When the 18th season of Virginia Home Grown begins in March 2018, viewers will be introduced to a new co-host, Pat McCafferty. Pat is a plant enthusiast and nature educator who believes in the healing powers of botanicals. He is an ecology guide and garden manager at Mountaintop Montessori school in Charlottesville, Virginia, where students participate in outdoor experiential education and an established garden-to-table program. Pat’s areas of interest include wild edibles and medicinals, natives, wildflowers, and hummingbirds. Pat is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was an Echols Scholar.
Pat will join Peggy Singlemann, Director of Park Operations and Horticulture at Maymont. Peggy has hosted Virginia Home Grown since 2013. She is a graduate of State University of New York at Cobleskil with a degree in Horticulture, and is a Certified Nurseryman and Certified Horticulturist through the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, which awarded her the distinction of Professional of the Year for 2015. Ms. Singlemann, who holds many other professional certifications including Arborist and Landscape Designer, lectures throughout the mid-Atlantic and has been published in regional and national periodicals. She also earned her North American Certificate in Horticulture through the American Public Garden Association, of which she is a member. Maymont is a 100-acre Victorian estate with a visitation of over half a million guests annually.
Virginia Home Grown is a Live TV program that explores the delights and challenges of gardening and growing in Virginia. Host, Peggy M. Singlemann, and Co-Host, Pat McCafferty, interview experts and enthusiasts from around the state. The program airs monthly from March through October. Season 18 will premiere in 2018. Full episodes and excerpts are available through ideastations.org/vhg and on Facebook.