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Joe Lamp'l is an organic gardening educator, author, podcast host, and Emmy Award winning television show host and producer. In 2017, Lamp'l launched the joe gardener® Company website to provide one online destination where gardeners of all levels could go for how-to videos, podcasts, online courses, and blog posts and learn how to "Grow Like a Pro® - no experience required." That same year, Lamp'l created The joe gardener Show, a weekly podcast with a strong emphasis on organic gardening, growing food, and environmental stewardship. The podcast often features expert guests in the gardening, horticulture, farming, and green living industry. He is the author of two books.

In 2019, Lamp'l launched the Online Gardening Academy™ where he offers digital gardening courses that provide students with guidance and education on organic and essential fundamentals of gardening and growing food. In 2011, The American Horticultural Society honored Joe Lamp'l as the recipient of the Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication through print, radio, television, and online media. Lamp'l currently hosts the Emmy Award winning television show, Growing a Greener World, which is distributed by American Public Television. He is also an on-air contributor to The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Weather Channel.


In 1983 Lamp'l graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. He is also a University of Georgia Certified Landscape Professional and a Georgia Master Gardener.


Early career

With a degree and professional background in business and horticulture, Joe began working in horticultural consulting and design after college. At the same time, he used his own home garden and landscape to experiment with gardening methods and to grow food for his family. One day, a colleague of Lamp'l's had seen a casting call for a television host of a new gardening show starting up on the DIY Network. The show was to be all about how to grow food, from seed to harvest. Joe applied for the position, and after a lengthy national search for their host, was picked to host the new series, Fresh From the Garden. Fresh From the Garden was originally planned as a one-season, 26-episode series, but after its early success, the series was extended to three years and 52 episodes. Each show centered around teaching viewers how to grow one edible crop from seed to harvest. The show concluded after running out of plants to grow.

After Fresh From the Garden ended, Joe went on to host another show on PBS about gardening called GardenSMART from 2006 through 2008. Each episode featured Lamp'l as he toured public gardens all over the country. In 2009, Lamp'l began working on the creation of a new series with the goal of attracting brand new gardeners and inspiring existing gardeners with an emphasis on organic methods and environmental stewardship. In 2010 at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Joe premiered that new show and announced it would be called Growing a Greener World.


Agrivana® Media, LLC, is a company founded by Joe Lamp'l that is devoted to creating quality broadcast and online content to inspire and promote environmental stewardship around the world.

Currently in its 11th season, Growing a Greener World is distributed by American Public Television and presented by UNC-TV. Episodes have featured organic gardening, green living, and farm-to-table food. Each episode focuses on compelling and inspirational people making a positive impact on the planet through gardening. In the past, Growing a Greener World has also shared DIY information, edible gardening, urban homesteading, hobby farming, seasonal cooking, and canning and preserving. In 2018, Growing a Greener World was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award for episode 808, titled The Green Bronx Machine.

The joe gardener Show is Lamp'l's weekly podcast where he discusses all aspects of gardening and sustainable living. While primarily focusing on practical tips for growing food organically, the series also addresses a diverse range of topics. He often interviews guests who are experts in various fields of gardening, farming, or environmentalism.

When not talking or writing about gardening, Joe can likely be found gardening and spending time with his family, which includes numerous animals, on their Atlanta, GA farm.


Fresh from the Garden - Host

GardenSMART - Host

Growing a Greener World® - Creator, Host, and Executive Producer



Green Gardener's Guide: Simple, Significant Actions to Protect & Preserve Our Planet

Over the Fence with joe gardener®

Honors and Awards

2011 American Horticultural Society recipient of the Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award

2012 and 2014 Garden Writers Association Gold Award for Best On-Air Talent

2018 Daytime Emmy Award for Growing a Greener World's Episode 808, featuring The Green Bronx Machine.

Growing a Greener World received the 2018 Pioneer Taste Award and The Taste Award for Best Branded Program, Breakout Storyteller of the Year and Best Green or Organic Program, Series or Film

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