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"

Judy 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!

William McClenathan
host of "Garden Time"

My earliest 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.

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 Alzheimer’s (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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