12 Jan Meet Joe Lamp’l, Star of “Growing a Greener World”
The popular and energetic Joe Lamp’l travels all over the U.S. going to garden shows, but he confesses the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is his favorite show. “The people at the Northwest show are so friendly, the show gardens are incredible, and so many great speakers give seminars at the show – many of them are good friends. I just love to come to the Northwest show.”
Last February Joe was on a mission – to film the garden show for his PBS television series, “Growing a Greener World,” sponsored by Subaru. That involved coordinating and organizing a small team of talented professionals, including producers, writers, cameramen and Joe himself. A huge amount of footage was filmed, interviews were done, and B-roll was shot. There were a lot of tough decisions in the editing room afterwards. “There is so much to see and do at the Northwest Show, we actually had enough footage for two complete episodes.” The special Northwest Flower & Garden Show episode (season 2, episode #205) aired in July, 2011 and can be found online on the GGW website.
This year Joe won’t exactly be letting moss grow between his toes, but he will have a bit more relaxed schedule – the better for you to meet him and have a chance to chat. Joe loves to talk with fellow gardeners, and his easy-going, Southern charm comes through, along with his passion for helping people solve gardening dilemmas, and sharing ways to garden more sustainably.
Joe will be giving two seminars at the show, “Subaru Presents: Growing a Greener World – Gardening to Make a Difference,” on Friday at 1:00 pm and on Saturday at 2:30 pm. After each lecture, Joe will be heading to the Subaru garden on the skybridge, where you can purchase his best-selling book, have a copy signed and meet Joe.
In addition to his television show, Joe is deeply committed to “growing a greener world” through his popular books, blog (the appropriately named “Compost Confidential”) and podcast series, along with a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and regular contributions to popular magazines and social media networks.
Subaru sponsors “Growing a Greener World” TV, along with being a sponsor of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, because Subaru strongly supports gardeners’ efforts to create a more sustainable, wildlife friendly environment. And they practice this in their own backyard: In 2003, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. became the first automotive assembly facility to be designated as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Over 800 acres serve as a home for birds and animals, including white-tail deer, red-tail hawks, blue heron, Canadian geese, mallard ducks, beavers, coyote, snapping turtles and the bald eagle. And in 2004, the Subaru of Indiana manufacturing plant became the first automotive assembly facility to be “zero landfill,” meaning all waste is recycled or turned into electricity. In other words, a single-family home produces more waste in a day than the SIA plant does in a year! ~ Janet