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WCVE PBS’ Virginia Home Grown Announces New Host for Season 16

Richmond, VA, January 21, 2016 - When season 16 of WCVE PBS’ Virginia Home Grown premieres on March 29, 2016 it will feature a new host and co-host, although both faces should be familiar to regular viewers.

Former co-host Peggy Singlemann, Maymont Director of Horticulture, will now host the long-running gardening program.  Peggy joined Virginia Home Grown as co-host in 2013 and provides a wealth of knowledge, having designed, planted and maintained historic and specialty gardens at the 100-acre Maymont estate for more than 30 years.  Singlemann lectures throughout the mid-Atlantic region and has been published in local and national periodicals such American Nurseryman, Horticulture, and Virginia Gardener.  She is a member of the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers, the Virginia Green Industry Council and the Southern Garden History Society.

Peggy will be joined by new co-host John Thompson, Extension Agent for the Fluvanna County Virginia Cooperative Center.  Viewers will recognize John from his regular “Plant of the Month” segments.  He has a Master of Science in Vocational and Technical Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is a member of the Virginia Association of Agricultural Extension Agents and the Virginia Extension Service Association.

"While former Virginia Home Grown host Amy Williams will be missed, we are pleased that Ms. Peggy Singlemann has elevated her role to host for the series and that Mr. John Thompson will join the series as co-host.  Both Peggy and John have extensive horticulture resumes and will continue offering gardening advice and visits to area gardens such as Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Monticello during the 16th season of Virginia Home Grown on The Community Idea Stations," said John Felton, VP/General Manager for Programming & Production.

Virginia Home Grown is produced by WCVE PBS in Richmond, Va. and explores the delights and challenges of gardening and plants in Virginia.  The one hour show airs monthly from March through October, usually on the last Tuesday of the month, and is broadcast live from the WCVE PBS studio.  Each episode features guest experts providing in-studio demonstrations as well as call-in segments and pre-recorded visits to public and private gardens and local farms.

Viewers can ask questions of the show’s experts by email vhg@ideastations.org or phone 1-866-220-0911 (during live shows).  Selected questions will be read on the air and answered by one of the experts on that month’s show.


Katherine Godin Mitchell, kmitchell@ideastations.org, 804-560-8261

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