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NEW VIDEO: Happy 8th Anniversary 'Smart Garden' Radio Show!

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Smart gardeners unite - every week, 52 Saturdays a year! This April, we're celebrating the 8th Anniversary of "Smart Garden," our hour-long radio program on WCCO 830 AM.  This show brings listeners the latest information on lawn and garden care. And it's all thanks to a collaboration between University of Minnesota Extension and WCCO. We've got more than 400 hours of shows to celebrate!

On Saturday mornings from 8-9 a.m., one of our UMN Extension experts joins WCCO's host Denny Long live on the air. They answer those lawn and gardening questions called in or texted in--on the fly! Our team of horticulture experts includes: Extension Educator Julie Weisenhorn, Extension Horticulturist and UMN Professor Mary Meyer and Master Gardener Theresa Rooney.

A behind-the-scenes look!

In honor of this anniversary, we've put together this behind-the-scenes video of how it all works. We hope you enjoy it!
Video Producer, Gail Hudson, UMN Extension Communications

'Smart Garden' Fun Fast Facts

  Anyone listening can text or call in their lawn and garden questions--and we typically answer around 25 questions every week! Do we get stumped? Yes, once in a while!  But it's always fun to hear what's on gardener's minds, no matter what time of year.

Some fast facts about the show over the past 8 years:
  • 416 shows to-date
  • 10,400 fielded questions - about 25 per show
  • 10 faculty, staff and MG volunteers have been on the show over the year!

If you have a date with your pillow on Saturday mornings, never fear! You can listen to our podcasts any time, just by going to, and search for 'Smart Garden.'

Happy Spring everyone!

Author: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator

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