YOUR HOSTS


Welcome to Garden Time!
Garden Time is fortunate to have as its hosts, two people whose passion for gardening
shines through in their jobs, and their desire to help their fellow gardeners. 
Read more about them and the path that brought them to the garden.

Judy Alleruzzo
co-host of "Garden Time"

Judy Alleruzzo has been the co-host of the Garden Time TV show since its premiere in2006. 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 4 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 80's. 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 two 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!

 

Ryan Seely
co-host of "Garden Time"

Ryan Seely joined the Garden Time TV show at the end of its 14th season in 2019 and he is excited to be a part of the Garden Time crew for its 15th season on local television.

As a sixth generation native Oregonian, Ryan grew up in Wilsonville and graduated from Oregon State University (go Beavs!) with a Bachelor of Science in business. Immediately following graduation, he joined with two other partners to establish a local retail garden center in the Wilsonville and North Plains areas. After fourteen years, Ryan transitioned to the wholesale side of the garden industry and is currently the Sales Manager at Little Prince of Oregon in Aurora.

As a child, he was always drawn to farming and gardening, choosing to work in the three acre family garden or playing in his grandfather’s onion farm in Salem. After graduating from Oregon State, Ryan furthered his plant education by taking several horticulture classes at Clackamas Community College, and remains active in the gardening community by attending local gardening events, conferences, and trade shows. He particularly enjoys the new and emerging trends in the gardening industry.

When not gardening in his own yard, Ryan enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling with his wife Kim, and their two children. He also volunteers with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and with the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

 

 
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