Episode 2902

Volunteer Gardener

July 30, 2020

Season 29 | Episode 02

On this episode of Nashville Public Television's Volunteer Gardener, Phillipe Chadwick learns propagation and hybridization techniques for Nepenthes (pitcher plant); Sheri Gramer takes us down an unusual garden path; Jeff Poppen explains how healthy gardens with loads of microbes draw the important element of carbon out of the atmosphere and into the soil, Annette Shrader tours a shade garden.

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Carbon on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Jeff Poppen explains the alliance between plants and soil organisms which helps lock in carbon, producing dark organic matter called humus. Organic and biodynamic farming methods draw carbon out of the atmosphere and sink it into the soil.

Pitcher Plants: Propagation on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pitcher Plants: Propagation

Nepenthes, also known as tropical pitcher plants, exist in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Phillipe Chadwick visits Red Leaf Exotics to learn how these cool, carnivorous plants are propagated.


Woodland, Wildflowers and Storytelling

We visit a home gardener who has created a magical spot to enjoy stories in the woodland section of the property. Author Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is depicted in the displays throughout the trail. The wildflowers punctuate the landscape.