Introducing Gardening Simplified, a new radio show and podcast from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs.

Hosted by life-long gardeners Rick Vuyst and Stacey Hirvela, the Gardening Simplified show is designed to share our love of plants and gardening.  Whatever your skill or experience level, you’ll find something interesting, useful, and just plain fascinating in every episode.

Got gardening questions? We’d love to help! Click on “contact us” above to send us a message. We answer listener questions on every episode.

Listen to Gardening Simplified on Wood Radio in Grand Rapids, 1300AM or 106.9FM, Saturdays at 9am. You can also watch the show on YouTube.

The Gardening Simplified Team

Latest Show Recordings

Four narrow Purple Pillar hibiscus bloom in a garden surrounded by green lawn and evergreen shrubs.

Episode 21 – January 28, 2023

It’s the bee show! Today, Rick and Stacey talk bees: honeybees, bumblebees, native bees, through the show and with special guest, beekeeper Don Snoeyink. Find out what bees eat through the season and what to plant to make your yard bee-friendly.

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Sonic Blooom Pink weigela covered in bright pink flowers in a landscape with a grey house in the distant background.

Episode 20 – January 21, 2023

Learn why plants go dormant yet animals hibernate, meet a flowering shrub that likes to sleep late on spring, plus succulent rescue after a freeze, and a harrowing video showing a man rescuing a deer with a paint can stuck on its head.

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The bright orange trumpet-shaped flowers of Chicklet Orange tecoma.

Episode 19 – January 14, 2023

Meet the 2023 Plants of the Year, learn about a new colorful new option for attracting hummingbirds, why you needn’t panic if your bulbs are emerging in January, and the antics of Elvis, the crocodile who stole a lawnmower.

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Puffer Fish panicle hydrangea covered in white flowers in a summer landscape.

Episode 18 – January 7, 2023

Moon gardens, small spaces, growing your own cut flowers: these are 2023’s garden trends! Plus, learn about Puffer Fish panicle hydrangea, whether you can really grow a mini-forest of pine trees from a pine cone, and a yellow cardinal sighting in Tennessee.

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A mature specimen of Glitters and Glows viburnum with white flowers.

Episode 17 – December 31, 2022

From hot peppers to hot weather, Rick and Stacey look back on what they learned in the garden in 2022. Plus, viburnum pollination, houseplant questions from listeners, and New Year’s food traditions from Spain and Grand Haven, Michigan.

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Four North Pole arborvitae covered in snow.

Episode 16 – December 24, 2022

Buzzing bees and hummingbirds, the wind in tall grass: these are our favorite garden sounds! Plus, learn about North Pole arborvitae, pruning redbuds, and what it means to be doniferous.

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