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The Weekend Gardener kicks off season 14 on NEWS 95.7

Host Niki Jabbour returns to the station's airwaves for a '2-hour garden party' every Sunday
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Gardener Niki Jabbour holds a snake gourd (Photo provided)

Earlier this morning, Niki Jabbour returned to NEWS 95.7 as the host of The Weekend Gardener for the show's fourteenth season.

On Sunday, May 2, Jabbour took over the airwaves and spoke to various gardeners including authors Elizabeth Peirce, Emma Biggs and Craig LeHoullier.

“The show, of course, has evolved over the 14 years, and at this point, it’s a two-hour garden party every Sunday,” she told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show. “And the time has changed a little bit this year: it’s going to be 10 a.m. to noon.”

Last season, Jabbour hosted The Weekend Gardener from her make-shift home studio due to COVID-19.

But the pandemic forced many people to stay home and pick up new hobbies.

“I mean, gardening has been booming the past 13 months or so and we’re seeing that again in 2021, almost even more so,” Jabbour said. “As well as many of those new gardeners who joined us in 2020, I think, are now looking at planting again, expanding their garden, maybe trying some new skills and new plants.”

For those who haven't tuned into The Weekend Gardener, it's a weekly show focusing on all elements related to gardening.

Jabbour speaks about various topics with other garden experts in North America and the United Kingdom, authors, local experts and other people who are into gardening.

“I’m interested in what people are doing and how they’re doing it and why they’re doing it; we just explore any type of topic,” she said. “I’m a vegetable garden nerd, but we cover everything from monarch butterflies to edible perennials to trees, shrubs, grass — everything.

“When it comes to gardening, no subject is off the table.”

While people have varying levels of skill when it comes to gardening, Jabbour said her show has something for everyone — even beginners.

She also said she likes receiving suggestions from listeners.

People who have gardening-related questions can tweet to @NikiJabbour on Twitter or message her on Facebook.

She said she'll respond and try to book a guest on the show to discuss that topic.

Jabbour herself is no stranger to gardening.

She's an award-winning author whose most recent book, Growing Under Cover, focuses on gardening outside of the summer using protective techniques.

She also has a website called Savvy Gardening that sees more than 2 million visitors a month.

Listeners can tune into The Weekend Gardener on NEWS 95.7 on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. AST until Oct. 24.

Chris Stoodley

About the Author: Chris Stoodley

Chris was born and raised in Halifax. After graduating from the journalism program at King's, he started as's weekend editor.
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