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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.

Mid-summer blooming perennials on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Mid-summer blooming perennials

The mercury climbs in mid-summer, but so can the beauty in your garden. April Moore profiles some of her favorite perennials that have colorful blooms to admire, and attract hummingbirds and pollinators. Among these great plants are salvias, lobelias, rudbeckia and phlox.

Amaryllis: Culture and Care on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Amaryllis: Culture and Care

Hippeastrum, commonly referred to as amaryllis, is in the grass family and is native to South America. Bulbs can remain viable for many years with the correct care. When dormant, they only need watering once a week. When the bulb starts producing a shoot, watering should be more frequent.

Peppers and Eggplants on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Peppers and Eggplants

Organic market gardener Jeff Poppen discusses this year's crops of peppers and eggplant.

Fig Tree: Ornamental and Edible on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Fig Tree: Ornamental and Edible

Two fig tree fans enumerate the attributes of this notable tree. We learn the optimum growing conditions, and they share their favorite variety.

Propagating native plants on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Propagating native plants

Columbine, Virginia bluebell, Major Wheeler honeysuckle, and dwarf crested iris are a few of the native plants discussed. Highlighted is how each plant contributes to wildlife sustainability, and how they are propagated. Several methods are demonstrated.

Hummingbird Attractor and Support Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hummingbird Attractor and Support Garden

Keeping something in bloom when hummingbirds are expected is a key to attracting them to your yard. Matt Kerske visits with a gardener who plans and plants his garden beds to support these nectar-seeking birds.

Illicium on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Illicium are one of the few evergreen shrubs that are native to the Southeastern U.S. Referred to as 'anise', this plant species is particularly resistant to deer. They are also drought tolerant once established. Marty DeHart showcases 3 of her favorites.

Unique Trees on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Unique Trees

Trees are important to the urban landscape, and the Nashville Tree Foundation celebrates trees with its annual Big Old Tree Contest. This year there are 2 new categories for nominations: unique trees and story trees. We take a look at four healthy and vibrant trees, but are quite unique and awesome.

Gloxinia on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Gloxinia are magnificent flowering plants in the same plant family as African violets but with bigger blooms and leaves. Troy Marden shows off his collection he grew from seed 4 months prior indoors under LED grow lights. Learn growing tips and maintenance pointers.

Winter Blooms for Indoor Spaces on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Winter Blooms for Indoor Spaces

Troy Marden shares his experience and some growing tips for plants that offer blooms during the winter months. Holiday cactus, poinsettias, and spring bulbs - including paperwhites, are highlighted.

Oaks Collection on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Oaks Collection

Host Annette Shrader is in awe of the beauty found in a collection of desirable varieties of oak trees on a visit to the home landscape of a couple who are passionate about plants.