Bryan Earl

Development Director

Bryan Earl has been with UPR since 1993. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Journalism and completed an internship at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon, before coming to UPR full-time.  When not in his garden, Bryan loves to travel with his family, ride trains, ski at Beaver Mountain, and sing with the American Festival Chorus.


The Zesty Garden
4:29 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Zesty Garden - January 16

Poison Dart Frog
Credit Cactus and Tropicals

Shane Taylor from Cactus and Tropicals helps extend the life of your poinsettia. In addition, you'll learn how to grow a vivarium. It's like a terrarium but with animals like a salamander or poison dart frog. You'll also learn how earth's flowering plants found their winter parkas to survive the last ice age, then Helen Canon treats us to another Petals and Prose.

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Petals and Prose w/Helen Cannon

Daniel McGlinn - How Flowering Plants Adapted to Cold

Shane Taylor - Poinsettias and Vivariums

The Zesty Garden
5:33 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Zesty Garden - January 9

Cookbook: One Sweet Cupcake
Credit One Sweet Slice

O.K., today's topic is a stretch for a garden show, but cupcakes do use plants like lemons, wheat, etc! Learn how to make the perfect cupcake with Janell Brown and her cookbook: One Sweet Cupcake. Nancy Williams also reads from a New Mexico Memoir on Petals and Prose.

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Listen to Petals and Prose w/Nancy Williams

The Zesty Garden
8:51 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The Zesty Garden - December 12

See Wassail Recipe Below

The Zesty Garden crew join Bryan Earl in reading classic stories for the season.

Zesty Garden Holiday Special

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The Zesty Garden
11:39 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

The Zesty Garden - December 5

African Violet

Whether you're a first time grower or a seasoned veteran, USU Senior Lecturer Craig Aston will help you understand how to care for your houseplants.

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Listen to Petals and Prose w/Helen Cannon

The Zesty Garden
6:40 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Zesty Garden - November 21

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Petals & Prose w/Nancy Williams-Waxwings

Butternut & Apple Soup (Gluten Free) Liz Fallis

6 lbs butternut squash, halved & seeded

¼ c olive oil (or less)

1 onion, chopped

1 rib celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp Kosher salt

1 tsp pepper

3 apples, diced

3 c apple cider

4 quarts stock, vegetable or chicken

4 oz green pumpkin seeds, toasted

4 oz crumbled blue cheese

Roast butternut on greased baking sheet at 375, for 45-60 minutes, or until very soft.  Cool enough to scoop butternut from skin.  Heat olive oil in large stock pot and sauté onion, celery and garlic until soft, but not browned.  Add salt, pepper, butternut, apples, apple cider and 3 quarts of stock.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until apples and vegetables are very soft.  Puree in a blender.  Adjust thickness with additional stock if too thick.  Adjust seasonings.  Serve with toasted pumpkin seeds & crumbled blue cheese.  Serves 20.

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The Zesty Garden
11:32 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Zesty Garden - November 14


Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden helps you select a gift for the discerning gardener in your life, and Helen Cannon continues with her essay remembering Chadwick's Plants in Willard, UT.

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Listen to Petals and Prose

Zesty Garden - November 7
11:35 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Zesty Garden - November 7

Book: The Drunken Botanist
Credit Amy Stewart / Algonquin Press

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley and tequila from agave. Today on the Zesty Garden is an encore interview with Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist. On Petals and Prose is a personal essay from Helen Cannon as she remembers Chadwick's Perennials in Willard, UT.

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Zesty Garden
11:23 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Zesty Garden - 10/31

Black Widow Spider

USU Facilities Certified Arborist, Preston Colver, helps you finish up outside gardening tasks. Also, he'll help you know when your trees are approaching their life limit. On Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams chats about spiders.

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Petals and Prose/Nancy Williams-Spiders

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Zesty Garden 10/24
10:55 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Zesty Garden 10/24

USU Extension Entomologist, Diane Alston
Credit USU Extension

How do you keep the creepy crawlers out of your home? Diane Alston, USU Extension Entomologist will help you on today's Zesty Garden. In Petals and Prose, Helen Cannon refers to the Canadian Settler's Guide.

Zesty Garden Full Show w/Diane Alston and Helen Cannon.

Petals and Prose w/Helen Cannon: Canadian Settler's Guide

The Zesty Garden
1:18 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Zesty Garden- October 17

The gardening season is drawing to a close and Mark Anderson of Anderson Seed and Garden will help you finish the season on a high note. We talk about bulbs, weeds, and lawn care on today’s show, along with Petals and Prose from Helen Cannon.

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Petals and Prose

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