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Natives in Plain Sight on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Natives in Plain Sight

We visit a gardener who cherishes native plants even though a lot of lawn services refer to them as weeds. Her yard is a certified wildlife habitat, and she provides as best she can on her urban lot.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses, Crowder Fields

Sheri Gramer tours Crowder Fields where they specialize in field-grown ornamental grasses. We take a closer look at several varieties from tall and substantial down to compact and graceful.

Cold Hardy Succulents on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Cold Hardy Succulents

Jumping cactus, prickly pear, and hens and chicks plants are cold hardy succulents that can be grown outdoors in USDA Zone 7. Troy Marden learns what it takes, or doesn't take, to have these plants fare well year round.

Hellebore Collector on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hellebore Collector

Did you know there's a perennial that hits peak bloom starting mid-December and varieties that continue through March? Hellebores are frost-resistant, evergreen plants that boast bloom colors in a range of pale green to deep maroon-black. Phillipe Chadwick checks out a home gardener's expansive collection.

Growing banana plants in zone 7 on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing banana plants in zone 7

Banana plants can be a dramatic addition to a home landscape, and create a tropical focal point. Troy Marden visits with a home gardener who has many specimens in his backyard garden, and they discuss the varieties that perform well in USDA Climate Zone 7.

Pet Threats from the garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pet Threats from the garden

Whether its a plant in the ornamental garden, a floral bouquet in a vase, or a houseplant, there are some that can cause harm to a pet. Some can even prove fatal. Tammy Algood talks with a veterinarian about the toxicity of plants.

Choosing a Bamboo Variety on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Choosing a Bamboo Variety

Chris Buker of Almaville Bamboo Company explains how he helps consumers get the right bamboo variety to match their objectives and the planting area.

Trees for Bees on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Trees for Bees

Flowering trees are great for pollinators! They provide high levels of pollen and nectar that bees need for their existence. Tammy Algood is at Rock Bridge Trees in Bethpage Tennessee to show off some beautiful trees that are very supportive of pollinators.

Popular Houseplants + Maintenance on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Popular Houseplants + Maintenance

Greenery brightens up indoor spaces, and is known to have mood-boosting qualities. Sheri Gramer reviews several popular indoor plants along with the maintenance required for each to perform to expectations.

Autumn Nectar Plants on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Autumn Nectar Plants

Environmentally conscientious gardeners should strive to grow a range of late-flowering nectar plants to provide insects with energy to migrate, or build them up for winter hibernation. Rita Venable, author of Butterflies of Tennessee, joins Marty DeHart to discuss top-performers such as goldenrod and New England aster.

American Heritage Trees on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

American Heritage Trees

Troy Marden tours a specialty nonprofit nursery which is dedicated to preserving and growing trees with historic lineage. It is located on a Century Farm in Lebanon TN that has been in the same family for more than 200 years.

Growing Health Orchids on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing healthy orchids

Orchids are popular house plants and can produce beautiful blooms over many years, if they receive the proper care. Annette Shrader sets out to de-mystify orchid growing with an orchid hobbyist and member of the Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee. Growing medium, proper watering and fertilization, re-potting, pests + solutions are all discussed.