How are things where you are? I know it’s been a while since I last wrote to you, but I have run out of options and I am turning to you and your elves to make this little gardener’s Christmas wish list become a reality.
I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to keep up with your reading, but a few posts ago, I wrote about the lack of G on HGTV. Far be it from me to tell you how to do your job, but you may want to consider a stocking full of coal for the network’s naughty executives. They have not been kind to the gardening population — and, in fact, they have not responded to my letter requesting more G shows.
But if you would like to avoid coal, might I suggest sprinkling them with some inspiring Christmas magic so they may wake on Christmas morning like a renewed Ebenezer Scrooge? To help you, here are a few ideas for gardening shows that I, for one, would love to watch on a snowy winter morning.
The Secret Garden: There’s nothing I like more than seeing an overgrown garden, its structure well-hidden because of lack of care. Then, with a little TLC and lots of sweat, beds and fencing and stonework reappear until the garden is restored to its former glory.
The Masters: In this reality show, viewers follow a group of gardeners as they pursue their Master Gardener certificates. Each episode will follow the coursework and drama. As an added bonus, viewers can pursue a similar program in an on-line course.
The Big O: Now that Oprah is no longer on network television, maybe the 15th letter of the alphabet can stand for more than just her name. Simply put, there’s a growing interest in organic gardening. This show will educate viewers on the basics, as well as the trials and tribulations of living an organic life.
Little House Off the Grid: This reality show will follow a family as they move off the grid to begin home gardening and farming while reducing their carbon footprint.
Gardening 101: As food prices continue to soar, many families would like to consider home gardening but are too intimidated. This educational show will introduce viewers to the basics of gardening and stewardship.
Landscaping 101: An expert designer will help unravel the mystery of good landscape design, especially for the home gardener who would like to beautify their property while keeping a lid on the expense.
Profiles in Gardening: It’s important to know our history, and here is a show that would recognize gardeners, past and present, who have left their mark on the garden.
Santa, this is only a guide. Feel free to add your own spin to these or any other show suggestions. Please understand that the gardeners of the world are desperate for quality gardening shows that are informative and inspiring.
Have a safe trip next weekend.