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HOW 
THE OPEN-LINE
GARDEN SHOW BEGAN
BY BRUCE ZIMMERMAN

One very busy Saturday morning in 1986 I was approached at work by a scruffy looking man. He had heard my phone interview with Jim Martin on 610 CKTB and wanted to do something similar on a weekly basis year round.  This was the beginning of a life long friendship with Les Walton.  I went on doing these weekly gardening spots with Les well into the 90's.  They aired, often on both HTZ 97.7 and 610 CKTB.

In 1990 out of the blue then Station Manager Greg Slaight called me in and offered me the garden show. I was to start in two weeks.  That first Saturday morning with little fanfare I started at 7:30 am. Les Walton was in and out of the studio to lend support. My operator was Doug Hobbs.  

Since then it has been a 52-week a year commitment unless I was fortunate to get either  Christmas or New Years Day off. I was even there Saturday, January 1, 2000. 
Surprisingly enough it was a very busy show.

 

Over the years there have been many guests. Here is a list of some of them: 

Roland Barnsley Director NPC School of Horticulture
Michael Anderson City of St. Catharines
Ken Beattie Television Personality
Jim Bradley M.P.P. M.P.P.
Trevor Cole Director Dominion Arboretum
Michael Collins R.C. St. Catharines City Councilor
Toni DiGiovanni Director Landscape Ontario
Nikky Eaton Gardening Author
Marjorie Harris Editor & Gardening Author
Brian Holly Gardening Personality
Ed Lawrence Gardening Personality
Walt Lastewka M.P. M.P.
Carol Mack Company Spokesperson
John Pierce Botanist & Author
Liz Primeau Editor & Gardening Personality
Kathy Renwald Gardening Personality
Mayor Tim Rigby St. Catharines Mayor
Michael Schmahl Outdoor Images
Betty Lou Souter CEO Community Care
David Tarrant Gardening Personality
Dr. Mary Tommey Clematis Expert & Author
John Valleau Horticulturist & Author
Hilary Weston Lt. Gov.of Ontario & Author
Deborah Whitehouse Director NPC School of Horticulture
Jim Wilson TV Personality & Author

and of course all of you who have called over the years.
          Thank you all for calling and listening.

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