Ever hear of Netflix? Yes, of course you have as it is a well marketed service that offers DVD rental. The cool thing about Netflix is that the DVDs come directly to your house via snail mail and include a return envelope to mail the DVD back once you've watched the movie. You can also view Netflix DVDs on your computer via streaming or on your television if you have the right peripheral equipment to set up a Netflix account. The cost of Netflix is minimal (we pay approximately $10 a month for our program) and the DVDs are limitless. Netflix is awesome! I did not realize just how awesome until I started receiving garden program related DVDs. Yes! Netflix offers garden shows found in its special interest section of the queue search. I would like to share a few of the disks I've been watching lately and let you all know these are available to all. Watching garden related shows on DVD will beat the snow blues any day-so bring it on Mother Nature. Another few days out of school and more snow won't hurt me. I love shoveling snow!
All jokes aside about our wintry weather I have been enjoying watching garden shows during the cold days we've been having here. I thought I'd share a few of my favorite garden disks with you all. When I mentioned to my garden club that Netflix had garden disks no one was aware of the fact so I thought I'd share with you all. One of my favorite series is the People, Places, and Plants series on DVD. This is an awesome series that is regionally based in New England but it showcases gardeners from all over the country, their gardens, places such as nurseries and public gardens like the Scott Arboretum, and it also spotlights plants. Techniques such as pruning, planting, fertilizing and harvesting plants are all showcased. This series is for all types of gardeners and will appeal to a wide audience because of the friendly and companionably comfortable nature of the two hosts; Paul Tukey (People, Places, and Plants) and Roger Swain (Horticulture Magazine).
Another excellent DVD to add to your garden queue is The Art and Practice of Gardening with Penelope Hobhouse. On this disk we visit wonderful gardens in England and the United States Ms. Hobhouse also gives us a great deal of history about plants and the differences between English and American gardening. It is clear she likes plants native to the southeastern United States so those of us in my area should enjoy her discourses on plants we know and love. It is an excellent DVD and one you all must get if you are pining for great garden programs.
Another series of garden shows I highly recommend is the Garden Story series with host Rebecca Frischkorn. This series is in an depth look at how gardens have changed peoples' lives. I especially enjoyed the segment on community gardens in New York City. It is just incredible how a small plot of land that is beautified can unite a community.
Netflix has other garden titles as well as these three series. The show on Pearl and his topiary gardens is a real treat. Since this unique garden is in South Carolina (a doable trip for me) I may just visit it one day. That would be a real treat!
So if you have a Netflix subscription and like to garden be sure to look for these super good garden shows and add them to your queue. If you don't have Netflix and are wondering where all the good television shows on garden have gone-what are you waiting for? They are all on Netflix. All I can say is move over HGTV there is a new way to watch garden related shows....
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One note: I have not found too many garden related programs that can be streamed. Therefore all garden disks must be received through the mail. That is a bit of a drawback for me but I'll take it anyhow.
Note: There is no link to Netflix and I am not espousing Netflix. I have not received anything in kind to do this post from anyone but if Netflix would like to offer me a free subscription....:) I simply like my subscription to Netflix and thought I'd share it with you all!
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