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
host of "Garden Time"
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My name is Judy Alleruzzo. I currently work for Al's Garden Centers as the perennial plant buyer and the houseplant buyer. I am also the Co-Host of Garden Time TV show which is in it's 8th season!

Fifteen years ago, I arrived to visit friends in Canby on a glorious April day. Wow, it was spectacular.  Everything was in bloom. Having lived in Chicago all my life, I was awed by the colorful landscape in April! Of course, the Oregon Spring turned back to it's true self, cool and rainy, but I was smitten.

I returned to Chicago, packed up and returned by September.

Needing a job, I was lucky to walk into Al's Garden Center and get a job as a cashier. I was happy just to be working in a nursery. I have a Horticulture degree but never really used all that knowledge until I began working at Al's. Working for what was a small company at the time, I learned many different jobs and ended up learning to plan and buy perennials for the growing facility and  the retail stores. It has been fun and rewarding to be with Al's as we have grown to three retail stores and doubled our growing facility.

Three years ago, I said yes to becoming the houseplant buyer. It was a challenging job to learn a whole other palette of plants. Many years ago I worked for a plant rental company in Chicago. I am now on the other end of that business as I order tropical plants from California, Hawaii, British Columbia, and Florida.

Buying perennials and houseplants may seem like an odd mix of a job.

I love all kinds of plants and look forward to combining these two groups of plants more and more in the years to come.

William McClenathan
host of "Garden Time"
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My earliest memories as a child are in the garden, walking down a small brick pathway with moss rose on either side, at my grandparentsí 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.

Although I 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.

Although 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 Alzheimerís (father) so I moved to Portland to take care of them and to pursue a degree in Opera.

While attending 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 Store Director.

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 reservation.

Nothing brings 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.
 

 
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