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Pollinator Pathway on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pollinator Pathway

There's a beautiful native plant experience on the plaza adjacent to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Several garden beds highlight this large space, and each is brimming with native perennials, shrubs, and vines. Each plant was selected for what in can offer particular pollinators.

Planting for Pollinators on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Planting for Pollinators

What a treat to visit the home garden of a horticulture power couple! Rita Venable is amazed by all the great plants that support pollinators in a very long border bed. Also on the property is a utility right-of-way that they are transitioning into a beneficial plant palette. In the 4 years of garden transitions,, the goal is to continue to shovel out plants of an invasive growth habit, and replace with environmentally beneficial trees, shrubs and perennials. Plus, we'll be introduced to a new and unique spot in the garden they call the 'loggery'.

Plantings for a public space on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Plantings for a public space

There's a new use for the 185 acres campus where Lakeshore Mental Health Institute once operated. The picturesque setting overlooking the Tennessee River is now a recreational public park welcoming 1 million visitors annually. We learn from the landscape architect about the plant choices for the park, and see how they are used.

The plan

The plan, the infrastructure, then the plants

This home garden features a variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that flow nicely through multiple beds. But this wasn't by happenstance. This garden took a lot of planning and prep work before the first plant went in. First the hardscape was laid, then the electrical support went in along with drainage and irrigation elements. This garden is pretty during the day, and beautiful at night.

Vegetable garden for body and soul on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Vegetable garden for body and soul

Host Tammy Algood visits with an enthusiastic gardener who has her whole family involved in a new vegetable garden at their house. While she is learning what's all involved in getting the best yield, she has found that gardening is rewarding on a personal level, She has found it gives her a sense of accomplishment, it connects her to nature, and it provides inspiration for her career as a songwriter.

Grand Garden in Arts and Crafts Style on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Grand Garden in Arts and Crafts Style

Troy Marden tours a garden designed by the acclaimed American designer Ryan Gainey in the early 2000's. Taking inspiration from the Formal Garden at Hestercombe and Hidcote Manor Gardens in the Costwolds, and Dunbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington D.C., this landscape design features garden rooms and structures that mimic the style of the house.

Children's Teaching Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Children’s Teaching Garden

We tour a children's teaching garden in Franklin Tennessee where every element of this immersive and interactive gardening space enables and inspires children to grow plants. Here you'll find a keyhole garden, an interactive rock garden, plants for pollinators, an outdoor classroom, and a lesson plan that keeps them hands-on.

My garden is my favorite place on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

My garden is my favorite place

We tour a home garden that's been 40 years in the making, by a woman who says gardening brings her joy. There's no mowing in her backyard, as it is full of garden beds, pathways, container combinations, a pond, and some gorgeous mature shrubs and trees. There's a progression of dominant colors in this space, and it's all a sight to behold.

Colorful Canvas on a Hillside on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Colorful Canvas on a Hillside

We are introduced to a gardener with a 'can do' spirit. She meets the challenge of growing in various micro-climates among the various border beds. Her backyard has a significant downhill slope, so she terraced it and planted it with pretty perennials and annuals.

Making a Landscape Your Own on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Making a Landscape Your Own

We visit the home gardens of a couple who enjoy living on the banks of the Red River. They set out to complement the river view by adding a variety of trees, shrubs and terraced gardens.

Cheerful medley of color and forms on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Cheerful medley of color and forms

This garden was transformed from a typical lawn into this colorful, pollinator-friendly garden not that long ago. We'll meet the gardener to learn about his plant choices and combinations. This garden brings smiles to all those who pass by.

Evolution of a Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Evolution of a Garden

Gardens are constantly evolving. Tammy Algood takes us on a stroll through one such garden where there's always room for another plant. In this case, there's room for a new way to grow vegetables.