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Drought Tolerant, Heat Loving Plants on "Home & Family Show" Deck Makeover!


I was assigned a deck garden makeover recently for the Hallmark daytime show,   "Home & Family" with Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines. 

If you like home and garden shows, you'll love this unique daytime show where all the guests are experts from this genre!


When I design a garden makeover for television, one of the first things I do is secure the very best looking plants available.

This is TV after all!


 The pros at Armstrong Garden Center helped me select  drought tolerant, heat loving plants for this Southern California garden.

Armstrong Garden Center in Sherman Oaks, California supplied all of the plants.

The service was excellent and one of the nursery pros, Audrey, pulled plants with me for over two hours!


Before the deck makeover.



The Planting Conditions

The deck is open and sunny and has a southern orientation, meaning it receives generous sunshine most of the day.



Posted on March 14, 2013 at 12:00am

Video: Hellborus 'Fluffy Ruffles'

Co-owner and Hellebore breeder Chris' amazing double flowering Hellebore in a stunning array of colors for your shade perennial garden.

This new Helleborus is a double flowering type that has triple the amount of petals of common Helleborus. 

The breeder claims the plant is deer proof and drought proof.

I love the color and looks of the 'Fluffy Ruffles' Helleborus.

Anyone have any experience with it?

What are your thoughts?

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Posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:05am

Fairy and Miniature Gardens on "Home & Family" Show, Hallmark Channel, Jan. 2 2013!

Hi Garden Center TV Friends!

Happy New Year!

Shirley Bovshow with a few of her miniature and fairy gardens for the Home & Family Show.

I invite you to watch my appearance on the "Home & Family Show," (Hallmark channel), tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at 10AM PST.

You can check your local TV listings for exact time and set your DVR!

If you enjoy it and want to see more gardening segments on the show, please let the producers know on the "Home & Family" community board on their website!

Unfortunately, there aren't enough gardening shows on TV, so I encourage your support!

The"Home & Family" show is a unique, live, daily, two-hour show all about home and family matters and is hosted by Mark Steines, (E Entertainment) and Cristina Ferrare (Big Bowl of Love- OWN network).…


Posted on January 1, 2013 at 6:04pm

3 Fruit Trees for Small Spaced Yards and Patios

Growing your own food at home is a huge trend among gardeners but it  seems to stop short of growing your own fruit.

There's a misconception among newer gardeners that a large yard is required in order to grow and  enjoy a crisp apple, juicy orange or luscious avocado straight from a tree!

It's exciting to share information about dwarf and compact fruit tree varieties that grow well and thrive in containers.

Enjoy the short video from my "Way to Grow" series on the Digs channel on Youtube where I present a multi-grafted apple tree growing in a container, a dwarf avocado tree named "Minicado" and an espaliered Meyer lemon tree.

"3 Fruit Trees for Small Spaced Yards and…


Posted on December 29, 2012 at 1:02pm — 8 Comments

Make a Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden: Beginner's Guide

There's no doubt about it, "Fairy" and "Miniature" gardens are strong trends in gardening today.

You can't read a garden magazine or browse Pinterest and Facebook without coming across these charming and very personal fairy and miniature themed gardens.

I made a video for my "Way to Grow" beginner gardening series on the Digs channel on YouTube and taught two newbie gardeners how to assemble their first fairy garden.


You can find accessories for your miniature or fairy garden at Wholesale Fairy Gardens, an online store specializing in miniature garden structures.


Houses, fences, fairies, furniture, characters from Wholesale Fairy Gardens.



Where do you buy or find your fairy and mini garden…


Posted on December 15, 2012 at 4:00pm

Straw Bale Planters with Shirley Bovshow on "Home and Family" Show!

Do you want to learn how to make a straw bale raised planter?

Hi Friends!

I invite you to watch my appearance on the "Home and Family" show this week as I re-purpose a straw bale into a raised planter for herbs and greens!

The show airs on the Hallmark channel which is on most basic cable packages and stars Paige Davis of "Trading Spaces" and Mark Steines of "E Entertainment.


Garden designer, Shirley Bovshow (l) with hosts Mark Steines and Paige Davis (center) and expert contributors to "Home and Family" show.

I'm the garden lifestyle expert for the show!

The show airs on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 from 10AM12PM PST.

Thanks to De Wit tools for supplying their legendary tools for the segment- they  customized a bulb planter for easier cutting through the bale and sent an assortment of tools from The Netherlands!


De Wit tools are  handmade in The Netherlands and are made with the highest quality Swedish boron steel…


Posted on October 30, 2012 at 11:30am

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At 7:58am on July 7, 2012, Karen Sloan said…

Hi Shirley!
Thanks so much for the warm welcome! I'm very happy to be a part of Garden Center TV's wonderful site, and to see so many of my gardening friends here, too!
Many congrats on creating such a valuable gardening resource.
Cheers & Happy Gardening!

At 5:57am on June 14, 2012, Robin Horton said…

Conrats on the launch of your new venture--no doubt it will be big success!!!!

At 2:55pm on September 26, 2011, Sheri Ann Richerson said…

Thank you for the wonderful welcome Shirley! I would to share my insight with everyone! I do not use chicken egg wipes - in fact, I had never heard of them. I am curious about them and did post a comment on Kylee's video.


I'm always open to questions and suggestions!



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Thanksgiving Mini Arbor Centerpiece And Foraged Flowers


If you would like a unique display for your Thanksgiving table, consider making my miniature birch arbor centerpiece, filled with foraged flowers, fruits and vegetables. The centerpiece is easy to make and is affordable but it looks like you spent hundreds of dollars on it.   I came across a sidewalk full of fallen birch tree branches that […]



I started a trial for the UC Verde drought tolerant lawn in 2009 to see how it would grow and thrive in my very dry Los Angeles climate. These are the claims made by the developers of the UC Verde drought tolerant lawn.   "Here's what sets UC Verde apart from the tall fescues and bermuda grasses:" UC Verde […]

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