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Clematis Collection on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Clematis Collection

While some clematis have eye-catching big blooms, there's also varieties with small showy blooms in abundance. Troy Marden visits with an avid gardener who shares her collection of clematis from the Viticella group.

Staghorn Fern Collection on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Staghorn Fern Collection

Annette Shrader visits a plantsman that has a collection of staghorn ferns that include both 'antler' frond and shield frond varieties. This impressive collection of epiphytes represent native regions around the globe. This discussion encompasses plant culture, growth habit, propagation, and recommended care.

Bullet-Proof Plants on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Bullet-Proof Plants

Beginning gardeners can gain confidence by starting with some tough plants, and Julie Berbiglia shares some perennials and herbs from her own garden that have thrived. Even better, some of these will do so well you'll be able to pass along plants to others in a few seasons.

Bamboo: Attributes and Containment on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Bamboo: Attributes and Containment

Sheri Gramer is a newcomer to bamboo, so she seeks expert advice at Almaville Bamboo Company in Almaville, TN. Proprietor Chris Buker explains how bamboo is an economical way to create a privacy screen which is pest-free, low maintenance, grows in poor soil conditions, and offers the height that shrubs and trees do not. For more information, abcbamboo.com.

Begonias on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Troy Marden shows off the striking foliage and the pretty flowers of begonias. This popular plant can be grown indoors and out, and is low maintenance too. For more information, www.tennesseetropicals.com

Pitcher Plants: Propagation on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pitcher Plants: Propagation

Nepenthes, also known as tropical pitcher plants, exist in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Phillipe Chadwick visits Red Leaf Exotics to learn how these cool, carnivorous plants are propagated.

Plant Display: Why not a Log? on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Plant Display: Why not a Log?

Our plant container guru, Annette Shrader, seized the opportunity to create a unique planter when she spotted a large hollow log floating in the lake during a fishing trip. Follow along as she plants it up with colorful Sempervivum that will be ideal for the final spot this planter will land on the edge of the carport. It turned into an eye-catching succulent display.

Plant this Instead on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Plant this Instead

Plant breeders are continuously introducing new hybrids that are improvements on popular perennials and annuals. Troy Marden has a showcase of some of his favorites on the market now.

Hemp Harvest and Processing on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hemp Harvest and Processing

Many Tennessee farmers say hemp production isn't living up to the hype. Pests, diseases, the space needed for conventional drying, and finding a buyer are some of the challenges. Sheri Gramer visits Allenbrooke Farms in Maury County TN to find out about the first year of hemp production.

Butterfly Waystation on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Butterfly Waystation

Jeff Poppen explores the Certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation at Mansker's Station in Goodlettsville, TN. The plant palette includes quite a variety of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that provide habitat and food in support of butterflies and other pollinators.

Growing sweet cherries on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing sweet cherries

Tammy Algood tours the very productive cherry orchard at Forgie's Fruit Farm. While there are challenges to growing cherries in the South, choosing the right varieties that are proven to perform well is the key. Growing tips and ways to keep the crop protected from birds is also discussed.

Beardless Iris on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Beardless Iris

On this visit to Iris City Gardens in Primm Springs Tennessee, we look at several varieties of beardless iris that can grow in water and also in garden beds.