Published on 08/23/07

Orchids hot on black market, cool indoors

University of Georgia

Exotic orchids lure smugglers to risk their lives and freedom to steal and sell them on the black market. On “Gardening in Georgia” Sept. 6 and 8, learn about several of the most exotic orchids and how they live and grow indoors.

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

The sight of water flowing in a garden this summer is soothing against the searing heat. Show host Walter Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and gardening guru, shows how easy it is to make a water feature from an urn.

Also on this week’s show, find out how to grow graceful sea oats in your garden.

“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.