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Garden Design Tours

Landscape that's not cookie cutter on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Landscape that’s not cookie cutter

We tour the garden beds of a couple who enjoy growing. They have created interest in the landscape with rounded beds. They also take advantage of the sunny areas of the yard to plant flowers and vegetables.

Glorious garden on a suburban lot on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Glorious garden on a suburban lot

Everything's coming up roses in this home garden in Hendersonville, Tennessee. It's a beautiful day in May, and this garden is flush with blooms on more than 150 rose plants. We learn about some of the grower's top performers including climbers, shrub roses and miniatures.

Friendships Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Friendships Garden

Over time, a person's garden becomes a sentimental space. That certainly holds true for host Annette Shrader's garden. It is brimming with plants that symbolize friendships. Co-host Tammy Algood leads us on a stroll through well-established beds, plus a spot that is getting re-imagined.

Backyard gardening: applying best practices on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Backyard gardening: applying best practices

Annette Shrader visits with a backyard vegetable gardener who is using sustainable methods that work with nature to build healthy soil and grow nutrient-rich plants.

School garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

School garden

Jeff Poppen is on the campus of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville to learn both the challenges and rewards of having a school garden. Here, organic is the way this garden grows. The composting process is well supported here. This school not only uses the garden in the curriculum for students, there's also a garden club.

Barn Garden - an homage to the past on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Barn Garden – an homage to the past

Annette Shrader tours a unique home garden in rural Tennessee. The tobacco barn once stood at the front of the property. That footprint of the barn is now home to a garden filled with shrubs, perennials, trees and annuals. The selections were made that would allow wildlife to hide, birds to nest, and pollinators to find support. Relics of the past are also incorporated, which illustrate the bygone era.

Native Plants in the Home Landscape on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Native Plants in the Home Landscape

Native plants have evolved in a region with adaptations to the geology, climate, soil, wildlife, and the other plants. Therefore, a key to successful ornamental gardening would be to include a high percentage of native trees, shrubs and perennials. Tammy Algood discusses the attributes of natives with Margie Hunter, author of 'Gardening with Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place'.

Color in Containers on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Color in Containers

The formula for an eye-catching container is a strong thriller, some complimentary fillers, and a spiller. Sheri Gramer visits with a gardener who has a talent for designing containers with all of those elements. Plus, she puts those in a perfect pot to complement the fabulous colors too.

Land Management

Land Management, Vanderbilt University

Julie Berbiglia visits the campus of Vanderbilt University to learn how land management practices are evolving toward greater sustainability. Water catchment/usage, and the creation of native meadows are elements of smart gardening practices.

Native Plants Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Native Plants Garden

Enjoy a spring time tour of a landscaper's home garden that is comprised of 95% native plants.

Pocket prairie on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pocket prairie

A pocket prairie is a small handcrafted parcel that is dominated by grasses and forbs. Troy Marden visits Mike Berkley of Growild Inc to learn the various plants that are recommended, their growth requirements, and the maintenance recommended.

Nature's Way to Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Nature’s Way to Garden

Sheri Gramer strolls through the mountain top garden of an experienced grower. Rich color is seen in the selection of trees, there is year-round interest in the ornamental beds, and sustainable gardening methods are evident in the vegetable garden.