In the UK gardening shows are still going strong. In North America, however, the pickings are comparatively slim...or, more accurately, we are starved.
Remember back in the day, when you could turn on the TV on Saturdays and have your pick of gardening shows? I'm not talking about the reality shows that dominate the airwaves these days. I'm referring to shows that actually taught you how to garden - the shows that valued substance over "show" and fabricated drama. If you're over 40, you know what I mean. If you're under 40, then let me be the one to tell you that TLC originally stood for "The Learning Channel" - where you actually learned stuff. I can't tell you how many times I've heard " I had no idea that's what the letters stood for". It's no wonder.
|Learning Channel logo from the early 90's|
Photo from the aptly titled article "What Happened to the Learning Channel"
You know what the problem is? These channels are run by executives that HAVE gardeners, not ARE gardeners. They prefer manicures to dirt under their fingernails and their mandate is fat bottom lines not quality programming.
At the recent Garden Bloggers Fling in Austin, I was fortunate enough to meet Liza Drozdov. Liza, a former DIY TV exec AND a gardener, is a fellow Canadian that had the same complaint as the rest of us - the only difference is, she decided to do something about it. Enter HortusTV - a streaming channel for gardeners. Say what? A channel specifically for gardeners created by an actual gardener? With quality shows that TEACH you something? And no commercials to boot? Sign me up please! And yes, I have signed up 😃
The lineup is always evolving and includes many British shows which I've never seen before but have heard about from fellow British bloggers. Those Brits have got it goin' on when it comes to all things gardening, don't they? I'm looking forward to a Monty Don-a-thon. There's also North American content such as Cathy Renwald's Gardening Journal - this one is close to my heart as she's a local.
Watch on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone...and for those of you who prefer to get your gardening fix on your wide-screen TV, all you need is an HDMI cable. Done.
From now until July 15th, Liza is generously offering a 25% lifetime discount. You heard right - that 25% is a permanent discount. None of this six month business. With this discount, their current monthly subscription rate of $6.99 is reduced to $5.24, so you can get your gardening fix anytime, anywhere, for the cost of two cups of coffee...or a latte at Starbucks. How do you get your discount? Register HERE for a free 7 day trial, then when it's time to subscribe, enter this promo code: GARDENINGME18. That's all there is to it to get your 25% discount. For life.
Finally, access to proper gardening shows in North America....thank you Liza & HortusTV.