Marty Johnson to return to radio with ‘Mondays with Marty’

WICHITA — When Marty Johnson of Johnson’s Garden Centers announced he was ending his radio show in early 2013, he said, “It’s time to do something else, like ride my bike on Saturday mornings!”

Now, he’s figured out a way to do both.

Johnson and his son, Jeremy, will be on KQAM, 1480-AM, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays.

The previous show was on KNSS, 1330-AM, for the better part of three decades.

The new show will be called “Mondays with Marty.”

“It’ll be kind of the same format as before,” Johnson says. “It’ll draw a different audience than the Saturday morning audience.”

Johnson says he and customers missed the show.

“We heard comments,” he says.

Johnson, an avid bicyclist, does not think the new show should interfere with his riding.

“No, in fact … I’ll be able to ride to the station.”

Marty Johnson debuts Marty’s Acre

WICHITA — With the end of his Saturday morning radio show after 25 years, Marty Johnson has been looking for a way to keep his Johnson’s Garden Centers top of mind for customers.

He’s decided Marty’s Acre is it.

That’s a plot of ground, though it’s more like a quarter of an acre, on Edwards Street near his garden center on 13th Street in Indian Hills.

“I’ve lived on Edwards my whole life basically, and it’s always been an empty lot,” Johnson says.

He bought it about a decade ago. Five years ago, he tilled it and began planting on it. Now, Johnson is wanting to involve customers there in a variety of ways.

He’s looking at it as “more of an informal way to reach out to people.”

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“It’s time to do something else, like ride my bike on Saturday mornings!”

– A Facebook message from Johnson’s Garden Centers owner Marty Johnson on why he’s giving up the “Johnson’s Garden Show” on KNSS, 1330-AM, after 25 years

Johnson’s Legacy Landscapes is moving, which may necessitate a move for the Ridge Road Johnson’s Garden Center

Linden Johnson is preparing to move his Johnson's Legacy Landscapes.

WICHITA — Digging up plants and dividing and replanting them is a regular process for gardeners and landscapers. That’s what Johnson’s Legacy Landscapes and Johnson’s Garden Centers are doing again – only with their businesses.

“It’s kind of corny … but some things you just have to give a little space to grow,” says Linden Johnson, who owns the landscape business.

He and his brother Marty, who owns the retail garden centers, split their businesses five years ago. Since then, Marty Johnson has leased space from his brother for his west-side garden center at 802 N. Ridge Road. Now, Linden Johnson is moving his landscape business from there and is selling the property.

Marty Johnson has first right of refusal, but he’s passing on it.

“At the price he would like to get for it, I’m not interested,” he says. “If he can sell it to someone else, that’s great.”

Marty Johnson says he’s interested in continuing to lease space there but will make other arrangements if that doesn’t work out.

“We’ll continue to have three stores whether it’s there or someplace else.”

He says his current lease is up at the end of the year, but he’ll write a new one with his brother.

“That will protect us,” Marty Johnson says. “We don’t want to vacate during the busy season.”

Linden Johnson is moving his business to 4.6 acres at the southwest corner of 61st Street and North Ridge Road.

“Part of it is we’re a little bit landlocked,” Linden Johnson says of his current 3.6 acres.

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