Victory Gardenerd on ABC News: Nightline

If you missed the show last night, Gardenerd was featured on ABC News: Nightline in a segment on Victory Gardens.  Check it out here:


The television crew asked to follow me around for a day to visit several of my clients and my community garden, Ocean View Farms.  Both Tommy Rosen and Chris Paine are clients from this past year.  I designed and built their food gardens.

Chris’ garden will be debuted during the grand opening of his super-eco-friendly home, Marrakesh House, in May of 2009.  We built his garden out of Trex Decking, a recycled wood/plastic product.  We planned the garden to be functional around his busy schedule and to serve as a future teaching garden for visitors to the property.

Tommy is founder of the Eco Gift Festival that happens in December of each year in Santa Monica, CA.  He requested that we use reclaimed wood for his project, so we located some beautiful rough-sawn lumber that had been salvaged from an old Craftsman home in Sylmar.  We also located some broken concrete, destined for the landfill, and used them as stepping stones for pathways.  We planted almost entirely with organic seeds, and everyone in his household participated in the planting and watering of this great garden.

At Ocean View Farms, Holly Mae Howard was weeding her plot as Charlie Frieder was watering (those were quick little cameos). They also interviewed Sarah Spitz, publicity director of KCRW and Master Gardener, who has a plot at OVF also.  She showed them around her raised beds made from reclaimed lumber and displayed her beautiful crops.  Sarah’s interview was wonderful, but somehow didn’t make it into the final piece.

Special thanks to Peter Imber for producing this piece and for having an interest in showcasing gardening to the masses.

Happy Gardening!

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Christy Wilhelmi

    concerns are valid, and sadly not much is said to the public about this
    issue. Luckily there are more and more “drinking water safe” hoses available at many
    hardware stores. I’ve seen them at OSH and I think I’ve also seen them
    at Home Depot. They are usually a different color (like white with a
    blue stripe) or something like that. 
    I also got a Gator Hyde hose
    from Amazon that is drinking-water safe.  The link will take you to
    it.  It’s really durable, perfect for school garden situations.

  2. kiki

    Christy, thank you so much for your quick and helpful answer! I will share this information with my committee. We are in a program called “Growing Great” at Goethe. All the best, Kiki

  3. kiki

    Christie, Do you have any updates on safe hoses? We are looking at irrigation for an organic school garden at Goethe Intl Charter School & would like to purchase hoses without lead and/or other contaminates. Please advise. Thank you so much!!

  4. Anonymous

    really useful info, keep up the good work!

  5. Anonymous

    Great post, I look forward to reading more.

  6. Christy Wilhelmi

    Yes,  there sure are.  You’ll want to check with your particular city to learn about restrictions and requirements for building a green roof first.  Then consult green roof specialists.  Here are a few websites to get you started:

    Green Roof Assembly – layers – – shows a diagram of the layers needed for green roofing.– has info about plants, soil, barriers, etc.

    Green Roof directory– this is a Wisconsin website that lists North American green roof installers.

    I hope this helps get you underway.  Thanks for posting your comment.

  7. Christy Wilhelmi

    Yes, I’ve been hearing this as well.  I noticed that OSH has been selling “drinking water safe” hoses that are white and blue.  As for the levels of lead in the water, I still need to investigate this further.  I’ll keep you posted on what I find out.

  8. diedre

    went to george’s hardware store and the guy who helped me purchase a garden hose happened to mention that all garden hoses contain lead – even though it isn’t listed on the label- therefore we are adding lead to our food by watering with a hose! what info do you have on this?

  9. Amber

    I have to agree with the above poster. I had trouble finding your site! Loved the show.

  10. Christy Wilhelmi

    Thank you so much for the feedback.  I use Yahoo to do most of my searching, and Gardenerd shows up right at the top, be it Garden Nerd or Gardenerd. 

    It’s so ironic that the site doesn’t show up on Google, since I use their search engine embeded into the site AND I use Google Analytics as well.  Guess I need to optimize a little bit more. 

    I do own the web domain as well – it just forwards to

    Thanks again for the info.  It’s very valuable!


  11. Chris Robinson

    Correction: I’m sorry – I actually found it by just searching for the domain “” and was redirected to “”. Hope this feedback might help some way.

  12. Chris Robinson

    Hi Christy! Saw the segment on Nightline. Had a very hard time finding your site. Google search for “garden nerd” failed. Finally found it with “garden nerd california”. Too bad the reporter didn’t say – your website would probably be overwhelmed with traffic. Amazing opportunity for you to be featured on a national show – just trying to give you some helpful feedback on harnassing that exposure. I’m afraid that many people may have given up their search before locating your site.

    Chris Robinson
    Marshall, NC

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