Published on 09/10/09

Muscadine vs. scuppernong on “Gardening in Ga."

University of Georgia

From root to petal, the Sept. 26 episode of “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” takes viewers through the beauty of fall.

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

Reeves will start the show by examining the root system of a huge tree without harming it. Instead of washing soil from roots, an air spade gently removes it so root problems can be properly identified. The spade can also mix organic matter into the soil to reinvigorate the root system.

Next, he discusses the muscadine versus scuppernong debate. These Southern favorites are both grapes, but are they the same thing? He’ll demonstrate how to eat them without making a mess.

Purple hyacinth bean and cypress vine are two of Reeves’s favorite vines for fall color. He’ll show how to identify them.

Atlanta Botanical Garden director Mildred Fockele will take Reeves on a tour of the garden’s salvia collection. While annual salvias are mainstays of a summer garden, many perennial types can brighten a fall garden. They can bring color year after year.

Reeves ends the episode talking about Fireworks goldenrod, a new variety that’s shorter, denser and covered with explosive color.

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

Stephanie Schupska is the communications coordinator with the University of Georgia Honors College.