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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2313
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Gardening program hosted by Jim Wilson and joined by Bob Smaus, Roger Swain, Lucinda Mays and Peter Seabrook as international travel correspondent. Series chef is Marion Morash. Special correspondent is Holly Shimizu. The Boston-based Victory Garden (w/ Roger Swain) is located at a private residence; Victory Garden South is at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia; Victory Garden West is at Roger's Garden Center in Corona del Mar, California. Original program: Crockett's Victory Garden - premiered April 6, 1976. Hosted by Jim Crockett. Second host Bob Thomson (for 12 years till 1991). Series release date: 1976

Program Description

Roger Swain showcases white delphiniums 'Galahad' and tells us that a new series of English hybrids are to come, restoring glory of delphiniums. The plants are loosely tied and staked for protection against strong winds.

Roger tours the flower bed that has blossomed with rosa 'Ballerina' (a soft pink), salvias 'May Night' and 'Snow Hill,' alliums 'schubertii,' 'christophii' and 'karataviense,' rosa 'Gruss an Aachen' (white) and lilium longiflorum 'Mt. Everest.'

Roger displays a wide variety of hostas in the suburban garden. He tells us that hostas like moist, organically rich soil and shade. Hostas shown are:

Fortunei 'francee' (heart shaped/white edges) 'Patriot' (small variety) 'Blue Skies' (dwarf) 'Fringe Benefit' (golden edges) 'Aphrodite' (double flowers) 'Golden Tiara' (chartreuse margin) 'Blue Wedgwood' (blue) 'Big Daddy' (large-leafed blue) 'Sum & Substance' (large-leafed chartreuse) 'Aureo Marginata' (golden edge) 'Ventricosa' (self-sowing)

Roger recommends the American Hosta Society (@ www.hosta.org).

Lucinda Mays is in Callaway Gardens displaying their newest project for children, a sunflower house. The floor is made up of crushed granite and flagstone. There are stumps of trees used for furniture. The edges are planted with 'mammoth' sunflower seeds, edged with marigolds 'Disco Yellow,' salvia 'Cover Girl' (red) and melampodium 'show star.'

She also introduces us to the new mixed shrub boarder where there will be a shrub in bloom each month of the year:

Camellia japonica 'Jim Franklin' (blooms January/February) Bottlebrush buckeye (blooms March) Styrax obassia (blooms April) Itea virginica (blooms May) Gardenia jasminoides (blooms June/July) Fragrant olive (blooms August/September) American beauty berry (blooms October) Camellia sasanqua 'Cotton Candy' (blooms November/December)

She "dresses" the soil with mondo grasses, native wild ginger 'Callaway,' chrysogonum virginianum, creeping phlox 'Emerald Cushion,' pratia pendunculata, creeping sedum, 'Black Night' ophiopogon, creeping vinca 'variegata,' ajuga 'Burgundy Glow,' creeping jenny, lirope 'variegata' and 'silver dragon,' and English ivy 'Glacier.'

Roger Swain discusses how to support tomatoes. He displays wire cages (tomato: Miracle Sweet), redwood lattice-like cage (tomato: Sun Cherry), and a single redwood trellis (tomato: Big Beef, indeterminate, meaning grows indefinitely). He points out suckers and removes them from the vines.

Roger also displays bush beans 'Tema' and corn 'Fantasy.' He harvests scallions 'Feast' for Chef Marian's next recipe.

Roger closes with plant-of-the-week Carolina lupine, a tough perennial.



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