Gillian Speicher

The Santa Maria Public Library is giving out free Spring Gardening Kits from April 12 - 17.

Playing With Food: Finding figs

Jan 4, 2021
Jacki Paul

Finding figs on the Central Coast is easy: there are wild trees along local river beds. Mission figs are the most common, but one Central Coast resident has been the 'Johnny Appleseed' of the Turkish fig.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort's head gardener, who talks about the many environmental and economic benefits of using native Hawaiian plant species.

Celebrating Nature

Jul 26, 2018

Broadcast date: 7/26/2018

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is the Gem of the Morros, a one of a kind garden dedicated to honoring and preserving our connection with nature. The garden, which started in 1989, is home to a variety of plants and when the master plan is complete, the 150-acre garden will be the only garden of its kind in the United States exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. 

Madrone Landscapes

Our drought-inspired live landscaping and gardening show (the second one of the year) included a panel of experts who took calls from listeners, and a conversation with San Luis Obispo's Utilities Services Manager Ron Munds.

Mr. Munds explained how the city's anonymous "Report an Issue" tip line works.

Host: Randol White

In-studio guests:

Water Wise SB


Here are some helpful websites and phone numbers for getting the latest drought information in your area:

Thomas Ogren

Thomas Ogren considers himself a life-long plant geek. He's been gardening since age five, and by age seven, he began grafting trees.

The San Luis Obispo resident continued with his passion for horticulture as a professor for more than 20 years.

When Orgen and his wife moved to the Central Coast, he says he wanted to make their yard allergy-friendly, to help with her allergies. His many years of research on that front eventually led to his new book The Allergy-Fighting Garden.

It's a tough spring in California for committed gardeners who need to contemplate how our record dry spell will affect what they plant and tend to for this year’s fruit, vegetable, and flower gardens.

The complexities of gardening are what drive the passion for some. But others don’t quite possess the knowledge, talents, time, or even the physical abilities it takes to successfully work the soil. That's where a new invention, something called FarmBot, comes in.