'Garden Variety' Podcast to Feature Horticulture Experts on Iowa Public Radio

Popular horticulture program to continue on public radio

May 20, 2022, 2:09 pm | Aaron J. Steil

AMES, Iowa – Midwestern gardeners and nature lovers are encouraged to listen to the new podcast “Garden Variety,” produced by Iowa Public Radio and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The podcast will feature interviews with experts, including ISU Extension and Outreach specialists. These interviews will cover a wide variety of topics of interest to midwestern gardeners including horticulture, forestry and entomology, among others. The podcast is available on Spotify, Sticher, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, the NPR One app or by visiting Iowa Public Radio online.

Garden Variety logo.This partnership between Iowa State University and Iowa Public Radio provides an opportunity for extension specialists to share their knowledge and offer answers to common gardening questions. In each episode, host Charity Nebbe will interview an extension expert. The first two episodes, “Hunting Morels with a Real Fun Guy” and “How to Care for Apple Trees,” feature mushroom hunter Mark Vitosh and ISU Extension and Outreach fruit crop specialist Suzanne Slack, respectively.

“Gardeners in Iowa and across the Midwest can learn about vegetable gardens, lawns, native plants, trees and more,” said Aaron Steil, consumer horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “'Garden Variety’ is the podcast for all the things you'd like to grow or grow better.”

“In each issue, you’ll learn about gardening and all things horticulture, celebrate successes (and sometimes lessons learned) in the garden, share favorite recipes and get answers to popular questions,” added Steil.

The relationship between Iowa State’s horticulture experts and Iowa Public Radio has been long and fruitful, according to Nebbe.

“Horticulture Day, part of IPR’s Talk of Iowa, has been on the air in one way or another for 36 years and it’s always the best part of the week,” said Nebbe. “It’s an exceptional resource and a whole lot of fun and I am so excited to bring this Horticulture Day magic to a new audience through Garden Variety.”

Listeners are also encouraged to sign up for the Garden Variety Newsletter.

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