During the winter months, I am actively collecting the seeds of what I want to grow in my warm-season fruit and vegetable garden. Collecting those seeds often means going online multiple times each week to hunt for interesting seed varieties to try out - especially tomatoes. Last winter for example, I purchased 4 varieties of tomato seeds--Moscow VR, Russian Black Krim, Medovyi Spas, and Manitoba--and was very pleased with the resulting harvest.
Virginia Home Grown
We asked Virginia Home Grown host Peggy Singlemann if she had any gift ideas for gardeners. She did!
In this season finale, host Amy Williams visits Castle Hill Cider to learn all about cider apples from Geoff Robinson, Cider Cellarmaster and Stuart Madany, Ciderist/Orchardist. Co-host Peggy Singlemann gets some pointers from Laurel Matthew, Greenhouse Horticulturist for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, on how to overwinter tropical plants.
Host Amy Williams travels to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to talk with Peggy Cornett about late-blooming annuals. John Wise from Reynolds Community College presents the Plant of the Month: Cryptomeria japonica. Co-host Peggy Singlemann visits a private butterfly garden and nursery cultivated by Master Naturalist Linda McBride.
Host Amy Williams visits with Susan Viemeister at a private garden in Nelson County to learn how design decisions affect garden maintenance. Co-host Peggy Singlemann talks about protecting watersheds with Ann Jurczyk from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Fluvanna County Extension Agent John Thompson presents Joe-pye Weed, Eutrochium, as the Plant of the Month.
Host Amy Williams visits with Foxie Morgan at Pharsalia, in Nelson County, an antebellum farm that is now a Cut Flower Operation and event destination. Horticulturist and Floral Designer David Pippin joins Amy in the studio to talk about arranging flowers.
Host Amy Williams tours a private garden in Richmond with Landscape Designer Vic Calaman, Jr. and learns about the benefits of using a professional to plan a garden. Co-host Peggy Singlemann talks in-studio with Karen Kester about insect pollinators and tours a private garden in Henrico County. The Plant of the Month is Black Cohosh presented by Peggy Cornett, Curator of Plants at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Host Amy Williams interviews Cheri Zavada from Native Earth Landscaping about a Plant Share Program and caring for a legacy landscape. Co-host Peggy Singlemann goes to the East End of Henrico to talk about the Fairfield Middle School Community Garden with Amanda Hall and Toby Vernon of the Community Food Collaborative.
Amy interviews Johnny Townsend from the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program about rare plants in Virginia including: Longleaf pine, Trillium and Pyxie moss. Peggy goes to Williamsburg to talk garden design with Laura Viancour. The “Tip from Maymont” is about removing unwanted vines from flowering bushes. Trillium is also the Plant of the Month. (Show #1502)
Season 15 gets underway with all new segments and in-studio guests. Host Amy Williams talks with Todd Ellis about the fine art of Bonsai. Co-host Peggy Singlemann learns proper pruning techniques with Arborists from the City of Richmond. John Thompson with Virginia Cooperative Extension presents Common Milkweed as the Plant of the Month and Peggy Singlemann's Tip from Maymont is about Seeds and Sets for vegetable gardening.