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Virginia Home Grown: May 2014

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:42pm -- WCVE

Host Amy Williams talks with Ian Robertson about unusual plants for the garden that are readily available in garden centers. Co-host Peggy Singlemann meets with Landscape Architect Chris Hale at the Virginia State Capitol to talk about rain gardens. The Plant of the Month is the Japanese Snowbell ‘Pink Chimes’ (Styrax japonicus) presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Peggy Singlemann offers a Tip from Maymont about caring for and preserving large trees.
(Show #1403)

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Mentioned in this Episode:
Rain Gardens: A Greener Approach To Landscaping (Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay)
Virginia Department of Forestry: Rain Gardens

Plants Mentioned in this Episode:
Unusual Plants:

  • Ashe Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla 'Ashei')
  • Greenback Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Greenback')
  • Common Rush (Juncus effusus)
  • Dusty Zenobia (Zenobia pulverulanta 'Woodlanders Blue' and 'Raspberry Ripple')
  • Two-winged Silverbell (Halesia diptera)
  • Vining Aster (Aster carolinianus 'Symphyotrichum')
  • American Snowbell (Styrax americanus)
  • False Daphne (Daphniphyllum macropodum)
  • Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha)
  • English Dogwood (Deutzia gracillis)
  • Norway Spruce (Picea abies 'Acrocona')
  • Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Kewensis'
  • Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata' and 'Prostrata')
  • Cephalotaxus h. ‘Fritz Huber’
  • Chinese Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus)
  • Portuguese Cherrylaurel (Prunus lusitanica)

Rain Gardens:
Autumn fern, inkberry, winterberry, holly, rush, ilex, Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’), Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Virginia spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)

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 or by phone (toll free) to 1.866.220.0911 (only during the LIVE show).

Virginia Home Grown airs monthly from March through October.