host of "Garden
Alleruzzo has been the Co-Host of the Garden Time TV show since
its debut in 2006. She also works for Al's Garden & Home as the
perennial plant buyer and the houseplant buyer.
Over 20 years ago, Judy arrived in Oregon to visit friends in
Canby on a glorious April day. She remembers it as a spectacular
sunny day and “Everything was in bloom.” Having lived in Chicago
all her life, she was awed by the colorful landscape in the
month of April. Of course, the Oregon weather turned back to its
true self of cool and rainy weather, but she was smitten. She
returned to Chicago, packed up and returned by September.
Needing a job, she walked into Al's, then called, Al's Fruit &
Shrub and was lucky there was a job opening for a cashier.
Working for what was a small company at the time, Judy was
excited to learn many different jobs including stocking,
planning and buying in perennials for the retail stores. Judy
has an Ornamental Horticulture degree but never worked at a
garden center before beginning her job at Al's. It has been a
busy and rewarding job, as Al's has grown to four retail stores
and doubled their growing facility.
Over ten years ago, she said yes to becoming the houseplant
buyer. It was a challenging job to learn and remember a whole
other palette of plants. Many years ago, Judy worked for a plant
rental company in Chicago during the indoor plant mania of the
80s. She is now in the middle of another indoor plant trend and
not only helps to take care of the plants, but orders in
tropical plants grown in Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii
and British Columbia. These days her work week is touring each
store to check out the perennial and houseplant departments and
meeting with the Al's Perennial Head Grower to help with the
retail store's availability.
Filming Garden Time each week is an adventure. It allows Judy
even more opportunities to learn about all kinds of plants, meet
local gardeners, tour gardens around the area and overseas,
visit plant festivals and learn new gardening tips.
She says it's amazing to be exposed to the depth of the
horticulture and agriculture industry in the Northwest. Judy
enjoys meeting the people she interviews and the people that
watch the show. “Our viewers are such nice people and loyal fans
of Garden Time and our sponsors.”
Judy's twin careers of talking about plants on Garden Time and
buying and caring for them at Al's Garden & Home is a great
match as she loves all kinds of plants. She is always happy to
meet that next gardener or grow that new plant!
host of "Garden
memories as a child are in the garden, walking down a small
brick pathway with moss rose on either side, at my grandparents’
home in Pampa, Texas. Both sets of my grandparents were avid
gardeners and I must have received my passion for plants from
them at a very early age.
never thought I would make my career in this industry (my first
college degree was in Theology) I have fallen in love with it.
I began my
career in this industry at a well-known nursery in a north
Dallas, Texas suburb. When I quit, I decided that I would open
my own nursery, which I did.
successful (we were wholesale and retail) life lead me through a
time of change. I closed the business and moved to Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida, where I worked as General Manager for a
company that grew roses for tropical climates (again, both
wholesale and retail). After a couple of years, my parents fell
prey to cancer (mother) and Alzheimer’s (father) so I moved to
Portland to take care of them and to pursue a degree in Opera.
Portland State University, I worked at Portland Nursery on Stark
street as a seasonal employee. I later worked at the Division
street location as color buyer and Asst. Manager, and then as
I currently am
the owner of Viscaya gardens and nursery, a boutique nursery
unlike any other garden center you have seen.
When I was
approached to work on Garden Time, I accepted without
me more satisfaction than to educate people about gardening and
attract new fans to this great hobby and lifestyle. Truly, I
have a passion for plants. I look forward to sharing that with
you in the future.