Published on 08/27/09

Roots, shoots and trees on “Gardening in Georgia"

University of Georgia

Gardeners often get dirt under their fingernails. On “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” Sept. 5, Reeves gets mud up to his armpits, tames bamboo and grows mimosas.

"Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across the state each Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Elizabeth Dean of Wilkerson Mill Gardens shows Reeves a muddy method to pot bare root magnolia trees. It proves clay isn’t always bad for plant roots and can leave them prepared for a healthy life.

Bamboo can be a serious landscape pest. Once it escapes, it’s hard to get the roots and stems back into their designated spot. Reeves shows the difference between running bamboo and clumping bamboo.

The flowers are attractive, and the trees are easy to grow. What’s not to like about mimosa? Well, it grows too easily, and it readily gets diseased. Walter highlights this common Southern plant.

The show is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and is supported by a gift from McCorkle Nurseries. Learn more about the show and download useful publications at the Web site

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