Season 2: Artists Who Garden

Season 2 Sponsored by Monrovia

GARDENFIT Season 2 brings 13 new episodes featuring well-known artists, who are also passionate gardeners. The guests include painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, culinary pioneers, musicians, and designers. Creator and host Madeline Hooper is joined by fitness instructor Adam Schersten on a cross-country voyage, visiting unique gardens and seeing how the guests’ creative artistry is inspired by nature. Viewers will take a journey into exclusive and captivating environments, sparking plenty of visions for their own gardens. What the guests all have in common are the aches and pains associated with their gardening. After Madeline and Adam explore the guests’ imaginative gardens, Adam offers simple, easy-to-learn practical tips and tuneups that teach the guests how to prevent strain and stress by using their bodies correctly.

We can’t wait for you to meet the amazing array of guests for Season 2, all of whom are well-known artists and passionate gardeners, featuring the following: Nicholas Varney, Jewelry Designer; Frances Palmer, Ceramicist; Alice Waters, Farm-to-Table Pioneer and Food Activist; Patrick Dougherty, Environmental Artist; Jenny Elliott, Floral Designer and Farmer; Paula Hayes, Visual Artist; Jose Alvarez, (D.O.P.A.), Painter; Cynthia Meyers, Flautist and Piccolo Player; Meridith Baer, Home Stager; Leslie Martin, New Orleans Jazz Pianist; Marion Brenner, Photographer; Bunny Williams, Interior Designer; James Gop, Culinary Artist.

Nicholas Varney — Jewelry Designer


As a jewelry designer, Nicholas Varney has always been inspired by nature. His unique way of combining natural materials with precious gemstones creates an unexpected fusion of beauty rarely seen in fine jewelry. Nicholas uses the tones of the colors he sees in his flowers, vegetables, and trees. And his garden is a wonderful combination of ponds, apple orchards and a greenhouse surrounded by an apiary. Nagging back pain when weeding is addressed with body positioning and stretches for lasting relief.

Frances Palmer – Ceramicist

Episode 2: A Vase for Every Flower
Weston, CT (ZONE 7A)

Frances Palmer is a renowned ceramicist, as well as a photographer, avid gardener, entrepreneur and cook. She defines her handmade ceramics as functional art. Her daily routine consists of tending and collecting flowers from her extensive cutting gardens and letting them inspire her as she moves to her studio and creates a wide variety of vessels using white porcelain, terracotta, stoneware and white earthenware. She selects the flowers that work best with each container, to give context and scale to her pottery. Frances then artfully photographs these stunning compositions to share in her books and with her many social media followers. Long hours in the garden and studio create posture problems for Frances. Learn how to take a top-down approach to improving posture and reducing strain in the neck and shoulders. 

Alice Waters – Farm-to-Table Pioneer and Food Activist

Episode 3: Edible Classroom
Berkeley, CA  (ZONE 10A)

Alice Waters is a health food visionary who created the farm-to-table movement and pioneered California cuisine. Her restaurant, Chez Panisse, opened in 1971, became one of the most famous restaurants in the U.S. for changing the way food is sourced, prepared, and presented. She developed the Edible Schoolyard Project to bring education to students through school gardens and kitchens and encourages educators to use the garden as a classroom for all educational subjects. More than 6,200 schools across America have adopted this program. Alice learns a simple four-step arm sequence to restore shoulder movement and reduce stress while reaching high to harvest her fruit trees.

Patrick Dougherty – Environmental Artist

Episode 4: Sticks and Stones
Chapel Hill, NC  (ZONE 8A)

Patrick Dougherty is well known for his monumental-scale Stickwork sculptures, made of twigs and saplings, that invite you into a unique environment. These installations are built by him and volunteer teams in more than 350 museums, botanical gardens and public spaces around the world. By combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick also built his own house and surrounded it with the things he loves to create: stick fences, archways and amazing stone paths and walls. Patrick’s passion for building aggravates a torn Achilles tendon and he is given a series of movements to increase flexibility in the ankle and restore function to the lower legs.