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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2312
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Series Description

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 displays the rain gauge at the suburban garden. Boston has received a record-breaking rainfall during the past 24 hours.

Roger celebrates the virtues of raised beds, as they have weathered the heavy rains quite well. The soil is still workable.

Roger prunes the paper birch tree 'Betula papyrifera' as it is shading the newly planted rose, 'New Dawn.' He raises the canopy by using a pruning saw (Felco 60). He cuts the branch at the trunk collar, not flush with the tree.

At the new shrub boarder, he showcases 'Aesculus parviflora' bottle brush buckeye, a fully blossomed Cornus Kusa 'Madame Butterfly' and peony 'Ivory Victory,' named after The Victory Garden.

Holly Shimizu is at Ruther Glen, Virginia, with gardener Ellen Penick. Together, they tour her 2.5 acres of vast gardens; one site has been photographed and used on the cover of the popular White Flower Farm catalog.


Hamamelis 'Witch Hazel' Picea orientalis 'Skylands' Calycanthus floridus 'sweet shrub' Hosta 'Halcyon' Robinia 'Frisia' Linaria Euphorbia Papaver somniferum 'opium poppy' Clematis 'Dutchess of Edinburgh' Dianthus 'Mountain Mist' Caryopteris 'Aurea' Chionanthus virginicus 'Virginia fringe tree' (white blossoms) American beech tree River birch Iris 'Yellow Flag' Petasites japonicus 'variegatus' Leucotboë Rhododendron 'Roseum' Cyperus papyrus Creeping phlox Paeonia 'Sea Shell' and 'Raspberry Sundae' Geum x heldreichii Sedum Santolina rosmarinifolia Lamb's ears Salvia 'Purple Rain' Lavender 'Provence' Golden buttercup Garden valerian

Roger Swain discusses various ways to get rid of slugs in the garden. They can be hand picked, but he suggests filling a container with beer or yeast mixture. Another bait used is iron phosphate granules. He fences the lettuces with a copper window screen that also keeps the slugs at bay.

Roger harvests snap peas 'super sugarmel' for Chef Marian's next recipe:

Roger takes a look at container plantings, pelargonium 'multibloom lavendar' and petunia 'chiffon morn' that haven't faired well during the heavy rains. However, he selects violas, 'blue heaven' and 'french vanilla' that have remained healthy as plants-of-the-week.

AH 6/98



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