Pumpkin Smash 2012

Fall officially arrived at 10:49 AM on Saturday September 22 with the fall equinox. After a hot dry summer I think a lot of people are ready for some cool fall weather. We decided to celebrate with Pumpkin Smash 2012. After this summer’s drought it seemed appropriate considering a pumpkin is 80% to 90% water. We rang in the fall season similar to the New Year’s Eve ball drop by dropping a giant pumpkin on it’s gourd to celebrate the moment!

Countdown to smash
Pumpkin Smash 2012
Flowerland Show on the Air
Preparing for the drop
Doug prepares to drop George the Pumpkin
Action shot just before impact!
Pumpkin smashed
Fall has arrived










Birds of Prey

During the Flowerland radio show a number of our listeners sent in more backyard wildlife pictures. Here are some pictures from listeners of my radio show this past Saturday. The first picture was sent to us to confirm the Heron nests a tenth of a mile from the Pierson exit on US 131. In addition pictures were sent in by listeners of Cooper’s Hawks, Barn Owls and even a Coyote. In addition I’ve posted a picture of a beautiful owl that visited us at our live event that attracted huge crowds at both the Alpine and Kentwood Flowerland stores.

Heron Nest Pierson Michigan
Cooper's Hawk Jenison Michigan
Kim's picture of a Barn Owl
A curious visitor

More Birds of Prey sightings with this mild winter. With no or little snow cover to afford protection for mice and voles and other bird of prey snacks, it’s not a “fig-leaf” of your imagination that sightings have increased. Check out this picture from Leigh who snapped this picture in her backyard!

Birds of PreyJoin me along with the Joe Rogers, raptor biologist and the Wildlife Recovery association for a free demonstration on Saturday February 11. Joe will be demonstrating birds of prey to our audience at Noon at the Alpine Flowerland 3801 Alpine Avenue and at 2 PM at our Kentwood Flowerland 4321 28th street SE. Joe will also join me on the Flowerland show Saturday morning from 9 AM to 11 AM on NewsRadio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM.

Thanks Debbie for this great picture!

Spring is right around the corner

Spring is right around the corner. The weather here in West Michigan this past December and so far in January has been down right balmy. For us hardy Michigan folk some sunshine and temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s gets us giddy and ready to garden! In anticipation of spring 2012 P Allen Smith will join me on my radio show Saturday January 7 to talk about his new book Seasonal Recipes from the Garden.

Seasonal Recipes from the Garden

If you want to break away from your seed catalog reading and dreaming you can come out to hear him speak at the DeVos Place here in Grand Rapids on Wednesday January 11 at 3 PM.

Here is the link to register for the event:


Proven Winners is also bringing an exciting event to West Michigan….their Outdoor Living Extravaganza on Saturday April 14. This enjoyable and educational gardening event and seminar will take place in 4 cities this spring, San Diego, Washington DC, Edmonton Canada and Grand Rapids Michigan! (More specifically Hudsonville Michigan west of Grand Rapids). P Allen Smith will be speaking at this event also.

Tickets are $80 per person and you can register and get event details here: