Virginia Home Grown: October 2017 | Community Idea Stations


Virginia Home Grown: October 2017

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 3:41pm -- WCVE

Host Peggy Singlemann visits a private garden to talk with Bob Henley and Penny Seay about deer resistant plants. Plants mentioned in this segment include:

  • Daffodils
  • Boxwoods, highlighting the Variegated and 'Elegantissima'
  • Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'
  • Snapdragon
  • Carex 'Gold Strike'
  • Scabiosa 'Pink Mist' and 'Butterfly Blue'
  • Acorus
  • Miscanthus Grass 'Morninglight'
  • Evergreen Fern 'Autumn Brilliance' and 'Christmas'
  • Dwarf Butterfly Bush
  • Osmanthus 'Goshiki'
  • Poet's Laurel
  • Loropetalum
  • Nandina 'Blush'
  • Cephalotaxus 'Prostrata'
  • Cryptomeria 'Globosa'
  • All varieties of Abelia are said to be deer resistant.
  • All Miscanthus grasses are said to be deer resistant.
  • Not all Nandina plants are deer resistant.
  • Not all Fern varieties are deer resistant.

Co-Host John Thompson visits with Jan Sievers Mahon to talk about Flotation Gardening at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University. Plants mentioned in this segment include:

  • Coleus
  • Impatiens
  • Papyrus (Dwarf and Giant)
  • Sweet Potato Vine
  • Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia)
  • Iris
  • Sweet Flag (Acorus)
  • Milkweed
  • Elephant Ears (Colocasia, Alocasia)

The Plant of the Month is presented by Kyle Dosie, of Reynolds Community College. Kyle talks about growing your own scrubbing pads on a vine from the cucumber family: Luffa (Luffa cylindrica).

Peggy’s Tip from Maymont provides advice on how to force blooms on a Christmas or Holiday Cactus.

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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.