Published on 03/28/11

Your Southern Garden 2011 season premieres April 2

By J. Faith Peppers

“Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves, a regional educational television show, will start its 2011 season April 2, just in time to get Southern gardeners geared up and ready for spring planting.

For the premiere show, garden expert Hank Bruno will explain the advantages of using Korean dogwoods in Southern landscapes. University of Georgia horticulturist Paul Thomas will share why burying seeds might not be the best way to get them to sprout.

Show host Reeves, a retired UGA Cooperative Extension agent and gardening expert, will demonstrate how to transplant a small fig tree. Viewers will also learn how to properly prune trees.

“Your Southern Garden” airs Saturdays at noon and repeats at 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations. Check local listing for times on Alabama Public Television, South Carolina’s ETV and select northern and central Florida public television stations.

This season, Reeves will bring his down-home flavor to the show to help viewers plan weekend projects, prepare their landscapes for the growing season and learn timely tips from experts from four Southern universities.

“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.”

The show is produced by University of Florida IFAS Extension and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle-Gro, and sponsorship from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Clemson Cooperative Extension.

“We have seen more and more homeowners beginning to do their own landscaping and lawn maintenance,” said J. Scott Angle, the UGA CAES dean and director. “Our goal in creating this regional show is to give gardeners in our growing region a program that will provide educational information they can use outside today.”

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

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