Published on 08/19/01

Floppy Plants on 'Gardening in Georgia'

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Walter Reeves

On "Gardening in Georgia" this week, host Walter Reeves shows how he handles those floppy plants that can be a continuing garden problem.

Reeves details how he made two forms to bend inexpensive wire and rod to make plant supports just as good as the costly ones in the garden store.

"Gardening in Georgia" will air Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and will be rebroadcast Saturday, Aug. 25, at 12:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television.

On this week's show, Reeves takes us to the Center for Applied Nursery Research, which works at breeding and testing new plants for Georgia. Kay Bowman describes her research on breeding a better hypericum (St. John's wort), using pollen from plants having different blooms and shapes.

Margaret Mosley's Garden

Co-host Tara Dillard takes viewers on a visit to long-time gardener Margaret Mosley's wonderland. Gardening in the shade isn't a contradiction for Margaret. Her shady long border, filled with deciduous and evergreen shrubs, perennials and trees, is always a delight.

Margaret has mixed in interesting foliage textures and colors along with making sure there is always something in bloom. She includes ferns, hosta, hellebore, camellias, viburnum, leucothoe, mahonia, azalea, holly and daphne.

Duplicate the list of what Margaret grows for your shade garden and you're guaranteed beauty, blooms and low maintenance.

In its third season, "Gardening in Georgia" airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and is rebroadcast every Saturday at noon or 12:30 p.m. Learn more about it at the show's Web site.

The show is designed specifically for Georgia gardeners. It's produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.

Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.