Program Information
May 2015


Air Dates: 7 & 10 | 14 & 17 | 21 & 24 | 28 & 6/1
Monthly Program Listing

Episode 2345
Airs on 5/7/15 and 5/10/14

A Japanese maple is often times the most treasured specimen in the home landscape.  We’ll tour a collector’s garden to contrast and compare the attributes of a variety of these graceful beauties.  And we’ll visit with a man whose green thumb has grown a towering tomato plant that’s yielded bushels of tasty fruit.  We check out the new cultivars of old favorites at Bates Nursery.  We visit Tennessee State University research farm where plant studies are underway for biofuels. We’ll learn about Mediterranean herbs that will grow well in our climate.

Japanese maples featured in the garden tour with Annette:
Acer palmatum ‘Murasaki Kiyohime’
Acer palmatum ‘Corallinum’
Acer palmatum ‘Sekimori’
Acer palmatum ‘Ryusen’
Acer palmatum ‘Twombly’s Red Sentinel’
Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku’
Acer palmatum ‘Bihou’
Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’
Acer palmatum Ghost series
Acer japonicum ‘Meigetsu’
Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’
Acer palmatum ‘Aratama’

Bates Nursery and Garden Center
3810 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37207
Plants featured:
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Enchantress’
Coreopsis (tickseed) Big Bang Series ‘Red Shift’, ‘Cosmic Eye’
Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) ‘Platinum Blonde’
Sempervivum ‘Oddity’
Ligustrum (sterile privet) ‘Sunshine’
Distyllium ‘Vintage Jade’
Thuja occidentalis ‘Janed Gold’
Pinus mugo ‘Carsten’s Winter Gold’
Vaccinium hybrid ‘Blue Suede’
Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) ‘Roman Beauty’
Buddleia (dwarf butterfly bush) ‘Blue Chip Jr.’
Nandina ‘Tuscan Flame’
Sheri’s segment was taped at Erin’s Meadow Herb farm
132 England Lane
Clinton, TN 37716



Episode 2346
Airs on 5/14/15 and 5/17/15

Dahlias are a bit like roses.  Or hostas.  Most growers can’t grow just one.  We’ll visit with one such dahlia grower whose efforts yield a spectacular reward.  We’ll learn when bugs in the garden beds can become a threat to the house. We find out the prime strawberry picking time at Wagner Berry Farm, which is a lot longer than you may think.
Dahlias mentioned in Phillipe’s segment: Sherwood Peach, Penhill Yellow Queen and Who dun it.

For more information about Julie’s segment, visit the pest library at

Tammy’s segment was taped at Wagner Berry Farm
4923 Ollie Chunn Road
Spring Hill, TN 37174




Episode 2347
Airs on 5/21/15 and 5/24/15

Re-vitalization of the riverfront is well underway by Nashville Metro Parks. We’ll tour the new Cumberland Park that sits at the edge of the Cumberland River that features activity spots for the kids, and paths to wander for the adults.  Sheri Gramer has a cool way to grow aquatic plants that allows you to enjoy them right on the porch.  Jeff Poppen perused the seed catalog and found some unusual crops to try.  We’ll tour a pretty mid-town garden. 

Cumberland Park is located adjacent to the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge elevator on the East Bank.  Free parking is available in Lot R of LP Field, also adjacent to the park.
Plants featured: Chenopodium album (Lamb’s Quarters)
Cichorium intybus (Italian dandelion)
Borago officinalis (Borage)




Episode 2348
Airs on 5/28/15 and 6/1/15

Downtown living has a lot of pros, but what about the greenspace? We head up nine stories to the green roof on The Westview condominium building where trees, shrubs, butterflies and blueberries are part of the cityscape. Sheri Gramer strolls a Franklin garden. Tammy Algood introduces us to various beans and peas and explains cook times.  Learn how easy it is to prepare a fresh serving of hummus.  Annette Shrader heads to the family farm to rescue an heirloom peony.