Conversations LIVE

Get Your Garden On!

Originally aired Thursday, May 15 at 8pm

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to spring into yard work. But with so much to tackle this time of year, where do you begin? On the next Conversations Live, our experts will answer YOUR questions and provide tips to help you get your garden off to a good start.

You can join the conversation. Call 1-800-543-8242 during the show, or email You can also join the discussion on twitter. Find us under the address @WPSU and use #WPSUConversations.


Tom Butzler

Tom Butzler
Penn State Extension Educator, Clinton County

Tom received his undergraduate degree from Penn State's Horticulture Department and a MS from NC State's Plant Pathology program. For the past 17 years, he has worked with commercial horticulture operations as an extension educator to solve problems. Most of this work revolves around vegetables and the landscaping community. He also conducts many workshops and programs around beekeeping.

John Esslinger

John Esslinger
Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension

John Esslinger has been a county-based extension educator with Penn State Extension since 1995. He works in Northeastern Pennsylvania and is based in Columbia County. He works with growers in the areas of fruit, vegetable, and greenhouse production.

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Patty Satalia

Patty Satalia

During 30 years in broadcasting, Patty Satalia has worked as a news anchor, talk-show host, public affairs manager, and producer.

She has conducted more than 5,500 interviews for WPSU and has earned Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for public affairs and entertainment programming.