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Gardens grow better, thanks to Gustins


Local couple produce gardening shows, events

Jeff and Theresa Gustin of Lake Oswego combine their talents in their business, Gustin Creative Group.

If your garden is growing well, you might have Lake Oswego residents Jeff and Therese Gustin to thank. And if your garden could use a little help, you might want to tune into “Garden Time,” Portland’s No. 1 garden show, owned and produced by the couple through their business, Gustin Creative Group.

They are the same folks who started the “In the Garden” television show and the former garden show on “Good Day Lifestyle”s on KPTV-12. “Garden Time” airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. on KOIN-6 Portland, as well as on stations in Salem and Eugene.

Therese Gustin has the horticulture background and Jeff Gustin brings his talents in photography and production to the union. Combining their passions has been a winning combination for them and Oregon gardeners.

“It is our goal to give you the best gardening information in the Northwest. We are a local show and we will always be a local show. What does that mean? It means we will stay topical and seasonal. You will see what works in the Northwest, what you can plant here and how it will grow. It is information that will help make you a successful gardener,” states the company website, gardentime.tv.

The show, which is hosted by gardeners William McClenathan and Judy Alleruzzo, shares information from nurserymen and other gardening experts, tours specialty gardens and offers tips on making the most of a garden. Viewers learn about new tools, plants and techniques to make their effort in the garden really pay off.

“Jeff knows so many people in the industry,” said Therese Gustin. “They are an amazing group of people who love being in the garden. We learn so much from our clients and viewers.”

A feature of the show is to revisit plantings done earlier in the season to see how they have done. If a plant has not flourished, Therese Gustin said one should feel free to move it to another location.

“I’m not afraid of editing my garden. If it’s not working, yank it out,” she said. “Moving plants at the end of September is perfect. Fall is the ideal time for transplanting plants.”

Which is why Gustin Creative Group is hosting Gardenpalooza Saturday at Fir Point Farm in Aurora.

Held in spring and again in the fall, Gardenpalooza features more than 25 local nurseries and garden vendors offering plants, bulbs, garden art and advice. Admission and parking are free and food, beer and wine will be available. Fir Point Farms is located 20 miles south of Portland at 14601 Arndt Road in Aurora.

“Garden Time” will air through November. Viewers can sign up now for the Garden Time online magazine at gardentime.tv to keep abreast of gardening tips during the winter months.

To learn more about Gustin Creative Group and its production services, visit gustincreativegroup.com.

by: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE  - Jeff Gustin makes his living doing what he loves best. He uses his photographic and production skills to film programs that enhance the lives of viewers.