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Proven Performers on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Proven Performers

Perennials are the backbone of a well-planned garden. They can provide texture, form and color for years, even decades. Matt Kerske showcases some of the best performers for our climate.

Garden Plan and Plants on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden Plan and Plants

We can derive inspiration for both garden design and plant selection from this two-year old demonstration bed at Bennett Nurseries in Huntsville, Alabama.

Unusual plants for the home garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Unusual plants for the home garden

Comfrey, stinging nettle and American elderberry are a few of the plants profiled in this gardener’s home landscape that features medicinal herbs and berries.

Cheekwood Spring Show on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Cheekwood Spring Show

Come along as we enjoy the fabulous show of 100,000 tulips at Cheekwood Botanical Garden.

Herb Border Beds on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Herb Border Beds

Dr. Richard and Carol Stein enjoy growing herbs and using them in the kitchen for family staples. Their backyard herb border beds are full of fragrance, beauty and purpose.

Bonsai on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Sheri Gramer learns about the art of bonsai from a student of the art. We tour his collection that includes quite a wide variety of specimens.

Native Plant Showcase on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Native Plant Showcase

Two plant enthusiasts talk about cool native plants that support pollinators.

UT Trial Gardens-Shade on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

UT Trial Gardens-Shade

Do you think you have to have sun to have a showy garden? Of course not. Troy Marden visits the trial gardens at UT Agricultural Extension in Jackson and finds top-performing shrubs and perennials.

Native Butterfly Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Native Butterfly Garden

Having a garden that supports butterflies is rewarding, but what if space is limited? Julie Berbiglia finds a plant palette that is suited for the task.

Berry Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Berry Farm

Tammy Algood learns more about the varieties and growing methods as she walks the strawberry fields of Kelley's Berry Farm in Castalian Springs. She also checks the progress in the large blueberry and blackberry patches.

A Moss Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

A Moss Garden

We tour a hilltop garden and see the beauty, and practicality of incorporating a variety of mosses in the landscape.

Growing tomatoes in containers on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing tomatoes in containers

Container gardening is well-suited for growing tomatoes, yet it still has its challenges. We visit a grower who gleaned information and advice from Craig LeHoullier in his book 'Epic Tomatoes'. We learn from his experience how to minimize the damage of blight and blossom end rot.