In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with C.L. Fornari, co-host of the podcast, Plantrama, about having fun in the garden, and why, even if you only grow one plant, you are a gardener.
C.L., who has her podcast and radio show listeners convinced that her initials mean, "compost lover", comes on The Vegetable Gardening Show today to tell us how she designs her garden, what she does with those volunteer plants, and why designing the garden is just as fun as growing the plants.
She is going to give us some information about squash pollination that she discovered recently, which was an eye opener, she'll touch on her technique to keep deer out of her garden, and tell us why she believes that anyone who grows something is indeed a gardener.c
C.L. Fornari is a creative gardening expert (aka plant geek) who transitioned from artist to garden communicator in 1995. She is the author seven books including her latest, The Cocktail Hour Garden, published by St. Lynnís Press.
C.L. is the host GardenLine, heard on WXTK, and co-host of Plantrama, a podcast produced by Zachos and Fornari. She speaks to audiences at horticultural trade shows, garden clubs, botanical gardens, master gardener symposiums, alumni/womenís groups and neighborhood associations. In addition to speaking, radio, and writing, C.L. blogs and runs a consultation service for Hyannis Country Garden, an independent garden center on Cape Cod.
In 2017 her book The Cocktail Hour Garden won awards from ASJA and GWA. She also won a GWA award in 2017 for writing on her website. In 2012 C.L. was awarded the Garden Communicator Of The Year from the Perennial Plant Association and in 2013 won three awards from the Garden Writers Association. In 2015 C.L. launched the first annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, a ten-day regional celebration of open gardens. In its third year, 2017, the Hydrangea Festival raised over $43,000.00 for local non-profits.
C.L. loves children, cooking, and dogs. She says that you can never go wrong with the color purple, and her not-so-secret mission is to cultivate the gardening revival in the USA. In the meantime, she grows multitudes of plants on Poison Ivy Acres on Cape Cod.