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.


#whyKLRU? You can give the gift that puts us over goal!

KLRU has reached the end of our August pledge drive and we are just $495 short our goal of $240,000. If you are among the thousands who have responded over the last 17 days, THANK YOU!

If you have not given yet, you have a unique opportunity to give the gift that puts KLRU over it’s goal. Give that gift right now!

During this drive we offered tickets to a number of one-of-a-kind KLRU experiences. As you think about how you would like to be thanked for your support, please consider joining us for one (or more) of these incredible events:

2 tickets to the Austin City Limits taping with Arcade Fire on September 17th

2 tickets to KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair (bring 3 treasures with you) on January 21st

2 tickets to spend the day on the set of Central Texas Gardener on October 6th

2 tickets to our BBQ bus tour – KLRU-Daytripper Meat-Up on October 1st

We hope you will make a donation, and perhaps join us for one of our events. Also, please consider inspiring others by sharing your reason for supporting KLRU at our Facebook page, or on Twitter – using the hashtag #whyKLRU.

Thank you for watching and supporting KLRU!

whyKLRU? Special Live Nights Starting Tonight!

If you’ve already given a gift or shared why you love KLRU this August, thank you for your support! In just one week, you have helped raised $90,000 towards our goal of $240,000! We’re not done yet – tonight and Saturday we’ll be live in the KLRU studios with really exciting programs and thank you gifts!

Tonight is our regular Friday public affairs line up starting at 6pm with PBS Newshour, Washington Week at 7pm and Need to Know at 7:30pm. If you call in to support any of our public affairs programs you’ll be entered in a drawing to win season tickets to our engaging speaker series, Spark at the Moody.

Following public affairs at 8:30pm is American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides, an incredible portrait of the life, career, and creative journey of a very talented actor, artist and musician. Jeff Bridges just taped his Austin City Limits performance this week (airing in November), and we’ll be giving away his signed, limited edition posters and also tickets to the Big Lebowski quote-a-long at the Alamo Drafthouse this month – you’ll have to watch to win, so don’t forget to tune in!

PBS Preview: American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

The highlight of Saturday afternoon is 90 minutes of Central Texas Gardener starting at 4pm. We’ll be live in the studio with all the CTG folks who are eager to hear from the garden-lovers out there. We have a great fall preview show lined up (read more about it at the CTG blog!), a special gift package to give away from Eastside Cafe, Go Local Austin businesses answering the phones,  and  an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience for fans to see an actual taping of a CTG episode! It’ll be CTG-super-sized and not to be missed!

Central Texas Gardener Saturday Special Promo

Stick around KLRU into the evening for the next live pledge event: Austin City Limits, Season 37 Preview. See next season’s performances and backstage interviews before anyone else does! And if you’re a fan of Arcade Fire, you will have an opportunity to receive tickets to their ACL taping in Septembertickets will go fast, so don’t miss your chance! Give now and watch the preview tomorrow for more ACL goodies!

Austin City Limits Special: Season 37 Preview

Central Texas Gardener succulents

Program: Central Texas Gardener
Time: noon and 4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, July 25
Visit the CTG Web site for resources at klru.org/ctg
Go behind the scenes with CTG’s Producer Linda Lehmusivirta at klru.org/ctg/blog

This week: Get tips for growing xeric aloes, agaves, and succulents. On tour, visit a succulent garden along stone beds, a courtyard pond, and Japanese-styled patio.

Soft sculptural plants on CTG

Program: Central Texas Gardener
Time: noon
Date: Saturday, May 23
Also airs: Saturday, May 23, at 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 24, at 8 a.m.
Watch episodes online at klru.tv
Visit the CTG blog at klru.org/ctg/blog

Add dimension with soft sculptural plants for shade and sun. On tour, a gardener visually expands her small space.

Bloom Day in Austin

Program: Central Texas Gardener
Date: Saturday
Time: noon and 4 p.m.

Find out what’s blooming in CTG producer Linda Lehmusvirta’s garden on the CTG blog at klru.org/ctg/blog

This week on CTG:
Go for the bold with waterwise palms and cycads. On tour, a gardener turns a flat lawn into levels of discovery in shade.

CTG participates in bloom day

Central Texas Gardener producer Linda Lehmusvirta is participating in Bloom Day, which started a few years ago by Carol a garden blogger in Indiana.  Every month, on the 15th, people from around the country and even from around the world, blog about what is blooming on that day in their gardens.  Each blogger then sends an email to Carol, who then posts the links on her blog.

Linda was up early to take the pictures of all the things blooming right now. You can see her post about it here at klru.org/ctg/blog