Arlena Schott has been keeping things green for over 29 years.
Arlena watched in aw at how her Grandpa Edward P. Workman brought to life the hundreds of plants that Arlena learned to care for on the Ranch in Fallon Nevada.
Arlena watched and learned propagating techniques from a man who thought of learning as never ending.
Arlena opened her first business when she was 19 in Fallon Nevada, which she called Arlena's Garden Shop and Nursery. She also ran a landscaping business in Nevada for over 14 years and was a regular speaker at many Nevada garden clubs.
Arlena and her family moved to Wisconsin in 1995 where she again opened a landscaping business she named Arlena's Plantscape and Pond Design.
Arlena is a regular speaker at many of Wisconsin's Master Garden Clubs and Home and Garden Shows across the state were she enjoys being able to share what she has learned during her 26 years in the landscaping and gardening business.
In September of 2002 Arlena approached her local TV station TCCTV, and asked them to please make an announcement on the watering regimen they would need to implement to insure the health of their plants after the long, hot dry summer.
The station manger asked her to do the segment and the date for the segment was selected.
The first episode was taped at The Schaefer Family Farm in Whitehall Wisconsin. After filming the segment the camera man who was also a producer at the station asked her if she would like a regular show.
And Garden Wise with Arlena the TV show was born.
Since then Arlena and her guests have been bringing all sorts of interesting information and destinations to viewers and winning awards and recognition for her from the ground up, down to earth aproach to gardening adding the Living Wise to her show title came easy for the host believing that every thing is related to gardening.
Arlena's at home and get your hands dirty personality is carried forward in every segment and Arlena inspires and teaches in a way that leaves viewers wanting more.
Garden Wise Living with Arlena now airs on more than 190 different stations through out Wisconsin and the United States and several International stations.
Arlena is now a regular guest on the NBC WEAU TV 13 Today show with Judy Clark. Were she does informational segments on every thing from gardening, cooking and even some fun crafts?
Arlena has also appeared with Sarah Stokes on NBC WEAU TV 13 Wisconsin Journal.
With the growing popularity of the TV show, Arlena and her family decided to add a Production Company to their mix.
Garden Wise Productions Captures the stories of the Sustainable, Organic and Natural Grown family Farms around the area. Garden Wise Living believes that it is important that consumers are aware of were there food comes from and by capturing the Farm Partner stories on Fil, Arlena feels she can help create an association with the farmer and the consumer.
Many of Arlena's Farm Stories can be seen at local Food CO-OP'S.
Arlena says "Gardening isn't just a hobby; it’s a way of life that I love” Arlena loves to share her knowledge with her viewers and share the Family Farm Stories with the world.
Winter is over and yet another year has begun.
For Garden Wise 2006 was full of many changes.
We expanded our Station listings to over 42 stations across the US as well as Ireland , Australia and now New Zealand.
My husband Steve and his friends along with many sponsors made it possible to record Original Music for the show.
We published our first Issue of our seasonal magazine Garden Wise ~Living Wise with Arlena and started our on line issue.
Through out the past year I am proud to say that I have met and become friends with so many wonderful people because of the TV series and magazine. I do know that our circle will continue to grow stronger with the passing of each year.
To my family and friends I would like to say Thank You. I do know with out you , there wouldn’t be such a strong circle to be connected to.
Happy New Year and Blessings to you all for a wonderful 2007.