Team Members

Harold Johnson - Show Host and Frequent Contributor

Our show’s host and frequent contributor, Harold Johnson is a Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and a thirty-four year resident of the Triangle.  Retired from a career of creating and delivering field and management development training, Harold has for the past twenty years actively pursued the art of bonsai, including teaching classes and presenting bonsai to groups ranging from kindergarteners to Seniors in the Southeast.  Harold looks forward to sharing gardening information through broadcasts and in person.

Lise Jenkins - Producer and Frequent Contributor

Our show’s producer and frequent contributor, Dr. Lise Jenkins became a Durham County Extension Master Gardener volunteer in 2009, when she retired after 25 years in the technology industry. A transplanted midwesterner, Lise approaches gardening like a midwestern farmer and wants everything on her 1/8-acre of suburban heaven to be productive.  Lise teaches at the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning at North Carolina State University and conducts classes around the piedmont on behalf of the Durham County Master Gardener program. She is the third generation in her family to serve in the Cooperative Extension Service.

Charles Murphy - Featured Contributor

Regularly featured on the show as the Absentee Gardener, Charles Murphy retired from UNC School of Medicine in 2006, and completed the Master Gardener class shortly after that.  Gardening interests go back a long time, having grown up with parents who were avid amateur vegetable and flower gardeners.  Special interests include gardening in raised beds and lawn establishment and maintenance. An inveterate teacher who enjoys talking with people about their gardening successes and problems, searching for reliable information to help answer questions, and sharing his knowledge with anyone who will stand still long enough.

Additional Contributors

Kit Flynn - Writer

A contributor to the show, Kit Flynn joined the Durham County Extension Master Gardener program in 2003 and became the newsletter editor in 2005. Her garden was televised (“A Gardener’s Diary”) around 2006 on HGTV.  She also writes professionally for “The Triangle Gardener” and “Senior Correspondent.” When she first moved here from NYC in 1992 there were no deer (they arrived after Meadowmount was built). Now she has a fence around her one acre garden so she can indulge in her current passion: sustainable roses. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Duke University, has two Lakeland Terriers, two Havanese, four grown sons, and nine grandchildren.

John Harrelson - Contributor

Our show’s medical correspondent, Dr. John Harrelson, was a orthopedic surgeon at Duke University Medical Center until he retired from clinical practice in 2002.  John attended Duke University for his undergraduate and medical education.  He served three years in the Navy and joined the faculty at Duke University in 1973.  An ambitious gardener, John tends to several acres in Durham.  He joined the Master Gardener program in 2013.

Amy Hill - Timely Tips

Author of our show’s Timely Tips, Amy Hills is a native North Carolinian, having grown up in Lexington in Davidson County.  She is a graduate of Duke University and holds a degree in English.   She worked as an editor for McGraw-Hill in Washington DC and Chicago before moving back to Durham in the fall of 2002.  She is now a stay-at-home mom of two children.  She joined the Master Gardener program in 2005.

Dan Mason - Contributor

A contributor to the show, Dan Mason has been performing, directing and teaching in the Triangle area for over 30 years.   He is an award winning performer and director receiving 3 Cantey Performance Awards at Raleigh Little Theatre.   As director, Dan has led countless teens to stage careers through his work with the North Carolina 4-H Performing Arts Troupe and the Teen Arts Program in Raleigh. He is a Soloist, Assistant Music Director, and accompanist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh.  Dan’s gardening interests include vegetables, perennials, fruits, shrubs and cut flower gardens. Having recently acquired a greenhouse he is looking forward to growing seedlings for his garden and to share.


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