Episode 3020

Volunteer Gardener

May 19, 2022

Season 30 | Episode 20

Phillipe Chadwick enjoys the variety of colorful blooms on a collection of hellebores in a home garden. Marty DeHart showcases some lesser known edible shrubs that are good garden performers. Troy Marden learns what it takes to plant and maintain banana plants in zone 7. Jeff Poppen admires the terraced garden plots at Montgomery Bell Academy where students gain hands-on experience

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School garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

School garden

Jeff Poppen is on the campus of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville to learn both the challenges and rewards of having a school garden. Here, organic is the way this garden grows. The composting process is well supported here. This school not only uses the garden in the curriculum for students, there's also a garden club.

Growing banana plants in zone 7 on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing banana plants in zone 7

Banana plants can be a dramatic addition to a home landscape, and create a tropical focal point. Troy Marden visits with a home gardener who has many specimens in his backyard garden, and they discuss the varieties that perform well in USDA Climate Zone 7.

Hellebore Collector on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hellebore Collector

Did you know there's a perennial that hits peak bloom starting mid-December and varieties that continue through March? Hellebores are frost-resistant, evergreen plants that boast bloom colors in a range of pale green to deep maroon-black. Phillipe Chadwick checks out a home gardener's expansive collection.