Program Information
January 2013


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


Episode 2047
Airs 1/3/13 and 1/6/13

Troy Marden tours an expansive residential garden featuring 800 hosta varieties as well as some unique plant specimens that create a horticultural treasure. Marty DeHart has an important warning for homeowners with shrub roses. Annette Shrader demonstrates how she prunes crape myrtles so the showy bark is featured. Julie Berbiglia learns how to grow plants successfully using hydroponics.

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.

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



Episode 2048
Airs 1/10/13 and 1/13/13

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.



Episode 2051
Airs 1/17/13 and 1/20/13

On this edition of Volunteer Gardener, Julie Berbiglia introduces us to the ambitious ‘can do’ community advocate behind the Bellevue Edible Learning Lab (BELL garden). This one acre plot features sustainable garden practices such as water catchment, composting, and pest control. Later, we’ll visit both the artist and the landscaper who have combined talents to fill a blank garden canvas with color, texture and structure. Jeff Poppen demonstates the efficiency of gardening the square foot way.

To learn more about Alice Walker and the Edible Schoolyard Project, visit for the “60 Minutes” interview.



Episode 2052
Airs 1/24/13 and 1/27/13

On Volunteer Gardener, hosts Troy Marden and Phillipe Chadwick head up to Louisville Kentucky for garden tours from three very different landscape settings. First, we tour the stately and formal gardens at Whitehall Mansion and Grounds where garden rooms set the tone and atmosphere. We then visit historic Cave Hill Cemetery and the certified arboretum full of grand champion trees. Finally, we meet up with a plant collector at Munchkin Nursery and Gardens for a shade plant lover’s paradise.

For more information for Whitehall House and Grounds, visit Whitehall is located at 3110 Lexington Road, Louisville KY 40206 502.897.2944

For more information for Cave Hill Cemetery, visit
Cave Hill Cemetery is located at 701 Baxter Avenue, Louisville KY 40204 502.451.5630

For more information about Munchkin Nursery and Gardens, visit

Plants featured from the Munchkin Garden tour:
Polygonatum falcatum (Solomon’s Seal) ‘Silver Lining’
Polygonatum verticillatum ‘Whorled’
Arisaema fargesii (Jack in the Pulpit)
Arisaema consanguineum
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)



Episode 2101
Airs 1/31/13 and 2/3/13

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
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205

Plants profiled were: Canna ‘Tropical Storm’, Zinnia (Profusion Series) ‘Red Knee High’, Pepper ‘Black Pearl’ and Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’

Marty had the following information about choosing and growing blueberries:
There are three types of blueberries: Northern High Bush, Rabbit Eye and Southern High Bush. Generally, you need more than one shrub to get berries. The exception to that is a variety called ‘Sunshine Blue’ which she recommended highly. Blueberries need and acidic soil and a sunny location to thrive. She recommended the following soil amendments for blueberry production: Soil Acidifier (elemental sulfer), WSM Woodland Soil Mix, and Holly Tone by Espoma.