Garden Wisdom for Western New York & Southern Ontario

Premiered on WNED-TV on March 9.

(Repeats March 18 at 11:30 p.m., March 19 at 9:30 a.m., and March 26 at 4:30 p.m.)

Ah, Spring! The most anticipated season in Western New York and Southern Ontario. After our long winters, we look forward to the warmth of the sun, and clear days. We shed our layers; feel active, and light hearted. With Spring comes revival, rejuvenation, romanticism, growth, hope, beauty, color and a new pledge program on gardening from WNED-TV.

Gardening, this most ancient of hobbies is incredibly popular across Western New York and Southern Ontario —from the smallest spaces to expansive backyard escapes. By the time summer officially arrives there will be glorious gardens in full bloom—urban gardens, flower beds, vegetable gardens, balcony gardens— it’s all a labor of love. Gardeners certainly face some challenges in our region where the growing season last only 6-7 months. Plant hardiness zones in our area range from zone 4-6b with microclimates created by the proximity of the lakes, location on the Niagara Escarpment or by the protection brought about by a densely built urban block.

Traditionally gardening skills were passed down from one generation to the next. Today that chain of knowledge has been broken and some skills have been lost over time. Without that garden wisdom the grass may indeed always look greener, and the gardens more spectacular on the other side of the fence. Garden Wisdom for Western New York & Southern Ontario will blend the art and science of gardening and help viewers rediscover simple, green, sustainable tips and techniques from growing their own organic vegetables and creating compost, to adding low maintenance pollinator-friendly native plants to ornamental beds. Experts will not only share the how-to, but help viewers understand the why-to. There is no such thing as a black thumb-everyone can grow a garden with the proper knowledge.

Hosted by Susan Hunt and geared toward the specific needs of gardeners in Western New York and Southern Ontario, this program will offer secrets to planning, cultivating and nurturing your own great gardens and landscapes using time-proven solutions and sustainable practices as well as tips and shortcuts for gardeners of all levels of experience that will save time, money and resources.

The production approach of the program will focus on practical, useful information that viewers can easily put to use. It is about getting our hands into the dirt and demonstrating time-tested gardening techniques. Gardening experts from Western New York and Southern Ontario will have you cultivating your own great garden in no time.  


 On Garden Wisdom for Western New York & Southern Ontario, you will see:





with expert David Clark (Hamburg, NY)

Learn how to create fertile nutrient-rich soil from the compacted clay that is found in most yards in our region.




 with expert Charlie Dobbin (Richmond Hill, ON)

Everyone knows that plants need water, but understanding how to water will give you better results and save time and water too.




with expert Tara Nolan (Dundas, ON)

A properly planned and planted organic garden will naturally resist disease, deter pests and be healthy and hardy.





with expert David Clark (Hamburg, NY)

Learn the three keys to creating a beautiful organic lawn that will be the envy of the neighborhood.



 with experts Ken Parker (Irving, NY) and Lyn Chimera (East Aurora, NY)

If you’re looking for beautiful, hardy and low-maintenance plants for your garden, look no further than pollinator-friendly native plants.




with expert Charlie Dobbin (Richmond Hill, ON)

Everybody loves the beauty of an ornamental garden, but creating and maintaining an ornamental garden can take a lot of work--but it doesn’t have to.



Funding for Garden Wisdom for Western New York & Southern Ontario is provided by

HSBC Bank USA and the members of WNED-TV.