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Virginia Home Grown: June 2014

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:57pm -- WCVE

Host Amy Williams explores a Children’s Garden at Mountaintop Montessori in Charlottesville. Co-host Peggy Singlemann, Director of Horticulture at Maymont, visits the herb garden with Earlene Hogg. Peggy also provides tips on how to plant a summer border.

We visit the Center for Historic Plants at Monticello’s Tufton Farm to hear from Peggy Cornett about her choice for Plant of the Month: the Sweetshrub.

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More on Mountaintop Montessori
Check out Mountaintop Montessori’s garden and ecology blog here. They also post information on educational events on their Facebook page. You can contact Pat McCafferty with your garden and wild edible plant questions at pmccafferty@mountaintopmontessori.org.

Herbs for Raised Beds: Rosemary - Rosemarinus officinialis 'Salem' and 'Arp' (recommended) • Sage - Salvia officinalis • Scented Geranium - Pelargonium • Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare • Pineapple Sage - Salvia elegans • Mexican Bush Sage - 'Midnight Purple' • Lemon Balm - Melissa officinalis

Herbs for Planters: Greek Columnar Basil - Ocimum basilicum citridor • Holy Basil - Ocimum tenuiflorum • Basil - Ocimum × citriodorum 'Pesto Perpetuo' • Siam Queen - Ocimum basilicum 'Siam Queen' or 'True Thai' • Oregano - Origanum vulgare 'Hot 'n Spicy' • Greek Oregano - Origanum vulgare alba • Parsley - Petroselinum crispum • Lemon Thyme variegated - Thymus citriodorus variegata 'Aurea' • Thyme English - Thymus vulgaris • Hyssop - Hyssop officianalis blue • Lavender - Lavandula x chaytoriae 'Silver Sands' • Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' • Cuban Oregano - Plectranthus amboinicus • Garlic Chives - Allium tuberosum • Chives - Allium schoenoprasum

Summer Border Plants: Pink Bat Face Cuphea • Purple Oxalis • Woodland Phlox • Pink Peony • Blue Salvia • Yellow Coreopsis • Green-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia • Goldenrod • Ornamental Grass

Plant of the Month: Calycanthus floridus - Sweetshrub (Carolina Allspice, Strawberry Bush, Bubby Flower, Spicebush) • Native - Red and 'Athens' - Yellow

Virginia Home Grown, with Amy Barton Williams (host), and Peggy M. Singlemann (co-host), features interviews with experts and enthusiasts from around the state. Viewers are invited to submit questions via email to VHG@ideastations.org or by phone (toll free) to 1.866.220.0911 (only during the LIVE show).

Virginia Home Grown airs monthly from March through October.