Published on 09/12/07

Revenge of the plant nerds

By Faith Peppers
University of Georgia

Walter Reeves is a self-described plant nerd. Join the club as he hosts “Gardening in Georgia,” Sept. 27 and 29, and shows how to bring patio plants inside, designs beautiful containers for shade and teaches viewers all about Georgia palm trees.

"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.

As temperatures finally begin to fall, it’s time to bring patio plants back inside. Reeves will give tips on how to make it a painless trip for you and your plants.

Pretty containers aren’t just for sunny spots. You can jazz up shady areas with the right pot and plants, even in the winter. Reeves visits with Melody McDanal at Atlanta’s Habersham Gardens to demonstrate unusual plants for shaded spots.

Nothing says relaxation like a cold drink under the canopy of a palm tree. Reeves and Rog Ditmer enjoy an afternoon studying palm trees at The Cloister on Sea Island.

"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.