On this edition of Volunteer Gardener, we’ll take cues on landscape design and effective use of color sweeps on a tour of the color garden at Cheekwood Botanical Garden. Also, Annette Shrader shows how an easy paint technique can transform a concrete container or garden ornament into an elegant ‘Old World’ look. Marty DeHart offers advice about picking the right blueberry shrubs for the best success, and how to amend the soil for good yields. Tammy Algood will have you reaching for your waffle iron frequently with her deliciously simple recipe for Citrus Zest Waffles.
Troy’s segment was filmed at Cheekwood Botanic Garden
Marty had the following information about choosing and growing blueberries:
On Volunteer Gardener, we’ll join in the fun at a summer camp designed for junior gardeners. Julie Berbiglia find that the lessons are hands-on, and hands-in, with vegetable gardening, propagation, composting and design. Sheri Gramer helps us learn how to get a beautiful garden of flowers instantly by following some basics of good container design. Troy Marden takes us behind the scenes into the world of tropical plant hybridizing to learn what attributes are being bred into new introductions. New compact and showy specimens are hitting the market.
Julie’s segment was taped with the Davidson County Master Gardeners. For more information about their summer camp, visit www.dcmg.org and search the site for ‘Junior Gardener Day Camp’, or call UT Extension agent David Cook at 615.862.5995
Sheri’s segment was taped at Riverbend Nursery (provided plant material) with Barbara Wise.
Barbara Wise has written Container Gardening for All Seasons and it is available locally at Yarrow Acres and Riverbend Nursery. They are both located in Franklin, TN. Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million also carry it. It is available online at Amazon and Target (online only).
Pointers about successful container gardening that Barbara shared: Use good potting soil or container gardening mix, not topsoil. She recommends Garden Magic Potting Soil. The basic recipe to follow when choosing plants for a container is use a thriller, a spiller and a filler.
Troy’s segment was taped at Brian’s Botanicals
Plants profiled were:
Sheri Gramer enjoys this summer’s Treehouses at Cheekwood featuring 7 kid/adult friendly interactive structures. Treehouses focuses on great works of literature with whimsical and traditional spins. Annette Shrader tours a garden beautifully designed to take optimum advantage of the space, and the lighting conditions. Troy Marden provides a plant palette that’s perfect for that spot down by the mailbox that is hard to water. Julie Berbiglia is in the historic Richland neighborhood of Nashville to learn about adding authenticity to a residence with historic landscaping.
Sheri’s segment was taped at Cheekwood Botanical Garden. The tree house exhibit runs now through 9/3/12.
Troy’s segment was taped at Moore and Moore Garden Center
Drought-tolerant plants profiled were:
Julie’s segment was taped in conjunction with Brentwood Landscapes.
On this edition of Volunteer Gardener, Julie Berbiglia learns the many effects that several successive mild winters have had on plant disease, insects and weeds when she talks with a University of Tennessee extension agent. Then Annette Shrader visits with a hosta hybridizer to find out what characteristics are being bred into this popular plant. Marty DeHart tours a garden and can’t help but notice the pleasing plant combinations.
Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus by David Cook, UT Extension Agent
Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) has been found in Tennessee crops each year since 1986. The primary crops affected are tobacco, tomato, peppers, and certain greenhouse ornamentals.
Annette Shrader spoke to plant hybridizer Bob Solberg about what the future holds for hosta varieties.