Focus on Flowers

Indiana Public Media


Focus on Flowers is a weekly podcast and public radio program about flower gardening hosted by master gardener Moya Andews.

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1866 episodes

My Own Garden

There is magic associated with flowers. How can it be, I wonder, that there are so many different shapes, colors, and sizes to delight the senses?

Mar 30
18th-Century Gardens

By the 18th century, it was fashionable in the colonies of North America where a garden was essential to feed a family.

Mar 23
Not Just Ornaments

In ancient times, roses were not grown for ornamental reasons but for their medicinal and mystical properties.

Mar 16
Disguising Bulb Foliage

After the spring bloomers' flowers faded, I used to have day lily plants that grew up in my beds to disguise the decaying and unsightly bulb foliage. All that changed once the deer in my neighborhood came by in droves and ate all of the day lily foliage.

Mar 09

In North America, frangipani is often associated with Hawaii because of the lovely leis that are made from their blossoms

Mar 03
Controlling Growth

During the 20th century, growers learned to grow flowers with taller, straighter stems, less blemishes, and, also, to force blooms out of season.

Mar 02
Romantic Gardens

Beginning in the early 18th century in England, many quaint new cottages were built surrounded by plantings of fruit trees, honey suckle, ivy, and all kinds of flowers to create intentionally romantic gardens.

Feb 23
Josephine’s Roses

Empress Josephine Bonaparte had the first European ever-blooming roses from China, and her eclectic collection allowed French hybridizers to create many new varieties.

Feb 16
There's a Fragrance to This Message

Way back when there were no cell phones, lovers used flowers as coded messages to keep their communications unknown to chaperones.

Feb 09

In North America, frangipani is often associated with Hawaii because of the lovely leis that are made from their blossoms.

Feb 02
Spring Bouquets

Starting in February we can pick garden flowers for indoors.

Jan 26
Sanguinaria canadensis

These plants enjoy rich, moist soil that drains well, and if they're happy in their spot, they will form colonies under deciduous trees but will disappear once the trees leaf out.

Jan 19
The Pleasure Gardens of Versailles

King Louis XIV's pleasure gardens were places to entertain and impress, and to glorify himself and his achievements.

Jan 12
Gardens Preserved

In AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, and huge amounts of volcanic ash covered the city of Pompeii. The ash preserved the homes and gardens that otherwise would have decayed or been destroyed over time.

Jan 05
Pounding Flowers

Pounding can create emotional release and satisfaction for some, and the resulting images can be quite beautiful.

Dec 29, 2022
Musings about Flowers

“Hope is like a harebell, trembling from its birth / Love is like a rose, the joy of all the earth... / Harebells and sweet lilies show a thornless growth / But the rose with all its thorns excels them both.”

Dec 22, 2022
Holiday Remembrances

If you are looking for a sweet gift for a loved one or friend, check out antique stores and thrift shops for miniature vases or cute tiny bottles.

Dec 15, 2022
God's Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote, "As long as one has a garden, one has a future and as long as one has a future, one lives."

Dec 08, 2022
Gifts From the Garden

"Love your garden and work in it, and let it give you what it surely will and let no one feel that the benefit is all on the side of the garden, for truly you will receive more than you give."

Dec 01, 2022
How Flowers Teach

Flowering plants are forgiving, and they usually give much more than they receive.

Nov 22, 2022
Rural Paintings

During the 1860s, watercolor paintings by English artists depicted rural scenes with thatched cottages surrounded by profuse cottage gardens. It was an idealized version of English country life.

Nov 17, 2022
"Capability" Brown

Lancelot "Capability" Brown, landscaper to the rich and famous in 18th-century England, died in 1783. He advocated vistas that were "simple, uncluttered and restrained."

Nov 10, 2022
The Dark Ages

What gardens existed around the world in In the 6th-13th centuries?

Nov 03, 2022
Bed & Border Designs

A mixed border is usually a defined space with a mix of perennials, annuals, shrubs, bulbs, and/or grasses with a walk, or path, in front and a wall or a fence behind as a backdrop. A mix of plants of different varieties ensures an extended period of interest.

Oct 27, 2022
Good Investments

Shrubs are long-lived garden residents and help create the architecture of a garden.

Oct 20, 2022
Cape Primrose Care

Streptocarpus are pretty plants to grow once one gets used to their habits.

Oct 13, 2022
Caryopteris for Fall

Caryopteris (Bluebeard) has a winning combination of foliage color and pretty flowers that provide focal points in the fall garden.

Sep 29, 2022
Fall Garden Color (Season Extenders)

As the growing season winds down, there are some plants, known in the trade as season extenders, that bridge the gap between fall and winter in gardens.

Sep 22, 2022
Edible and Inedible

Many different flowers have been used as food garnishes. However, there are also many toxic plants in our gardens.

Sep 15, 2022
Edible and Inedible

We love flowers, but we should always look at them in the garden, not eat them, as many have also been exposed to chemicals before we purchase them.

Sep 15, 2022