Recent Volunteer Gardener Clips

Creating a landscape over time on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Creating a landscape over time

October 22, 2020

A new home in a new subdivision is a blank canvas for homeowners who are Do-It-Yourselfers. Tammy Algood visits with one of the plant-lovers who worked together with her spouse over 30 years on this landscape. We tour their pleasing and pleasant backyard featuring trees, border beds, raised beds, and container plants. They also have functional and interesting hardscapes for gathering.

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Winter Interest in the Landscape on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Winter Interest in the Landscape

October 22, 2020

Is there much to look at in your home landscape in the winter? Get some ideas on how to sustain beauty and interest year-round as Phillipe Chadwick strolls an estate garden that features several plant specimens that take center stage outside the prime growing season.

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Storage of Surplus Crops on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Storage of Surplus Crops

October 22, 2020

Biodynamic Farmer Jeff Poppen shows us how he effectively stores surplus crops such as garlic, onions, and potatoes to reduce waste.

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Backyard Bounty on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Backyard Bounty

October 08, 2020

Host Julie Berbiglia tours a productive backyard garden of an enthusiastic new grower. He shares some of the best practices he has learned in regard to composting, and growing methods for blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries.

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Drake's Cove Community Trail on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Drake’s Cove Community Trail

October 08, 2020

There was a sizeable parcel of land in a subdivision that was deemed undevelopable as it was on a 100 year flood plane, plus it had a sink hole at its center. While the developer talked of putting in a walking trail around the perimeter of this parcel for resident's use, it never happened. So, the homeowner's association decided to move forward and survey the land. They called on neighbors and community volunteers to clear a wide trail, make trail borders with logs and rock, plant native perennials / trees /shrubs, and create purposed garden areas. Now it is a treasured spot for outdoor fun and exercise.

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Right Plants in the Right Spots on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Right Plants in the Right Spots

October 01, 2020

This gardener has experience, and we benefit from her knowledge during this tour of her home gardens. There are shady areas, a large, deep sunny perennial border, spots for a container garden, and delightful structures and accents to complement the overall appearance of these extensive garden spots.

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Types of Roses on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Types of Roses

September 24, 2020

We visit with Ron Daniels with the Nashville Rose Society in his home rose garden. We look at climbers, hybrid teas, show roses, miniatures, and lots of gorgeous blooms and buds.

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Creating a private

Creating a private, secluded backyard

September 24, 2020

These homeowners are indeed landscape designers, and plant people. Annette Shrader takes us through the gate to find a densely planted backyard retreat that will have one thinking there are no neighbors. The reality is that there are neighbors on all sides. A great selection of trees, shrubs and perennials accent the ponds and sitting spots. Themed garden areas make a visitor feel as if they are a world away from the busy city when in fact it is just minutes from the urban core.

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Pruning Young Blueberry Shrubs on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pruning Young Blueberry Shrubs

September 24, 2020

For a better yield in the future, it's best to prune off the budding fruit on young shrubs for the first 3 years. Tammy Algood discusses best practices with the University of Tennessee Fruit & Nut specialist.

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Growing Garlic on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Garlic

September 24, 2020

Garlic has been cultivated by humans for 5,000 years. Jeff Poppen likes growing garlic for several reasons. It's easy, it gets planted in September/October and grows during the off-season, and all parts of the plant are edible. He shares his planting method and favorite varieties.

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Mansker's Station Community Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Mansker’s Station Community Garden

September 17, 2020

Sumner County Master Gardeners maintain several garden areas at historic Mansker's Station in Goodlettsville TN. These include a vegetable and herb garden, a pollinator waystation, and a wildflower area. Jeff Poppen explores the garden beds to see what's growing, and to learn about the educational opportunities for school age children as well as community members.

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Enjoying Garden Maturity on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Enjoying Garden Maturity

September 17, 2020

Thirty years ago, Sally Reynolds began visualizing her home landscape. Now dubbed 'Mille Fleurs', her underlying goal was to have long views, garden rooms to wander through, deep foundation plantings, and lovely vistas. Now, with time, those goals have been realized. Troy Marden visits with his ole garden design friend for a retrospective of the choices over the years, a discussion of some of her favorite plants, and highlights of this garden's evolution.

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