Episode 2645

Volunteer Gardener

May 10, 2018

Season 26 | Episode 45

On Nashville Public Television's Volunteer Gardener, Okra is a good producer during the hot, humid days of summer. Jeff Poppen shares reliable varieties and explains the history of this plant. We tour the landscape of an historic residence. Common plant problems and remedies are discussed. Will talk about pruning macrophylla for a dramatic show.

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Architectural Landscape on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Architectural Landscape

West Meade mansion in Nashville Tennessee, built in 1886, is a stately residence for sure. We stroll the grounds to enjoy the refurbished landscape and learn how the landscape architect took design cues from exterior of the house.

Macrophylla-pruning for showiness on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Macrophylla-pruning for showiness

On a visit to a garden where the hydrangeas were the spotlight of the garden, we learned how the homeowner tends to the pruning to keep a dramatic show going for the long blooming season.

Okra on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Jeff Poppen, the barefoot farmer, enjoys growing okra because it produces so well in the heat and humidity of the South. Jeff gives advice as to the soil temperature for optimum planting, and techniques to get the seeds primed before putting in the soil.

Plant Problems - Part 2 on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Plant Problems – Part 2

Marty DeHart has examples of some common plant problems along with recommendations for overcoming the issues.