Garden Getaways Around the World


It’s all about Garden Getaways on this debut episode of Big Blend Radio’s new 3rd Friday Vacation Station “Travel Writers Panel Discussion” Show with the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). From Lowther Castle in England to Butchart Gardens in Canada, to the Holland Tulip Festival in Michigan, this show covers garden destinations and flower-powered celebrations across the country and around the world. Plus, our guest travel writers share their writing and travel backgrounds and talk about their latest and upcoming adventures. Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast from PodBean.



Linda Kissam “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva” is the Past President of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association and continues to serve as a board member. She is a professional travel, food, and wine writer who specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. More at &

Penny Zibula “Six Legs Will Travel” is a freelance travel writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. She has always had a passion for travel, writing, and learning. With her husband/photographer/FAA certified drone Pilot, Simon Lock, and her guide dog, she travels the world focused on creating content of interest to serious travelers, armchair travelers, boomer travelers, and travelers with disabilities. More:

– Veronica Bareman “The Hip Grandma with a Camera” is an award-winning photographer and the owner of Veronicajune Photography, based in West Michigan.  From a very young age, Veronica has loved travel, photography, and writing.  After spending a year in Japan as a high school exchange student, she was bitten by the international travel bug and has been exploring the world ever since.  After raising five kids, she began her second career as a travel writer and photographer and loves to share her adventures in life, travel, and photography with her readers. More: &

Learn more about the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association at

  • Welcome to the Butchart Gardens and Looking Out Over Butchart Gardens in Canada by Linda Kissam
    Welcome to the Butchart Gardens and Looking Out Over Butchart Gardens in Canada, by Linda Kissam

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