Virginia Home Grown: July 2016 | Community Idea Stations


Virginia Home Grown: July 2016

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 9:00am -- WCVE

Host Peggy Singlemann will explore the Richmond Low Line, a five-acre site near the Canal Walk, which is being developed into a park and riparian buffer by Capital Trees and a host of partners including the City of Richmond and CSX Corporation.

Plants mentioned in this segment:


  • Coreopsis lanceolata - Tick Seed- a native- it has struggled
  • Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'- Purple Coneflower
  • Eupatarium dubium - 'Little Joe'
  • Heuchera villosa "Autumn Bride'- Hairy Alumroot
  • Iris versicolor - or Blue Flag Iris
  • Lobelia cardinalis - White Lobelia
  • Perovskia atriplicifolica 'Little Spire' - Russian Sage- non-native but bees, butterflies and hover flies love it!


  • Callicarpa Americana - Beautyberry
  • Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'- Summersweet
  • Cornus sericea 'Artic Fire' - Red twig dogwood
  • Ilex glabra 'Shamrock' - Inkberry Holly
  • Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' - Winterberry

Grasses and Sedges

  • Chasmanthium latifolium- Northen Sea Oats (can become invasive)
  • Panicum virgatum 'Praire Fire'

Co-host John Thompson learns about growing hops from Stan Driver ( of HootnHoller Hops at Blue Mountain Barrel House in Nelson County.

Dean Dietrich from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present the Plant of the Month, Mountain Mint.

Peggy’s Tip from Maymont is about selecting the right tools for weeding.

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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.