom and filled them with some potting soil out of a bag my mother had bought to top off the planters in our yard. I scooped up some small seedlings (and later learned the term "volunteers") from our yard and transplanted them into bathroom-sized Dixie cups. Being raised by entrepreneurs, my instincts told me there was a profit to be made. I probably lined up fifty of those little cups into my younger brother's red wagon and rolled along down the street selling them door-to-door for ten cents each. I do realize that I will never see that 100% profit again in my lifetime.

A handful of decades, plants, and soil behind me, I am very sure of who I am.

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