Recent Volunteer Gardener Clips

Adding function to the backyard on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Adding function to the backyard

July 01, 2021

Matt Kerske takes us along on one of his backyard renovation projects. First to happen is an assessment of the features and functionality wanted from the space. Materials and styles are then selected. Finally, a walk through the updated space with Matt.

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Hellebore hybridizing on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hellebore hybridizing

July 01, 2021

Marty DeHart visits with a passionate plants person who hybridizes and cultivates hellebores. It's mid-March, and these 'jewels of winter' are showing off their colors in beautiful blooms. We learn the successes of hybridization: the new characteristics, bloom size, colors, and habit are evident in the several cultivars we examine.

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Baked Cheese Plantains and Hot Cilantro Drizzle on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Baked Cheese Plantains and Hot Cilantro Drizzle

July 01, 2021

The Hot Cilantro Drizzle is a great finishing touch to this appetizer of baked plantains.

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Tropical Home Landscape on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Tropical Home Landscape

June 24, 2021

From their deck, this couple's backyard landscape reminds them of one of their favorite tropical vacation spots. Within this densely planted space there's big, bold foliage along with bright shades of flowers. Host Troy Marden learns the maintenance involved for this garden in USDA Climate Zone 7.

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Boxwood Blight! on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Boxwood Blight!

June 24, 2021

Boxwood blight has been found in many regions of the U.S., including the middle Tennessee area. University of Tennessee agriculture extension agent David Cook and UT Plant Pathologist Alan Windham show examples of this blight, and what you should be on the lookout for.

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Dependable Annuals on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Dependable Annuals

June 24, 2021

Marty DeHart showcases a wide variety of annuals that she endorses as outstanding performers for season long color in garden beds and containers.

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Tropical Plant Introductions on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Tropical Plant Introductions

June 17, 2021

Brian Williams of Brian's Botanicals wows us with some interesting tropical plants, specifically elephant ears in a compact form that he's been breeding .

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Touring an American Daylily Society Display Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Touring an American Daylily Society Display Garden

June 17, 2021

Annette Shrader tours a country estate landscape that has some of the very best cultivars of the daylily, earning it the status of an official American Daylily Society Display Garden. She learns which characteristics of this easy-care perennial this collector enjoys the most. Hint: its the variety in colors and petal forms, and the way one plant can have blooms over a period of several weeks. His collection tops 1,800 plants.

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Jade Plants on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Jade Plants

June 17, 2021

Referred to as the money tree, or lucky plant, jade plants are native to KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa, and Mozambique. They have become a common houseplant worldwide. Tammy Algood visits with a collector to learn the number one mistake people make in caring for their jade plant, and how easy they are to propagate.

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Coleus Collector on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Coleus Collector

May 27, 2021

Coleus now comes in hundreds of varieties that offer season-long color and texture. No longer just for the shade garden, there's a big selection of sun coleus too. Coleus grows in the ground as well as in containers. Growing habits range from tall to small upright varieties to trailing or sprawling types. Tammy Algood introduces us to a home gardener who is a big fan of coleus who demonstrates how easy it is to propagate from cuttings.

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Bare Root Tree Stock on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Bare Root Tree Stock

May 27, 2021

The cost of a bare root tree is typically 1/4 the cost of ball and burlap ones of similar size. Wanting to make the biggest impact toward the Root Nashville campaign to plant a half million trees by 2050, Metro Water Services in Davidson County TN is nurturing 100 bare root trees. To successfully do that, they've built a raised bed and filled it with gravel. The bare root trees are held here, getting regular irrigation, for 3-6 months. During this time their root systems will grow stronger and ready for planting.

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Floral Design - Color + Structure + Vase Life on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Floral Design – Color + Structure + Vase Life

May 20, 2021

Troy Marden hosts a fresh florals workshop with famed floral designer J Schwanke of J Schwanke's Life in Bloom. Learn how to set a mood with the flower colors chosen for an arrangement. Plus, these two designers share tips for creating structure in a vase, and for longer vase life.

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