Published on 09/06/07

Giving deer bellyaches on 'Gardening in Georgia'

University of Georgia

Deer find roses, hydrangeas, hostas and day lilies delectable, much to the dismay of Georgia gardeners. Find out how to shoo them away on this week's 'Gardening in Georgia' on Georgia Public Broadcasting Sept. 20 and 22.

Show host Walter Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and gardening expert, makes no promises the brew will be a permanent repellant. But his homemade concoction, which starts with rotten eggs and hot sauce, would surely give a deer a stomachache.

"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.

Fall blooms are colorful, but other things provide landscape color, too. At the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Mildred Fockele guides Reeves among several shrubs that have tiny blooms but marvelously colored fruit. ABG experts also show how to repot orchids.

"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.