Program Information
May 2012


Air Dates: 3 & 6 | 10 & 13 | 17 & 20 | 24 & 27 | 31 & 6/3
Monthly Program Listing


Episode 2044
Airs 5/3/12 and 5/6/12

On this edition of Volunteer Gardener, Annette Shrader tours a garden featuring showy topiaries; some done with junipers and some with Double Knockout roses. Troy Marden helps us nurture the life-sustaining qualities of our garden soil to produce healthy plants. Sheri Gramer has the pleasure of seeing what plants will look like at maturity before she buys as she tours the demonstration bed at Bennett Nurseries. Marty DeHart gets a homeowner’s picks for prolific plants for a dry hillside setting.

Sheri’s segment was done at Bennett Nurseries
7002 Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35810

Plants featured were:
Juniperous virginiana (Eastern red cedar) Prairie Pillar
Panicum virgatum (Northwind switch grass) ‘Northwind’
Chamaecyparis obtuse ‘Verdoni’
Acer palmatum ‘Tsukasa Silhouette’
Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa yatsubusa
Taxodium distichum (Bald cypress) ‘Peve Minaret’
Cuphea ignea (Firecracker plant)
Sedum ‘Angelina’
Lobelia Techno Heat ‘Electric Blue’
Rosa Meipiedevei ‘Icy Drift’, ‘Sweet Drift’, ‘Apricot’, ‘Coral’

Troy’s segment was taped at Moore and Moore Garden Center
8216 Tennessee 100
Nashville, TN 37221

Natural soil amendments profiled: Soil Conditioner and Moisture Maximizer, Organic Brands Mushroom Compost, Natural Perma Till One Time, Mr. Natural Superior Soil Products, Top Soil Garden magic, Fafard Composted Cow manure, Mr. Natural Worm Castings


Episode 2045
Airs 5/10/12 and 5/13/12

Annette Shrader shares her plan for a new raised bed that is just feet from the back door. The goal she has for it? Fresh vegetables that go straight to the table and pretty flowers that should keep the deer away. Jeff Poppen will demonstrate how to propagate berry shrubs. Julie Berbiglia watches the arborists with Arbor Art Tree Care install a static and also a dynamic cabling system for mature tree stabilization.

Annette mentioned the following varieties of salvia:
Pineapple sage
‘Anthony Parker’
‘Baby Pink’
Salvia leucantha (Mexican bush sage)

She also mentioned A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch



Episode 2046
Airs 5/17/12 and 5/20/12

Julie Berbiglia learns how neighbors are helping clean up nearby creeks and streams by installing rain gardens. Marty DeHart introduces us to the rose hybridizer who has brought us Coal Miner’s Daughter, Grand Ole Opry and Little Jimmy Dickens to name a few. Sheri Gramer has a fun project that takes just a little time and sparks the imagination. Jeff Poppen explains the biodynamic method of farming that he employs on Long Hungry Creek Farm.

For more information about rain gardens or to request a booklet:

To assist with “300 Rain Gardens in Nashville” project, visit

Metro Water Services Storm Water NPDES Dept can be found at Questions? Call 615.880.2420

For more information about Whit Wells’ roses

The vendor Sheri mentioned for sun-sensitive photo paper is Dick Blick Art Materials.



Episode 2047
Airs 5/24/12 and 5/27/12

Troy Marden tours an expansive residential garden featuring 800 hosta varieties, plus some unique plant specimens that create a horticultural treasure. Marty DeHart has an important warning for homeowners with shrub roses. Annette Shrader demonstrates her preferred pruning method for crape myrtles. Julie Berbiglia learns how hydroponic growing is the most water efficient way to grow.

Hosta varieties mentioned in Troy’s segment:
Fragrant Bouquet, Guacamole, Avocado, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Bananas, Miss Ruby, Empress Wu, Atlantis, Neptune, First Frost, Sun Power, Tears of Joy

Julie’s segment about hydroponics was taped at
All Seasons Gardening and Brewing Supplies
924 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

From the Nashville Rose Society website:

ROSE ROSETTE Also known as 'Witches' Broom'. This deadly affliction is 100 percent fatal. So if you see it, just dig up the plant and remove it from the garden as soon as possible, as the mites which spread the infection are present in the plant. There is NO cure for Rose Rosette. This affliction has three stages. The first stage is rapid, vigorous growth characterized by unusually dense formation of prickles on stems and canes. Canes appear overly large and purple or deep red in color. New leaves appear distorted and crinkled, often purple or deep red. The leaf stems may appear flattened and look almost like leaves. The second stage is the development of lateral growth having closely spaced internodes leaf buds. When leaf buds open, they become distorted or even fail to fully open, giving an appearance of rosettes. The third stage is characterized by spindly, chlorotic stem growth. Roses may show symptoms in as little as 3 weeks after infection, or they can have an incubation period of up to a year or more.

The symptoms of this affliction are described as 'virus like', because the exact actual organism which causes Rose Rosette has not actually been identified as of yet. The disease agent of Rose Rosette is transmitted from plant to plant by a tiny microscopic sized, wooly mite called Phyllocoptes fructiphilus. This is a type of mite called an eriophyid mite. This is NOT like a spider mite.

Hybrid Teas are less likely to be used as hosts by this mite. Heavily pruned roses seem to have the fewest problems. This disease was first detected in the 1930s in wild roses growing in the mountains of California and Wyoming. Then it spread to stands of Rosa multiflora, an almost perfect host, and moved across the country and into the Midwest. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, it swept like a wildfire up the Ohio River valley and into West Virginia. Today, it’s endemic wherever wild multiflora roses are found This viral infection is most common now in the Midwest where Rosa multiflora hedges are frequently planted and become infected.

Treatment: Just remove the infected rose and burn or destroy it. Same with the soil around it where the mites might over-winter. Prevention is possible by controlling mites, as this is how the virus is transmitted to the rose. But you should realize that miticides and other measures commonly used for treating spider mite infestations aren’t effective because this is a different type of mite. If it is a big problem in your garden you might want to keep hybrids of Rosa multiflora out of your garden. Many budded or grafted roses are on Rosa multiflora root stock, which needlessly worries some gardeners. Although Rosa multiflora is a host for the disease and for the eriophyid mite, a rose on multiflora roots is no more susceptible to rose rosette than it would be if it were on its own roots or on another type of root stock. It is apparently the top growth and specifically the petiole-cane junction that determines susceptibility. Acknowledgements: California Department of Food and Agriculture's Plant Pests Diagnostic Center.



Episode 2048
Airs 5/31/12 and 6/3/12

Troy Marden looks at some innovative methods of container gardening along with growing tips. Jeff Poppen pays a visit to Real Foods Farm to see the Spring Greens production. Sheri Gramer suggests ‘Million Bells’ as a dependable and colorful annual. Tammy Algood mixes up two great flavors with Beat the Heat Lemonade.

Jeff’s segment was taped at Real Food Farms, Franklin, TN.

Troy’s segment was taped at Moore & Moore Garden Center, Nashville TN
Products mentioned were the Living Wall Planters GroVert by Bright Greene, Tiger Bloom Extra Strength Fertilizer, Happy Frog Fruit & Flower 5-8-4 and Espoma Earth Tone Insecticidal Soap

Trough Garden Recipe as demonstrated by Annette Shrader
1 part Portland cement
1 part sand
2 parts peat moss with large twigs removed
Rubber gloves, face mask

Mix dry ingredients very thoroughly. Add water a little at a time beginning with a half portion. Mix until it reaches a mud consistency. Line the bottom and then sides of desired shaped receptacle. Be sure and poke a drain hole in the bottom while still wet. Let set 24 hours.