Published on 05/09/07

Dazzling jewel, obscure gem focus of 'Gardening'

From a Golden Isle tour through the largest collection of native plants in Georgia to Georgia Gold Medal winners, "Gardening in Georgia" has something for Georgia plant lovers statewide.

"Gardening in Georgia" airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The show airing May 17 and 19 will give a glimpse of the walled rose garden at the newly renovated, renowned vacation jewel, The Cloister, on Georgia's Sea Island.

A little-known gem is at Georgia Perimeter College in the south DeKalb County neighborhood of Panthersville. The college's Native Plant Garden has plants of the Southeast and ferns from around the world that can easily grow in the South.

Each year, a committee of Georgia plant experts selects trees, shrubs, vines and flowers that flourish in the state. Gardening guru and show host Walter Reeves will reveal his six favorites from this year's Georgia Gold Medal plant list.

Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Extension agent, will also show how to transplant Lenten roses.

"Gardening in Georgia" is coproduced by GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each show is geared to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.

The 2007 season is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. For more on "Gardening in Georgia," visit

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