KLRU Next Night 4/6: Central Texas Gardener!

You’re invited to our first NEXT Night of 2017!

On Thursday, April 6th, we’ll be at Springdale Farm (755 Springdale Road) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to celebrate beloved KLRU program Central Texas Gardener! Tickets are $15. Buy yours today

CTG producer Linda Lehmusvirta will be on hand to answer your garden questions. Come build your own terrarium from Slavonk & Hortus Terraria, grab a drink from Live Oak Brewing Co. and Z Tequila and enjoy bites from Eden East. Baylor Scott & White Health will be on site giving healthy cooking and medicinal herb demos!

Baylor Scott & White Health logo

Thank you to our sponsor for the evening, Baylor Scott & White Health!

Central Texas Gardener receives 2016 GWA Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement


Congrats to CTG’s Linda Lehmusvirta for receiving the 2016 Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement!

KLRU’s Linda Lehmusvirta has received the 2016 Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement for Best Overall Broadcast Media, from the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators for her work as producer on Central Texas Gardener.

A total of 11 Gold Medals were awarded at the 2016 GWA Awards & Honors Dinner, held on Monday, September 19.

This national award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. The 2016 competition had more than 250 entries in 56 categories, and Silver Awards of Achievement were given to 59 pieces of work making them semi-finalists for Gold Awards. Lehmusvirta was one of those awarded a silver medal for her work on Central Texas Gardener.

“The GWA Media Awards showcase the writers, photographers, editors, publishers and trade companies that have pursued excellence in gardening communication in print or electronic communications,” says Kirk Brown, president of GWA. “The Media Award winners have been judged by industry experts and show significant distinction and merits that exemplify exceptional work.”

You can watch Central Texas Gardener on Saturdays at noon or by visiting the website where you can also read all of the blogs.


CTG to receive Association of Garden Communicators Award

This September, Central Texas Gardener’s very own Linda Lehmusvirta will be receiving an award from The Association of Garden Communicators’ (GWA) 68th Annual Conference and Expo.

The GWA will honor Lehmusvirta and other awardees for their excellence and service in the green communicators industry. All honorees will receive an award at the 2016 Awards & Honors Dinner.

Lehmusvirta will be receiving a 2016 Media Awards Silver Medal winner for broadcast media, a special designation awarded to the top 10 percent of each competition category. These winners will now be entered for judging in the Gold Medal Round, where awards will be given for the best of each award class. Gold Medal winners will be announced during the dinner as well.


Highlights July 24-30

KLRU Highlights

Tune in Sunday at 7 pm for a brand new episode of Dancing On The Edge. Find out why Masterson wants to buy Stanley’s magazine and Lady Cremone decides to be less reclusive. Louis’ calmness is shaken when he sees Julian’s friends at an exclusive dinner at which he entertains. He learns there’s a warrant for his arrest.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series at 8 pm. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Watch Tunnel at 9:30 pm, as youths are burnt alive, police suspect the hand of the Truth Terrorist once more. They finally make a key arrest. Will this be the end of the killings?

Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor for PBS NewsHour in partnership with NPR. Coverage will also be available via live streaming. Watch Monday through Thursday at 7 pm.

On Friday, watch Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 pm. For more than 40 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

Next at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show, watch a full episode devoted to the Victorian age, which gave birth to modern baking. The Signature test is game pie, a stalwart of the era. The Technical recipe, fruitcake, dates to the late 1800s. And much-loved charlotte russe is the Showstopper.

Stay tuned for another episode of Great British Baking Show at 9 pm. Watch the five remaining bakers work their way through patisserie. In the Signature, they’re challenged to make cream horns. Then Mary sets a fiddly Technical task: mokatines. The Showstopper is a test of time and gravity: religieuse a l’ancienne.

At 10 pm, Austin City Limits presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

On Saturday, pump up the wildlife with drought-tough plants and a front yard design for family fun and food on Central Texas Gardener at noon.

Later at 7 pm, celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day. Watch on Austin City Limits.

At 8 pm, Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

At 9 pm, Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Foyle’s War, Series VII.” Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks return in three episodes of this detective series. Set in post-war 1946-47, Foyle (Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5. Watch at 10: 30 pm.

CTG’s Linda Lehmusvirta to speak at butterfly festival 4/16

On Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m., Central Texas Gardener producer Linda Lehmusvirta will speak at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens Butterfly Festival. Her talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

The Butterfly Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens at 1101 FM 2325 Wimberley, Texas 78676. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

Every 30 minutes, butterflies will be released. The first release will honor the victims of the May 2015 floods in Wimberley. A butterfly tent from Houston will be set up for humans and butterflies to interact. Additionally, you can check out the work of this year’s Butterfly Art Contest winner, Hannah Kuriakose of Stafford Middle School in Frisco, as well as many others! And if all of this wasn’t enticing enough, the San Antonio Zoo will also be there.

The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens was founded in 1988 and named in honor of EmilyAnn, who was an actress and costume designer. It is a permanent home for Shakespeare Under the Stars.

PBS Newshour Weekend: Taking Care of Trees

In addition to taking care of wounded soldiers, the San Antonio Military Medical Center tends to a healing garden – a garden which actually helps heal the soldiers. This program from Central Texas Gardener includes a story that features the Warrior and Family Support System gardens at Fort Sam Houston.

“The purpose of it is to encourage warriors and their families, help them integrate back into society to a – I overuse the expression – but a whole new normal, because their lives are changed forever,” Judith Markelz, director of the Warrior and Family Support Center said.

Emotional, powerful, encouraging stories about a beautiful garden designed for healing warriors, including burn patients and patients with prosthetics. Typically, the warriors stay at the medical center for a long time.

Volunteers dedicate time to pruning roses, and local nurseries and gardeners add plants and materials to the healing garden.

“Everybody I invite to come here and take a tour, they are just blown away with what has been done for our wounded warriors, so they’re just willing to help out,” one volunteer said.

Host your own Fourth of July cookout with these recipes!

Fourth of July means fireworks, the outdoors, family, friends and FOOD. If you’re planning on hosting guests at a cookout, we’ve gathered some recipes and how-to videos to help you whip up something your family and friends will love this Fourth of July.


What’s a cookout without barbecue?  Our friend Aaron Franklin is here to help you make your grilled goods outstanding. Watch episode one of BBQ with Franklin for a step-by-step brisket cook experiment using three different methods and learn more about brisket in the process.

Not a brisket fan? Franklin can also show you tips on cooking ribs and pulled pork. Follow the links below to watch the videos or go here for all videos from BBQ with Franklin!


No Texas cookout is complete without guacamole. Try this easy Foodphiles recipe, and don’t forget to grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips so your friends and family can snack while the barbecue’s on the grill.

Another healthy, delicious snack your cookout attendees will love: Sweet potato fries. Fry ’em up in the oven and whip up a homemade chipotle mayo as a dipping sauce. Try this recipe from Fresh Tastes (and don’t forget to double or triple the recipe, depending on how many people you’re entertaining).


Strawberry lemonade (Image courtesy Fresh Tastes)

Strawberry lemonade (Image courtesy Fresh Tastes)

For your adult friends, check out these garden cocktail recipes from Central Texas Gardener. Get tips from Trisha on whipping up a cool cucumber, tomato tonic or peach bourbon cocktail.

For a tasty non-alcoholic refresher, serve strawberry lemonade with fresh fruit. Go here for a recipe from Fresh Tastes featuring tips on how to tone down the sweetness if you don’t have a sweet tooth.

And, of course, it is Texas…so it’s always good to have a pitcher or two of sweet tea on hand.


What’s a good barbecue meal without coleslaw? Go here for a recipe for Fresh Tastes’ no-mayo coleslaw, a healthier alternative to store-bought slaw, with a touch of honey, olive oil and lemon juice.

Courtesy Fresh Tastes

Watermelon feta salad (Image courtesy Fresh Tastes)

For a refreshing summer salad, try Fresh Tastes’ savory-sweet watermelon feta salad recipe, courtesy of food blogger Alice Currah. Click here for the recipe, and you can find more of Alice’s recipes here.

Courtesy Fresh Tastes

Grilled asparagus raclette (Image courtesy Fresh Tastes)

For another healthy side, toss some asparagus on the grill. Asparagus is a superfood and contains folate, a B vitamin that serves as an excellent mood booster. This grilled asparagus recipe from Fresh Tastes incorporates an American twist on raclette, a cheese served melted in many parts of Switzerland, but feel free to use any cheese you want. You can’t go wrong with grilled veggies and melted cheese.


Courtesy Martha Bakes

Pecan tassies (Image courtesy Martha Bakes)

For easy-to-eat dessert bites, try Martha Stewart’s pecan tassies recipe. Martha takes you step-by-step through making your own dough and filling for these tiny pecan bites.

Does any food scream “Fourth of July” more than apple pie? Check out this simple recipe, or if apple’s not your game, try this raspberry pie recipe from Fresh Tastes.

Peach cobbler may not be “as American as apple pie,” but it’s pretty close. Try this recipe to make individual peach cobbler cups for your guests — and don’t forget to buy a gallon of vanilla ice cream for peach cobbler a la mode!

Courtesy Everyday Baking PBS

Individual peach cobbler (Image courtesy Everyday Baking)

What’s your favorite Fourth of July food? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

Click here for more Fourth of July-themed recipes from PBS Food.

What’s happening this weekend: June 27-28

Another drizzly weekend is in the forecast, but don’t let that get you down – in true Austin fashion, there’s no shortage of fun activities happening across the city this weekend.

Visit the Umlauf Sculpture Garden
Jump between raindrops and connect with all your senses at the Umlaut Sculpture Garden, where you can wander through the trails, view and even touch all of Charles Umlauf’s unique and passionate sculptures. Watch this clip from Central Texas Gardener then head on down to the garden’s two acres just above Zilker Park. The best part? You can visit the Umlauf free all summer long.

Admission: Free all summer. Weekend hours: Noon to 4 p.m. http://www.umlaufsculpture.org/

Check out the Ransom Center’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” exhibit
If you don’t feel like braving the rain, the Harry Ransom Center is celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” through July 6. Featuring a rare copy of Carroll’s 1865 “suppressed” edition of the book, Carroll’s photograph of the three Lidell sisters who inspired the story, Salvador Dali’s 1969 illustrations and more, the exhibit celebrates the classic book, which has never been out of print since its initial publication in 1865. To prepare for your visit, watch this Antiques Roadshow clip in which one man’s Alice-themed doorstops are worth a surprising fortune.

Admission: Free. Weekend hours: Noon to 5 p.m. http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/2015/alice/

Get down with Ray Benson and other local artists to benefit flood victims
Boogie back to Texas for a good cause with Austin’s own Ray Benson and other local artists such as Jack Ingram and Robert Earl Keen at Flood Aid TX at the Palmer Events Center. Organizers say the show will go on rain or shine, and proceeds will benefit The United Way of Hays County Flood Relief Fund and the Austin Disaster Relief Network. To get in the spirit, watch this feature on Ray and his band, Asleep at the Wheel, who were inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame last week.

Admission: $35 per person, $100 family four-pack, $150 per VIP ticket. Children 12 and under get in free. Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. http://www.floodaidtx.org/

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 klru.org/ctg/blog

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.