Oh how excited I got in July, when I found out that I would be able to visit the set of Growing a Greener World TV. Not only did I get to visit, I was able to help! I was even allowed to film my own video of “Growing A Greener World- Behind the Scenes”.
See, I received a couple of emails, one being from Joe Lamp’l himself, Executive Producer and Host of Growing A Greener World (which is a national series on public television). You might recognize him as JoeGardener. I love that name. I also received an email from Theresa Loe. She is the Co-Executive Producer of Growing A Greener World. Oh- by the way, she is also a Freelance garden writer for Living Homegrown and an Author. They both informed me that they had found a location in Atlanta Georgia, to film an episode on Garden Coaching. They were letting me know that I was welcome to attend the filming, on location.. Seriously??? All I could say was “Well, of course, I would be honored to attend, and I will be quiet as a Fern Frond” .. Ha!
Joe Lamp’l had brought in Robin Haglund, Founder and President of Garden Mentors, from Seattle, Washington as the Garden Coach., and what a great lady! The filming took place at the home of Emily Robinson, in Norcross, Georgia. Emily was very excited and most appreciative of this opportunity. She has a wonderful yard, full of possibilities, so Joe and Robin began coaching her, on film, (with many many “takes” and “cuts”) .. about some of the great things she can do in her yard. Some of the suggestions were how to improve drainage areas in her yard, and how to prune her trees to make them look better. My favorite part was filming the discussion on how to include growing edibles (fruits and veggies) along with her ornamentals (flowers and shrubs). I have to say, I was quite impressed at how down to earth and friendly all these folks were.
The minute I arrived, it seemed like I had known them forever. The director of Photography, Carl Pennington and his brother, David Pennington were there, setting up the cameras and wireless microphones on Joe and Robin. David’s daughter, Hope, was there as well, using the scene marker. She was great. Now , again, you know I shot my own little video of “Behind the Scenes” footage. They even let me help during filming, by holding the light reflector... We really had a great day and they all had a great sense of humor, even when they were dealing with a sighting of a pygmy rattlesnake, biting mosquitoes, tick bites and the wonderful Georgia humidity.
I got involved with this great group of “green industry” folks through Twitter. I connected with them later, on Facebook as well. These are true blue “green” people, and very real. I love their passion for growing things and their commitment to being great stewards of our planet. Here is a short video of “Behind the Scenes of GGWTV” ...
Want to learn more? Growing A Greener World TV.. To watch the episodes, go to: www.growingagreenerworld.com The episodes can also be seen on a PBS station in your area.
Joe Lamp’l .. Find his blog at www.joegardener.com .
Theresa Loe..Find her blog at www.livinghomegrown.com ..especially if you like to learn about gardening, canning, educational school gardens and homesteading!
Robin Haglund.. Find her at www.gardenmentors.com and/or www.gardenhelp.org .