Connecting Our Kids to Food and Nature

Why is it important to get our kids outside? Find out this week on Central Texas Gardener when Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, examines nature-deficit disorder and how it impacts our children.

See why this family made a resolution to dump the grass for organic vegetables when their daughter was born.

Visit CTG’s blog for stories of family garden traditions and to add your own!

CTG Blog gets national recognition

Central Texas Gardener

Congratulations to Central Texas Gardener producer Linda Lehmusvirta! The National Educational Telecommunications Association recognized the Central Texas Gardener blog for excellence in social media. NETA cited the blog for its top-rated work in content production, promotion, community engagement, and instructional media.

If you haven’t seen the Central Texas Gardner blog, be sure to take a look. Linda provides further information about each week’s CTG topic and also gives personal stories of her own gardening experience. The CTG Blog is at

In 1989, Linda began producing Central Texas Gardener, which went weekly in 1999. Now broadcast in several PBS markets across the nation, she works as producer, writer, field director and editor. Along with Central Texas Gardener features, she’s a freelance writer, with credits in local, regional, and national publications.

The Jacob and Terese Hershsey Foundation renewing support of Central Texas Gardener

The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation has just renewed its support of Central Texas Gardener (CTG), KLRU’s educational horticulture series, with a $3,000 grant.  We are delighted that they have chosen to continue partnering in informing our community how to be good stewards of our natural resources.

CTG brings viewers the latest information about gardening the Austin way:  creating gardens that are fun, beautiful, manageable, and kind to our environment and wildlife.  Central Texas Gardener champions the use of xeric and native plants, urging viewers to eliminate or reduce their use of harmful chemicals, and show them how to reduce the demand for our most precious resource:  water.

This gift will help us demonstrate viable alternatives to “chemically-dependent gardening” that help to transform attitudes and behaviors in Austin and beyond.  Thank you!

Funky Chickens visit KLRU

KLRU often has famous guests visit the sixth floor studios; on any given week you’ll find a variety of musicians, writers, even politicians making an appearance at a taping for one of our local programs. With so many famous faces you’d think the KLRU staff would be used to rock stars in the studio but the appearance of some local chickens proved that to be incorrect.

Special thanks to Judith Haller with the Austin Funky Chicken Coop tour for bringing her special guests. To learn about the chicken coop tour watch Central Texas Gardener on Saturday, January 23rd at noon and 4pm.