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.

Ways to Connect

Diane Alston helps you understand coddling moth controls for apples and what the oozing sap is that comes from your stones fruits. Shayne Taylor discusses the Aloe Brevifolia as a great houseplant, and Helen Cannon discusses how and why we have tulips.

It's tomatoes and tulips on today's Zesty Garden. USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost will help you grow the best tomatoes, while Helen Cannon discusses when one tulip bulb was worth the price of a ship!

Nourse Farms

Brent Black w/small fruits, Kelly Kopp w/turfgrass issues, and Nancy Williams w/the art of watering, today on The Zesty Garden.

What do you call backyard precipitation measuring enthusiasts? CoCoRaHS, of course! Today's program explores the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, along with a glimpse into the Moab Youth Garden Project, and the latest Petals and Prose with Helen Cannon.

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Ant conga dances and spruce ips apartment complexes are just a few of the topics with Diane Alston on today's Zesty Garden.

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March 2014 Pledge Drive Winners Announced

Apr 4, 2014

Box of Gourmet Chocolates from Chocolot Artisan Confections
     April Conner, Paradise
     Jessie Cammack, St. George
     Carolyn Brittain, Providence
     Chad Hamblin, Roosevelt
     Byron Sessions, Hyde Park


Garrison Keillor, 1 pair of tickets, April 3 Performance, Park City
     Jeneile Tams, Paradise

Ira Glass, 1 pair of tickets, April 12 Performance, Salt Lake City
     Cindy Perry, Vernal

USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost helps listeners know how to prepare their soil to speed up the planting process, including using plastic to warm up the soil.

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Join UPR Now, Become A Member

Mar 28, 2014


It's the last day of the spring membership drive, and if you've been waiting to make your contribution, now is the time to step forward and throw in your hat (contribution). Everyone who completes the online form today will be entered to win one of two (1 of 2) iPad 3s.

If you don't have a hat, you can also enter the drawing to receive Finn Brewer's hat, between 9 and 11 a.m.

Where does a love of plants, rugged canyoneering, scenic drives, and hiking combine? It’s with the book, Capitol Reef National Park, The Complete Hiking and Touring Guide. Author and park volunteer Rick Stinchfield helps you explore 38 different hikes. Also, Helen Cannon reads an essay about former CBS journalist Charles Kuralt and his love affair with daffodils.


Help Us Meet Our Goal - $70,000:  Make a  difference with your sustaining membership or one-time gift, and we’ll tip our hats to you. Complete the online form today to enter yourself into a drawing for a southern Utah vacation.

Getaway Package in Southern Utah
    (1) Pair of tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Tuacahn Amphitheatre, Ivins UT
    (1) $25 gift certificate to Xetava Gardens Café, Ivins UT
    (1) Two-night condominium stay with amenities, Coral Ridge Community, St. George

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Bryan Earl is on the Development team at UPR, and has had many driveway moments over the course of his life. Here, he shares just one.

Pledge During Power Hours This Morning

Mar 25, 2014

HELP UPR RAISE $3000 by 9:00 THIS MORNING and win one of three 16GB iPad Minis!


From 7:20am until 9:00am this morning, when you call or complete our online form, you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of three, 16GB iPad Minis. During that time, for every $1000 raised another iPad Mini will be given away.

Whether you're looking for a different tree to plant than all your neighbors have, or you need to know how to take care of your trees and shrubs, Ben Harris from Branch to Bud Tree Care will help you in your quest.  And Nancy Williams explores the combination of  gardening and meditation as she reads from Gardening at the Dragon's Gate.


3 eggs

1 Cup oil

1 1/2 Cups sugar

3 Cups grated zucchini

1 Tbsp vanilla

3 Cups sifted flour

1 Tsp salt

1 Tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp cinnamon

Hats Off To UPR Members

Mar 19, 2014


Making you happy makes us happy. If you're not a member, show us that we matter by throwing your financial hat in our ring. If you would like to become a member, make a pledge online, by calling 1.435.797.8877, or by mail.

New insect pests continue to present themselves, most of the time via the help of humans. USU Extension Entomologist Diane Alston helps you manage them (insects...not humans!) in your garden on today's Zesty Garden. And Helen Cannon addresses when is  a daffodil a narcissus is a jonquil on Petals and Prose. 

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Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist, has five gardening aphorisms. The first one, about planting depth, is heard in today's Zesty Garden. You'll also hear about Henry David Thoreau in Petals and Prose with Nancy Williams.

How will California's drought affect Utah food prices? How will the December cold snap affect Utah's peaches, apricots and cherries? USU Extension Fruit Specialist Brent Black joins us.

USU Extension Publication-Pruning

Get your vegetables started in southern Utah with Rick Heffelbower. Diane Alston will help you be on the lookout for a new insect pest: The emerald ash borer. Learn about orchids: Part II with Helen Cannon.

It’s already time for the annual tree pruning talk with USU Extension Forestry Specialist Mike Kuhns. Then Helen Cannon reads about purloined plants on today’s Petals and Prose.

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We're having a small membership drive to offer you a special Valentine's gift for you or those you care about. You receive a UPR membership and a box of 12, handmade artisan chocolates from Utah's own Chocolot Artisan Confections in Ogden. Your contribution will benefit the UPR student news intern program.

For every contribution of $75 between now and Wednesday, February 12, you’ll receive a box of 12 artisan chocolates and the option of sending them anywhere in the country with your personalized message. Order by February 10 and your order is guaranteed to arrive by Valentine’s Day.

Your love for UPR and those you care about is showcased with flavors such as strawberry balsamic, aztec spice, lavendar espresso, and beehive honey.  These chocolates have been well-received all over the country.

Get ready...Get set...Plant! Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden in Logan is in studio to help you get growin' on the upcoming garden season. Nancy Williams also gives you some highlights from The Wind in the Willows on Petals and Prose.

From bluebells and bees to the bottle, honey is a fascinating product, especially when you consider it's basically bee vomit! Nancy Williams delivers a fascinating look into the world of honey production.  Candace Berthrong and Helen Muntz also join the program today to discuss the Cache Valley Master Gardener program, along with the various USU Extension publications that are available to help you...grow!

Stained glass mountain scene

Submit your design for the second-annual UPR art mug contest!

Utah Public Radio is seeking submissions of artwork from our creative listeners for the station's second-annual mug design contest.

It is your support that makes what we do possible, and we want you to share your view of UPR and Utah with our members. The winning design will be showcased on a limited edition UPR coffee mug.

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.

Zesty Garden - January 9

Jan 10, 2014
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.