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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.


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.


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.


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.


Growing Pecans on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Pecans

More folks are growing their own food these days, so perhaps a nut crop could fit into the home landscape. Tammy Algood goes to Bethpage TN to learn about seed germination, what's needed for good pollination, and expectations of yield over the course of the tree's life (which can be 150 years).


Conifer Showcase

Conifers can provide evergreen color and structure to a home landscape with minimal maintenance. They are also a great choice if you are looking to add some privacy. Troy Marden has a selection of conifers worthy of consideration.


Hellebore hybridizing on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hellebore hybridizing

Marty DeHart visits with a passionate plants person who hybridizes and cultivates hellebores. It's mid-March, and these 'jewels of winter' are showing off their colors in beautiful blooms. We learn the successes of hybridization: the new characteristics, bloom size, colors, and habit are evident in the several cultivars we examine.


Dependable Annuals on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Dependable Annuals

Marty DeHart showcases a wide variety of annuals that she endorses as outstanding performers for season long color in garden beds and containers.


Tropical Plant Introductions on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Tropical Plant Introductions

Brian Williams of Brian's Botanicals wows us with some interesting tropical plants, specifically elephant ears in a compact form that he's been breeding .