Gardening Radio Shows

Gardening Radio Shows

April 28, 2011

Gardeners’ Question Time 

Format: Horticultural experts travel to a new locale in Britain each week to consult on gardening matters with a scarily informed live audience.

What you’ll hear: “Normally when I hear of sickly oleander, I immediately think oleander scale. But seeing how the leaf is nearly entirely silver, I can say it’s definitely red spider mite.”

Listen: BBC Radio 4 or at



Format: Pleasant and informative plant talk from Martha Stewart Living gardening editors Tony Bielaczyc and Stacey Hirvela. 

What you’ll hear: “Don’t go grab a serving spoon to plant tulip bulbs…. Get a good trowel…. Invest in something that will last, because a long-lasting tool becomes your good garden friend…. I love all my tools!” 

Listen: 9–10 a.m. Tuesdays and 1–2 p.m. Thursdays on the Sirius XM Martha Stewart Living Radio channel. 


You Bet Your Garden

Format: Former Organic Gardening editor-in-chief Mike McGrath offers advice on earth-friendly plant care, pest removal, and dealing with diseases, all in an equally nontoxic manner. 

What you’ll hear: “It’s a phone-call show, cats and kittens, and you know what that means: We’re takin’ that heapin’ helpin’ of your fabulous phone calls…. Welcome to You Bet Your Garden!”

Listen: NPR stations where available,, or at


Focus on Flowers

Format: Master gardener Moya Andrews introduces her audio essays with a fact-laden flourish. Her sometimes starchily academic tone belies her clear passion and an encyclopedic knowledge of a dazzling array of topics. 

What you’ll hear: “Division is an asexual, or vegetative, method of propagating plants, and when a clump of perennials is divided, the divisions yield plants that are an exact replica of the parents.… This is Moya Andrews, and today we focused on taproots.”

Listen: Public radio from Indiana University, or at


The Mike Nowak Show

Format: Amid music, clips from TV talk shows, and the highly distractable host’s ramblings, Mike Nowak’s focus turns to fascinating discussions of urban farming, plants, and animal biodiversity. 

What you’ll hear: Worm expert: “What happens to the worms in the winter—red wigglers are not soil dwellers, so they live in organic matter, and in the winter, they’ll go dormant. They tie themselves in a knot and hope that it warms up soon. And so when it warms up in the summer, they estivate.” 

Mike: “I used to estivate once, but I pulled a muscle.”

Listen: WCPT radio (820 AM in Chicago) or at


This article was first published in Garden Design April 2011