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Eric Johnson

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Hard-to-propagate woody ornamental plants, including oaks, birch, magnolia, and maple have been a large part of Eric's business life. (He has patented the first three clonal oaks, as well as many important ornamental tree and shrub selections.) Eric continues to work on new plant introductions and growing techniques but importantly, he remains an avid gardener, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with the GardenSMART audience.

His friendships with innovative breeders and some of the foremost gardeners and growers across the U.S. and Europe open up a whole new world of excellence for GardenSMART's viewers. We are the winners as we visit some of the grandest gardens and impressive growing operations around the world.

From Eric you can learn gardening information in every-day terms. Gardening might not be easy; however, learning how to grow can be uncomplicated. Tune in each week as Eric Johnson shares his knowledge in easy-to-understand language with the GardenSMART audience.

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Dr. Rick - Richard Ludwig, Ed.

Richard Ludwig, Ed.D. is a career educator with over 30 years experience in teaching and public speaking. Importantly, he is a knowledgeable, hands-in-the-dirt gardener whose mantra could easily be "How does your garden grow." Dr. Rick is always looking for new - gardening ideas, plants, trends and designs; not the latest fad but common-sense, practical gardening ideas.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Rick has been the program director at one of the larger collegiate horticulture programs in the South. His many awards include Outstanding Educator, Excellence in Education, Green Industry Educator of the Year and more. He has authored a collegiate text on Landscape Design and is currently working on a second book that will demystify the "hot" topic - Practical Green Landscape Design.

Joining Dr. Rick this season will be Joe Lamp'l.

Joe Lamp'l, a.k.a joe gardener® is a Master Gardener and Certified Landscape Professional. Joe’s passion for gardening began during childhood and is still very evident today. Joe is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of two books; Over the Fence with joe gardener and, The Green Gardeners Guide; simple actions to protect & preserve the planet.

Joe’s passion for gardening began during childhood and is still very evident today. Each week with Joe is like a visit with joe gardener – the gardener next door.

Whether visiting an exquisite resort on the East Coast or a bulb farm on the West Coast or interesting gardens in between, Eric, Rick and Joe have the ability to make complex gardening issues simple, interesting and easy to implement. All are avid gardeners and each week answer those questions you've been wanting to ask.


GardenSMART Featured Article

By Heather Rhoades,, Photographs courtesy of

Cover crops are an often-overlooked way to improve the vegetable garden. Oftentimes, people consider the time between late fall to winter to early spring to be a time where the vegetable garden space is wasted. We think our gardens rest during this time, but this is not the case at all. Read more...

Join fellow garden lovers, history buffs and music enthusiasts to discover the quaint towns and colorful gardens of Holland and Belgium in May of 2018.

This exciting journey will be hosted by nationally known host Eric Johnson, of Public Television's blockbuster show GardenSmart. Your river cruise begins in Amsterdam where you'll see works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Anne Frank's House, and see the city's most famous gardens. Then spend a full morning on the grounds of the most beautiful spring garden in the world-Keukenhof! Visit the picturesque Belgian towns of Bruges and Ghent as well as Kinderdijk, with the Netherlands' iconic collection of 19 authentic windmills that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, history buffs will experience a captivating tour of the WWI trenches of Flanders and WWII Arnhem Battlefield of A Bridge Too Far fame. You won't want to miss this extraordinary garden adventure to Holland and Belgium.

Book by November 15, 2017 and save up to $1200 dollars per person!

To register call: Alki Tours at 800-895-2554

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