Outdoor tasks are so much easier with good quality tools that are properly maintained. Sheri Gramer visits Hart Ace Hardware to find out how to keep tool edges sharp and surfaces free of rust. Proper storage is important too. Annette Shrader explains the A-B-Cs of hydrangea pruning. And we’ll learn the pros and cons of monoculture with Jeff Poppen.
Sheri’s segment was taped in conjunction with Hart Ace Hardware
Annette’s segment was taped in conjunction with Creekside Nursery
Annette Shrader talks with a knowledgeable hosta enthusiast who shares tips on selecting, grouping, planting and labeling America’s favorite perennial. We’ll also learn about encouraging moss growth in our yards as Troy Marden visits a homeowner who has let nature do its thing and now has a moss lawn that requires less maintenance than turf. Julie Berbiglia takes a lesson in microbrewing 101 as she visits with the brewmaster at Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery.
Annette Shrader’s segment was with Larry Tucker, Mid-South Hosta Society. He writes extensively on hostas. His book, Made in the Shade is available by mail. For more information, www.mshosta.com/body/MIS.html
Troy’s segment was in conjunction with Paul Moore, Garden Photographer. He mentioned a moss vendor he has used, Moss Acres in Pennsylvania at mossacres.com
Troy Marden visits a nature lover’s home garden beds that have acres of woodlands as the backdrop. Birds, butterflies and bees find all kinds of support in the plant palette that includes natives and non-natives. Julie Berbiglia learns how to optimize a raised bed’s potential with square foot gardening. Bryan O’bara talks about the history of Rachel’s Garden at The Hermitage, and the plantings of heirloom flowers and herbs. Tammy Algood snips the herbs of the season for Garlic Herb Puff Pastry Rolls.
Troy’s garden tour mentioned the following:
Groups that sponsor wildflower expeditions:
Bryan’s segment was taped in conjunction with The Hermitage. www.thehermitage.com
Julie’s segment was taped in conjunction with the Davidson County Master Gardeners. www.mgofdc.org. They will be sponsoring an Urban Gardening Festival on Saturday May 17, 2014. Hours are 9am-4pm at the Ellington Ag Center, 5201 Marchant Drive, Nashville TN 37211 It’s a free community event with demonstrations, exhibitors, local artisans and vendors.
Troy Marden explores the expansive garden at Carnton Plantation. Originally built in 1847, the design and plant palette remains a reflection of that era. We tour a nationally recognized collection of dogwood at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Sheri Gramer encourages us to grow lovage that can be used for stews and also beverages. Julie Berbiglia learns the benefits of companion planting for the urban gardener.
Phillipe’s segment was taped at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens www.cheekwood.org
Julie’s segment was in conjunction with Gardens of Babylon
Annette Shrader tours a garden that exemplifies what is possible in a small backyard space. This one boasts specimen trees, favorite perennials, shrubs and a water feature. Marty DeHart gleans some growing tips from a vegetable gardener that does her farming in containers on the deck. Troy Marden showcases native azalea cultivars; sharing tips on how to site and plant for optimum performance.
Troy’s segment was in conjunction with GroWild Nursery (by appointment)