Episode 2914

Volunteer Gardener

April 29, 2021

Season 29 | Episode 14

On this episode of Nashville Public Television's Volunteer Gardener, Annette Shrader visits a plantsman with an impressive collection of staghorn ferns, both the 'antler' frond and shield frond varieties. David Cook reviews the signs of crape myrtle bark scale and recommends remediation tactics. Troy Marden showcases the clematis varieties that have a very prolific blooms that are petite in size.

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Clematis Collection on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Clematis Collection

While some clematis have eye-catching big blooms, there's also varieties with small showy blooms in abundance. Troy Marden visits with an avid gardener who shares her collection of clematis from the Viticella group.

Staghorn Fern Collection on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Staghorn Fern Collection

Annette Shrader visits a plantsman that has a collection of staghorn ferns that include both 'antler' frond and shield frond varieties. This impressive collection of epiphytes represent native regions around the globe. This discussion encompasses plant culture, growth habit, propagation, and recommended care.

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

David Cook, UT agriculture extension agent for Davidson County TN, explains the non-native scale that poses a serious threat to Southern Crape Myrtles. The nymphs produce a large amount of honeydew that drips down the trunk, branches, leaves, and ground below. That substance then accumulates sooty mold. While not fatal, it makes the infested trees an eyesore in the landscape.