Monday, June 14, 2010

Owen Bridge joins me on The Weekend Gardener!

Yesterday's show was a lot of fun! Not only did I get to talk perennials with Nancy Ondra for an hour, but Owen Bridge dropped into the studios for a 1/2 hour interview with me. Owen is the 18 year old owner of Annapolis Seeds ( and a passionate seed saver. He shared quite a few of his favourite varieties with me and now I've got to start my wish list for next season! (Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter tomato, among others!). Thanks so much to Owen for joining me, and I wish both him and the seed company much success!

As I mentioned on the show yesterday, I'm a HUGE fan of Nancy Ondra and she turned out to be simply delightful! I had a lot of fun chatting with her and she has a great sense of humour. Her new book, The Perennial Care Manual is an ideal book for anyone with even a spark of interest in perennials and her book Foliage is one of the most beautiful and comprehensive garden books I've ever read! I never realized the vast assortment of leaf shapes, colours and textures until I picked up a copy. Simply spectacular! Now, I just need to win the lottery and I'll finally be able to have the garden of my dreams..

Happy Gardening!


  1. Oh MY!! looks wonderful if the cover is any indication!

    So so pleased to see young Owen Bridge with you. Can I hear this interview on the internet as I missed it yesterday.

    Am sending you a photo of the display of Owen's seeds which are sold at Annapolis Royal Historic beautifully packaged, and OF COURSE, yes...I bought the Mortgage Lifter for next year))))!! Who can resist that name!!

  2. Even when everyone seems to be inclined towards blooms and fragrance, foliage does offer some hints about less known beauty. little plants like bittergourds do exhibit extreme beauty on foliage alone. ~bangchik


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