Episode 2903

Volunteer Gardener

August 13, 2020

Season 29 | Episode 03

On this episode of Nashville Public Television's Volunteer Gardener, Phillipe Chadwick tours the newly renovated Blevins Japanese Garden at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. Sheri Gramer is considering a living privacy screen so she pays a visit to Almaville Bamboo Company to learn the many attributes, and methods of containment, Troy Marden showcases begonias as houseplants.

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Bamboo: Attributes and Containment on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Bamboo: Attributes and Containment

Sheri Gramer is a newcomer to bamboo, so she seeks expert advice at Almaville Bamboo Company in Almaville, TN. Proprietor Chris Buker explains how bamboo is an economical way to create a privacy screen which is pest-free, low maintenance, grows in poor soil conditions, and offers the height that shrubs and trees do not. For more information, abcbamboo.com.

Begonias on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Troy Marden shows off the striking foliage and the pretty flowers of begonias. This popular plant can be grown indoors and out, and is low maintenance too. For more information, www.tennesseetropicals.com

Blevins Japanese Garden at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Blevins Japanese Garden at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

The Blevins Japanese Garden was first established at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in the 1970's. It has undergone a major renovation which added greater accessibility and a more polished enclosure. Phillipe Chadwick discusses the history of the garden and the masterful horticulturalists who have designed and nurtured it. Plant material and natural stone elements are also examined.