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Broadcasting blossoms

Linda Temperino still remembers the feeling of surprise when she was asked to host a gardening show on public television.

“I was shocked when she called me, because this has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Temperino said. ...

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Linda Temperino still remembers the feeling of surprise when she was asked to host a gardening show on public television.

“I was shocked when she called me, because this has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Temperino said.

After living in Nashua for many years and being a member of the Nashua Historical Society and the Nashua Garden Tour, as well as an organizer for the Hollis and Nashua garden tours, she was approached by a producer from the television station, who asked if Temperino would want to get in front of the camera herself sometime to talk about gardening.

“I thought, ‘I don’t think I’d have a problem with that,’ ” she said.

And so began Temperino’s show, Beyond the Garden Gate, on which she goes to local houses to showcase gardens and creative gardening ideas. To find these beautiful, botanical backyards, Temperino puts a gardening hat on her head, hops in her car and drives around, until she sees something that catches her eye. She will then ask the owner for a tour of the garden, and inquire as to whether they would like to be featured on television.

“When people spend that much effort on something beautiful, they’re flattered,” Temperino said, of asking people to be on her show.

Temperino hopes her show will continue long into the future, as she believes there are so many gardens left undiscovered. It is something she’s having a great time doing.

“When you’re doing something you really love, it’s not work; it’s a joy,” she said.

Beyond the Garden Gate airs once a week on channel 96 for Comcast customers; it can also be seen on Access Nashua’s website, www.accessnashua.org.

Emily Kwesell can be reached at 594-6466 or ekwesell@nashuatelegraph.com.