Charlie Nardozzi—Regional Emmy award-winning radio, TV host and author, Gardening Complete, Foodscaping and No-Dig Gardening
Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized award-winning garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. For more than 30 years he has brought expert gardening advice to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, on-line,
and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun, and accessible to everyone. He has spoken at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival and the Philadelphia Flower Show and Master Gardener conferences. He
has a master’s degree in Education and Bachelors in Horticulture. Charlie co-hosts “In the Garden” tips on the local CBS affiliate television station, a weekly, call-in radio show and the award-winning “All
Things Gardening” on Vermont Public Radio. He is the host of the weekly Connecticut Garden Journal radio show on Connecticut Public. Charlie received a Regional Emmy in 2021 for his work on the Connecticut Public Television Special, “Gardening in New England with Charlie Nardozzi.”
Charlie has written for national magazines such as Organic Gardening and contributed to many of the Gardening for Dummies titles, authoring Urban Gardening for Dummies (Wiley Books, 2013)
and Vegetable Gardening for Dummies (IDG Books, 2009) along with three books from Cool Springs Press: Foodscaping, (2015), Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers and Other Outdoor Plants,
(2018), and his latest book, The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2020). Charlie formerly hosted PBS’s Garden Smart, reaching more than 60 million households, and has been a gardening
expert on HGTV’s Today at Home, Discovery Channel’s Home Matters, Sirius Radio’s Martha Stewart Living, and Garden Life Radio. He
also consults with Velcro USA and Gardener's Supply Company. Charlies leads international garden tours to Italy, France, Cuba, and Great Britain. Charlie’s appearance is sponsored by Gardeners Supply Company.
GARDEN 101: All the Right Cuts
How to Plant a “Prune-less Garden”
Pruning is both art and science, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating if you learn basic techniques. Here three arborists will get you started on the right cuts to make, and when to make them. Charlie Nardozzi will help demystify pruning by talking about when to prune various flowering and non-flowering shrubs and trees, some basic pruning cuts you can do with all shrubs and trees and the tools you'll need to do the job. Next, Bess Bronstein helps you tackle an aging garden so that you can best plan how to take an overgrown chaos of huge shrubs, using pruning techniques for size and density reduction, plant definition and rejuvenation. Finally, Christina Pfeiffer will identify how plant choices, placement, and cultivation, along with those famous last words, “you can always prune it to keep it smaller,” contribute to creating a prune-a-lot garden. Learn how to optimize plant selection and how design elements can help set the stage for less pruning over the long term life of the garden.
Thursday, Feb 10 at 2:30 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow
Once again we’ve lined up leading garden designers and writers to “battle it out” in our highly acclaimed “Container Wars.” Containers can go virtually anywhere—patios, decks and balconies or even in the garden! Drawing
from identical plant materials, Charlie Nardozzi and Karen Chapman will each create three gorgeous containers—all in under an hour! Working against the clock, and with fun “challenges” thrown at
them by Master of Ceremonies Marianne Binetti, see how they pull together plants and share their tips for designing luscious container gardens. Learning about plants has never been so fun!
Friday, Feb 11 at 11:30 am / Main Stage in North Hall
The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening
Many vegetable and flower gardeners are looking for new ways to garden without harming the ecosystem and soil. Traditional annual gardening usually involves tilling, digging and turning the soil yearly. However, that destroys much of the soil life you
are trying to enhance. No-Dig Gardening offers a new way by mimicking natural systems and building healthy soil with less work, less weeds and less need for watering and fertilizing. Discover ways to set up, plant, maintain, and overwinter no-dig
beds. You (and your back) will be glad you did!
Friday, Feb 11 at 2:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow
No More Square Shrubs: Fundamentals of Pruning Shrubs and Trees
Many gardeners are often overwhelmed when they try to approach pruning a shrub or small tree. In this seminar, Charlie will help demystify pruning by talking about when to prune various flowering and non-flowering shrubs and trees, some basic pruning
cuts you can do with all shrubs and trees, and how to renovate a plant that has gotten out of control. He'll also review pruning techniques for new trees, how to prune for more fruiting and the tools you'll need to do the job.
Saturday, Feb 12 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow