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Saving Time in the Garden; Mary Ann Newcomer Interview

July 9, 2010

Nest In Style Podcast - Find us on iTunes!Let’s face it. Who doesn’t feel overwhelmed by gardening sometimes? That’s why co-hosts Jayme Jenkins and Teresa O’Connor discuss ways to save time in the garden, so gardening stays fun too.

In Part-Two of our “saving water” series, Mary Ann Newcomer tells Teresa how the Idaho Botanical Garden built an exquisite English-style garden that withstands an arid high desert environment. Hear how they did it…

Nest in Style Guest

Mary Ann Newcomer is Idaho’s Dirt Diva. Trained as an advanced master gardener, Mary Ann is a writer, speaker and radio personality (appearing weekly on The River, 94.5-FM in Boise). Her blog Gardens of the Wild Wild West was named among Horticulture Magazine’s Top 20 Favorite Garden Blogs. For many years, she has shared her talents at the Idaho Botanical Garden, where she was particularly involved with the creation of Muriel and Diana Kirk English Garden. On Twitter, you’ll find her at @WildWestGardens.

Idaho Botanical Garden

Some Plants Used

  • Blue Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’)
  • Catmint (Nepeta cataria)
  • Clematis: ‘General Sikorski,’ Etoile Violette’
  • Crane’s Bill (Geranium x ‘Rozanne’)
  • Lavender (Lavandula intermedia: ‘Grosso’ and ‘Provence’)
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’)
  • Purple Giant Filbert Tree (Corylus maxima ‘Purpurea’)
  • Roses: ‘New Dawn’
  • Wisteria floribunda

More Resources

Pets and Cocoa Mulch: We weren’t kidding about cocoa mulch being dangerous for pets. Here’s what the ASPCA says about the issue.

What’s Coming: Stay tuned as Teresa learns more about saving water in the garden. Next, she talks with The Germinatrix — otherwise known as the charming and funny Ivette Soler. The prominent Los Angeles-based landscape designer has lots to say about how you can grow a gorgeous, edible garden without wasting water.

Until then, go grow something!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2010 12:17 pm

    Wonderful interview! Having a similar climate to hers in Idaho, I can fully appreciate all the plant recommendations and ‘challenges’ needed to create an English style garden with little water. Great job!!!

  2. July 13, 2010 6:35 pm

    I love learning more about creative people. Mary Ann is truly a creative garden lady who inspires. Those roses in the image above are to die for and they just may grow in my country garden here in Ohio if I can learn a good way to keep the bugs off of them. Thank you for inspiring with this article.

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