Episode 2814

Volunteer Gardener

April 02, 2020

Season 28 | Episode 14

On this episode of Nashville Public Television's Volunteer Gardener, Jeff Poppen enjoys the variety of annuals, perennials and shrubs at a Certified Butterfly Waystation. We learn the key to growing sweet cherries in the South is choosing the varieties that are best suited to the task. We introduce you to a man that trucks bees all over the U.S. for food producers. Native plants are showcased.

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Butterfly Waystation on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Butterfly Waystation

Jeff Poppen explores the Certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation at Mansker's Station in Goodlettsville, TN. The plant palette includes quite a variety of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that provide habitat and food in support of butterflies and other pollinators.

Growing sweet cherries on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing sweet cherries

Tammy Algood tours the very productive cherry orchard at Forgie's Fruit Farm. While there are challenges to growing cherries in the South, choosing the right varieties that are proven to perform well is the key. Growing tips and ways to keep the crop protected from birds is also discussed.

Pollination services on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pollination services

It is estimated that bees are responsible for one third of the world's food production. We introduce you to a man who takes his bees on the road for the majority of the year as a service to growers/farmers of a variety of crops across the U.S.

Native Plant Showcase on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Native Plant Showcase

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