Published on 03/29/07

‘Gardening in Georgia’ premieres April 5

Pollen covers cars. Bees buzz around new blooms. And that grass needs mowing. It must be springtime in Georgia. Just in time to cure the gardener’s urge to dig and plant, “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” will be back on Georgia Public Broadcasting with the 2007 season premiere April 5 at 7 p.m.

The show is hosted by Georgia gardening guru and retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Walter Reeves.

In the first show of the 26-week series, viewers will learn about pruning azaleas from Hank Bruno at Callaway Gardens. Gardeners will also learn about growing and cooking with scented geraniums.

It wouldn’t be Easter without Easter lilies. Reeves will tell about their history and growing habits. He will show how to irrigate dry lawns, too, without taking a bite out of your budget.

“Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each episode features valuable gardening information specific to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.

The 2007 series is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries, and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association.

“Gardening in Georgia” will air on GPB stations each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. More on the show can be found at

Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.