Published on 10/01/09

“Gardening in Georgia” bids adieu in exotic style

University of Georgia

The final episode of “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.

For 10 years, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Georgia Public Broadcasting provided the show for Georgia viewers to get the latest in gardening advice and research.

But fans shouldn’t fret. Show host Walter Reeves will be back next season with “Your Southern Garden.” Produced by CAES and University of Florida Extension, the show will include experts and gardeners from across Georgia and north Florida.

“Our tenth anniversary seems like a good time to venture into a new phase of garden education,” Reeves said. “’Your Southern Garden’ broadens our reach and the exciting new material we can cover.”

The last “Gardening in Georgia” will finish its run with an exotic flair.

They are so beautiful and alluring smugglers risk their lives to steal and sell them on the black market. On the Oct. 10 episode, Becky Brinkman, curator of orchids at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, will bring Reeves several rare and exotic orchids and explain where they live and how they can be grown indoors.

They look like warts on the pecan leaves, but pecan phylloxera galls are actually the handiwork of insects. Reeves will give his official prescription for treatment.

When you are cleaning house, don’t forget the houseplants. Their leaves can collect dust just like countertops. All you need to do the job is a clean white sock.

It’s beautiful, but bamboo can be quite rambunctious in the wrong place. Bamboo expert Alexis Caffre shows Reeves several ways to control the unruly plant in the landscape.

“Gardening in Georgia” has been produced by the CAES and 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.