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
Troy’s segment was taped at Moore and Moore Garden Center
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
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:
She also mentioned A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
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 www.cumberlandrivercompact.org
Metro Water Services Storm Water NPDES Dept can be found at www.nashville.gov/stormwater 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.
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:
Julie’s segment about hydroponics was taped at
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.
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. www.realfoodfarms.com
Troy’s segment was taped at Moore & Moore Garden Center, Nashville TN
Trough Garden Recipe as demonstrated by Annette Shrader
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.