Published on 08/09/07

Exotic lotuses, turf, seeds, weeds on 'Gardening'

University of Georgia

Georgia's favorite gardener, Walter Reeves, looks at exotic flowers, turf tips, seeds and weeds on "Gardening in Georgia" Aug. 23 and 25.

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

Reeves travels to Savannah, Ga., to visit with Stephen Garton, superintendent of the University of Georgia's historic Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens. Garton shows the garden's collection of Asian and native lotuses. These exotic aquatic flowers have been prized for thousands of years.

One of the easiest ways to kill a lawn is to mow too low. UGA turf specialist Clint Waltz explains why this is true and shows Reeves the proper mowing height for all of Georgia's common lawn grasses.

Tomato seeds are easy to see in the gooey pulp of the fruit. It would seem easy to collect them for planting next year. But there's an extra step to saving tomato seeds, Reeves says. You have to ferment them!

Finally, Reeves identifies three more weeds that are common in Georgia. To know them may not be to love them, but it surely is handy when you need to control them.

"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

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