Published on 03/19/10

New regional gardening show premieres on GPB April 3

By J. Faith Peppers

On April 3, southern gardeners will have a new tool to help them in the garden. “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves, a new educational television show, will premiere to help gardeners of all levels learn new tips, get fresh ideas and visit interesting sites.

The show will air weekly on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and repeat at 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations and select northern and central Florida public television stations.

“Your Southern Garden” is a spin-off of the highly-rated “Gardening in Georgia,” which ended its decade-long run on GPB in October. Show host Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and gardening expert, brings the same down-home flavor to the new show.

“We have seen more and more homeowners beginning to do their own landscaping and lawn maintenance,” said J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

“Many are taking on this work for the first time and need to know where to start," he said. "Others are looking for the latest low-maintenance plants or water-conservation landscaping ideas. We designed this program to offer something helpful for all gardeners in our region.”

On this week's show

Watch April 3 to see how to grow potatoes without getting dirty. Reeves will demonstrate a new potato-growing technique using a tub of perlite. He will also teach viewers how to transplant easy-to-grow fig plants that pop up under a mature bush.

Garden expert Hank Bruno will describe an Asian dogwood that grows in the upper South and blooms in May. And, UGA horticulturist Paul Thomas will share his discovery of the best way to get butterfly weed seed to germinate - with a gentle pat.

“Your Southern Garden,” produced by University of Florida IFAS Extension and UGA CAES, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle Grow.

“Our goal in creating this new show is to give gardeners in our growing region a program that will provide educational information they can use outside today,” Angle said.

Working closely with UF and UGA Extension specialists, county agents and researchers, Reeves shows viewers how to put the universities’ expertise to work in their yards each week.

“Land-grant universities are loaded with cutting-edge, yet practical, information that gardeners need,” Reeves said. “Whether you are a beginner, a piddler or a Master Gardener, there’s something here for you.”

Check your local public broadcasting station’s programming listings for days and times “Your Southern Garden” airs in your area or contact your local station to request the show in your area.

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

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