Doug Oster grows ‘Everybody Gardens’ website
All you need to see are those signature shoes – turquoise with pansies – to recognize Doug Oster, manager and editor of Everybody Gardens.
“I love color, and my Slogger shoes are my trademark,” said Oster, as he watered his plants at his Ross home. “They are comfortable and waterproof, and I can get them off so I don’t track dirt and mud from gardening into the house.”
Besides teaching his fans how to cultivate their respective green thumbs, Oster believes in building relationship with his followers who share his love of the garden.
Oster follows the intricacies of the four seasons through stories and videos. He has a weekly video series called “In the Garden,” and his columns appear in the Tribune-Review. Some of the more recent topics he has covered include apple trees, kiwi plants, pea sprouts, early-spring sowing, orchids, small-space gardening, poison ivy, cabbage and tomatoes.
“It teaches people what needs to be done in the garden throughout the season,” Oster said. “There are also stories and blog posts about what’s going on in the garden, and I like to feature people who have fallen in love with gardening. I get a lot of ideas from the people who share photos and stories with me about what they are doing in the garden. I learn a lot from them.”
The Everybody Gardens website sells a slew of gardening products along with “Doug Oster’s Save the Planet Seed Collection.”
“There are the special collection of seeds, which specifically help our pollinators, which are in decline,” said Oster, who once received an Emmy award for his “Gardens of Pennsylvania,” a one-hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. “It’s about helping the good bugs by planting the right things.”
Everybody Gardens includes a calendar showing Oster’s upcoming appearances. The website is constantly being updated, as are its social media accounts.
“I love to speak about gardening,” Oster said. “It is a way to connect with them and see and hear what they are doing and their successes and their failures in gardening because that is all part of it. The most important thing about Everybody Gardens is that we all have fun.”
As for the shoes, garden enthusiasts can find Oster’s footwear on the website along with other products from apparel to skin care and insect and pest control.
Everybody Gardens truly has something for everyone.