Since its beginning in the 1980s, Prairie Yard and Garden has evolved from a call-in show that fielded viewer questions to a “road show format” featuring the latest scientific information from industry leaders, university educators and local gardening enthusiasts. The program is produced by the University of Minnesota Morris in collaboration with the U of M’s Landscape Arboretum and Pioneer Public Television. Roger Boleman was the originating producer of the show until he recently retired and handed the reins over to Mike Cihak who has been working on the show since 1995.
“We’ve never wavered from our mission to provide in-depth, science- based content on this show,” said Cihak. “There is really nothing else like it that devotes an entire half-hour exploring a single topic, and, as a result, we have dedicated viewers from throughout the Upper Midwest who appreciate the detailed, trustworthy information,” he added.
For the past seven seasons, PYG has been online via Pioneer’s website and youtube channel. The “Growing Cactus in Minnesota” video has consistently been among the most watched videos on Pioneer’s website for the past four years.
Starting on Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. the new season will continue with host Mary Holm of Morris, Minnesota as she travels across Minnesota, the Dakotas and even Canada to bring viewers information about black chokeberries, peonies, shelterbelts, hydroponic tomatoes and more.
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