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Gardening in Old Time Radio

From formal garden parties to bbq's to WWII Victory Gardens, Gardens in Old Time Radio is sure to delight!

55 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 20 hours, 55 min)
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"Suspense: Rose Garden"



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Gradening Eating ApplesThe very act of building a home was human's way of defying nature. It home meant that a human's family had a safe place to live, protected from the weather, wild animals, and even other people who might do his family harm. Eventually, home builders began decorating the home to make it more attractive and comfortable. One way to decorate the outside of a home is with a garden.

A garden is a planned space to display elements of nature, especially plants. Like building the home, creating a garden is a way to tame nature, but a successful gardener almost always discovers that they need to work with nature and not against her. Most gardens make use of plants, usually for decoration but occasionally "useful" plants like fruits and vegetables turn up in a garden setting. The defining difference between a vegetable garden and a farm crop is mostly scale but the intent is also important to the difference; farming is done for survival while gardening is for pleasure.

There are different kinds of gardens, depending on the desires of the gardener.  In Great Britain, the term garden refers to an enclosed space of land, usually adjoining a building or home. This would be a yard in American English, while the American garden refers to the space for cultivated plants. A simple flower garden might be a patch of tilled earth where a few colorful flowers from the hardware store are planted each spring, while a vegetable garden might require a greater amount of planning and attention to yield an appreciable harvest.

Many homeowners desire a formal garden. These can be extensive, which beautiful flowers and hedges arranged in a way to provide private spots for conversation on contemplation. A formal garden is also the obvious setting for a garden party. About all a formal garden party has in common with a backyard barbeque is that a rainstorm can ruin the whole affair. Being an affair for the upper crust, a garden party has the potential for intrigue and romance, as Mary Noble discovers on Backstage Wife. When Fibber shows up at the Whitney's garden party, any hope of formality disappears on Fibber McGee and Molly. A formal garden might be the intent on Blondie, but when Dagwood gets a truckload of seeds for $25, who knows what the result will be.

Gardening Beauty

During the World Wars, citizens were encouraged to cultivate Victory Gardens. The idea was to offset the necessity of rationing by encouraging people to grow some of their own food. This is a little ironic because most rationed items were ones that could not be grown in a garden, but the boost to civilian morale was immense if for no other reason than figuring out how to make your Victory Garden grow took one's mind off the War for a while. Richardson Wright, chairman of the National Victory Garden Committee appeared on the quiz show Double or Nothing to pitch the program, while Red Skelton and Bob Burns used their programs as a forum to lament their lack of success with their Victory Gardens. On The Burns and Allen Program, George encourages Gracie to start a Victory Garden when he explains rationing on a program when the sponsor had a premium offering gladiolus bulbs.

Leroy starts his own Victory Garden on The Great Gildersleeve when his door-to-door seed selling business fails. Summerfield's dedicated Water Commissioner gets bit by the gardening bug after a run in with the Green Thumb Flower and Garden Club, and on another occasion, Gildersleeve decides to make his yard as attractive as Bullard's without realizing the amount of work involved (somehow, manure and Gildy just seem to go together.) Another surprising gardener is Jack Benny, who takes up gardening on The Jell-O Program in 1937, and brags about it in a 1940 episode.

It was not much of a stretch for the horror host of Inner Sanctum Mysteries to twist something as sunny and innocent as gardening into something evil. After all, digging a grave could easily be mistaken for planting flowers. A "devil's garden" refers to the earth moved for a secret, hidden grave, and is a device used on Escape and Suspense.

Probably the best thing about gardening is that it is a relatively quiet, contemplative activity that can be enjoyed while listening to Old Time Radio programs.

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    55 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 20 hours, 55 min
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      55 shows - total playtime 20 hours 55 minutes
      1. Backstage Wife 500619 3928 Larry Argument In Garden.mp3
      2. Backstage Wife 500730 3959 Episode 3959.mp3
      3. Backstage Wife 500814 3968 Prep Rupert Barlows Garden Party.mp3
      4. Backstage Wife 500816 3970 Claudia Maude Marlowe Catty Exch.mp3
      5. Bing Crosby Rosemary Clooney Show 620828 What Can I Do.mp3
      6. Blondie 400415 042 Jack And Beanstalk.mp3
      7. Bob Burns 430408 066 Hotcha Cornia.mp3
      8. Burns And Allen 430330 26 Victory Garden.mp3
      9. Campbell Playhouse 391119 37 Garden Of Allah.mp3
      10. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 740919 Garden.mp3
      11. Dennis Day 490611 125 Dennis Finds Morgan Treasure.mp3
      12. Double Or Nothing 420717 X Pappy Delowe.mp3
      13. Escape 471224 Back For Christmas.mp3
      14. Eternal Light 481024 0204 Josiah.mp3
      15. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 551201 1302 Mrs Compost Comes.mp3
      16. Fibber Mcgee Molly 540712 0940 Spading Flower Bed For Molly.mp3
      17. Fibber Mcgee Molly 590405 1576 Birthday Girl Scout Week.mp3
      18. Fmam 550531 1171 Whitneys Garden Party.mp3
      19. Frank Watanabe Honorable Archie 350000 Dislikes Olivia.mp3
      20. Great Gildersleeve 420420 034 Leroy Sells Flower Seeds.mp3
      21. Great Gildersleeve 480519 289 Green Thumb Womens Club.mp3
      22. Great Gildersleeve 520319 436 Gildys Garden.mp3
      23. Greatest Story 470601 019 Fruitless Fig Tree.mp3
      24. Guest Star 501203 0193 Tree In Garden.mp3
      25. Have Gun Will Travel 590208 012 Killers Widow.mp3
      26. I Love Mystery 400613 Snake With Diamond Eyes Ep11of26.mp3
      27. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 470210 Ghost In Garden.mp3
      28. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 470505 Dont Dance On My Grave.mp3
      29. Jack Benny Program 370404 252 Back From New York.mp3
      30. Jack Benny Program 400519 375 Northwest Passage.mp3
      31. Jack Benny Program 541003 891 Garden Of Evil.mp3
      32. Komedy Kingdom 370000 02 Marriage.mp3
      33. Komedy Kingdom 370000 22 Gardens .mp3
      34. Life Of Riley 460420 109 Giant Easter Bunny.mp3
      35. Macabre 611204 4 House In Garden.mp3
      36. Mail Call 440524 93 Paulette Goddard Wc Fields.mp3
      37. Meet Meeks 480501 34 Planning Garden.mp3
      38. Nona From Nowhere 500223 34 Basil Admits Heard Pat Admit.mp3
      39. One Mans Family 421115 B044c07 .mp3
      40. One Mans Family 490224 B069c07 Part 1 With Reintroduction.mp3
      41. Our Miss Brooks 550529 291 Spring Garden.mp3
      42. Red Skelton Show 420310 Victory Gardens.mp3
      43. Rip Lawson Adventurer 000000 37 Dalai Lama.mp3
      44. Speed Gibson 380604 075 Arrow Almost Hits Speed.mp3
      45. Speed Gibson 390401 118 Angry Crowd At Casablanca.mp3
      46. Suspense 431223 Back For Christmas.mp3
      47. Suspense 481223 Back For Christmas.mp3
      48. Suspense 501005 Rose Garden.mp3
      49. Suspense 590920 Beetle And Mr Bottle.mp3
      50. Unexpected 123 Tulip Garden Lyle Talbot.mp3
      51. Vic And Sade 390116 Flower Garden Arranger.mp3
      52. Vic And Sade 400112 X Vegetable Garden.mp3
      53. Whistler 450430 153 Masters Tree.mp3
      54. Whistler 470813 272 Whispered Verdict.mp3
      55. Yankee Yarns 470902 X Needham And Welsley.mp3
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    55 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 20 hours, 55 min
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      55 shows - total playtime 20 hours 55 minutes
      1. Backstage Wife 500619 3928 Larry Argument In Garden.mp3
      2. Backstage Wife 500730 3959 Episode 3959.mp3
      3. Backstage Wife 500814 3968 Prep Rupert Barlows Garden Party.mp3
      4. Backstage Wife 500816 3970 Claudia Maude Marlowe Catty Exch.mp3
      5. Bing Crosby Rosemary Clooney Show 620828 What Can I Do.mp3
      6. Blondie 400415 042 Jack And Beanstalk.mp3
      7. Bob Burns 430408 066 Hotcha Cornia.mp3
      8. Burns And Allen 430330 26 Victory Garden.mp3
      9. Campbell Playhouse 391119 37 Garden Of Allah.mp3
      10. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 740919 Garden.mp3
      11. Dennis Day 490611 125 Dennis Finds Morgan Treasure.mp3
      12. Double Or Nothing 420717 X Pappy Delowe.mp3
      13. Escape 471224 Back For Christmas.mp3
      14. Eternal Light 481024 0204 Josiah.mp3
      15. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 551201 1302 Mrs Compost Comes.mp3
      16. Fibber Mcgee Molly 540712 0940 Spading Flower Bed For Molly.mp3
      17. Fibber Mcgee Molly 590405 1576 Birthday Girl Scout Week.mp3
      18. Fmam 550531 1171 Whitneys Garden Party.mp3
      19. Frank Watanabe Honorable Archie 350000 Dislikes Olivia.mp3
      20. Great Gildersleeve 420420 034 Leroy Sells Flower Seeds.mp3
      21. Great Gildersleeve 480519 289 Green Thumb Womens Club.mp3
      22. Great Gildersleeve 520319 436 Gildys Garden.mp3
      23. Greatest Story 470601 019 Fruitless Fig Tree.mp3
      24. Guest Star 501203 0193 Tree In Garden.mp3
      25. Have Gun Will Travel 590208 012 Killers Widow.mp3
      26. I Love Mystery 400613 Snake With Diamond Eyes Ep11of26.mp3
      27. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 470210 Ghost In Garden.mp3
      28. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 470505 Dont Dance On My Grave.mp3
      29. Jack Benny Program 370404 252 Back From New York.mp3
      30. Jack Benny Program 400519 375 Northwest Passage.mp3
      31. Jack Benny Program 541003 891 Garden Of Evil.mp3
      32. Komedy Kingdom 370000 02 Marriage.mp3
      33. Komedy Kingdom 370000 22 Gardens .mp3
      34. Life Of Riley 460420 109 Giant Easter Bunny.mp3
      35. Macabre 611204 4 House In Garden.mp3
      36. Mail Call 440524 93 Paulette Goddard Wc Fields.mp3
      37. Meet Meeks 480501 34 Planning Garden.mp3
      38. Nona From Nowhere 500223 34 Basil Admits Heard Pat Admit.mp3
      39. One Mans Family 421115 B044c07 .mp3
      40. One Mans Family 490224 B069c07 Part 1 With Reintroduction.mp3
      41. Our Miss Brooks 550529 291 Spring Garden.mp3
      42. Red Skelton Show 420310 Victory Gardens.mp3
      43. Rip Lawson Adventurer 000000 37 Dalai Lama.mp3
      44. Speed Gibson 380604 075 Arrow Almost Hits Speed.mp3
      45. Speed Gibson 390401 118 Angry Crowd At Casablanca.mp3
      46. Suspense 431223 Back For Christmas.mp3
      47. Suspense 481223 Back For Christmas.mp3
      48. Suspense 501005 Rose Garden.mp3
      49. Suspense 590920 Beetle And Mr Bottle.mp3
      50. Unexpected 123 Tulip Garden Lyle Talbot.mp3
      51. Vic And Sade 390116 Flower Garden Arranger.mp3
      52. Vic And Sade 400112 X Vegetable Garden.mp3
      53. Whistler 450430 153 Masters Tree.mp3
      54. Whistler 470813 272 Whispered Verdict.mp3
      55. Yankee Yarns 470902 X Needham And Welsley.mp3
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    55 recordings on 22 Audio CDs
    total playtime 20 hours, 55 min

    Gardening Disc A001

    1. Unexpected 123 Tulip Garden Lyle Talbot
    2. Rip Lawson Adventurer 000000 37 Dalai Lama
    3. Frank Watanabe Honorable Archie 350000 Dislikes Olivia
    4. Komedy Kingdom 370000 02 Marriage
    5. Komedy Kingdom 370000 22 Gardens

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    Gardening Disc A002

    1. Jack Benny Program 370404 252 Back From New York
    2. Speed Gibson 380604 075 Arrow Almost Hits Speed
    3. Vic And Sade 390116 Flower Garden Arranger
    4. Speed Gibson 390401 118 Angry Crowd At Casablanca

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    Gardening Disc A003

    1. Campbell Playhouse 391119 37 Garden Of Allah
    2. Vic And Sade 400112 X Vegetable Garden

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    Gardening Disc A004

    1. Blondie 400415 042 Jack And Beanstalk
    2. Jack Benny Program 400519 375 Northwest Passage

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    Gardening Disc A005

    1. I Love Mystery 400613 Snake With Diamond Eyes Ep11of26
    2. Red Skelton Show 420310 Victory Gardens

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    Gardening Disc A006

    1. Great Gildersleeve 420420 034 Leroy Sells Flower Seeds
    2. Double Or Nothing 420717 X Pappy Delowe

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    Gardening Disc A007

    1. One Mans Family 421115 B044c07
    2. Burns And Allen 430330 26 Victory Garden

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    Gardening Disc A008

    1. Bob Burns 430408 066 Hotcha Cornia
    2. Suspense 431223 Back For Christmas

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    Gardening Disc A009

    1. Mail Call 440524 93 Paulette Goddard Wc Fields
    2. Whistler 450430 153 Masters Tree

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    Gardening Disc A010

    1. Life Of Riley 460420 109 Giant Easter Bunny
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 470210 Ghost In Garden

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    Gardening Disc A011

    1. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 470505 Dont Dance On My Grave
    2. Greatest Story 470601 019 Fruitless Fig Tree

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    Gardening Disc A012

    1. Whistler 470813 272 Whispered Verdict
    2. Yankee Yarns 470902 X Needham And Welsley

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    Gardening Disc A013

    1. Escape 471224 Back For Christmas
    2. Meet Meeks 480501 34 Planning Garden

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    Gardening Disc A014

    1. Great Gildersleeve 480519 289 Green Thumb Womens Club
    2. Eternal Light 481024 0204 Josiah

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    Gardening Disc A015

    1. Suspense 481223 Back For Christmas
    2. One Mans Family 490224 B069c07 Part 1 With Reintroduction

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    Gardening Disc A016

    1. Dennis Day 490611 125 Dennis Finds Morgan Treasure
    2. Nona From Nowhere 500223 34 Basil Admits Heard Pat Admit
    3. Backstage Wife 500619 3928 Larry Argument In Garden
    4. Backstage Wife 500730 3959 Episode 3959
    5. Backstage Wife 500814 3968 Prep Rupert Barlows Garden Party

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    Gardening Disc A017

    1. Backstage Wife 500816 3970 Claudia Maude Marlowe Catty Exch
    2. Suspense 501005 Rose Garden
    3. Guest Star 501203 0193 Tree In Garden

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    Gardening Disc A018

    1. Great Gildersleeve 520319 436 Gildys Garden
    2. Fibber Mcgee Molly 540712 0940 Spading Flower Bed For Molly

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    Gardening Disc A019

    1. Jack Benny Program 541003 891 Garden Of Evil
    2. Our Miss Brooks 550529 291 Spring Garden
    3. Fmam 550531 1171 Whitneys Garden Party

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    Gardening Disc A020

    1. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 551201 1302 Mrs Compost Comes
    2. Have Gun Will Travel 590208 012 Killers Widow
    3. Fibber Mcgee Molly 590405 1576 Birthday Girl Scout Week
    4. Suspense 590920 Beetle And Mr Bottle

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    Gardening Disc A021

    1. Macabre 611204 4 House In Garden
    2. Bing Crosby Rosemary Clooney Show 620828 What Can I Do

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    Gardening Disc A022

    1. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 740919 Garden

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