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Virginia Home Grown: August 2017

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 3:15pm -- WCVE

Host Peggy Singlemann visits with Jean Fender and Cheryl Smith from the Hilliard Park Garden Club to learn how Garden Clubs in Virginia interact with the community to beautify, educate and conserve our environment at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond, a conservation award-winning garden transformed by the Hilliard Park Garden Club. Our studio guest will be Horticulture Judge, Lu Cavallaro.

Co-Host John Thompson visits with Horticulturist Allyson Whalley for a tour of the Historic Walled Garden at James Madison’s Montpelier. We’ll learn how it has been transformed by different owners over the years. Allyson also talks about a few of her favorite plants in the lower garden.

Linda Toler, Goochland-Powhatan Master Gardener Volunteer, presents 3 types of Basil for the Plant of the Month:

  1. African Blue Basil: Ocimum kilimandscharicum x basilicum purpureum
  2. Cardinal Basil: Ocimum basilicum 'Cardinal'
  3. Eleonora Basil: Ocimum basilicum 'Eleonora'

In our Tip from Maymont, Peggy talks about the importance of placing a back-flow preventer on garden spigots to protect the home water supply from outside contamination.


Virginia Home Grown is a Live TV program that explores the delights and challenges of gardening and growing in Virginia. Host, Peggy Singlemann, and Co-Host, John Thompson, interview experts and enthusiasts from around the state. The program airs monthly from March through October.