My podcast and YouTube debut

Last week, the crew behind the Green Acres Garden Podcast – host Kevin Jordan, sound engineer Austin Blank, photographer Lauren Henley, and producer and all-around nice guy Greg Gayton – came to our house to film our garden and talk to me about using succulents in the landscape. 


Even though I write about our garden all the time and have hosted various groups over the years, being in front of the camera (and mic’d up) was an entirely new experience: bizarre, nerve-racking, and exciting in equal measure. However, any anxiety I might have felt beforehand dissipated quickly as I began to talk about the garden and succulents in general. Host Kevin Jordan is a true pro at his job and kept me focused on the topics he wanted to cover. 

Watching the video made me a cringe a bit because I do talk too much and too fast. But the video makes the garden look fairly decent (minus the clutter along the edge of the driveway). You can watch the video below or on YouTube.


We also recorded a separate interview for the Green Acres Garden Podcast. It goes into a bit more detail – how to get started on a succulent garden, where to find plants, creating the garden you like vs. what others might think, making mistakes and learning from them. None of this is rocket science. I’d like to believe that anybody can do it if they enjoy working with plants and possess a modicum of stick-to-itiveness and follow-through.


You can listen to the podcast episode here or on your favorite podcast platform (links are on the podcast page).

The podcast is sponsored by Green Acres Nursery & Supply, a family-owned independent garden center with seven locations in the greater Sacramento area and a new location in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (yes, in Texas). Green Acres also owns Matsuda’s, a wholesale grower with a long history in Northern California. This month, Green Acres is celebrating 20 years in business; I’ve been a customer for a good many of these years. 



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  1. Congratulations Gerhard on your first and hopefully not your last Youtube appearance. I think you did very well. It's a totally different experience being filmed and does make you uncomfortable. Rarely are you complementary towards yourself when viewing the film afterwards. Your garden came across beautifully. As you do more of these things it becomes much easier and you relax and enjoy the experience.

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    1. Forgot to add my name again.

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    2. As long as the garden looked good on video, that's all that matters.

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  2. That was fun! You did a great job, Gerhard. You're a natural. Your enthusiasm and fundamental knowledge of your wide range of plants shined through. You did a very nice job of factoring in practical experience and lessons learned too. You sound exactly like the man I know - and you didn't speak too fast or too much. Kudos to the Green Acres crew as well!

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  3. This video was wonderful! Your zest for gardening was contagious, and it was fantastic to see video as opposed to pictures. And your garden really is a showstopper, so full of texture and color.

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    1. Thank you! I've been wanting to do more videos, but editing them is so time-consuming.

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  4. Fantastic Gerhard! I didn't realize you had so many plants around your perimeter in front of the fence. The video is just beautiful on the inside garden too. Oh, to live in California as I say all the time! We have had 23 days of 110º or higher and nights over 95º too. No way could I have the kind of garden you do but I can dream!

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    1. Lots of plants, that's for sure.

      We get hot during the day, but even on a 105°F day, it usually cools of to the low 70s at night. That really helps.

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  5. Its astonishing how differently your garden comes across in this video from what I've seen on your blog. Individual photos are great, but they don't convey size, scale, maturity of fullness of the space. I'm very impressed with what you've created and could easily have watch another hour of video with more and more details...
    Chavli

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  6. Yay! I haven't been able to watch or listen yet... but I am excited to do so ASAP. The Greenacres folks are lucky to have you as a resource.

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    1. Watched and listened, loved it! You're a natural. I'm a little curious though about that Portland garden with lots of spikes that people didn't like???

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    2. i remember when somebody got poked by an agave (?) during a garden tour and was less than happy with spiky plants.

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  7. Wonderful. Just too short. Wanted to see the rest of the garden resplendent in spring growth after a wonderfully rainy winter.

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  8. Hi! I am just now getting to this post and for some reason, I can't find the Green Acres Garden podcast on my iPhone's podcast app. Any suggestions? Now to watch the video! Looking forward to seeing more of your garden.

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