Episode 2442

Volunteer Gardener

April 14, 2016

Season 24 | Episode 42

On Nashville Public Television's Volunteer Gardener, visit the innovative design ideas found in the exhibit gardens at the Nashville Lawn & Garden show. We’ll learn about a fungal disease now evident in TN that threatens boxwoods. Julie Berbiglia visits Nashville Hydroponics where the growing never ends. Annette Shrader unifies her mismatched garden containers by applying the same stain product.

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Monoculture on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Diversity in an ecosystem such as a farm is a sign of health. Fields of only one crop create many problems, but there are positive and negative aspects to everything. That is defiitely true in farming. Jeff Poppen grows a wide variety of crops, but also identifies good reasons to fill a field with just one. We explore the benefits and detriments of monoculture.

Boxwood Blight on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Boxwood Blight

Boxwood blight is a disease spreading among all of these shrubs, from those in nursery pots to well-established mature specimens. It is well-documented in several states, including Tennessee.

Unifying Color in containers on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Unifying Color in containers

A way to create cohesion in the landscape is to coordinate a hodge podge collection of containers and paint them with a single color or coordinating colors.