Episode 2741

Volunteer Gardener

April 11, 2019

Season 27 | Episode 41

On Nashville Public Television's Volunteer Gardener, Matt Kerske walks the research fields of a variety of indigo plants at Stony Creek Colors. Annette Shrader tours Savage Garden, established in 1917 in Fountain City, TN. In 1986 the home and gardens were purchased by new owners who have overseen the huge restoration project that has this garden singing once again.

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Historic Savage Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Historic Savage Garden

Arthur Savage bought a house with 1.7 acres of property in 1917 in what is now Fountain City, TN. He had quite the eye for design, and devoted time and money toward creating a premiere garden. Features include substantial structures, a 280' rock wall, trees, shrubs and flowers. It's heyday was in the late 1920's. With Arthur's death in 1946, this garden fell into disrepair and was neglected. In 1986, an energetic couple bought Savage Garden with the hopes of restoring it back to its former grandeur. It has far exceeded expectations. Annette Shrader leads us on a tour with one of the property's owners, Bill Dohm.

Indigo: Agriculture Research and Production on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Indigo: Agriculture Research and Production

A goal of Stony Creek Colors is to replace at least 3% of synthetic blue dye with natural indigo produced on Tennessee farms. Currently, TN has the most indigo in research and production than anywhere in the U.S. with all of the biomass coming from within a 60 mile radius of its factory.