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Growing Trends is all about fascinating everyday people, making a huge difference to our environment & lives.



People who are passionate about our natural environment, sustainability, their gardens, their landscapes along with the experts that help them.

Our talks with these amazing people are, informative, educational and fun.


You can listen to them at anytime here "Listen Here" 

on iTunes Podcasts as 'Growing Trends'


 New content added weekly, the following pages have our show content. 



Time to Eat : -

Is all about growing Herbs & Vegetables. Our patented system layout system, complete with how to grow simply and easily on your kitchen table, deck or even garage will be available soon, if this is of interest drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Gardenesque : -                      

Everything to do with Gardens & Landscapes

We've started to add articles on specific landscape styles, techniques and designs, learned from over 40 years of experience. You can read them here at Gardenesque or jump to our landscape site at


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A more serious look at sustainability and how we might help our planet. With interviews with renowed experts in their field, from all over the world.


This month we start a series of interviews with Bill Sosinsky and Dr. Rich Sapienza we talk about solar energy, fracking and food production around the globe, Rich and Bill have so much knowledge to impart.

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Face Time : -                          

Interviews with experts on topics of interest, with Ann & Chris. A more relaxed interview sharing stories, anecdotes and much more, come and join us.

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Book Reviews : -                    

We are delighted to announce that we have started to interview authors of books linked to Nature, the Environment,Gardens & Landscape Design, People & Places.

Our next book interview is with Denise Shreiber...

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Current and past book reviews are displayed in our Book Review sector, along with details of the Authors, Publishers and most importantly how to obtain these gems..

Ann & Chris invite you to write to them with ideas, suggestions and comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Interesting, Sometimes serious, Informative, Entertaining & more often Fun.

Want to listen to a show now ?   Just click here.

We interview the experts, the clients, the designers, the creators and the maintainers, the scientists and the historians it's fun, it's informative, it's interesting, it's educational and entertaining.

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We seek out all these amazing people, all over the world, then we chat about : -

How they started their project,

How much time they spend,

How it can help others.

How much enjoyment they obtain from their hobby or vocation. 

How we can all help

It's really interesting to hear,educational, informative, entertaining, sometimes amusing.   Listen here 

You will gain a totally different perspective about why so many really busy folks find so much relaxation, enjoyment and pleasure from their own special connection with nature.



"The commitment & sheer hard work required to achieve career success nowadays takes a heavy toll on our lifestyles.All of us need to counterbalance a busy working schedule with the right level of relaxation.

For centuries gardens have been places of retreat and contemplation where our minds, detached from everyday problems, can resolve conflicts and plan confidently for the future.

A rare moment of peace in the perfect haven of a garden brings us renewed harmony with nature"




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 The following pages have details of our many and varied interviews.......


You can listen to todays interview by clicking here : Craving Talk Radio  we are on air, at 1pm & 7pm daily   


or you can listen to earlier interviews here :-

Click here for our Growing Trends Library of Shows


Ann had this wonderful idea to interview a curator from the National World War One museum in Kansas City for Veterans Day ,

Remembrance day in Europe - listen here

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

The museum is very special, the curators extremely knowledgeable, you can read more about the museum below.

I found this anonymusly posted famous poem on facebook, it seemed entirely appropriate

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Patti talks to Ann & Chris all about Bees & Beekeeping  - listen here

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Our last show  -

Lyle & Jan's - Beautiful mini-estate, perhaps ?


We  talk to this very busy couple on the terrace of their beautiful home set in 80 acres, surrounded by thousands of trees,shrub, flowers and animals.


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Our next show is  :-


An interview  from the World War One museum in Kansas City


 Our listeners are from across the on page Two to see where from.


Our readers & listeners are from across the globe:-

United States, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile,

Germany ,United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Romania, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Russia Federation, Poland, Latvia, Cyprus, Finland. Greece, Switzerland, Portugal, Slovenia, Belgium

Jamaica, Barbados,

Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, India,  Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Cameroon, Phillipines, Indonesia, Morocco. Israel, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Viet Nam,

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Thank you all so much, we hope you enjoy the dulcet tones of Ann & Chris, we really enjoy bringing this show to you all, do send us a comment we would love to hear from you, or send a picture of your garden or landscape !

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Read about earlier interviews on the following pages.......on the next pages.


 Alan Sargent - A trip down memory lane.

Landscape expert, Chelsea Flower Show exhibitor, Head Gardener to a huge country estate, Owner of a successful landscape company, Garden Consultant & writer.

Alan is a very busy skilled  fellow.


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Ed & Betsy's interview is next...

Ed & Betsy Holland  - Rose grower extraordinaire

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Ed is a passionate rose grower, he and his charming wife have a beautiful garden set in the Kansas countryside.

Ed has a lovely story to tell you about his passion for roses.

Betsy is a master gardener who just loves playing in the 'Dirt'

They are both  an inspiration for us all.

Hear Steve Frey down on the Farm...

Steve Frey - Weston Red Barn Farm

You'll love the authentic shopping experience at the Weston Red Barn Farm in Northwest Missouri.

We called in to the farm early one morning, just as the sun was rising, to talk to Steve before his busy day had got into full swing.

A trip to the Weston Red Barn Farm is like visiting a turn of the century working farm.

In the spirit of preserving the American dream of farming, the Red Barn Farm offers visitors the opportunity to experience a real working farmstead. We feature traditional farm animals and crops. In addition to the working farm, we offer school tours, a country store featuring our fresh produce, facilities for weddings and bonfire/hayride events and a fall festival where families can come pick pumpkins and apples, take a hayride and enjoy the country.

Come to the farm on weekends in the fall to pick pumpkins, take a hayride, visit the animals, shop in the country store and more!

 Listen to Duane at the Kauffman Memorial Garden and Jan at the Nelson Atkins Museum ...

The Kauffman Memorial Garden

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The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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We interviewed Duane,the Horticulturist for the Kauffman memorial garden, just as they were changing from Spring to Summer bedding plants, in a few weeks these will again be changed to an Autumn display.

The Kauffman Memorial Garden is one of the true delights of Kansas City, the beautiful gardens are immaculately displayed,superbly maintained, drop by and take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, it will take you about 45 mins.

The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden provides a tranquil place where everyone is welcome and the Kauffman legacy continues to grow.

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The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden draws inspiration from the couple’s journey through life and their commitment to share with others. It is an enduring gift for Kansas City that extends the legacy of a gracious couple and welcomes visitors to a vibrant landscape throughout the year.

The Kauffmans’ world travels inspired the creation of a space comparable to parks throughout Europe. The garden features bronze sculptures by Tom Corbin among lush and colorful annual and perennial plantings, pruned foliage framed by stone walls, brick walkways and playful fountains.

Open year-round through autumn’s crisp winds, winter’s quiet chill, the renewal of spring, and the warm summer sun, the Memorial Garden is the final resting place for Ewing and Muriel Kauffman. It provides a tranquil place where everyone is welcome and the Kauffman legacy continues to grow.

Powell Gardens, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, manages and maintains the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden. In addition to tending the perennial beds and many unique trees, the staff and volunteers change the annual plant displays at least four times a year.


The Donald  J Hall Sculpture Park  at  the Nelson - Atkins Museum of Art.

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The sculpture park is celebrating 25 years this year. The sculpture park is another of those must see attractions in Kansas City.

On a rather windy evening Ann & I called in to interview the Sanders Sosland Curator, Jan Schall, Ph.D. 

The park covers some 22 acres, in the middle of Kansas City, just along from the Plaza. It was opened in 1989, designed by Dan Kiley & Jaquelin Robertson, there are more than 30 sculptures.

The Sculpture Park is FREE to the public, open year round during daylight hours, and a wonderful place to have a picnic!


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Our previous interviews are on the next page.....

 We caught Beth & Jim at the local Farmer's Market....

It was National Farmers Market Week, so on Saturday we set the alarms for 5am, then drove bright eyed & bushy tailed down to the Parkville, Missouri

Farmers Market to interview the growers and customers at 7am on Saturday morning - well Ann was there at 7am, I needed my coffee fix first so arrived a tad later.

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Listen to our current interview with growers & customers at the Parkville, Missouri Farmers Market

Jim's Garlic & Herbs  - Jim & Beth are organic farmers who also own the Weston Chronicle newspaper, our first interview was with them and then shortly

afterwards with Frank and Martha who were regular customers.

Next door was Kenny & his two very industrious sons, whose speciality was Canteloupes & Watermelons, by all accounts they were already very,

very good at growing these ! 

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 Two young ladies being interviewed by Ann.

 Pam with granddaughter.

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The Lake family, Peggy with some superb beets.

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Our previous interview is on the next page ........Kelly Daniels..


Last weeks interview was with Kelly Daniels - The Kelly Gallery

You can listen or download this fascinating interview  Kelly Daniels Interview

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Kelly was an inspiration, sitting in her beautiful garden was almost spellbinding.

Take a listen and tell us what you think ?

"Finding happiness in a garden - how it's done at the Kelly Gallery"

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Our previous interview is on the next page ........ John Stanley whilst he was 'Down Under' in Western Australia


An earlier interview was with John Stanley of John Stanley Associates, whilst he was in Australia.

"In my global work I see new trends in merchandising, display, social media marketing, general retailing, culinary eco-tourism and lifestyle retail"

John Stanley, lives in Australia, but works all over the world, visiting around 35 countries every year. It doesn't stop him and Linda from enjoying a lovely garden landscape.. you can download this interview from the Growing Trends section on Craving Talk Radio

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Our previous interview is on the next page ........ Belinda's beautiful urban garden


Our first interview was with Belinda & Terry, this is their beautiful garden oasis, we will be returning later in the summer and adding a youtube video for you to see how the mixed garden & veggies are doing - the interview can be downloaded from Craving Talk Radio.

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 here's a more romantic view...

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Growing Trends is all about people, people who are passionate about their Gardens & Landscapes,  the experts who help them Design, Create and Care for them........

 Finally a little about us.. Ann & Chris are both Garden & Landscape designers with many years of experience.


Growing Trends - is all about the People and their lovely Gardens & Landscapes,  we talk about Edibles & Ornamentals, Sculptures & Features from around the world...


"The commitment & sheer hard work required to achieve career success nowadays takes a heavy toll on our lifestyles.All of us need to counterbalance a busy working schedule with the right level of relaxation. For centuries gardens have been places of retreat and contemplation where our minds, detached from everyday problems, can resolve conflicts and plan confidently for the future. A rare moment of peace in the perfect haven of a garden brings us renewed harmony with nature" 


Along with our sponsors we can help you develop ideas for your own special Garden Landscape, we have a developing "Here's how it's done section " which talks about the planning, designing and finally implementation. To help with this we've added "It's all about the detail" a section that looks at detail. To achieve a professional looking finnish it is always about the detail, often simple techniques well executed create a lasting visual impact that looks much more natural and easy on the eye, take a look and see if you agree. We will add a few new technigues and examples each week.

Our 'Main interview topics' covers the whole spectrum of Gardens & Landscapes, with a little information & pictures, we will use these as a basis for our interviews, showing you just how varied and interesting the profession really is.

Ann and I really have enjoyed our small contribution to making our environment just a little more attractive, bringing joy and delight to our clients and spreading just a little happiness and relaxation, come and join us as we interview wide diversity of fascinating people in places that are truly magical.

If you already have a completed project and would like us to interview you in your garden drop us a line  with a picture or two, you can be anywhere, if you are close enough for us to visit we will, if not we can arrange for an interview across the airwaves, just drop us a line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Growing Trends is a new kind of interactive internet radio show, our sponsor has a unique downloadable app PicaGardi & a website at that let's you see how some of the products we are talking about look in your very own projects at home before you buy them !  

Thanks to the folks at PicaGardi  you are able to download the app FREE from either iTunes or Google play stores it works on either a phone or a tablet. If you want more information from the supplier just follow the link on the PicaGardi web page. 


You can read more on our blog site  PicaGardi Growing Trends  

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