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An Enchanting Garden Space on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

An Enchanting Garden Space

Sheri Gramer enjoys this mature landscape that has a charming water feature, a fairy house, a variety of ferns, wildflowers and hydrangea.


A Plant's Best Friend on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

A Plant’s Best Friend

Annette Shrader visits with a nurturing gardener who proclaims to be the best friend a plant could have. She can't let a single one fade. We tour her home garden to see her prized trees, perennials and fruit producers.


Winter Interest in the Landscape on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Winter Interest in the Landscape

Is there much to look at in your home landscape in the winter? Get some ideas on how to sustain beauty and interest year-round as Phillipe Chadwick strolls an estate garden that features several plant specimens that take center stage outside the prime growing season.


Creating a landscape over time on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Creating a landscape over time

A new home in a new subdivision is a blank canvas for homeowners who are Do-It-Yourselfers. Tammy Algood visits with one of the plant-lovers who worked together with her spouse over 30 years on this landscape. We tour their pleasing and pleasant backyard featuring trees, border beds, raised beds, and container plants. They also have functional and interesting hardscapes for gathering.


Right Plants in the Right Spots on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Right Plants in the Right Spots

This gardener has experience, and we benefit from her knowledge during this tour of her home gardens. There are shady areas, a large, deep sunny perennial border, spots for a container garden, and delightful structures and accents to complement the overall appearance of these extensive garden spots.


Creating a private

Creating a private, secluded backyard

These homeowners are indeed landscape designers, and plant people. Annette Shrader takes us through the gate to find a densely planted backyard retreat that will have one thinking there are no neighbors. The reality is that there are neighbors on all sides. A great selection of trees, shrubs and perennials accent the ponds and sitting spots. Themed garden areas make a visitor feel as if they are a world away from the busy city when in fact it is just minutes from the urban core.


Enjoying Garden Maturity on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Enjoying Garden Maturity

Thirty years ago, Sally Reynolds began visualizing her home landscape. Now dubbed 'Mille Fleurs', her underlying goal was to have long views, garden rooms to wander through, deep foundation plantings, and lovely vistas. Now, with time, those goals have been realized. Troy Marden visits with his ole garden design friend for a retrospective of the choices over the years, a discussion of some of her favorite plants, and highlights of this garden's evolution.


Changes to the Plant Palette on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Changes to the Plant Palette

Annette Shrader checks in to see the changes in the plant palette of an energetic, knowledgeable home gardener we have visited some years ago. We find that Japanese iris have replaced the bearded iris, there's a row of Fusion lilies sparkling along the fence row, and Angie's chosen daylily varieties are dazzling.


Blevins Japanese Garden at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Blevins Japanese Garden at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

The Blevins Japanese Garden was first established at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in the 1970's. It has undergone a major renovation which added greater accessibility and a more polished enclosure. Phillipe Chadwick discusses the history of the garden and the masterful horticulturalists who have designed and nurtured it. Plant material and natural stone elements are also examined.


Woodland

Woodland, Wildflowers and Storytelling

We visit a home gardener who has created a magical spot to enjoy stories in the woodland section of the property. Author Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is depicted in the displays throughout the trail. The wildflowers punctuate the landscape.


Pollinator Garden for an Urban Front Yard on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pollinator Garden for an Urban Front Yard

"A lawn is just not for me" says Mollie. Instead, she enjoys tending a pollinator-friendly garden in the front of her house. And she has put her sense of style and design on the back yard space with interesting potted plants and sentimental pieces.


Glorious Garden Space on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Glorious Garden Space

Yon's Paradise is an appropriate name for this home garden. The homeowners have done this from the ground up, including the lovely evergreen and rose topiaries.